The 19th Element by John L. Betcher
Published July 16, 2015
- Author John L. Betcher
I really enjoyed this - the story of a rogue ex-military man, somewhat like Jack Reacher, taking on terrorists in the midst of rural America. It took me a while to get used to the tone, very cold and clinical, and also to the switching between first and third person, but once I settled in, it was gripping.
Some moments were a bit close to the bone, the glimpse inside the terrorist meeting and the conversations about racial profiling, but these are important things to talk and think about, not to be brushed under the carpet.
As an action/adventure thriller it stands up very well, keeping you guessing, with the hero having to save the day when no one else quite believes the story. I also enjoyed the fall of the plant manager, which felt like a more satisfying wrap up than the actual ending itself! Great start to the series, look forward to more.