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The 19th Element: A James Becker Suspense/Thriller (Anglais) Broché – 24 juin 2010

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GOLD MEDAL THRILLER – 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards. "Best Self-Published Book of 2010" – 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 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.

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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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HASH(0x97af9f00) étoiles sur 5 A plausible thriller that makes it all the more engaging 2 décembre 2011
Par Jerry Hanel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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. I know that many readers who are looking for a "quick read before bed" or a treat to take on the train or commute to work will easily find themselves overwhelmed with the enormity of it all.

The second problem I have with the story is probably a matter of style. That is to say, I wouldn't have handled some of the wording or dialogue that way. There were some stylistic choices that Mr. Betcher employed that only compounded the enormity of the first-half-info-dump. While strictly speaking, there was nothing wrong with the writing itself, these odd choices didn't help the reader get through the dry areas. The dialogue tags should never take you out of the story. In fact, they should be nearly invisible as you read. But occasionally -- I assume to increase the speed through an action or to keep the speakers straight in a room full of people -- Mr. Betcher employed a more script-style format for dialogue that seemed to pull me out of the story and remind me that I was merely the reader, still in my bedroom reading a book.

A final pet-peeve (and now I really am just nit-picking) his main antagonist was named John. The author's name is John. The protagonist's name is James. .. Alot of very similar names throughout the book. Had they been just bit parts, I probably would have never noticed. But because we were switching from James to John (or was that John to James?) .... I frequently had to stop and re-read sections to reorient myself as to whose head I was in. Again, another simple choice that made plodding through until you get used to who-is-who more difficult.

If you are in the mood for a thriller that will leave you really thinking and watching the world around you with a fresh set of eyes, this book holds great potential. By the time I got to the end, I found that I REALLY enjoyed the story presented. Just be prepared to put in the time to see the whole story unfold, and look past some of the author's stylistic quirks.

Pros: Great story. Realistic set-up. As scary and thought provoking as any story I've read in recent years.
Cons: A bit dry at times that makes plodding through difficult, and odd stylistic choices for dialogue that compounds the issue.
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HASH(0x94e03168) étoiles sur 5 Great story with more than a bit of a technical touch 15 mai 2012
Par Ava J. Easterby - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x94e033a8) étoiles sur 5 Review of: The 19th Element by: John L. Betcher 23 novembre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x94e0354c) étoiles sur 5 Just horribly boring 24 mars 2012
Par RussS - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I firmly believe that amazingly perfect protagonists yield amazingly boring stories. Their perfection offers no opportunity for drama: how can the perfect rise to a seemingly overwhelming challenge before them? Unfortunately, author Betcher and protagonist Becker don't agree with me. They evidently feel that Becker can never be too perfect. Becker is a former agent turned lawyer, inventor of a sniper bullet, and married to an attractive stay-home wife who just happens to be a former top-notch CIA cryptologist. Gee, is it getting just a little too perfect in here for anyone else? I will acknowledge that it must be tough for Becker to contend with being right all the time and with the constant doubt and disbelief he encounters when telling mere mortals what he knows and they do not. While the premise was believable, the delivery was just a too perfect and unbelievable for me.
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HASH(0x94e03420) étoiles sur 5 Don't always judge a book by its synopsis. 9 juin 2012
Par Ken Balneaves - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A really good read but when I first picked it up I very quickly began to wish I hadn't; the Al-Qaeda slant didn't initially appeal. However, I persevered and was pleased I did so as before long I couldn't put it down. The psychology behind the reasons for radicalisation of non-Muslims was very insightful. Also, John's in depth and very detailed descriptions of how the science worked was just brilliant. The ending, perhaps could have run faster for me, perhaps by shortening the sentences, thus giving the perception of an increased pace, but a great story from a new author to me. I'll read another of his books soon.
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