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The Missing Element (James Becker Suspense/Thriller Series Book 2) (English Edition) Format Kindle

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Langue : Anglais

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Présentation de l'éditeur

BY A USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

FINALIST - Readers Favorite Book Awards for Fiction

PRAISE FOR THE MISSING ELEMENT:

“The Missing Element is an action-packed, high-stakes suspense thriller. Through well-developed characters and deftly intersecting plotlines, author John Betcher relates a riveting - and disturbingly realistic - tale of intrigue, mystery, and high-tech espionage. Fans of the genre are sure to find themselves engrossed in the unfolding action of Betcher's fast-paced narrative, and his skillful storytelling stands out as a key element in the overall enjoyment of the well-crafted tale. Taut, compelling, and highly entertaining, The Missing Element is a dynamic read. The latest thrilling offering from an exciting new literary voice.” APEX REVIEWS.

“The Missing Element is well-written, the plot is intriguing, and the characters are interesting. Betcher draws you in from page one and holds your interest to the very last. Unlike many recent novels, Betcher takes his time tying up the loose ends and concluding the story. This book is obviously the beginning of an exciting new series of suspense novels for Betcher. The Missing Element is highly recommended . . . “ READERS CHOICE REVIEWS.

“I was impressed all the way around with the writing, the plot, the whole story. As I finished the last pages I closed the book very satisfied that all the loose ends had been tied and hopeful that I could follow the roads that Beck travels again...” Sheila A. DeChantal, Book Reviewer & Blogger.

“Sure this was a great mystery and it was complex and diverse enough to keep me totally interested while both Beck and his wife must get involved in order to stop what would have been a world-wide "information" disaster. So if mysteries are your interest, The Missing Element by John L. Betcher is excellent reading. But if you are also a fan of the late Robert B. Parker and/or fun snappy dialogue, then I move this into the must-read category for you! For myself, you might have already realized that I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with James Becker, et. al., and look forward to meeting them again in their next mystery! GA Bixler (PA), REVIEWERS ROUNDUP

“This is such a good book. It is written at the perfect pace that keeps you turning page after page after page. It is hard to believe this is the author's first mystery novel. The characters are wonderfully developed, my favorite character of the book is Bull, an American Indian, with some very special skills and a very dry wit. The plot is one that may scare anyone who uses a computer, which today is everyone, when you realize this story can actually be true. Are machines running the world? Are humans THE MISSING ELEMENT? Lori Caswell, Book Reviewer and Blogger.

SUMMARY:

After decades of clandestine government operations, James "Beck" Becker and his wife Elizabeth return to Beck's childhood home town to enjoy a settled retirement in the small Mississippi river community of Red Wing, Minnesota. But "settled" is a relative term and no matter where Beck goes, intrigue follows.

When Minneapolis computer genius, Katherine Whitson, disappears under peculiar circumstances, her husband exploits a sympathetic Red Wing acquaintance to enlist Beck's aid in finding her.

As Beck searches for Katherine, the tangled trail leads from her luxury Minneapolis Warehouse District condo, through her husband's extra-marital escapades, past the entrenched hierarchy of elite computer professionals, and into the mind-bending world inside computer microprocessors.

Katherine's kidnapping is clearly more complicated than a typical abduction.

As it turns out, the Beckers must use all of their considerable experience -- his as a military intelligence operative; hers as a CIA code-cracker -- to save Katherine and bring her abductors to justice.

Biographie de l'auteur

Amazon Top 100 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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 649 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 273 pages
  • Editeur : John L. Betcher; Édition : 2 (26 mars 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003E3608G
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HASH(0x94c2248c) étoiles sur 5 Very good for a debut novel 6 mai 2010
Par Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Like other reviewers, I found this novel superior to most first-time efforts (and actually to some novels published by major publishers). The author has the rare gift for moving the plot along. I liked some of the smaller touches, such as the wife's sleuthing on the Internet and the heavy duty security at their house.

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.
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HASH(0x94a0fc60) étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable enough 3 juin 2012
Par Y. Castillo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I liked the main character. I didn't like the language. If you read this and object to strong language, please skip the entire chapter with his wife at home dealing with an intruder. It has nothing to do this this plot and 99% of the really bad language was there. If that had been in the first chapter or two, I wouldn't have bothered with the book, but I was far enough into the story, that I glossed over that chapter ...

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
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HASH(0x94a32fc0) étoiles sur 5 Great Start to the James Becker Thrillers 14 juillet 2011
Par Glenn Gordon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I read a lot of thrillers, and what I'm hoping for when I pick up a new book are three critical components. John L. Betcher's debut novel The Missing Element delivers each remarkably well.

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.

I loved Beck's reluctantly blasé, but fiercely loyal muscleman Bull and was pleasantly satisfied with his just-frequent-enough appearances on stage. And though the addtional local precinct cops and federal agent connections are typical for suspense thrillers these days, Betcher adds some needed life to his second tier cast and I'll hope they show up in the sequels.

One quality I appreciate in a writer of this genre is the ability to convince me I've figured out the enemy's identity, only to discover I was wrong. To accomplish this ALL of the potential villains need to flip my "vengence is due on this creep" switch. Again, Betcher rises to the task. And it's especially gratifying when the true foe ends up being the person you despised most all along.

3. A writing style that satisfies me. I'm a former English teacher, so I notice things like grammar, usage, mechanics, word choice, paragraph structure, use of plot devices, and all those other things you learned in high school. And the more I read top quality writing, the more I notice when a book falls short. The Missing Element is author Betcher's first book and kudos are due. Nicely done, John L. Betcher.

This thriller's sequel, The Covert Element, is queued up on my Kindle. I'm looking forward to it.
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HASH(0x949e9b7c) étoiles sur 5 The Missing Element is an Intriquing, Exciting Mystery-thriller! 25 avril 2010
Par Wilson R. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The Missing Element is the story of James "Beck" Becker and his wife Elizabeth, who have returned to Beck's childhood home in Red Wing, Minnesota to enjoy retirement from their covert government jobs. Of course, life is anything but quiet with Beck around.

When Katherine Whitson, a Minneapolis computer genius, disappears under mysterious circumstances, her husband George calls the local police. After receiving no help from police, George then solicits a Red Wing acquaintance to convince Beck to help find Katherine.

Beginning at Katherine's luxury apartment in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, Author John L. Betcher puts his protagonist through a labyrinth of red herrings. Beck's investigation starts with George as the unfaithful husband, and then moves to his lover, to Katherine's work colleagues, and on through the ranks of an influential computer company, and into the overwhelming world of computer microprocessors before he can begin to find answers.

To solve the mystery of why Katherine was kidnapped--and to save her--Beck must draw on his resources with the FBI and their computer experts, as well as the expertise of his wife Elizabeth, the former CIA agent.

Betcher leads us into the world of advanced computer technology and international espionage with this captivating suspense thriller. As we follow Beck on his quest to locate Katherine, we are introduced to several colorful characters. There is the Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy, Doug Gunderson, and his wife, Connie, who enlist Beck's help. The brawn in this story is provided by the enigmatic Terry "Bull" Red Feather. Bull is drawn into the story when Beck requests his assistance in dealing with the nefarious characters who try to stand in his way.

The Missing Element is well-written, the plot is intriguing, and the characters are interesting. Betcher draws you in from page one and holds your interest to the very last. Unlike many recent novels, Betcher takes his time tying up the loose ends and concluding the story. This book is obviously the beginning of an exciting new series of suspense novels for Betcher. The Missing Element is highly recommended for those who love to curl up with an entertaining mystery/suspense novel. It offers a little something for everyone: lively characters, espionage and cyber-technology, and of course the mystery of who took Katherine Whitson and why. Fans of Parker, Grisham, and Clancy will enjoy this first installment in the James Becker series.

Reviewed by Deb L. Baker for Reader's Choice Book Reviews
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HASH(0x94748fcc) étoiles sur 5 A Very Engaging Read 19 juillet 2012
Par Terry Soileau - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Like John Betcher, I loved Robert Parker's Spencer mystery novels. I usually savored a Spencer mystery over a glass of Scotch after work. When you want to savor a book over a glass of wine or Scotch (or whatever), you know it is a fine read. I was delighted to come across THE MISSING ELEMENT, by John Betcher. I found it to be, like a Spencer novel, very entertaining, but the character of John Becker was more sophesticated and smarter than Spencer. I am not a high tech person, but I was really engaged by the high tech elements in this story. This was a very well planned story about a high tech crime, the kind that really worries people today, e.g. problems with hacking and identity theft. As mystery, detective and suspense books go, this was more intellectually engaging than most and a very satisfying read. Don't miss it!!!
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