The Ericksen Connection
by Barry Becker
Kindle Edition published 2014-11-20
Bestseller ranking: 915173
During a Taliban ambush in 2002, Mark Ericksen, a Navy SEAL Team-Six platoon leader, takes command of Operation Daring Eagles in Afghanistan. The deputy commander of Joint Special Operations Command, Colonel Shane Dawkins, orders him by sat phone to kill Bashir Sadozai, his Afghan translator, claiming he is a Talib. At first Ericksen resists the order, but in the thick of battle, surrounded by wounded and dead team members, and with CIA-decoded intercepts proving Sadozai is a spy. Ericksen complies with the order, murdering the unarmed man.
A day later, he discovers that his intuition was correct, that the colonel had lied to him. He resigns his commission and goes into private industry, working for defense contractors and hiding his PTSD.
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