The Critical Element

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ACTION ADVENTURE SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Contemporary

John L. Betcher

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Logline

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 U.S.

Genre

Action,Adventure,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

A presumed meteor has fallen in rural Ottawa County, Minnesota, home to retired military intelligence operative, James "Beck" Becker and his ex-CIA wife, Beth. When unexplained illnesses erupt in proximity to the "meteor," Beck must act. But by now, the meteor has disappeared.


In a tense series of confrontations, Beck and his American Indian friend, Bull, prevent North Korean operatives from releasing Pyongyang's biological weapon into the ventilation system at the Mall of America and defeat the Korean terrorists.

Setting

Minnesota, Mall of America, Minneapolis, Bloomington, MN

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: James "Beck" Becker

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Heroic,Leader,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Terry "Bull" Red Feather

Age: 30s

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Badass,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Selfless,Faithful,Secretive,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Elizabeth "Beth" Becker

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Sexy,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Faithful,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Doug "Gunner" Gunderson

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Underdog,Uneducated,Blunt,Outspoken,Selfless,Sarcastic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Naive

Development Pitch

FROM A USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR. 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. Lots of action, true heroes and real life science make this story a great candidate for a motion picture.

About The Author

USA TODAY, Amazon Kindle and Nook Bestselling 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 five are THE 19TH ELEMENT, THE MISSING ELEMENT, THE COVERT ELEMENT, THE EXILED ELEMENT and THE CRITICAL ELEMENT. He has also authored the award-winning spiritual phenomenon, A HIGHER COURT.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: John L. Betcher

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

ISBN-13: 978-1491243572