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Redemption Day Paperback – March 22, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who or what was the Posse Comitatus? Was it or are they real? Read this highly interesting book to find out. I know I did. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by My Book Addiction and More
When I read the synopsis of Redemption Day, I was intrigued. The Posse Comitatus, right wing militarists, has always fascinated me. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by K. Opsahl
Nick James has just been fired as a terrorist analyst, and is about to become the most wanted man in America after Supreme Court Justice Silvio Caprelli is kidnapped on a parkway... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
Many moons ago I reviewed Bullet Work by Steve O'Brien and, quite frankly, I wasn't fond of it. For some reason it just didn't resonate with me. Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Dana
To start off with I apologize for a late review but a first grandchild took top billing.
Nick James is a Federal Terrorism Analyst who is out of work and finds himself having... Read more
The Posse Comitatus is a real group who believe that they are "sovereign citizens" and therefore exempt from government laws as long as they do not participate in anything governed... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Smoothly written, fast-paced, exciting and intellectually intriguing, Steve O'Brien's Redemption Day starts with an attack on a Supreme Court judge and moves quickly to a young man... Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Sheila Deeth
Redemption Day by Steve O'Brien ©2011
Award winning author of Elijah's Coin and Bullet Work. Read more
This is a fast paced thriller/suspense novel featuring an everyday hero with lots of smarts. Nick James worked for a private agency that was part of Homeland Security before he was... Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by P. Woodland