THE LONG BLINK is a narrative nonfiction book by Emmy Award-winning journalist, Brian Kuebler, who exposes the staggering cost of the American trucking industry’s rising crash rate through the intimate struggle of Ed Slattery, who is left to piece his family back together after a trucker fell asleep at the wheel and killed his wife and maimed his son. From the historic, public settlement with the trucking company and a bizarre confrontation with its driver to one father’s ongoing and, more recently, frustrating fight on Capitol Hill for safer roads, the Slattery’s story is a revealing, emotional look at the rapidly growing danger we all face from the passing lane each and every day.
|Publisher:||Behler Publications, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Brian Kuebler is an award-winning investigative journalist in Baltimore, Maryland. Kuebler has won three Edward R. Murrow Awards for his writing ability, two Emmys, and was recognized for 'Outstanding Enterprise Reporting' by the Associated Press. Two of those honors were awarded to Brian for the reporting of the story that eventually became his debut narrative nonfiction book, THE LONG BLINK.
Kuebler is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and also holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has been a journalist and storyteller in Idaho, Missouri, and from The Bluff CityMemphis, Tennessee, to Charm CityBaltimore, Maryland.
Brian is originally from Long Island, New York and, while you'll never mistake him as anything other than a New Yorker, he now calls Baltimore his home. He lives in the city with his wife and his Chesapeake Bay Retriever named, Shea.
Read an Excerpt
As he punched in the Ohio area code everything began to start closing in, acutely unaware of the reality about to hit him while at the same time growing panicked with each number he pushed. He couldn’t help but think if he hit ‘send,’ he just might find fire near all this smoke.
"This is Ed Slattery, I was told to call this number but I think this is a mistake," Ed meekly insisted.
His assertion was perhaps the last punch hope could throw at this rapidly impending reality.
"Mr. Slattery, this is Akron Children's Hospital," the nurse said in a tone suggesting she had been anticipating his call. Akron makes sense he thought, not Toledo, but it would be the very last thing that would make sense to Ed Slattery for the rest of his God given life.
"I am sorry," the nurse continued, "your boys are here. They were in a very serious accident and you need to get here as soon as possible."
Ed immediately fired off a short burst of questions, the ones as a parent he was innately prepared to ask, but the nurse couldn’t provide any answers.
Finally, Ed asked the one question a father works his whole life to avoid.
"Can you tell me if they are they alive?"
"Yes, Mr. Slattery, they are alive. I can't really go into details, but their injuries are serious."
"And my wife..." Ed's voice trailed as the remainder of his sentence got caught in his throat.
"I have no information about your wife but let me give you some numbers of general hospitals in Akron."
The nurse rattled off numbers and as Ed scribbled them down on yet another random piece of scrap paper he couldn’t help but think there is no order in these. There was no spreadsheet in the world that can make any sense of these numerals.
Chaos, he feared, broke free from that basement.
Ed started frantically dialing.
“Ginger, the boys are at Akron Children’s. I need you to head there now please.”
“Oh My God, what happened?”
“Ginger I don’t know and I haven’t heard any news on Susan, but I need you to get to the boys.”
Ed hung up his cell phone, picked up his office phone and dialed the first number the nurse gave him. It was Akron General Medical Center.
“Hi, I am trying to find my wife. Do you have a Susan Slattery?” he asked.
Hope, it seemed, finally landed a jab.
At an impasse, stuck somewhere between panic, horror and ignorance Ed felt powerless. He walked across the hallway and told his boss his family was in some kind of accident and he needed to leave.
As Ed turned around to walk back to his desk he started noticing some of his co-workers milling around his office as if sensing a volatile disturbance unfolding in slow motion. Staring at their concerned faces and still not knowing what his next move really needed to be, his desk phone rang snapping him back into a reality where indecision was never to be a luxury again.
“Is this Susan Slattery’s husband Ed Slattery?” the voice on the other end of the line asked.
“Yes,” Ed offered abruptly.
“This is Doctor Roger Marcial from the Portage County Coroner’s Office…”
Before the doctor could finish the statement he had the dubious distinction of delivering hundreds of times in his career, Ed interrupted with a disconnected anger that can only be expressed by a man finally accepting hope just got knocked on its ass.
Wonderful read. Inspiring story of a family's hurt and how they were able to overcome it. Was not able to put the book down. Defiantly looking forward to more reads in the future from the new author.
Excellent read. Gripping tale of the strength of a family to overcome such a tragedy. Very well written by an aspiring new author. Highly recommended.
Great read ! Once you pick this book up you won’t be able to put it down. This is a story that is going to stay with you long after you finish the book. Highly recommend!
Ed Slattery has a story that needs to be heard and Brian does a masterful job of telling it. This isn’t an easy journey to go through, but one that leaves you reaching emotions you might not have known existed. The writing takes you into the hospital, you can feel the tension building . You can hear the protagonists thought by reading about his mannerisms in the moment. Brian takes you inside the mind of a father and husband whose life has been ripped away from him. The payoff at the end of the book is both astonishing and rewarding. You won’t see it coming, and you will spend days thinking about how you would have handled that situation. I didn’t know much about the trucking industry before reading this book. The research the author did really helps answer questions you have while reading. If you are into stories that grip your mind in a unique way and show how a split second can change a life I would definitely suggest picking up “The Long Blink”.
I usually read to be entertained, thrilled, and tested on my sleuthing ability. The reviews for this book, however, made me curious. Wow! This book hit the emotions and the mind simultaneously and never let go. The story of one man's pain, devotion, and determination is very inspirational.
I thought I knew a good bit of this story about the triumph over tragedy of my high school friend, but the struggle and emotions in this book are powerful beyond words. There are so many lessons to be learned about grief, anger, and Ed’s determination to make this world a better place. You will not be able to put down this book.