Monday, June 25, 2012

Redemption Day by Steve O'Brien

Guest post by Steve O'Brien/  @OBrien_Steve

Redemption Day

About the Book:

In Redemption Day, the Posse Comitatus has returned, reinvigorated and inspired by the economic downturn and anger over government intrusion. The Posse seeks to not only wreak havoc on the country, but to actually change the political landscape. In their effort to “take back the country,” they kidnap a Supreme Court Justice. With money extorted from a government contractor desperate to win back a domestic terrorism contract, redemption day unfolds.
The protagonist is Nick James, a terrorism analyst who loses his job as a result of the cutback in spending on domestic terror programs. He is one of the government’s experts on the Posse Comitatus, but he is soon framed for the killing of a West Virginia sheriff and put on the run. The Government wants him arrested; the Posse Comitatus wants him dead.

Nick has to clear his name and unravel the Posse plot before April 19 arrives.

About the Author:!/OBrien_Steve

Steve O’Brien is an author and attorney. Redemption Day is his third novel. His prior works, Elijah’s Coin and Bullet Work, have been recipients of multiple literary awards. Since its release,Elijah’s Coin has been added to the reading curriculum in multiple secondary schools throughout the US and has been incorporated in a university ethics course. Steve is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and The George Washington University Law School. He lives in Washington, DC.

Guest Post by Steve O’Brien

In Redemption Day, the events culminate in Washington, DC on April 19. This was not a random date, but one with deep historical significance. The Posse Comitatus is a sovereign citizen group. They believe power within this nation resides at the county level, not with the federal government. Their version of American history could overwhelm the most rabid conspiracy theorist, but suffice it to say they are a radical anti-government group.

As a young lawyer in Nebraska, I had dealings with the Posse Comitatus. They rose in power during the agricultural crisis of the 1980’s (yes, I’m old). They pedaled legal documents and false statements in an effort to avert farm foreclosures. Fortunately none of my dealings with the Posse Comitatus turned violent, but in other parts of the state the same could not be said. This included the 1984 stand off and shoot out which ultimately killed Posse Comitatus member Arthur Kirk twenty miles from where I grew up.

While conducting research for Redemption Day, I stumbled upon a repeating date of significance and horrific violence. That date is April 19.

The date is not well known like September 11 or December 7, the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Unlike dates that commemorate great military victories or the end of World Wars, April 19 is about a different kind of violence.

Violence between citizens of this nation and the government itself.

    Like most traditions it began as a coincidence, but later transitioned into an anniversary of sorts for members of sovereign citizen groups like the Posse Comitatus.

    It began in 1985.
Jim Ellison was the leader of a sovereign group called CSA (The Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord). On April 19, 1985, three hundred federal officers surrounded Ellison’s compound in northern Arkansas. Ellison surrendered and was later convicted of conspiracy and weapons charges. Aside from traditional firearms, the federal officers rounded up hand grenades, plastic explosives, blasting caps, landmines and even a US Army anti-tank rocket. One of Ellison’s men, Richard Wayne Snell was charged with murder. His execution took place ten years later as fate would have it, on April 19.

    April 19, 1993 the FBI stormed the Branch Davidian complex outside Waco Texas, killing seventy six members. David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian group was sought for illegal weapons charges. Sovereign groups believe there is no such thing as an illegal weapon. What Koresh did was not a crime, it was a right. The Branch Davidian assault came on the heels of the Ruby Ridge shootings which enraged sovereign members like Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. They saw it as yet another illegal intrusion by a corrupt government.
Following Waco, April 19 became a date of significance for sovereign groups. They would use the date as a symbol and cause to retaliate against the government.

    On April 19, 1994 militia leader Linda Thompson issued a call for sovereign citizen groups  to assemble in Washington DC, armed and in uniform. The purpose of the assembly was the forced repeal of the Brady Bill and the arrest of Congressmen and Senators for treason. She identified herself as the acting adjutant general of the Unorganized Militia of the United States. Although later rescinded, her call to arms became known as the Thompson Ultimatum.

    At nine pm April 19, 1995, CSA member, Richard Wayne Snell, was put to death by lethal injection in Arkansas. His last words to the Arkansas Governor included the following. “Governor Tucker, look over your shoulder. Justice is coming.”
Twelve hours earlier, Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols detonated a truck bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 168 people.

For McVeigh and Nichols the date was not a coincidence.

Redemption Day can be purchased on Amazon. It is available in book form
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1 comment:

  1. "Elijah's Coin", " Bullet work" and now "Redemption day" What great cover names? Mr Steve O'Brien certainly has my attention, I will start with Elijah coin and work my way up. As always a great post D


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