“Taylor stood atop the Cliff of Guethary.  The hill’s cruved ascent formed an immense sound baffle so that the ocean roared at him from all sides.  Below him the narrow cobblestone lane snaked between red-roofed Basque houses to the medieval harbor.  Further out to sea, the cliff’s natural enclosure had been extended into great stone arms.  These protective walls rose twenty feet above the ocean’s surface and narrowed the harbor mouth.  Today the surf was so mammoth each inside wave crashed over the walls and bathed the stone in foam.”

Taylor Knox has been sent to find one of his ex girlfriends who has mysteriously disappeared.  Sounds straightforward, but she’s the younger sister of the CEO of a company who is buying out Taylor’s employers.  And as soon as he starts asking questions, his life is threatened.  He’ll have to travel halfway across the world to track Kirra and whatever she is chasing, unless what’s chasing after him catches up first.

I didn’t realize this book was written by the same author who wrote “The Centurion’s Wife” along with Janette Oak.  I’m not really a fan of most Christian fiction – for the most part it usually shies away from attacking the tough stuff, or it just kind of floats along until a resolution magically presents itself.  (OK, not magically, but you get the picture).  And most Christian fiction is trashy romance novels for women who would like to think they’d never read trashy romance novels, there’s rarely a science fiction book out there.  This one, while still a bit sci-fi, is still very blatantly Christian.  The plot takes second stage to what is going on in Taylor’s soul and heart…which is probably good because otherwise the plot would be so easy to figure out that the book would nearly become obsolete.  The characters are interesting enough, but we rarely get to spend enough time with them for them to be really vivid.  Taylor is the only one we follow all the time and he’s so predictable it’s almost a relief when things don’t go his way.

If you enjoy things like Janette Oak and Francine Rivers on a regular basis (that’s not my cup of tea) then you will probably enjoy this book.  It’s told from a man’s point of view, so there’s not as much feminine wavering back and forth and angst.  There’s just enough science in it to rate science fiction and the plot basis is original, though not expanded on nearly enough for my preferences.

“Elixir” was written by T. Davis Bunn and published in 2004.

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