A devastating injustice rages across America. Not the injustice we see captured on cell phones and body cams, but to army vet Jack Cade, no less destructive. It’s the theft of private property for private gain, or as the lawyers call it, eminent domain. By any name, it spells one fate for its victims: the loss of their homes and dreams.
Cade is back from Iraq with a bad conduct discharge, an addiction to painkillers, and a case of survivor’s guilt—the aftermath of an IED attack that killed seven Iraqi soldiers in his squad.
Edward Sheehy was born in Washington, DC. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in political science, he served as a naval officer onboard a destroyer in the Middle East. Following the Navy, he enjoyed a long career in legislative and regulatory affairs.
After a move to Minneapolis, he explored the city on bike and discovered he lived only a few blocks from the Loft Literary Center, one of top teaching centers in the country for writers at all craft levels. He took several courses and became motivated and encouraged to put an idea for a novel into words. He is grateful to his Loft instructors, fellow writers, and editors who supported him throughout the long journey that resulted in Cade’s Rebellion.
The remote village was accessible only by Thunder Road, a stretch of unpaved road cratered by countless improvised explosive devices. Everyone hated that route. A real white-knuckler. As the counter- IED specialist, Staff Sergeant Jack Cade trained the jundi, Arabic for “soldier,” on techniques for the detection and disarming of the explosives. Homemade bombs were easy to make and easy to hide—in a dog carcass, a baby carriage, or a garbage heap.
Explosives could be artillery shells and mortar rounds duct-taped together in containers filled with nails, ball bearings, or rocks. “Trust nothing,” Cade taught the jundi. “Assume nothing is safe.” The Humvees, equipped with electronic equipment, could jam remote activation signals— but that equipment wouldn’t detect trip wires, pressure plates, or timers.