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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: Redemption Day by Steve O'Brien

By Steve O’Brien
Publish Date: March 22, 2012
Publisher: A & N Publishing
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

Killing by an empowered government was deemed justice.

When I read the synopsis of Redemption Day, I was intrigued. The Posse Comitatus, right wing militarists, has always fascinated me. Steve O’Brien takes on a journey of what if The Posse rises and sets into motion a plan that starts with kidnapping a Supreme Court Justice and ending with a city in the grip of terror from terrorists from our own country.

O’Brien’s main character Nick James is just an ordinary guy who has recently lost his terrorism analyst job at the Department of Homeland Security. On his way home he receives a phone call from Sheriff Brager who met Nick an Identity Scams conference. Brager thinks that Nick could help him with the mysterious kidnapping of Supreme Court Justice Silvio Caprelli. Unfortunately by the time Nick meets with Brager outside of Nick’s house, Brager has been shot. The authorities now think Nick has something to do with all of this and he is about to become their prime suspect number one. Lucky for Nick, his old flame, Kate is involved in the taskforce in charge of finding him and bring him in. She knows that Nick isn’t capable of masterminding something this big but she has a lot of obstacles in the way to prove it.

The beginning starts out fast-paced and thrilling but after finding Nick it seemed to slow down a bit. I felt that maybe the search for Nick could have been drawn out a bit more. It seemed to me that when they found him it was like they just gave up on the idea that Nick could possibly have something to do with what is going on. But it turns around in the end. Can’t say much about it because I don’t want to spoil it but it is action-packed and has you on the edge of your seat wondering if they are going to be able to stop The Posse in time. Satisfactory for the political thriller lovers out there.