Beckon by Tom Pawlik

Title:  Beckon
Author:  Tom Pawlik
Pages:  399
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Tyndale
Beckon is the story of three very different people who all arrive in the small town of Beckon, Wyoming for very different reasons.  George Wilcox has been contacted by Tom Vale, the man in charge of Beckon, to bring his wife for an experimental treatment to cure her Alzheimer’s.  George had planned to retire and enjoy his hard earned money with his wife traveling, but her illness changed that.  He has always put up with Miriam’s faith, not really making a commitment himself.  They arrive, but soon discover there is more to the treatment than they were told and more that Vale wants than to cure Miriam Wilcox.  How far will George go to save his wife?  What will it cost?
Elina Gutierrez is a young woman recently suspended from LAPD who also arrives in Beckon as she has followed her cousin, Javier.  Her cousin’s wife called Elina frantic when Javier disappeared.  Elina knows Javier was picked up in a white van that appears once a month in Las Vegas to pick up people looking for work.  She knows Javier got in the van a month ago, so she follows the van this month and winds up in Beckon.  She soon discovers that all is not right in this town.  What have the townspeople done with her cousin?  Elina soon finds out and has a chance to use her rediscovered faith.
Jack Kendrick is on the trail of his anthropologist father who disappeared near Beckon 12 years ago.  Jack also is an anthropologist and has taken up his father’s obsession with an alleged pre-Colombian Indian society that is rumored to live completely underground and has done so for thousands of years.  Jack and his best friend Rudy meet an old Indian and hear legends of these strange people.  He is told about a cave entrance, hires a guide and begins his adventure.  What he discovers is so much more than he bargained for.  The strange legends don’t come close to the horrors he encounters.  Jack meets Elina and reverts to his upbringing of faith also.
This story is filled with action, tension and is very entertaining.  Hold on to the edge of your seat because this story will take you for a ride!  Each person discovers the cost of playing God.   God is in control and doesn’t leave them alone is also a theme.  This is my first book by this author and I thought it was great!  I look forward to reading more of his books.
My rating is 5 stars.

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