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The Missing Element (James Becker Suspense/Thriller Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 5 in James Becker Suspense/Thriller Series (5 Book Series)
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There's some awkwardness in the writing; for example, the protagonist keeps reminding the reader how much he loves his wife. The characters could be more fully developed and we don't get a strong sense of place. The detective, who has no official standing, has surprisinglyly litle trouble getting people to talk to him.
But the book passes the big test of mysteries: it held my interest. The writing is tight. Plotting is clearly the author's strong suit.
I hope Becker continues to write books with these characters. I expect to see more attention as the series grows.
1. A plot that intrigues me. I was hooked on page one. The Missing Element kicks off with a kidnapping and it takes a frustratingly long while (in a good way) to learn the reason. By then the enjoyable subplots, false leads, and pace-chewing miscues had me as I'm-gonna-figure-this-out-or-die-trying sucked in as was protagonist James "Beck" Becker. And then the author wraps the story around convincingly-researched high tech espionage (another one of my push buttons) and I couldn't put it down. Now, this isn't Ludlum or Connelly, but for a lighter summer read, it works.
2. Characters who move me. Especially a protagonist who I'd either like to be (vicariousness has its joys) or that I'd like to meet with regularly at the corner pub, a worthy cast of sidekicks, and a bad guy that raises my hackles and makes me wish evil things upon. Hero, supporting cast, villain. Check, check, check.
The Missing Element actually has a dual hero in the husband-wife team of Becker and his affectionate and brainy wife Beth, and though the idea of a spousal partner crime-fighting team isn't anything new, Betcher writes it charmingly well, if not a little gooey at times. Clearly modeled after Spenser and Susan Silverman of the Robert B. Parker novels (perhaps my favorite long-running series), it'll take Betcher a few more Beck thrillers to capture the clever and effortless repartee Parker mastered. Also, though I trusted hero Beck's smooth confidence in the book's occasional danger-is-nigh moments, I'll want more of his government covert intelligence background in later books.Read more ›
A pretty good story, at least good enough that I finished it. I probably wouldn't pay for another book by this author, but might try another one for free.
Language - R
Sex - PG
Violence - PG
The high tech plot was way out of my area of expertise so I cannot comment on the technical issues in the plot, but it read smoothly and reasonably, if a bit more depth than I needed, for a non-tech person.
I had a little difficulty at times with the somewhat intrusive romantic dialogue between the couple, a little too much of a good thing with occasionally awkward phrasing. As often happens, I read the second (third?) book in this series first and this was less noticeable as the series continued.
Overall, a very good start for a new author and a promising new series that will remain on my to-read list.
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I enjoyed the story & the characters. Things went at a good pace & I couldn't wait to finish the story. Will look into reading more books by the author & the series.Published 14 days ago by WBScuba
Enjoyed the characters are the storyline. While not a mystery in the who done way, how the story developed was a good read.Published 9 months ago by Victor M.
This book ia okay in some spots, rather blah in others. Beck can be rather annoying: bossy, pretentious, invasive. A general know-it-all. There are no surprises in this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle fan
Fast paced - very enjoyable read. Uses actual locations during the story. Excellent story, suspenseful. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kaye M. Rundquist
This is my first book by this author but I intend to get the "Beck" 3 to read. I enjoyed all the characters especially "bull". Read morePublished 9 months ago by flipper52
Wow! What a page turner - and a highly believable one at that. John Betcher has clearly done his homework before writing this fast-moving thriller and has cleverly given his... Read morePublished 10 months ago by M. E. Naylor
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