Monday, July 8, 2013

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

3.5 Stars. Billy Lynn and the other remaining members of Bravo are American heroes after having a fierce battle with Iraqi insurgents televised on Fox News by an embedded news crew. After a quick patch job on their wounds and receiving their various Purple Hearts and Silver Stars, Bravo Squad has been dispatched on a two-week media tour across the U.S.A. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk follows the men on the final leg of their journey – a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day.

Disclaimer: If you are looking for a feel-good, happy time story, this is NOT it. Although there are humorous moments, this is not an upbeat novel. I always hesitate to write too much because I never want ANYTHING spoiled for me, so I’ll just leave it as this book was a real heartbreaker.

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