Addictive Reading: "Enclave" by Thomas Locke

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about the book....

To save his enclave's future, he must risk his own

Nearly one hundred years have passed since the Great Crash. What was once America is now a collection of enclaves, governed at the local level and only loosely tied together by the farce of a federal government.

Catawba, one of the largest and most affluent enclaves in the southern region, is relatively stable. It maintains successful business relations with nearby enclaves. But when a new vein of gold is discovered beneath the feet of its citizens, it's only a matter of time before trouble finds them.

Now Catawba's fate depends on an untried young trader named Caleb. Could his plan help secure the enclave's future?

Yet Caleb is keenly aware that if his secret were exposed, he would not live to see another dawn.

my review....

Infused with action-packed scenes, fascinating characters, and a science fiction scenario that seems like it could burst into reality, "Enclave" is an intensely addictive novel from Thomas Locke. Fortunately, I knew what I was getting myself in for when I picked up this novel, so I'd already set aside the hours I'd need to read this one from start to finish, time that flew by all too quickly as I was drawn into the world of enclaves and refugees and people with inexplicable special powers. The heroes and the villains quickly emerged, but I enjoyed how Locke keeps readers guessing in this novel, not revealing everything right away. Some readers may be bothered by the fact that the history of what brought the characters to where they are isn't told all at once in the beginning. But you will quickly realize that the characters themselves don't have a great sense of what has occurred in the past, and really you are learning along with them. I, for one, loved how this story unfolded as it gave the novel a continuous sense of excitement as the full picture gradually emerged. The pace of the overall novel flies by with suspense and drama aplenty. And as the characters learned about their powers and how to work together, I found I just couldn't get enough of this story. In fact, as I came to the final pages, I was definitely left wanting more. While "Enclave" does conclude the original story arc, there is so much left unsaid and so much left to explore that I'm truly hoping that Locke will be returning readers to these characters in the future. I can find no hint from the actual novel of whether there is more to come, but we can only be so lucky!

Those readers who've already become fond of Thomas Locke's mind-bending novels will no doubt enjoy this latest novel as much as I did. And, if you haven't yet given Locke's novels a try, well, what are you waiting for? Get your hands on "Enclave" and enjoy the ride! I award this novel 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Thomas Locke
Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at

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