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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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  • Print Length: 388 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XT6LZM
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable August 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coppersmith November 10, 2012
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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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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
By nubian
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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
By nina
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 4 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 10 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 15 months ago 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 20 months ago 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 21 months ago by Sandy B
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 23 months ago 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 23 months ago by R. Horn
4.0 out of 5 stars the coopersmith
I thought this was a very good book. Unpredictable. Deducted a star because there was a ridiculous number of typos. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Pen Name
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More About the Author

Michael J. Scott specializes in action/adventure thrillers and suspense. He is the author of no less than six series, which he is writing contemporaneously.

"Descent," is a stand alone Sci-Fi Thriller about Alien abductions, UFO's and a secret government conspiracy.

The series titled "Jefferson's Road" is a dystopic vision of America. Set sometime in the near future, it chiefly concerns the break out of widespread civil unrest in the United States due to the instability of the nation's social systems and the refusal of government to relinquish centralized control.

Michael's "Janelle Becker Books" tell the story of a Special Agent with the Behavioral Analysis Unit who is the lead investigator of the Religious Crimes Task Force. Janelle lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her cat Nutmeg. She enjoys Jazz music, Cajun cuisine, and has a penchant for speaking her mind. Addicted to prescription pain medication she'd received subsequent to a knife attack, she battles both the demons of her drug use as well as a string of broken relationships, all while wrestling against a dark memory in her past that threatens to shatter her carefully constructed world. Nevertheless, she is a crack investigator, and her unconventional insights are critical to solving the cases that land before her.

The "Jonathan Munro Adventures" follow the escapades of a reluctant hero swept up into archaeological adventures-usually at the hand of his beguiling ex-fiance, Isabel Kaufman. Dr. Munro is a paleographer (a professor of ancient writings) at the University of Michigan who'd rather stay in his office and study dusty tomes, but his commitment to Christ and his willingness to help those in need puts him into a world of danger where thieves, assassins, mercenaries, and unscrupulous collectors vie to obtain priceless treasures of antiquity.

"The Dragon's Eye Cycle" occurs in a mystical land of swords, sorcery, and fantastic creatures, and where mysteries still must be solved. Lucas Veritatus, ex-Sheriff of the North Country, now serves as a mercenary investigator. Joined by the enigmatic and beautiful Avenyë of the Ronami, and pursued by the memory of the dark sorcerer who cost him his eye, Lucas travels throughout the Four Realms using his eyes and ears to solve crimes, rather than relying on Magick. But Magick finds him nonetheless...

The "Spilled Milk" series are dark thrillers about Gerrold Smith, a widower and father who becomes a terrorist in order to protect his children from a corrupt social welfare agency. Like many of Michael's novels, Gerrold's tale is a morality play about choices - particularly wrong choices that take us down the slippery slope. If there is a theme to Spilled Milk and its sequels, it is this: The difference between the man and the monster is a matter of degree, not kind.

"New World Order" is the latest series from Michael's pen, debuting in 2013. Imagine a world without freedom, where common people are subjected to the whims of an out-of-control bureaucracy, no longer governed by men or by laws, but only by the expediency of an agenda-where not even the elite are in charge any longer. New World Order tells the story of Katherine and Rebecca Holt as they are swept up in a rebellion against the forces of a self-destructive, all-encompassing Authority that exists for no other purpose than its own demise.

Besides writing, Michael enjoys reading, discussing politics, philosophy and religion, teaching, singing, martial arts, "Freestyle Kendo," acting, cooking and shooting pool. Michael lives outside of Rochester, NY with his wife and three children.

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