A novel can be written so that the reader must solve a puzzle but it is the intelligent novel that is able to do so and compel the reader's attention. This is the case of "Redemption Day."
Supreme Court Justice Silvio Caprelli is kidnapped by a group of right wing militarists called Posse Comitatus. Their intent is to create a massive incident that will lead to the reshaping of the U.S.
Nick James had been a terrorism analyst for the government and was fired just prior to the kidnapping. One of his areas of expertise is the Posse Comitatus.
A co-worker calls Nick and tells him that a sheriff from West Virginia wants to meet and share information. Nick and the sheriff agree to meet at Nick's home. However, when Nick gets there, the sheriff has been murdered with Nick's weapon. In order to be free to prove his innocence, Nick goes into hiding.
Tension mounts as the story moves back and forth from the members of the Posse, to Nick, and to the officials trying to catch the kidnappers. As Nick follows a lead into West Virginia, the kidnappers are alerted about him. Now Nick is alone between the kidnappers and government officials. He is able to show what one man of courage 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 author describes the scenes with wonderful cinematic effects.
Overall, this is a wonderful novel with excellent, well developed characters and a compelling plot.
I know there are fringe groups such as the Posse Comitatus throughout the country that have a far different view of what the government is and what it should be allowed to do. But other than the occasional mention in a news story, I'll admit I know very little about their beliefs. Steve O'Brien uses this far right order as the driving force behind his book Redemption Day. As the action unfolds, O'Brien takes the opportunity to reference many of the documents … more