First Sentence: The men of Bravo are not cold.
Back of the book:
Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is home from Iraq. And he’s a hero. Billy and the rest of Bravo Company were filmed defeating Iraqi insurgents in a ferocious firefight. Now Bravo’s three minutes of extreme bravery is a YouTube sensation and the Bush Administration has sent them on a nationwide Victory Tour.
During the final hours of the tour Billy will mix with the rich and powerful, endure the politics and praise of his fellow Americans – and fall in love. He’ll face hard truths about life and death, family and friendship, honour and duty.
Tomorrow he must go back to war.
Quotes from the book:
‘It is its own hangover, a scum around his psyche like a bathtub ring[…]’
‘If a bullet’s going to get you, it’s already been fired.’
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Last Sentence: He sits back, closes his eyes, and tries to think about nothing as the limo takes them away.