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The Coppersmith (Janelle Becker Books Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Scott
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

He calls himself the Coppersmith...

A religious fanatic bent on murder, he begins systematically eliminating pastors in Upstate New York. From small towns to large cities he selects his victims, seemingly at random, and subjects them to a torturous death.

Janelle Becker is the agent with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit charged with solving the crimes. But even with the Bureau's resources, she finds herself ill-prepared to unravel the Coppersmith's message. Why do his methods keep changing? How can they know where he'll strike next? And can she escape her own dark past before it's too late?

As she and her fellow agents track down the clues of the Coppersmith, they find themselves following an ancient itinerary that hearkens back to the steps of the apostle Paul. It becomes a race against this faceless killer as they struggle to predict his movements and get ahead of his deadly message of judgment. Can they stop him in time?

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About the Author

Michael J. Scott is a Christ-following husband, father, preacher, teacher, poet, playwright, and writer. He is the author of The Coppersmith, Topheth, the Jefferson's Road series, Turning, Eye of Darkness, Spilled Milk, as well as the Christian action-adventure Jonathan Munro Adventures: The Lost Scrolls and The Elixir of Life.

He enjoys writing, reading, discussing politics, philosophy and religion, teaching, singing, martial arts, "Freestyle Kendo," acting, cooking, and shooting pool. He currently lives with his family near Rochester, New York. Online at

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  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146109853X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XT6LZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable August 22, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for Prime Time October 3, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars suspenseful October 3, 2012
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Very good read. Thank you Kindle for providing the free books w/o this benefit I would have probably never read this book which I might add was very good. It was full of "omg" moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The coppersmith September 22, 2012
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Enjoyed the book from the first page, well written. Like the style of the book and the diversity this author has great info.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Coppersmith September 21, 2012
By marmi
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Great read. Great plot and a page turner. Would recommend this book to any one who enjoys a great thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THe Coppersmoth September 21, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Books September 21, 2012
By Rich
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I enjoyed it and you will Too. Enjoy this type of book and will look for others similiar. Tally Ho
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. September 21, 2012
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This book was a really good read with lots of mystery and suspense. It kept you interested until the very end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars religious nuttery
Interesting concept and highlights the problem of those who take religion to seriously and decide god, thru them will judge and destroy.... Read more
Published 13 months ago by James W. Platt
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery
It's hard to find good mystery's, however this book was pretty good. Although I could see how it was going to end, the writing and story was enjoyable.
Published 19 months ago by Sunlove
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Interchangable Characters
I really liked the story. The killer's method of selecting victims was novel. I have heard many people arguing that modern Christianity is based as much (if not more) on Paul than... Read more
Published on May 11, 2013 by E. L. Sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars mystery
Good mystery story. I enjoyed following the characters and trying to figure out what made them tick. I think anyone who likes this style will enjoy the book.
Published on December 5, 2012 by jaycee124
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
This was a book I purchased based on the reviews and was so glad I did. We were stuck in a hotel waiting on our house to arrive from out of state, and once I started this, I only... Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by Sandy B
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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 . Read more
Published on November 10, 2012 by Paul Natale
3.0 out of 5 stars Coppersmith
I think the book drags on for a bit, maybe to much same old, sameold.The characters didn't draw me in to really care about them one way or the other.Needed something?
Published on September 24, 2012 by Diane Smith Sluder
3.0 out of 5 stars not the most exciting book I have read.
Generally a book must grab me at the start. this didnt but I persisted and continued reading. it didnt get better, unfortunately
Published on September 23, 2012 by R. Horn
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I thought this was a very good book. Unpredictable. Deducted a star because there was a ridiculous number of typos. Read more
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More About the Author

Michael J. Scott is passionate about the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution. He is a lover of freedom and the rights of men, and is more interested in being truthful with a bias toward action than in being nice, but that does not mean he is unkind.

He 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 sign up for his newsletter at

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