Old Silk Road is a prescient, powerful novel of the Afghan war by someone who's been there. Norman "Doc" Rodgers suspects he won t make it out of this one alive. He s a young combat medic in Afghanistan, eager to avenge his father s death in the World Trade Center, and make sense of a new world that feels like it s fallen to pieces. Haunted by hallucinatory encounters, his only solace is a barely concealed addiction to the precious opiates he s supposed to dole out sparingly to those beyond aid. In this tautly-plotted debut novel, Brandon Caro, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, tells the story of a soldier s undoing in raw, incendiary, hypnotic prose that forces us to ask ourselves about what we know about the futility of war and what other outcome we can expect?