Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Enclave by Karen Hancock

Summary: "When Lacey McHenry accepts a prestigious research fellowship at the world-renowned Kendall-Jakes Longevity Institute, she sees it as a new start on life. But when a disturbing late-night encounter with a bizarre intruder leads to a cover-up by Institute authorities, she soon realizes all isn't as it seems.

Caught in an elaborate game of deception and seduction, her only ally seems to be the brilliant but absent-minded geneticist, Cameron Reinhardt. A favorite of the Institute's charismatic director, Cameron, too, came to K-J hoping to escape his past. But the more he learns about Lacey's attacker, the more he fears that the past still pursues him.

Not certain they can trust each other, Cameron and Lacey reluctantly work together to uncover the shocking secrets that lurk behind the Institute's respectable façade—secrets that turn out to be bigger, stranger, and far more dangerous than either of them could have imagined."


Author Bio:
Karen Hancock has won Christy Awards for each of her first four novels--Arena and the first three books in the Legends of the Guardian-King series, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow over Kiriath. She graduated from the University of Arizona with bachelor's degrees in biology and wildlife biology. Along with writing, she is a semi-professional watercolorist and has exhibited her work in a number of national juried shows. She and her family reside in Arizona. For discussion and further information, Karen invites you to visit her Web site at www.kmhancock.com.


My Thoughts:
The Enclave is labeled as a suspense thriller but I didn’t find it truly suspenseful. I would identify this as more of a medical thriller. The plot twists and turns were fairly easy to follow but thankfully interesting enough that I didn’t always care. Although I could predict the major plot lines, they were intriguing and the characters were well written and fascinating so I just wanted to walk with them and see what happened. The author brought you right into the world and the people and let you live there with them and experience what they experienced.

This is an instance of a book from a Christian publishing house being very Christian in it’s storyline. There is an unusual take on a passage in Genesis that sets up the theme and plot of the book and yet causes the reader to consider the consequences of current medical research.

It’s a little bit of supernatural combined with a lot of science and experimental research and several captivating characters. It may not be suspense but it was a good story nonetheless.

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