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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Beth Becker is retired from her decrypting work for the CIA and lives with her husband, James, a former military intelligence operative, in Red Wing, Minnesota. Then she is called back by those in power in Washington, D.C., to head over to Egypt to "see" her friend Rasha at Egypt's CIS as the new Egyptian President has just been assassinated by someone with a Southern Texas drawl and messages need Beth's decoding genius. Senator Grossman, head of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, is threatened with assassination, as well, and it is not just because he has had numerous extra-marital affairs. While Beth pursues information that will tell why Egypt has stolen plans for the United States' top secret plane, Aurora, her husband James teams up with local sheriff Gunnar and Native American "Bull" to stop attempts on Senator Grossman's life. Will Beth decode top secret information before she is captured and will James, Gunnar, and Bull capture Raptor, the assassin, who has "drawn a bead" on Senator Grossman?
"The Exiled Element" is a follow-up novel in the Beck Suspense/Thriller series and it is well-written, filled with suspense and unexpected twists and turns. Readers will follow the plot as it proceeds to a satisfying conclusion and will love all the characters, especially Dakota Native American "Bull". In fact, readers will adore and even reread the part at the book's conclusion where Bull acts out off-camera violence in the assassin's prison cell. Formatting and editing are above par and fans of thrillers will put "The Exiled Element" at the top of their reading list.