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Speculative Christian fiction has weak characters, strong plot

  • Jul 30, 2009
The Enclave by Karen Hancock is a mind-bending twisted novel that will shock readers at every turn. Lacey McHenry took a position at a prestigious science institute with the hope of improving her career, but after a nighttime intruder assaults her and the heads of the institute cover it up, even going so far as to plant rumors among the staff about her mental health, she starts to wonder what's really going on and what kind of research is being done there. Despite danger to both of their positions, she works with researcher Cameron Reinhardt, but neither of them can believe what they discover. An alternate plot involves a young man named Zowan trying to escape a post-apocalyptic society that has become cult-like and fascist. While the characterization is light, the action propels the story keeping the reader hooked. The mix of pseudo-science and religion doesn't always mix, but the supernatural is wonderfully creepy.  The antagonists are a bit cliched and one-dimensional, but it's still a fun, escapist read.

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July 31, 2009
New review. Sounds like a riveting plot! Thanks for sharing!
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'When science tries to play God, can one man summon the courage to stand in its way? 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 fa├žade--secrets that turn out to be bigger, stranger, and far more dangerous than either of them could have imagined" -- p. [4] of cover.

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ISBN-10: 0764203282 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780764203282 (pbk.)
Author: Karen Hancock
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romantic Suspense Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Date Published: July 2009
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