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The Coppersmith (Janelle Becker Books Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"From the first page.. I was hooked. I could not put it down." - Amazon customer

"Twists and turns abound . . fantastic!" - Amazon customer

"This is an author I will be watching. Bravo!" - Amazon customer

"Wow, what a ride! This was a fantastic, intricate look at the mind of a deranged killer. I loved it." - Amazon customer

From the Author

About the Book...

This was actually my first completed novel, and as such will always hold a dear place in my heart. I'd struggled for years to come up with a story concept that would hold my interest long enough to finish it, and despaired for years of ever completing a novel and moving from the ranks of mere "writer" to "author."

Having spent considerable time in ministry counseling others, and sharing a keen interest in understanding the nature and problem of evil, I began researching both serial killers and how the behavioral science of "profiling" actually works. It was in 2005 that I hit on the idea, and from there it was off to the races.

Well, not quite. First, I did a ton of research both on historical serial killers (and boy did that lead to some weird dreams!) as well as more on how the FBI actually functions. From there, I built the puzzle that became the core of The Coppersmith's story, and then wrote it in several chunks. Still, it took me two years to finish. But the euphoria I felt when I actually reached the climax and the end of the story was unforgettable.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publication Date: November 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XT6LZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael J. Scott writes fiction that doesn't shy away from hard questions or dicey situations. He treats his characters like real people with real flaws who sometimes do wrong and stupid things--especially when they're trying to do the right thing.

His interests range from the erosion of the American family, socio-political unrest in the U.S. that threatens to break into civil war, UFO's, adventures in Biblical and Christian archaeology, dystopias, sword and sorcery fantasy, to getting inside the mind of a serial killer.

Feel free to check out his books and receive two free when you sign up for his mailing list at MichaelJScottBooks.com

He lives with his family outside of Rochester, New York.

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The author's note at the end of this 99p sale book says that the idea was spawned 22 years ago on a subway car in NYC when the author was serving on a mission's team and was trying to evangelize commuters. He ended up arguing for three stops with a seventh day adventist, whose beliefs he had (somewhat unbelievably for someone who evangelises for a living) never come across before. The man had argued for the Sabbath and dismissed the author's quotation of Colossians 2:16 by saying that those were Paul's words and not God's. And so this book was born.

An interesting concept and it is nice to see some depth to the reasoning behind a serial killer's choice of victims. The author has clearly used his experience arguing with commuters in his favour and maintains a reasonably well-humoured attitude when writing opposing views to his own.

The story itself is a good one, your basic hunt for a serial killer with a religious twist. There are some good graphic scenes and it doesn't descend into religious argument entirely, but it has more substance to it than the average airport crime novel. I thought the police offers weren't written as well as the killer and his family and influences, though. They seemed to be there as a means to an end - a way of discussing the case out loud and to guide the reader toward the inevitable and somewhat predictable conclusion. Some of them were even given personal lives, although these seemed entirely random and didn't really tie in with the rest of the book in any way. It was almost like an editor told the author to flesh out the cops a bit so he went away and came back with a failed relationship and a drug problem for one, a secret child for another. Enjoyable despite gratuitous and puzzling references to hot sauce.
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Janelle Becker, an FBI agent in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, is sent to upstate New York to work on a puzzling case. Someone is killing church pastors in seemingly random locations. The media is calling the killer the "Fundy Bundy" (with "fundy" short for "fundamentalist"). But the investigators soon find that a more precise nickname might be the "Ebionite Exterminator", since this killer has a strong antipathy to the writings of the apostle Paul.

Trying to decipher the killer's obscure motives leads Janelle to reconnect with her uncle, who is a pastor in Rome, New York, and to start digging into the Bible for clues. She and her fellow investigators are challenged to confront their assumptions about the Bible and religion.

Fans of "Criminal Minds" may want to check out this ingenious serial killer story while they wait for a new season to begin. Even Spencer Reid would be stretched by this case.
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I'm usually not a fan of these kinds of books, but I gave it a shot at the recommendation of a friend. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the suspenseful plot and gruesome scenes thoroughly, but the characters were what I cherished.

The characters are compelling. Consider the main character, Janelle. She is forced to go on assignment to Upstate New York as an FBI agent with an ex-boyfriend, while struggling with drug use. Her struggle evolves through the story as she tries to beat her demons, work around other bureaucrats, and beat the killer. She is aware of her own flaws.

You are treated to many character's perspectives, including the serial killer. The serial killer's insanity is especially discomforting, as the author makes him so relatable.

If you are looking for a classic, I'm not sure that this is it. If you're looking for enlightenment or nirvana, you need to look elsewhere. Still, it's a great read encompassing personal struggles that keeps you hooked as these murders unfold. While knowledge of the Bible is not required to read this book, you will appreciate this novel more if you have knowledge of it.
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As a huge fan of Criminal Minds and the like, I was immediately drawn into The Coppersmith, and the multi-layered plot and tension held throughout. Mr. Scott handled the shifts in POV cleanly, especially when taking us into the killer's twisted perspective. His heroine was humanly believable, and there was not a "happily ever after" ending. This is an author I will be watching. Bravo!
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Kept me rivetted until the last page; almost could not turn the pages fast enough. I was actually disappointed when in finished in a way. It was so well written and researched. One of the best books I hve read for a while, loved the mystery, the character development and the writing style.
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I really was unsure when my daughter recommended this author as we do not always have the same opinions however I truly enjoyed the book. It is somewhat "gritty" as my daughter would say but it is not gratuitous. I will not say more except when is the second book coming out?
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I obtained this book for my kindle using Amazon Prime. From the first page.. I was hooked. I could not put it down . The author writes with such skill that it seems like a movie. This is one I would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery with horror mixed in.
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I love really good serial killer stories, and this one did not disappoint. The major character was strong, although the pursuing team was a little overstaffed. Still it was a really fun read and I would not hesitate to buy other books by this author.
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