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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo 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.