The 19th Element

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John L. Betcher

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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.


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

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.


Minnesota, Mall of America, Minneapolis, Bloomington

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions, Twist

Mature Audience Themes


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

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: 2010

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13: 978-1480102170