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Reviewed by Janine Thatcher for Readers' Favorite
Saving Sandoval by Craig W. Drummond is a good read for an interesting look into the military justice process. Sandoval is a sniper based in the field, and while on leave from his tour, he is arrested and charged with various felonies, all serious in their own way. Craig W. Drummond is the military legal advisor assigned to defend Sandoval. Interviews with Sandoval’s fellow soldiers are conducted, discussions are entered into with specialist trainers (snipers), and Sandoval’s superiors are engaged to find out what orders were issued affecting or potentially resulting in the felonies in question. The book covers Captain Drummond’s endeavors to help the infantryman in his defense, starting with the investigations and ending with the court martial and its outcome.
Saving Sandoval is a factual account by an army lawyer, and the structure of Craig W. Drummond's occupation clearly comes through in the way the book is written: facts, documents, and even some photos help the reader understand the environment in which this entire process took place. What I found helpful was that abbreviations were explained and footnotes were used to provide clarity in what could be obscure to a reader who has minimal knowledge of the U.S. military in general. Although a work of non-fiction, I found Saving Sandoval to be a gripping read as I followed Captain Drummond’s attempts to help Jorge G. Sandoval obtain the best possible outcome of likely being the “fall guy” for someone’s agenda. The dedication and determination of Captain Drummond to bring some hope and help to Sandoval’s sad situation is heart-warming. A definite recommendation from me to anyone interested in military non-fiction.