Brian Van Reet

“The Rooster”

Named one of the “Best Recent Stories” by HTML Giant. Published in Shenandoah Vol. 58 #1.

From “Pleasure and Pain,” Travis Anderson, The Review Review:

U.S. Army recruiters may object to some of the content in Brian Van Reet’s “The Rooster,” a story of a young officer serving in Iraq who does everything he can to inoculate himself from the fear of death. At times it’s just not possible: “COMING IN like a huge, angry dragonfly, the volley’s final mortar explodes, rattling windows. Feigned Zen indifference is abandoned for rage. I want these shitheads dead–all of them, if necessary.” A forced political diatribe would follow in the movie version. Not here, though.