The Critical Element
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FIVE STARS: This author continues to release entertaining and interesting thrillers in his James Becker series . . .a fine and well-written book. Steven Moore, for BookPleasures.
FIVE STARS: Truly a joy to read . . . . Pacing is always a hard thing to get right and Betcher has . . . nailed it. This novel never bogs down and is a genuine one-sitting page-turner. Ultimately this is a continuation of a fine series that consists of engaging characters attempting to prevent nasty things from happening. Marty Dodge for BLOGCRITICS
FIVE STARS: The author continues to impress! I really enjoy this series and this character. This was a fast paced and well written novel. Amazon Reader, Karen Beaumont
FIVE STARS: I've read everything John L. Betcher has written and every time I think he can't get any better, well he does. The Critical Element is by far his best in the James Becker series. I can't wait to see what Beck will do next. Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish/
FIVE STARS: John Betcher has created an extraordinary character in James Becker and The Critical Element is an excellent addition to his well crafted series. Exciting, challenging, hard to put down, and a pleasure to read. Amazon Reader
The scientific community declared the North Korean “weather satellite” dead on arrival in space. And until recently, the scientists were right. But now the satellite has awakened and the Kim regime wastes no time in launching its secret space-based weapon against the American mainland. Unfortunately, the North Koreans’ aim is bad and their package lands in the middle of nowhere—Ottawa County, Minnesota—where the deadly delivery sets in motion a sequence of events even its creators in Pyongyang could never have anticipated.
James “Beck” Becker has retired from a twenty-year career serving his country as a military intelligence operative and now practices law in his childhood hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota. When local huckster Rodney Holton seeks his legal advice regarding a meteor strike on Rodney’s farm in rural Red Wing, Beck suspects that the “meteor” may be more (or possibly less) than a natural phenomenon—a suspicion that is confirmed when the FBI rolls into town looking for the mysterious space rock.
But before the authorities can get their hands on the meteor, it vanishes from Rodney’s farm, leaving Beck and the feds behind to deal with an angry farmer and a troubling circumstance—Rodney’s cattle have begun to get sick.