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The 19th Element by John L. Betcher
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Sep 15, 2012

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Read in August, 2012

This was a very good thriller, along the same vein as Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. The plot was original and well thought out. I also thought the protagonist, Beck, was fairly well developed and easy to relate to. I wish I had a little more back story on him, though, as I would have liked some more background on his experience. I think this would have made him even more believable to the reader in the story when he was talking to the Chief Deputy (btw, where was the sheriff in all this?) and the others in presenting his theories. Some of the other characters could be expanded, too, especially the Chief Deputy and Bull (as I think they are recurring characters). Maybe we will get more in future books in the series.

The other thing that bothered me about this book was the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I am fine with flashbacks that move the story along, but the first part of the book was not linear at all. Betcher was jumping back and forth in time between "present day" and times that were anywhere from a couple of weeks previous to a year previous. What's the point? I think he (the author) could have put the chapter in Germany first as well as rearranging the other chapters to put them sequentially and not introduced Beck right away. My opinion only...

Definitely a good read and I will look for more books in this series. I would recommend this to others, too.

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