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The 19th Element: A James Becker Nuclear Thriller Paperback – June 23, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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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This is the first book I read by this author and I am now a fan! I have already downloaded the next books in the series.Published 22 days ago by judy
I downloaded this book just to have something available to read on a flight. It is a good read that has an interesting lead character and and relevant storyline. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Amosa
Three stars for predictability, but nice surprise at the end. "Preparedness is next to Godliness." Great quote, attributed to Thomas JeffersonPublished 5 months ago by Cynthia
this story was ok. I bought the rest of the stories from this author.Published 5 months ago by Beth
Just finished the 19th Element. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through the book. What I like best was there was a lot of side drama to the story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tracy B. Posey
Just loved reading this book I could relate so well since my husband actually worked at the nuclear plant there in Red Wing that this book is based on. ---Published 8 months ago by Monz
The positives of this book is that it had a wonderful plot and set of characters.... Intriguing story line. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rhode Island jill