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The 19th Element (James Becker Suspense/Thriller Series) [Kindle Edition]

John L. Betcher
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Book Description

USA Today Bestseller 2014.

MORE THAN 160,000 COPIES SOLD.

AMAZON TOP 100 Best Seller

GOLD MEDAL THRILLER – Readers Favorite Book Awards.

"Best Self-Published Book" – Dollycas's Blogspot.

“Rich with intrigue and mind-bending suspense, The 19th Element is a compelling read. Throughout the pages of his enrapturing new political thriller, author John Betcher takes the reader on a nonstop, action-packed ride of true-to-life adventure.” Apex Reviews

“A First Rate Psychological Thriller – Highly Recommended.” Readers Choice Reviews.

“This book is now tied with Harlan Coben's CAUGHT as the best book I have read this year. If you like a riveting, page turner this is definitely a book that should be in you hot little hands today.” Lori Caswell. Amazon Top Reviewer and Book Blogger.

"Betcher writes with intelligence and humor. The 19th Element is an intriguing blend of Robert Parker wit and Vince Flynn action. A fun, exciting read for anyone who enjoys a well-written thriller." Lois Greiman, award-winning author of the Chrissy McMullen mysteries.

“A very realistically portrayed terrorist attack in an unusual setting provided me with a nerve-wrenching adrenalin rush. If you're into suspenseful thrillers, try this one on for size.” Steven Moore for Book Pleasures Reviews.

“John Betcher has written a realistic, page-turning, pulse pounding thriller.” Doug Dorow, Author of The Ninth District.

“The book is a fabulous well-written thriller about nuclear terrorism. . . .In light of the Nuclear Plant disaster in Japan, John's thriller is a timely masterpiece.” Amazon Reviewer.

“The 19th Element is an heart-pounding, pure adrenaline rush. I actually felt exhausted after reading it. This is probably one of the highest compliments that I could ever give. When I get so wrapped up in a book that I feel like I'm the main character, I know that I've read a winner! I loved this book!” Bridget Hopper (KY). Book Blogger and Reviewer.

“The plot takes you right to the nail biting end, hoping that it all works out. You'll have to read for yourself to see what happens. It will be well worth your time. James Patterson move over because John L. Betcher can tell a fantastic story!” Amazon Reviewer.

SUMMARY:

Terrorists plan to attack Minnesota's Prairie River Nuclear Power Plant, but they’re not your typical band of Islamic extremists. True, there’s an al Qaeda connection. But the heart of the ‘terror cell’ is homegrown, right here in the United States.

James "Beck" Becker is a former elite U.S. government intelligence operative who has retired to his childhood hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota – just six miles down the Mississippi from the Prairie River Power Station. He recognizes connections between seemingly unrelated incidents – a murdered agronomy professor, a missing lab assistant, an international cell call, a stolen fertilizer truck, an explosion in the street in front of City Hall – but can't piece the story together in enough detail to convince government authorities that a larger threat exists. Only his American Indian friend, "Bull," will help Beck defuse the threat.

So it's Beck and Bull versus the best terror cell west of the Mississippi.

May the better men win.


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Terrorists plan to attack Minnesota's Prairie River Nuclear Power Plant, but they're not your typical band of Islamic extremists. True, there's an al Qaeda connection. But the heart of the 'terror cell' is homegrown, right here in the United States.

James "Beck" Becker is a former elite U.S. government intelligence operative who has retired to his childhood hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota - just six miles down the Mississippi from the Prairie River Power Station. He recognizes connections between seemingly unrelated incidents - a murdered agronomy professor, a missing lab assistant, an international cell call, a stolen fertilizer truck, an explosion in the street in front of City Hall - but can't piece it together in enough detail to convince government authorities that a larger threat exists. Only his American Indian friend, "Bull," will help Beck defuse the threat.

So it's Beck and Bull versus the best terror cell west of the Mississippi.

May the better men win.

About the Author

Amazon TOP 100  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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published through CreateSpace; Second edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TXS2VY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great plot ... Fun Characters ... July 2, 2010
Format:Paperback
In the 19th Element, we find James Becker, "Beck" to his friends, his close friend "Bull," and his wife Beth back to solving another mystery. Beck was formerly with special operations, and has now retired and brought his family to this small, safe town where he can finally live under his own name.

This particular story begins with a dead professor found in the small community of Red Wing where Beck and Beth now live. Beck, who "plays at" being a lawyer begins to check out the details and it seems like everything is shouting terrorism. But small towns and bureaucracies aren't willing to consider this as a possibility, so Beck begins to explore the situation on his own.

In this book, Betcher answers many questions concerning the characters in The Missing Element: A James Becker Mystery, and adds a new level of believability to his characters. And, while two of the antagonists could have seemed corny by their very stupidity, the response of those around them to the acts is equal to our own puzzlement, making them actually believable.

John Betcher offered me a complimentary early copy of this book for review since I enjoyed his first one, however I was unable to read it until last night. I thought I'd read a couple of chapters then drop off to sleep. I didn't - I was intrigued enough to read it to the end in a single setting, and I was up well past midnight.

I do tend to be a bit "tougher" on authors who offer me their books, so I must admit that early on I found myself locating a periodic table to find the 19th element, as well as checking out what it could do.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Being a writer myself, I found this book a good read. It had all of the points of a great thriller. Terrorists. Facts that are so real you can touch them. Details about how we have become so complacent in our day-to day lives that we forget how clever people who might want to harm us could be. The characters were believable and well designed.

In his novel, John shows us his main character nicknamed James (aka Beck), and his wife Beth living in the small town of Red Wing, Minnesota. James and Beth were former agents for the US government, now retired and trying to live out a peaceful life with their daughters. That is, until a terrorist group decides to blow up a nearby nuclear plant, sending poisonous gasses across half of the continent. Beck puts a series of seemingly random incidents around town together and the big picture starts to emerge. He enlists the help of several friends in the area.

The scary part is that John has done his homework. The threat of such an event happening is laid out in such stark detail that you could see how easily it could be done if we let our guard down. That's probably the most engaging part of the whole story. It really could happen.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The ending was action-packed and filled with the kinds of details that kept me wanting more. But to get to this fabulous ending, I found the first half of the book to be a series of very dry, heavy loads of technical overview. The writing in the first half seemed to be written in a different point of Mr. Betcher's writing journey in comparison to the last half of the book. In the beginning, the characters were formed very well, but the fact presentation was weak, making it more dry than enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This was a great plot: Al Quaida is planning on flying an extra explosive plane into a nuclear power plant. I enjoyed the characters interactions and dialogue. My only complaint is that the book moved a little slowly and dryly. There was an abundance of technical jargon dealing with nuclear chemistry and physics. I was a science major in college and my eyes still tended to glaze over during these parts. The last 25% of the novel moved along just fine, however. Therefore this is most likely a problem unique to this novel because of the plot and I will definitely read and recommend other works by John L Betcher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of: The 19th Element by: John L. Betcher November 22, 2011
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James L. Becker is an attorney, at least that's what those of his small hometown believe. John and his wife Beth, worked as agents for the USA before settling down in Red Wing, MN. Terrorism was their work. They decide to leave the agency and live more quietly in Red Wing while their daughter attends college out of state. James realizes the problems that came with being an agent followed them into private life. He senses there will be a terrorist attempt at one of the local nuclear power plants. It begins with a dead body and then the pieces of the puzzle start falling in line.

This book is thought provoking, intelligent and amazing. I love the idea of showing that Americans are complacent when it comes to terrorism even if they don't believe they are. The characters are a wonderfully written group of people. You can imagine these people living in your own neighborhood. I like that it informed. The two problems I found with this book is for many it will prove to be extremely detailed and technical. This isn't an easy read for the weekend, at least not for most people. I know many will enjoy this book, still there are some who will start it but not finish it. I did finish but WOW was it challenging.

~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story with a believable plot.
Well written story. Has an interesting story line with interesting characters. Time to start reading book #2.
Published 13 days ago by WingNut/Pilot
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
The plot is unique and intriguing: a real page turner toward the end. I like the balance and detail this writer gave. I recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Kay Nolte
4.0 out of 5 stars I will read at least one more in the series
Becker is an interesting character: a lawyer who had rather be a private detective. It was an interesting story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David May
5.0 out of 5 stars I found the book exciting. It held my interest ...
I found the book exciting. It held my interest and the topic of terrorists trying to blow up a nuclear power plant is certainly a worry.
Published 2 months ago by Michael McNamara
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Check my purchases I did not purchase this.
Published 2 months ago by Charles Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Loved it.told my daughter she would love it lots of detail and action. Well, here are my seven more words
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth-L. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice enjoyable light read
Easy read, interesting story. The nuclear stuff is not accurate. The NRC does not direct activities a a Nuclear power plant they can and do, when needed, issue confirmatory action... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roger A. Locy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I choose this book because it s sounded intriguing. As I got into it, I knew I was right. I especially think those that go to vintage war plane shows would get a kick out of this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adventure
Nicely written and edited. Lots of suspense and action, physical, political and international. The technical aspects of terror tactics make this a rather believable tale. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Twostory
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read!
Published 5 months ago by William T. Muse
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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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