Book: Command Influence by LD Sledgecategories: Book, Military Court Martial, Military Justice, Character Above All, Incest, Sex, Homosexuality, Blackmail, Cold War, Courtroom Thriller
LD Sledgeabout this book: Lt. Riggs McCall, a maverick young lawyer is in bad favor with his command. He doesn't fit in because he does what he thinks is right and refuses to plead a young private guilty who is innocent. Not aligned with his senior officers because he refuses to play their game, he is branded as a Pariah, and is passed over for Captain. Another pass-over and he will be kicked out of the army which will mean disgrace and a black mark on his career.
Riggs is appointed to defend Sergeant Nolan, who is accused of molesting his teen age daughter, and though Riggs knows the man is guilty, he rigorously defends him, taking aim against the U. S. Army to protect himself while doing his duty as a lawyer to protect his client. Riggs doesn't know that Nolan holds the career of high ranking officers in his hands because of something he knows about them. The command does everything possible to convict, even resorting to murder, knowing a conviction will reduce Nolan’s credibility. Riggs uncovers secrets that reach even to the White House and the highest of military command, and becomes a target.
The story is told in first person by John Madison, the scion of a wealthy Texas banking family, groomed for the highest office, who finds himself trapped in the web of intrigue and has to choose to follow his conscience or the ambition of his wealthy father. This is a story partially based on fact, involving a Court Martial that the author defended while serving the US Army JAG, involving romance in the military, sex, homosexuality, a giant cover-up, and a thrilling court martial trial with a totally surprising ending.
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