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The Enclave
     

The Enclave

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by Karen Hancock
 

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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

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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 facade--secrets that turn out to be bigger, stranger, and far more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.

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Publishers Weekly

Hancock has cleaned up at the Christy Awards for excellence in Christian fiction with four previous visionary novels (most recently, Shadow over Kiriath), but this one falls short. Researcher Lacey McHenry has a lowly position at the cutting edge Kendall-Jakes Longevity Institute, where a peculiar intruder sets off a complex chain of events that draws together McHenry and researcher Cameron Reinhardt- a man with a powder keg of a past-as the two try to solve the riddles that keep cropping up in their workplace. Hancock has a plot so complicated that a lot of elements are unsatisfactorily resolved or are simple red herrings: Lacey's abusive ex-husband, a host of intriguing but underdeveloped secondary characters, military action in Afghanistan that is part of Reinhardt's past. Narrative energy instead goes to didacticism: Reinhardt, an evangelical Christian, argues with his fellow scientists about evolution in an episode that's more polemic than dramatic. Visionary fiction is a narrow niche, and the Christian biblical literalism driving key action in the plot won't do much to enlarge the audience. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764203282
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.27(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hancock's novels have received numerous awards and honors, including Christy Awards for each of her first four novels--Arena, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow Over Kiriath. Along with being a writer, Karen is a watercolorist. She and her family reside in Tucson, Arizona.

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Enclave 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
LKM8 More than 1 year ago
The Enclave is an extremely well-written book. I couldn't put it down. Fast-paced, exciting and original, it's a book that should be on everyone's must-read list.
TBCN More than 1 year ago
What an amazing adventure I've just experienced reading The Enclave. I felt like I was watching a sci-fi movie as I read this book. It reminded me a little of John Grisham's book The Firm, where this law firm kept tabs on their employees' lives and wanted to control them in the end. It also reminded me a little bit of The Matrix, in the way things were created and operated in another world. And finally, it reminded me of Alien, and those hideous creatures and their slime. This story was not like anything I've ever read. I had heard that Karen Hancock had a gift for writing science fiction and that's what made me want to read The Enclave, in the first place. I'm happy to report that my sources were right; this book is suspenseful, imaginative, and scary (but not too scary), as she took on the topic of cloning and all its ramifications. The author has one of her characters say this,"..Remember that just because someone holds an opinion different from your own, they must still be treated with respect." I think that Karen Hancock respects others opinions throughout her story. I'm not a science-fiction reader but this one drew me in and made me think about my faith. It also helped me see how to respect others I live with in this world. Cam the geneticist says to his boss, "What do you want from me?" "I want your mind, son. I want your heart and soul and strength.I just want your loyalty, Cameron. I want you to believe me when I say I have your very best interests at heart and trust that I know what I'm doing. And I want you to share my vision." I couldn't believe that in the middle of life threatening situations, her action figures were contemplating what God would have them do next. It was great!! You just have to read this story to get the full affect. It's hard to describe in just a few words. This book will definitely take you to most intriguing places you've never been before or even thought existed. All I can say about this book is what a great trip to "infinity and beyond." Finding Hope Through Fiction www.psalm516.blogspot.com
ChristyLockstein More than 1 year ago
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.
GracieF More than 1 year ago
When Lacey McHenry accepts a fellowship at a prominent genetics research facility, she is elated to have an opportunity to make a new start in life. However, one night while tending to the laboratory animals, Lacey is attacked by an unusual stranger. The next morning, she awakens to discover that a serious cut on her arm has miraculously healed, with only a slight scar remaining. Even more mysterious is the fact that although the facility is under constant video surveillance, there seems to be no evidence of the events of the previous night. The enigmatic Cameron Reinhardt appears to be the only person who may be able to help her to unravel a series of deceptions and cover-ups by Institute authorities. "The Enclave" is an engrossing page turner, in the tradition of the best suspense novels. This is an excellent read with many twists and turns, which encourages one to think deeply about the issues raised. At the outset, the novel has two seemingly unrelated plots which gradually become more and more intertwined until the surprising climax. Thoroughly researched and well thought out, "The Enclave" is well-paced and intriguing, unlike many Christian novels whose storylines are so often predictable. Furthermore, the difference between Biblical Christianity and organized religion is clearly delineated. Karen Hancock's characters are very well developed, and the reader is truly drawn into their hearts and minds. I would thoroughly recommend "The Enclave" to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller.
GayleTx More than 1 year ago
As I expected, this book will not disappoint the reader. Talk about sensational. Talk about a page turner from page one. Talk about intense characters. Talk about a plot line of twists and turns. Talk about the Christian being scorned and ridiculed. Talk about subjective villains. Talk about the triumph of faith over fear. Talk about peace and contentment in a relationship with Him. Once again Karen Hancock has delivered a knockout. Bring on more awards!
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Janna6 More than 1 year ago
This is such a hard book to review. I love fantasy / speculative fiction and I love a good mystery, suspense as well. Put the two together and I am usually in 7th heaven! This time I ended the book just a little confused. It will be hard to explain without giving anything away, but I'll try. In the first two chapters we are introduced to Lacey and Cameron. Cameron is a genius scientist with an emphasis in genetics and Lacey is the new intern at this amazing science facility Kendall-Jakes where the owner, Parker Swain, is trying to change the world. Everything is present day and starts getting edgy when a very odd stranger breaks into the facility and attempts to assault Lacey. Cameron helps her but then mysteriously the next day, Lacey is being told that what she thinks happened is just her delusions and she stands back as everything that happened is covered up. In the next two chapters we are thrust forward as we enter "New Eden" and find a community of people that are living in a post-apocalyptic world underground. Here they are not allowed to go above ground because of the toxins and the Enforcers are given a third eye (literally). Zowan, Terra and Parthos are trying to make sense of life below the surface. We switch back and forth between the two scenes every couple chapters and the whole time I'm trying to figure out what they are both doing in the same book. Cameron starts having flashbacks to his military days involving ancient things. He is hearing voices and Parker Swain is looking suspicious. Karen ties it all together beautifully and really weaves an amazing story. It just went a little over the top for me with the ancient stuff (which I can't name), without that the story would've been great. That of course is just my opinion, but that is why I review for you :-)
A_Cluttered_Mind More than 1 year ago
This was my first exposure to Karen Hancock as an author. I'm intrigued enough now that I'll want to track down her previous series, The Legends of the Guardian-King. My overall impressions with this book were mixed. The first 70-80 pages seemed to plod slowly on, taking too much time to develop the characters and the plot. Once past that, however, and the pace became a page-turning sleep-depriving experience... until the final few chapters. Then, I simply had to suspend any sense of belief in reality and just finish the story to the end. My frustration with this book was just this: whittle down the first portion to about 10-15 pages, change the ending, make this a 300-page book instead of nearly 500 and it might work better for me. Cameron Reinhardt's character seems to have a great deal of Mrs. Hancock in him. She too was in the scientific field, came to faith in Christ and probably knows full well Cam's experiences of being mocked, ridiculed, and being put on "stage" to defend his beliefs in light of science. Hence, he seems like a believable character, although his brain-freezes at times really irked me. I guess that means I allowed the character's reality to become a part of me. Well done, Mrs. Hancock. Lacey McHenry flightiness and ability to get "tossed to and fro by every wave and wind of doctrine" was quite maddening. Again, I'm wondering if this is the sign of an very good author's ability to make me really upset with one of her main character's. The chief villain of The Enclave, Parker Swain, however was a problem for me. I don't care for "bad guys" who are just too easy to hate and despise and Swain was really easy from the outset. While in character he may have set a dashing figure, he just came off as a greasy, mealy-mouthed Jekyll and Hyde who could sway people with his words. Yet no one seemed to have the ability to see through, what was clearly evil deception... except me right from the start. It was very disappointing for he clearly had no redeeming values. One last comment about the plot: I don't want to give away the ending, but if an author is going to write "speculative fiction" that will have one of its anchor points a "grey understanding" of a portion of Scripture, the author must be careful, in my opinion, to not make that one piece appear "so whacky" that it's not only unbelievable in the book, but then makes others have greater grounds to doubt the reliability of Scripture. I recently watched the movie "Knowing" and was left wondering, at the end, "How could they come this far with a plausible idea and then miss it so badly?" That was a bit of my experience reading The Enclave. I realize this all sounds a bit negative, yet Mrs. Hancock's style was engaging and, as mentioned, the middle portion had me for quite some time. All this is enough to make me want to check out her other works and see what she does with some real sci-fi/fantasy themes.
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