The 19th Element

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ACTION ADVENTURE SUSPENSE / THRILLER SUSPENSE/THRILLER ADVENTURE

Contemporary

John L. Betcher

Logline

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.

Genre

Action, Adventure, Suspense / Thriller,,Suspense/Thriller,Adventure

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Minnesota, Mall of America, Minneapolis, Bloomington

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: John L. Betcher

Year Published: 2010

Starting Description

Someone has brutally murdered a respected chemist at the University of Minnesota, and his young lab assistant is missing. Is he another victim? Or could he have perpetrated this horrendous act.

Ending Description

During a brutal firefight at the Red Wing Airport, the terrorists steal a WWII-vintage B24, load it with elemental potassium, and fly it toward the nuke plant cooling towers. But Beck is secretly aboard and manages to bring the plane down just short of the target. Beck barely escapes with his life.

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

ISBN-13: 978-1480102170

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions, Twist

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Main Character Details

Name: James "Beck" Becker

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Honorable, Patriotic, Charming, Confident, Funny, Perseverance, Secretive, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Faithful,Strong Moral Code,Confident,Selfless,Skillful,Faithful,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Terry Redfeather aka "Bull

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Badass, Complex, Decisive, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Honorable, Lone Wolf,Complex,Badass,Selfless,Decisive,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Elizabeth "Beth" Becker

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Secretive, Skillful, Beautiful, Charming, Educated, Engaging,Charming,Sexy,Selfless,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Heroic,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Deputy Sheriff Doug "Gunner" Gunderson

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Naive, Strong Moral Code, Uneducated, Empathetic, Faithful, Honorable

Logline

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.

Short Summary

Someone has brutally murdered a respected chemist at the University of Minnesota, and his young lab assistant is missing. Is he another victim? Or could he have perpetrated this horrendous act.


During a brutal firefight at the Red Wing Airport, the terrorists steal a WWII-vintage B24, load it with elemental potassium, and fly it toward the nuke plant cooling towers. But Beck is secretly aboard and manages to bring the plane down just short of the target. Beck barely escapes with his life.

Development Pitch

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. The story is filled with action, true heroes and real science and would make an excellent adaption for mass market film production.

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.

Core Theme

Overcoming Monster/Villain,

Characters

Main Character

Name: James "Beck" Becker

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Honorable, Patriotic, Charming, Confident, Funny, Perseverance, Secretive, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Faithful,Strong Moral Code,Confident,Selfless,Skillful,Faithful,Funny

Character 1

Name: Terry Redfeather aka "Bull

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Badass, Complex, Decisive, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Honorable, Lone Wolf,Complex,Badass,Selfless,Decisive,Skillful

Character 2

Name: Elizabeth "Beth" Becker

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Faithful, Secretive, Skillful, Beautiful, Charming, Educated, Engaging,Charming,Sexy,Selfless,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Heroic,Honorable

Character 3

Name: Deputy Sheriff Doug "Gunner" Gunderson

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Naive, Strong Moral Code, Uneducated, Empathetic, Faithful, Honorable

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