Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Redemption Day

About the Book:
Redemption Day is a highly paced thriller set in Washington DC. The story is founded upon historical events and documented teachings of the Posse Comitatus. The Posse was an anti-government militia group in the 1980' s that tried to convince farmers that banks could not lawfully foreclose on their properties. Their beliefs led to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on a date of significance to the group April 19.

About the Author:
Steve O' Brien is an award winning novelist and attorney. Redemption Day is his third novel. His books have received multiple literary awards. He lives in Washington, D.C.

My Opinion:
Since terrorists and the threat of terrorism are currently a hot topic in the United States, this book really peaked my interest. People are intrigued by home grown terrorism and their constant threat in the United States today.  

The story starts with a kidnapping of a Supreme Court Justice, Silvio Caprelli on a Washington D.C. parkway. The protagonist, a contracted analyst for the Government, Nick James is fired from his job one day and the next framed for murder. The two stories collide. Nick is a believable character who is drawn into criminal events he is ill prepared to face. He finds himself between a terrorist group and the government. The FBI wants him captured and the terrorists want him dead. Nick must try to figure out who is behind the kidnapping and what they have planned before the terrorists strike and he and everyone else run out of time.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters back stories as the mystery began to unravel. 

To say this is a page turner is an understatement. I was literally on the edge of my seat. It turns out that the kidnappers are the Posse Comitatus - the group that Nick has been following for the last three years. He knows they did it he just can't prove it. 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. This book is full of action, adventure, torture scenes, and surprises that keeps you guessing until the end. 

The historical statements, discussed in the Author’s Note, adds to the thrill of this book. It is action-packed from beginning to end, with something for every reader- politics, suspense and even a hint of romance. In that respect, I feel that Steve O'Brien hit the mark with this book and I look forward to reading more of his work. Redemption Day would be a great book for a book club or reading group. If you enjoy reading suspense and terror, or just enjoy a good mystery this is the right book for you. There is some strong situations etc. so I’d recommend it for older teens and adults.

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of Redemption Day gratis. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.