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About the Author

Steve O'Brien is the author of four novels: Elijah's Coin, Bullet Work, Redemption Day, and Dead Money. Elijah's Coin has been added to the reading curriculum in multiple secondary schools throughout the US and has been incorporated in a university ethics course. The e-book version of Redemption Day was an Amazon.com Bestseller. Steve is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Washington University Law School. He lives in Washington, DC.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: A & N Publishing (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982073526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982073520
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on April 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Redemption Day" is a novel that creates a puzzle that is written in an intelligent manner that compels the reader's attention immediately.

Supreme Court Justice Silvio Caprelli is kiddnapped by a group of right wing militarists called Posse Comitatus. This group is intent on creating a massive incident that will lead to reshaping the United States.

Nick James had been a terrorism analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. He was fired prior to the kidnapping.

Nick is called by a co-worker that a sheriff from West Virginia remembered him and wanted to meet. They agree to meet at Nick's home where the sheriff had information to share. However, Nick arrives to find the sheriff shot dead with Nick's gun, making him the main suspect. He feels that he has a better chance to prove his innocence if he investigates things by himself so goes into hiding.

Tension mounts as the story moves back and forth from the members of this group to Nick and to the officials trying to stop them. As Nick follows a lead to West Virginia, the kidnappers become alerted about him.

Being sought by the government and the kidnappers, Nick shows the noble thought of what one man can do when faced with tremendous odds.

The action is well described and as we read about the terrorists closing in on their objectives, the scenes are described with excellent cinimatic effects powerful enough to make the reader put the book aside, just to contemplate.

Overall, this is a wonderful novel with excellent well developed characters and a compelling plot.
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There are too many thrillers in which an ordinary guy gets involved in extraordinary circumstances and suddenly becomes a superhero. This isn't one of those. Nick James loses his job, and instead of facing the ordinary worries of how to pay for his rent and upscale coffee, though a combination of good and bad luck ends up in the middle of a conspiracy adventure.

Redemption Day is a thriller for the post-Waco, post-Oklahoma City, post-9/11 world. It reminds us that the most frightening terrorist is the one who is most like us.

The pacing is spot on, and the author doesn't play the dirty trick of withholding key information from readers to keep us in the dark about the central plot. As unlikely as I hope the circumstances of the book are, I feel the reality of them. I know about some of the positions that are argued in the book, and have read of people who believe them deeply. O'Brien weaves those threads into a well thought-out story, with the right balance of exposition and action. His use of short chapters and switching viewpoints keeps the story moving without becoming confusing.

There are two things that I count as high praise for a book ... one is that I'm looking forward to reading more of what Mr. O'Brien has to offer. The other is that I'm going to run the risk of lending this book to friends. I never lend books. I'm scared I might not get them back. Okay, I'll probably buy a copy so I can lend this one.
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Home-grown terrorists are a real and constant threat in the United States. Redemption Day by Steve O'Brien brings to life the story of the kidnapping of a Supreme Court justice. Nick James is a Federal terrorism analyst who finds himself out of work and being drawn into the crime - possibly drawn in too far. Nick has to solve the kidnapping while at the same time he is being framed for murder. Top on his list of suspects is the Posse Comitatus, a militia-style organization who believe that the government has gone too far.

After the initial tense kidnapping scene, the story hits the skids while the author has to backtrack with information on all of the characters involved. Possibly there was too much information, and the story becomes rather choppy. However, as the story picks up again so does the suspense. There is a good balance between dialog and narration, and the characters were OK, but I didn't feel any real connection to them. I also didn't find the story believable, but sometimes you just have to get lost in the story and not worry about whether it is logical or not. There is plenty of action, adventure, torture scenes, and surprises that kept me guessing.
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I have read Bullet Work and Elijah's Coin by Steve O'Brien and when I was asked if I wanted to review Redemption Day I of course said yes. I was not disappointed either.
The Posse Comitatus is a loosely organized far right social movement that opposes the United States federal government and believes in government on a local level only. They refuse to pay taxes or obey government laws. Steve O'Brien took the historical events of the Posse and turned it into an exciting story of murder, extortion and kidnapping.
Nick James has had the worst day of his life. He is a government contractor who is an expert on the Posse Comitatus and it appears that he is getting a bit too close to the homegrown terrorists and loses his job, he is told due to funding issues. He finds himself on the run from the FBI who thinks he is responsible for the death of a sheriff who was going to meet with Nick as he had some information to share. A Supreme Court Judge is kidnapped which sets Nick on a path to prove to the FBI that he is not the suspect but is as much a victim as the judge. April 19th is a significant day for the Posse and they have something planned so horrific that puts Nick on a mission to find these people before there is a disaster of major proportions for Washington D.C.
This novel is a topnotch thriller and will keep you on the edge of your seat. A story that could conceivably happen in today's world what with the economy the way it is and that people are getting fed up with the way things are. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great thriller.
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