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Posted June 26, 2012
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. The suspense was intense and I had trouble putting down the book as I wanted to find out what happened next.
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: Susan for MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE
Posted May 17, 2012
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 task force 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.
(Book was received from publisher for an honest review)
Posted April 30, 2012
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. When I was contacted to review another of his books, Redemption Day, the synopsis caught my interest and I decided to give the author another chance. Boy am I glad I did! Redemption Day is a hit! So for my review today, I am going to give you my Top 10 Hit List for Steve O'Brien's Redemption Day:
The set up. One of my pet peeves with political intrigue is that I often get lost in the set up. Steve does an excellent job of introducing the characters and setting up the background and tone of the story.
The characters. Each character gets his own chapter and has a very distinct voice. It makes it easy to become emotionally invested with each character as an individual.
The action. 'Edge of your seat' and 'fast moving' are the the terms I would use. It makes for some nail biting moments.
The flow. The story line moves smoothly from one place to the next. There are no jerky, sudden movements to slow you down.
Not too graphic. There is definitely violence - kind of necessary in this type of story - but it wasn't graphic enough to cause me to flinch.
The connections. The plot begins with a bunch of, seemingly, unrelated events happening to unrelated people. As the connections begin to emerge the story knits together beautifully.
The suspense. Mr. O'Brien has done a great job of building the suspense as the plot progresses. There are small breaks to allow the reader to catch her breath but then it takes up where it left off and the reader is back to holding her breath again.
Really bad, bad guys. I hate it when I am tempted to cheer for the bad guys. That doesn't happen here.
Strong female. Yup, there is one and you all know how I feel about that. If there's going to be a female, she better be strong. And that makes the romantic sub-plot a nice perk.
The ending. To avoid spoilers, that's all I'm going to say about that.
We all know nothing is perfect but the negatives about this one aren't worth mentioning. If you like political thrillers, I'd recommend Redemption Day.
Posted April 19, 2012
Smooth, fast-paced, nice mix of fact and fiction
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 on the run from terrorists and the FBI. The background of April 19th is nicely researched and presented as a convincing part of the story. The politics of Posse Comitatus, and the arguments, true and false, for common law vs State and national law, are as much a part of the tale as the procedures for tracking cell-phones and uploading a video. Meanwhile the story is presented in the context of very plausible characters with a minimum of coincidence and maximum of common sense and clever deduction.
The action pulls the reader in quickly, creating sympathy and interest, and building reasons into every explanation. I learned, without realizing it, a lot about the Constitution, and about the arguments of libertarian extremists. Meanwhile I thoroughly enjoyed an exciting adventure, complete with sympathetic and unsympathetic officials and a plausible love interest, feeling all the time as if I could easily be watching a movie.
This is Steve O’Brien’s third book and it reads as if the author’s been writing forever. Redemption Day wouldn’t be out of place in any airport bookstore. It’s smooth, fast, exciting and fun, with just the right level of though-provoking interest to keep the reader curious. Highly recommended on the suspense and action adventure aisle.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this novel from the Cadence Marketing Group in exchange for my honest review.
Posted April 5, 2012
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite
David Wolfe's father dies of a heart attack after the farm crisis hits and he loses his tractor business, the family home and his family's comfortable lifestyle. David loses interest in everything except guns and finds the Montana Brotherhood and eventually the anti-government Posse Comitatus. The Posse Comitatus wants to take power away from the federal government and a grown-up David Wolfe is at its forefront as they kidnap Supreme Court Justice Caprelli and store up dangerous explosives. Meanwhile, Nick James, a contractor with Homeland Security, is fired and then framed for the murder of a local sheriff. Nick's background is similar to Wolfe's but he hasn't become anti-government. While on the run, Nick contacts agent FBI Javier Lazono and his onetime girlfriend Kate Buchanan and they work feverishly to prevent "Redemption Day", April 19th, a famous Posse Comitatus day when McNeigh and Nicols blew up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the FBI attacked the Branch Davidian Complex in Texas. But what is it that the Posse has planned for this April 19th?
Steven O'Brien has created a well-written and well-edited thriller that will keep readers engrossed to its very last pages. All characters, major and minor, are believable and in some cases, downright scary. That men in significant positions in government are taking money that is not theirs is not a new theme in this day and age, and the reader will understand how a group like the Posse Comitatus has come into being. The plot moves to the story's end with the expected twists and turns that a good thriller must contain. The author's note at the end is a good one, for as he writes "Desperate people do desperate things." "Redemption Day" should be on every thriller lover's list of must-reads.