The judge assigned to a murder trial that Charles Feldmann prosecuted while he was in the Marine Corps suggested that he write a book.
That suggestion became the basis for Feldmann's new book, "The Sons of Sheriff Henry."
For one hour every morning for four years, Feldmann wrote the story of a Marine Corps lawyer, Captain John Henry, who is assigned to his first death penalty case involving the gang shootings of two high-ranking military officers. He uncovers a local conspiracy that gets personal when his father turns up missing. In a dangerous game in which the prosecutor becomes the prosecuted, he is forced to face his family's hidden secrets and the corruption of the military's justice system.
"I had never written anything before," said Feldmann, who is in private practice in Steamboat Springs. He decided to make it fiction, but a lot of the events in the book happened in his life. It includes his experiences as a Marine Corps prosecutor and defense attorney, as well as the trials and tribulations of practicing law in Steamboat.
It was important to him to write about the corruption in government and politics, and he thinks the issues addressed in his book are relevant to headlines that are occurring today.
Feldmann took the self-publishing route through a program that Barnes & Noble offers. He is able to own the rights to the book, and each copy was printed on an Internet-based order system, until he met his quota. Now his books are carried in all the major bookstores.
"I really was not into being a world famous author," Feldmann said. "I enjoyed the process and wanted to complete the work."
He has received so much positive feedback that he has already outlined the sequel and has a friend in the film industry who is pushing him to find someone to do the screenplay.
"I think it's a fun, redeeming story," Feldmann said. "You will go through love and drama and conflict and heartache and adventure. You name it, it's in there."
Feldmann's book is available at all major bookstores and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or Xlibris. For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or www.Xlibris.com.