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The Enclave [Paperback]

By Karen Hancock (Author)
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Accepting a prestigious fellowship at a renowned institution famed for its work in longevity science, Lacey McHenry is traumatized by a late-night break-in that is promptly covered up, a situation that forces Lacey to question the true agenda of her only supporter, a brilliant genetics researcher. Original.

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When Lacey McHenry accepts a prestigious research fellowship at the world-renowned Kendell-Jakes Longevity Institute, she sees it as a new start on life. But a disturbing late-night encounter with an intruder leads to an unexpected cover-up by Institute authorities, and she soon realizes there's more going on than she ever imagined.
She finds a supporter in genetics researcher Cameron Reinhardt. However, Reinhardt is a favorite of the Institute's director, and she can't help wondering if he, too, is in on the cover-up. The brilliant but absentminded researcher turns out to have his own secrets, some of them dark and deadly. The Enclave is characterized by adventure, intrigue, spiritual analogy, and romance, all set in an unusual but fully realized world--one that may have its foundations on earth but which, the more one learns of it, doesn't seem much like the earth we know at all.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Bethany House
Pages   496
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2009
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0764203282  
ISBN13  9780764203282  

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More About Karen Hancock

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karen Hancock won Christy Awards for each
of her first four novels--Arena, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow over Kiriath. She and her husband reside in Arizona. Visit her website at

Karen Hancock currently resides in Tuscon, in the state of Arizona.

Karen Hancock has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Legends of the Guardian-King

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Suspend Your Disbelief  May 26, 2010
The enclave mixes genetic research, ancient myths, Scripture and cults into a story that defies imagination. Hancock wrote "Arena" which could easily be one of my favorite books. The Enclave did not live up to its standard. While I was fascinated with the story and wanted to find out what happens in the end I was not drawn into this world at all. The characters were not relatable and it made it hard to ulitimately care about what happened to them. The plot took too much time to get going but once it did it kept me engaged until the end.

Overall, I'm glad I read the book but if want a really good book read "Arena".
The Enclave  Apr 19, 2010
Nephilim. Oculous. Frog legs. Pods. Clones. Sarciphagi. If these things interest you -- then you will love The Enclave by Karen Hancock.

This is a story about a young lady named Lacey McHenry who thought she had found her dream job at a research fellowship. But when she realizes that not everything is as it seems, the only person she can turn to is an absent-minded geneticist, Cameron Reinhardt. This books looks into the world of genetics -- how the world of science and Christianity intersects. Is it possible to be a scientist and a Christian at the same time?

When the director of the research facility creates an underground lab doing things that seem impossible and research that is dangerous, it is the faith of Cameron and the courage of Lacey that help destroy what was created and bring God back to the forefront of science.

With a little bit of a love story thrown in, this book takes twists and turns that have you turning the pages as fast as you can. I am not a "science fiction" lover and some of the terminology had me scratching my head a little bit. Sometimes I felt like I had to really stretch my imagination to stay engaged with the book, but overall it was good. I'm not sure that I have been won over to science fiction, but I am happy to have tried a different kind of book. Karen Hancock is an incredibly talented writer and I have no doubt that if science fiction is your genre of choice, you will definitely love this book.
The Enclave  Jan 31, 2010
First of all, I have to give a little warning. This may not be a very fair review based on my personal reading preferences. As I have said before, I really have not been reading Christian fiction for very long, so there is so much that is new to me. And because there is so much that is new to me, I like to try books that are "different". I think it is safe to say that speculative/science fiction books like The Enclave are not for me.

This book started off a little slow and I did get into it somewhat, eventually. But then it just got a little too far out for me. I like to think that I have very broad taste in books, but I suppose my broad tastes do not extend to books like The Enclave.

This is not to say that this book is bad, because it's not. It just didn't work for me. It is very well written and has interesting characters and readers who like mystery mixed with science fiction will get a kick out of this book. It is just not the book for me.
an absorbing read  Oct 22, 2009
I was so enamored with this novel that I had to e-mail the author before I even finished it and tell her how excellent it was. Among other things, I told her how I'd be surprised if this didn't turn out to be her best selling novel yet. I'm thankful that I found Arena all those years ago and turned into a Hancock fan.

Lacey McHenry, new research assistant at the Kendall-Jakes Longevity Institute, runs into trouble shortly after she's hired. Not only have all the frogs in the tank escaped, but a strange man attacks her in the lab. When she tries to investigate, the powers that be cover up any evidence of the break-in and accident. What are they hiding?

Though geneticist Cameron Reinhardt is clumsy, aloof, and forgetful, Lacey feels he's the only one she can trust to help her sort things out. They sort of team up and work together to find the truth and expose those who are up to some pretty nefarious deeds.

I rooted for the good guys, hated the bad guys, felt empathy and hate and frustration, and my heart beat faster quite frequently. Readers will experience a variety of emotions, keeping them safely encompassed in Hancock's fictional world.

Speaking of the world, Hancock didn't create a fantastical world for this book--it's our own. However, the characters experiment, play God, encounter the occult, and discover some very disturbing and fantastical things/beings along the way. One important point I took away from the book is that science and faith can coexist.

I only wish I could say more about the plot and themes, but I would be giving too much away for those who haven't succumbed to the curiosity they must be feeling about this novel.
Not quite what I have come to expect.  Oct 18, 2009
I actually own every single one of the Karen Hancock books, not something that I generally do. Arena is actually my favorite one, although it is enjoyable to watch my younger sister read guardian king currently.

However, after reading Enclave, I found it lacking something that I'm not even sure what it is. The beginning seemed weird, almost awkward. like she wasn't sure how to actually write what she wanted to write, make you surprised, while you don't know a thing about the character.

Then, there is the problem with the characters. First of all, she says Cameron is absent-minded and rumpled. Yet, although she makes this point enough in the beginning, she doesn't carry through the picture throughout the whole story. I almost question if in the end it is because he trying to disguise himself and really knew what he was getting into or if it was just something to make him different than, say, Pierce (from Arena).

Which leads me into the other problem with her characters. Both Cameron and Swain are very similar to Pierce and another character from Arena whose name escapes me, respectfully. I will admit that it is difficult for a writer to have her characters vary in personality but they are almost so close that it is like she decided to decorate a previous character. (Especially since she only has six books, and Guardian-king doesn't count because she wrote that over a long period of time.)

The story itself isn't that bad or poorly written. I can't say everything about it because half way through I remembered that there was at least mentions of a two book thing with this book, meaning a sequel, meaning she won't tie all the ends together. But now that I'm done, I will just discredit that information. (My information on that is years old) Most the ends were tied together well enough. It ended in about the same place where she usually ends, just when the action is over but there is still some pieces that at least I'd like examined. (Like, what happened to some of these characters and how do these characters survive and other things that if I say will give away the story.) The story did seem to go slowly in some places, although few scenes were actually unneeded.

I also find it bothersome that this being her sixth novel, she has yet to stop it with the sexual issues. (Namely, Swain's obsession with pretty women.) It isn't that bad, nothing is actually done, but this is a Christian book. Christian books should have more than just characters who recite bible verses and I most certainly shouldn't limit with my sister can read in a Christian book.

Having finished it yesterday, I can't say what exactly makes me not think that this is a wonderful book but I didn't find this up to par with her other books, and as such, am actually disappointed. I suppose that much of what I'm saying is just general pet peeves, but still, when it's so hard to find good fiction out there, be it Christian or non, when an author you normally like turns out something not quite as thrilling as you were hoping, it is very frustrating.

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