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The Long Walk Home: Paul Franklin's Journey from Afghanistan [Paperback]

Liane Faulder
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Sept. 15 2007

The Canadian media were the first to bring Master Corporal Paul Franklin's story to the public, and it is only fitting that award-winning journalist Liane Faulder brings the full account of his return from a war zone. The Long Walk Home: Paul Franklin's Journey from Afghanistan documents the recovery of a soldier injured in a 2006 suicide bombing that left one Canadian diplomat dead, and two comrades in arms wounded. Although Franklin made a promise to his wife that he would come home alive, he needed the heroic help of soldiers on the scene and a medical team abroad to keep his word. He lost both of his legs above the knee as the result of his injuries, but returned home determined to walk again. Within four months of his injury, and against the odds and predictions of doctors, Franklin learned to walk on artificial legs. He continues to represent the courage of Canadian troops overseas as he rebuilds his life at home with his wife Audra and their young son, Simon. As a family on a journey to recovery, they are determined to stand, and walk, together. The Long Walk Home: Paul Franklin's Journey from Afghanistan is a story of loss, courage, love and hope. It inspires all of those - military and civilians alike - who wonder how they will take that next step when tough times challenge the body and the spirit.


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A truly inspiring tale of strength and courage in the face of unimaginable adversity. Get to know Paul Franklin. This is an amazing story. —Rick Mercer

(2007-10-05)

This book is a narrative triumph over despair. Paul Franklin's courage and determination serve as a example of what can be overcome. People who face traumatic circumstances can only be encouraged by this example. —Romeo Dallaire, Lieutenant-General (Retired)

(2007-10-05)

About the Author

Liane Faulder Liane Faulder is The Edmonton Journal's food columnist. She is also food columnist for CBC radio's afternoon program in Edmonton, Radio Active. During her career at The Edmonton Journal, Liane has been a life columnist, a city columnist, and a television critic as well as a senior feature writer for the paper's weekly flagship feature section, Sunday Reader.

In 2007, Liane was awarded the prestigious Canadian Journalism Fellowship at Massey College, University of Toronto. In 2000, she won the Dateline Hong Kong fellowship, awarded by the Hong Kong Economic Trade office. A graduate of Ryerson University's school of journalism, Liane has worked at CBC radio and CBC television and has long been a regular contributor to CBC's local and syndicated national service.

An award-winning reporter, Liane's feature articles have been published in Reader's Digest, Today's Parent, Venture and Chatelaine magazines. In 2006, her personal essay, "About the Boys," was published in the best-selling Canadian anthology, Dropped Threads 3. Her first book, The Long Walk Home: Paul Franklin's Journey from Afghanistan, was published in 2007.

Please follow Liane on Twitter at @EatMyWordsBlog .


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By Buggy TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the story of Master Cpl Paul Franklin's journey back from Afghanistan after his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomb. Lying on a dusty street Paul Franklin stared down at his ruined legs and remembered the promise he'd made to his wife "I will come home" Now he's faced with an even more challenging task then the Taliban, that of rebuilding a new life and learning to walk on two artificial legs.

THE LONG WALK HOME is an inspiring story of strength and courage encompassing not only Paul's personal struggles but those of his wife and young son as well. In the books one year span we travel from the war in Afghanistan to the American medical hospital in Germany and back to Edmonton where after several more surgeries Paul begins his rehabilitation. Author Liane Faulder interviews family, friends, doctors and physiotherapists throughout Paul's recovery and gives us a moving and very personal account of Paul's RE-birth year.

We begin in 2006 with Master Cpl Franklin walking his son to school 4 months after the accident. It's a distance of 6 hundred meters and takes just over half an hour but this is a huge accomplishment. Both of Paul's legs have been amputated above the knee and after repeatedly being told he'd never walk again Paul's beat the odds and proved them wrong. The book then jumps around a bit as the author gives us back story on Paul's military career and family life before depositing us in the bombed ruins of his G-wagon. We're then with his wife Audra as she receives `the call' and subsequently travels to Germany. This is as much her story as his and I was awed by the strength of military spouses.
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A very frank and accurate portrait of what our soldiers go thru overseas and after being injuired. I admire the courage and strength both Paul and his wife Audra showed and were willing to share in telling their story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Courageous.... but wrong people wrong place Sept. 24 2013
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I found it boring, could not finish it. Mr. Franklin went to war for the wrong reason then he got hurt, now totally disable taxpayers have to pay the tab for him and his family. In my opinion the Afghanistan war that does not belong to us, he will not go in history books as a savior of anything. Sad though for his son, a child who suffered for what?
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE STORY OF A HERO (EVEN IF HE DOESN'T CONSIDER HIMSELF ONE) Oct. 31 2009
By Buggy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the story of Master Cpl Paul Franklin's journey back from Afghanistan after his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomb. Lying on a dusty street Paul Franklin stared down at his ruined legs and remembered the promise he'd made to his wife "I will come home" Now he's faced with an even more challenging task then the Taliban, that of rebuilding a new life and learning to walk on two artificial legs.

THE LONG WALK HOME is an inspiring story of strength and courage encompassing not only Paul's personal struggles but those of his wife and young son as well. In the books one year span we travel from the war in Afghanistan to the American medical hospital in Germany and back to Edmonton where after several more surgeries Paul begins his rehabilitation. Author Liane Faulder interviews family, friends, doctors and physiotherapists throughout Paul's recovery and gives us a moving and very personal account of Paul's RE-birth year.

We begin in 2006 with Master Cpl Franklin walking his son to school 4 months after the accident. It's a distance of 6 hundred meters and takes just over half an hour but this is a huge accomplishment. Both of Paul's legs have been amputated above the knee and after repeatedly being told he'd never walk again Paul's beat the odds and proved them wrong. The book then jumps around a bit as the author gives us back story on Paul's military career and family life before depositing us in the bombed ruins of his G-wagon. We're then with his wife Audra as she receives `the call' and subsequently travels to Germany. This is as much her story as his and I was awed by the strength of military spouses. We are faced with some gruelling hospital scenes as everyone comes to terms with a new normal and Paul's agonizing Valentines Day decision regarding his remaining right leg broke my heart. Because Paul and the three others in his vehicle contained the first dead and wounded Canadians in Afghanistan a media circus immediately envelopes the Franklin family who decide instead of hiding they will become the new face of the military, handling it all with stoic grace and determination.

I really enjoyed this book and count myself lucky that we have people like Paul Franklin who are willing to sacrifice without question or regret. In a quote from the last page of the book Paul states that he's left something behind in Afghanistan and doesn't know what it is. He still feels like something is missing, something besides his legs, something inside of him. "I'd love to go back and I don't know why"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming and Inspiring Read Feb. 12 2011
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Paul is a real hero, who looks at life as a glass half full rather than half empty. He is a true Hero, with a capital H, and a real example of someone who makes lemonade when life deals him lemons.
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