July CSFF Blog Tour Day 1: The Enclave, by Karen Hancock

The Enclave

– cue atmospheric music –

There’s a facility just down the road from my house that you probably wouldn’t notice if you didn’t know it was there. You can’t see it from the street, the signs pointing to it are small and generic, and it’s almost entirely underground. Nobody talks about it. Unmarked trucks go in and out of it at all hours of the day and night.

Something fishy’s going on there. I know it. Maybe it’s a command center for covert operations. Maybe it’s where they moved the alien bodies after everybody found out about Area 51. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s a huge, underground research center for unethical human genetic experimentation, like the one in Karen Hancock’s thriller, The Enclave. Before this week’s blog tour is over, I will find the answer. The truth is out there!

Lacey McHenry is a bright, young geneticist who thinks she’s just grabbed the brass ring…a research fellowship at the Kendall-Jakes Longevity Institute, where the future is being made today. Instead, she finds herself scrubbing glassware and feeding mice in the Institute’s animal facility. One night, she stumbles on a mysterious intruder who trashes the lab and injures her as he makes his escape. The next day, Lacey awakes to find her injuries miraculously healed, all evidence of the break-in removed, and the Institute’s leadership painting her as a stressed-out mental case who’s hallucinated the whole thing. Brass ring, indeed.

Cameron Reinhardt is a brilliant scientist with a shadowy past who’s come to the Institute after a false accusation of misconduct ousted him from Stanford. He’s increasingly uncomfortable with an ethically-ambiguous culture at Kendall-Jakes that challenges his commitment to his Christian faith. He witnesses the aftermath of Lacey’s attack, but is pressured by his superiors to lend no support to her side of the story or answer her questions. A mysterious figure from Reinhardt’s old military unit alerts him that Kendall-Jakes is not what it appears to be, and Reinhardt must decide whether to flee the ghosts of his past or stay and fight this emerging evil.

Meanwhile, elsewhere, Zowan, a young member of a strange community of survivalists who believe they are the last survivors of a global holocaust, begins to suspect that his leaders haven’t been entirely candid about the history and purpose of their little colony. As the evidence mounts, he begins to hear a voice instructing him to leave the enclave and seek the truth outside.

Could the enclave be somehow connected to the odd goings-on at Kendall-Jakes? Will Lacey and Cameron discover common interests beyond the care and feeding of laboratory frogs? Will Zowan escape the enclave and figure out why goats can thrive in an environment that kills human beings? In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, “Ehhh…could be.”

Karen Hancock has written a fast-paced tale of suspense in the spirit of C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength, Robin Cook’s medical thrillers, and movies such as Logan’s Run and The Island. I’ll have more results from my investigations tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out some eyes-only reports on The Enclave submitted by our crack team of CSFF field agents:

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Canadianladybug
Melissa Carswell
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Janey DeMeo
Jeff Draper
Emmalyn Edwards
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Heather R. Hunt
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Mike Lynch
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Eve Nielsen
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Stephanie
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Elizabeth Williams

Karen Hancock’s Web site – http://www.kmhancock.com/index.htm
Karen Hancock’s blog http://karenhancock.wordpress.com/

>>This review is based upon a copy of the book provided to me free of charge by the publisher, a courtesy I appreciate, but which does not guarantee my recommendation. I strive to evaluate every book I review purely on its intrinsic merits.<<

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8 thoughts on “July CSFF Blog Tour Day 1: The Enclave, by Karen Hancock

  1. Oooh, good intro Fred. I didn’t even need to click on the sound effects link. I didn’t get listed initially, but I have an interview w/Karen Hancock. It should be interesting to you. See you on the tour!

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