Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Karen Hancock

Dear Readers,

Genesis 6:4 has bothers many a Bible scholar. "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old." NIV-Zondervan.

On the other hand it doesn't bother fiction writers at all. I have read several books about this passage already and there are several more that I haven't read. They love the mystery surrounding these "guys." Who they were and why were they on the earth. Were they super humans? Were they "left over" demons? Were they another created being? No one seems to know or even have a good guess to go with the verse. I do know that some Bible versions have them listed as giants instead of Nephilim. So there are lots of guesses.

The Enclave by Karen Hancock is one of the fiction books that runs with this story. She is a Sci-Fi author who comes out with an interesting, thought provoking novel. I can very easily say that she kept my interest the entire book. It is 400 pages long and took me a bit longer to read than I originally planned on, but it is well worth the read.

Cameron Reinhardt is trying to leave the past behind. It continues to show up in the most nasty fashion, in flashbacks, and for some reason they are becoming more and more frequent. He doesn't understand why, he just wants to forget he was ever part of the CIA and his best friend Rudy. He just wants to do his research, but God has other plans for him and thankfully they include Lacey, who is new to the research fellowship. She is one that is quickly catching the eye of Parker Swain.

Parker Swain on the other hand is trying to play god. He has been in trouble a couple of different times for his research on DNA and genetic testing. He doesn't have many boundaries when it comes to experiments on humans. He is willing to make small sacrifices to help further the cause he is championing.

Like I said earlier, this is one of those books that is an interesting read. Cloning, DNA, genetics are all hot issues for everyone right now. The promise of embryo testing is something that is another topic many people feel very passionately about. I won't tell you that it is all in here, but the stuff in here is stuff we have all heard about and I wonder what slippery slope we will quickly fall down all with the idea of living for ever.

Happy Reading

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