Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Beckon by Tom Pawlik—Book Review

The lives of three people collide in the town of Beckon, each drawn there for a different but life changing reason.

The story opens with Jack, a young anthropologist who wants to find what happened to his father who disappeared when Jack was just nine. Teamed with his best friend and a Native American guide, they begin a search in the caves near Beckon, Wyoming.

Elina—an ex-cop—is searching for her missing cousin, and finds much more than she bargained for. But it’s her renewed and steadfast faith in God that brings things to a head in the end.

George arrives in Beckon on the lure of a cure for his beloved wife’s Alzheimer’s. At seventy-three, he still has plenty of life left in him to handle the truth of what really goes on with the “cure.”

This book is a page turner, one of those that kept me up past my fairly set bedtime. I’m not a huge sci-fi reader (strange, huh?), but this book felt normal enough to have me contemplating how this could actually happen.

Real characters, real drama, real action, real danger—Tom Pawlik combined all these things to make an excellent read. As a disclaimer for milder readers such as myself: There’s a bit of goriness which I generally avoid in reading or movies, but nothing I couldn’t skim over if I didn’t want to imagine the images too vividly.

Overall, a great thriller with themes of faith, family, and the realities of immortality.

For Him,

Sarah Elisabeth

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book

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