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Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk

Fountain, Ben

Fiction

On Sale Date: 5/1/2012
Imprint: Ecco
Print Run: 50K
Format: HC
320
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 0060885599
ISBN 13: 9780060885595
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Ebook eBook (9780062096821)

Four months into their combat tour in Iraq, the Bravo Squad defeated an elite force of enemy insurgents. The most critical minutes of the battle were captured on film by a Fox News camera crew, and this videotape turned the men of Bravo into celebrity heroes virtually overnight.  Now, the eight surviving members of Bravo Squad have spent two weeks touring the U.S. on a media-intensive “Victory Tour,” part of a Presidential campaign to reinvigorate popular support for the war. The final day takes place at Texas Stadium, on the occasion of the Dallas Cowboys’ nationally broadcast Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk follows the Bravos through the course of this day, focusing on its hero, Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native who was awarded the Silver Star in recognition of his valiant exploits. During the course of this day, Billy and his fellow Bravos will be guests of honor in the suite of Cowboys owner, mix and mingle with some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals, dream of bedding and wedding the world-famous Cowboys cheerleaders, share center stage with Destiny’s Child, attempt to close a movie deal with the help of a veteran Hollywood producer, endure the politics and affections of many hundreds of their fellow citizens, yearn for home, mourn their dead, and consume alcohol whenever the occasion presents itself, all the while contemplating the reality of their return to combat operations in Iraq within the next several days.

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