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The Covert Element (James Becker Suspense/Thriller Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

John L. Betcher
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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BY A USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

SILVER MEDAL WINNER - Readers Favorite Book Awards 2011 & 2012.

“I loved this book, I couldn't put my Kindle down! I can't wait to read more of this author's works. This book was so intriguing and suspenseful and best of all WELL WRITTEN.” Amazon Review.

“An intelligent thriller that weaves the echoes of recent events into a lively narrative. Plotted deftly, this is a recommended read for all who appreciate stories in the vein of Clancy and Flynn.” Ryne D. Pearson, Bestselling Author of Simple Simon (which became the movie, Mercury Rising)

“This is a well-plotted and exceptionally written and researched thriller. Betcher tells a convincing story and yet manages to keep the violence and coarse language to a minimum and thus ensures a wide and satisfied audience. All the players are brought together as Betcher builds momentum and suspense for a satisfying ending that will leave you entertained and excited for the next episode. The book stands alone well, but I dare you to read this one without needing to quickly purchase The Missing Element (book 1) and The 19th Element (book 2). Highly Recommended. READERS CHOICE REVIEWS.

“This novel tells a complicated tale of revenge that comes to those who wait.” Marty Dodge for Book Pleasures.

“Follow the potential life of one Mexican-American individual who dedicated his life to eliminating the Drug Cartels. John Betcher's choice to use this character is intriguing, allowing us to see into the heart of many Mexicans who are just as concerned, and maybe even more so, about the influence of drugs in the United States and throughout the world. I commend John for this effort and look forward to future important books in this series. Highly recommended.” GA Bixler for REVIEWERS ROUNDUP.

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Former military intelligence operative, James “Beck” Becker and his CIA code-cracking wife, Beth, have retired to Beck’s hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota. Their retirement has already proven more exhilarating than they’d expected.

But they could never have anticipated the new source of crime and intrigue in their small community. A Mexican drug cartel has set up shop a few miles down the road. And they’re not just selling. The new meth production facility is the largest north of the Rio Grande.

To complicate matters further, Terry “Bull” Red Feather’s former comrade-in-arms has come to visit. And he’s on a mission. His decades-long assault on the cartels is coming to a head. His plan is to blow up the drug plant . . . if he can find it. He wants Bull to help.

The Beckers’ challenge? To dismantle cartel operations before a full-blown drug war breaks out in Red Wing.

THE COVERT ELEMENT has the characters you love, battling the cartels you'll learn to despise.


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About the Author

Amazon Bestselling Author, John L. Betcher, holds a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. He has practiced law for more than twenty-five years in the Mississippi River community of Red Wing, Minnesota. Mr. Betcher has published an award-winning series of "Becker" suspense/thriller novels. The first four are THE 19TH ELEMENT, THE MISSING ELEMENT, THE COVERT ELEMENT, and THE EXILED ELEMENT. He has also authored the award-winning spiritual phenomenon, A HIGHER COURT.

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  • Language: English
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becker is Back - and better than ever! July 1, 2011
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John Becker, his wife Beth, his friend Bull, and even Becker's law-enforcement counterpart Gunner have all returned in a new novel, and they are better than ever.

It opens with a mass-murder and fire in what appears to be a just opening Meth-lab ... and the excitement takes off from there. Long-term plans are just coming to fruition ... and Becker has managed to stick his nose into some pretty dangerous stuff involving the plans of Los Cincos ... a drug cartel based in Mexico, now expanding facilities to the United States.

I always appreciate the important role Beth, whom Becker affectionately refers to as a "computer goddess" plays in all of his novels, and while he attempts to keep her out of the fray, she ends up filling a critical role as the danger increases.

Perhaps the best part of this novel for me is that it doesn't answer all of the questions, but rather leaves the door open to the possibility of a future encounter ... which would really be enjoyable.

As always, this is a novel that I can recommend to my friends. Real without being graphic and without using extraneous bad language.

Since I reviewed his first book, John Betcher has provided me with a complimentary PDF copy of each of his following novels, and I am grateful to be able to report that this one is the best of all! If you haven't read the earlier James Becker novels, don't worry, this one stands on its own - but once you read it, you might want to go back and try some of his earlier writings.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series just gets better and better!!!!! June 18, 2011
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This is the third installment featuring James Becker (Beck), a former Military Intelligence Agent and his ex-CIA code cracking, computer expert wife, Beth. They are both retired from their stressful jobs, Beck does some work as an attorney now, but they just can't seem to stay out of trouble.

In this edition the Mexican Drug Wars come way too close to home, very near to their quiet Minnesota community, and they aren't just selling the drugs, they are manufacturing meth at a huge grain company. The organic grain elevator and small dairy is a great cover. The CEO doesn't even know what is happening right under his nose.

To add even more thrill to this thriller we find out about some of Beck's friend Bull's past. A friend from his time in the military shows up and he is on a mission and wants Bull's help to carry out his plan. He has set up his planned assault for many years and it is all coming to a head now in Minnesota.

Beth and Beck try to help their friend Bull accomplish his friend's mission in the most legal way possible because if they don't they could all end up in jail or dead.

I was privileged to be one of the first to read the first book in this series, The Missing Element and then The 19th Element which tied with Harlan Coben's CAUGHT for my selection of Best Suspense/Thriller for 2010. I was worried that after the last one John had set the bar too high for himself, but The Covert Element surpassed both of the previous novels.

I think that John is not only a brilliant writer but he takes huge current issues in the world and brings them alarmingly close to home. He had made Red Wing, Minnesota the hotbed of some critical world issues in a truly believable way. I just hope the wrong people don't read his books and get ideas.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably more truth than fiction August 18, 2011
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`Whether drugs or not, it was hard for me to imagine that the scene I had observed this morning could possibly portend anything but headaches and misery for the residents of Ottawa County. "But twenty-three dead...When's the last time that sort of mass execution happened in the U.S.?" Beth stared into space. "Gotta be when that crazy Hennard guy drove his pickup truck through the front window of Luby's Café in Texas way back in - what was it - '91? Long time ago, anyway." "This morning's atrocity looked like something out of Kosovo. Like an ethnic cleansing. Or like the mob sending someone a message. But we don't have `the mob' in Minnesota...just a few rag tag street and motorcycle gangs that shoot each other once in a while." I thought for a moment. I could see Beth was trying to make some sense of all this, too. "I s'pose Hells Angels is the closest we've got to any organized crime syndicate," I said. "But if it was a biker gang, the BCA should find evidence of motorcycles all over the place. I didn't see any tracks around that house this morning. Still...you never know." I was out of ideas. Maybe some solid police work would give me new options to consider soon. In the meantime, while ruthless killers roamed loose in or around Ottawa County, I would sleep very lightly indeed.'

James Becker, Attorney-at-law, called "Beck" for short, came back from a smoldering meth cooking lab where 23 men had been killed. Beck had been invited to go to the scene by his friend Ottawa County Chief Deputy Sheriff, Doug Gunderson, also known as "Gunner." The biggest problem was, how were 23 men talked into lying down on the ground while each one was individually shot in the head with the same gun? But that is exactly how they were found outside the lab as it burned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book!
This was the first book I have read by this author but I will be looking for another by him right away. This book had it all..Suspense, intrigue, humour, history and romance. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Donnie Kay Truman
5.0 out of 5 stars James Becker Series
What a ride! Great read with fun characters and an interesting story. Keep them coming.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending makes you go, "Hmmm...."
Fun characters, wacky plot, and an unexpected ending...made for an entertaining read.
Published 28 days ago by Lady Silverlocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It kept my interest from beginning to end..
Published 28 days ago by Diana Graeber
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A very good read. Difficult to put down. About current times.
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Schreiber
5.0 out of 5 stars Read a good story
The book is a good read. Lots of action.
The bad guys got It in the end. Would make a great movie.
Published 1 month ago by Rex
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
These Elements books were well written, and I found them entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Carol
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Good Read
Published 1 month ago by Maggie May
4.0 out of 5 stars The Covert Element (3)
This is a good all around suspense thriller. There is enough action and disorder to fill most of your appetites to the brim.
Published 1 month ago by John Shearer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Couldn't put it down. A novel but so realistic I wanted to look up the players on an internet search. Read more
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USA Today Bestselling Author, John L. Betcher, holds a Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. He has practiced law for more than twenty-five years in the Mississippi River community of Red Wing, Minnesota. Mr. Betcher has published an award-winning series of "Becker" suspense/thriller novels. The first five are THE 19TH ELEMENT, THE MISSING ELEMENT, THE COVERT ELEMENT, THE EXILED ELEMENT and THE CRITICAL ELEMENT. He has also authored the award-winning spiritual phenomenon, A HIGHER COURT.

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