You may think that there is nothing in Minnesota that grants a nuclear attack plan.
You would be wrong.
The Prairie River Nuclear Power Plant seems to be the target and with the help of a few Minnesotans as well as a Three Mile Island Survivor with a chip on his shoulder, things are looking a bit grim.
Yet just as things are beginning to look bleak, we find retired U S Government Intelligence, James Becker, living a mere six miles from the targeted plant. As John uses his past experience to put together the clues, he is also tasked with trying to convince the government of the threat.
Can’t a retired guy catch a break?
So here I am reading a book about the government,war, and terrorists….. and I do not like reading about government, war, and terrorists.
Here’s why. Last year I had the opportunity to read John Betcher’s first book, The Missing Element. In this book I was introduced to a character I really enjoyed, James Becker. James was light-hearted character who while dealing with serious matters, still had a snappy line here and there that made me smile and want to read more.
This past fall I was offered to read John’s second book and I was glad to do so. It took me awhile to fit the book into my crazy schedule but once I sat down to read it…. I was back in the world of James Becker again.
I think what makes this book enjoyable for me is that John Betcher’s writing style is down to earth. I can’t help but like the life he writes into his character James Becker’s DNA. SO while this topic would be one I would most certainly pass on, John writes it in such a way that I found it fascinating to research the clues and solve the mystery like a side kick in the story. I, being from Minnesota as well, enjoyed this setting around the familiar area of Red Wing, a place where you really are not expecting a body to wash up along the shores of the Mississippi.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map now includes The Nineteenth Element
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I received my review copy as well as a signed copy to give away from author John Becker