Saturday, July 31, 2010

John Betcher - THE 19TH ELEMENT


by John L. Betcher

Al Qaeda plans to attack Minnesota's Prairie River Nuclear Power Plant as a means to return the down-trodden terrorist organization to international prominence.

In addition to their own devoted forces, the terrorists enlist some homegrown anarchists, and a Three Mile Island survivor with a pathological vendetta against the nuclear establishment, to assist in the assault.

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 nuclear facility.

Possessing wisdom born of experience, Beck suspects the terrorists' intentions as soon as the
body of a university professor turns up on the Mississippi shore – the clear victim of foul play.
He recognizes connections between seemingly unrelated incidents – the murdered agronomy
professor, a missing lab assistant, an international cell call, a stolen fertilizer truck – 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 international terror.

May the better men win.

The author 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. He has also been a long-time supporter and coach of youth volleyball there

Reviewed by Charles Ashbacher TOP 50 REVIEWER
This review is of: The 19th Element (Paperback).
"James "Beck" Becker and his creator are rising stars in the terrorist thriller genre; Beck is a deep thinker capable of connecting disparate and nebulous dots. He is also a man of action when the situation requires it."

The Missing Element by John L. Betcher
Reader’s Choice Rating: FIVE STARS
"The Missing Element is an Intriquing, Exciting Mystery-thriller!"