A secret organization is hellbent on using a supercomputer to predict future events in the fifth outing of Breakfield and Burkey’s techno-thriller series (The Enigma Wraith, 2014, etc.).
When a political candidate believes his campaign has been targeted by a cyberassassin, he enlists the help of the R-Group, an information-gathering and security team. This attack, however, seems to be one of many made possible with “heavy computer muscle.” The covert Werewolf Clan, with ties to Nazis, may be responsible and has been using a computer program to accurately predict stock futures. But it has an even more ambitious plan to link supercomputers around the world and potentially manipulate the future. At the same time, R-Group’s Julie, newly married and pregnant, is starting her own Cyber Assassin Technology Services but may have a mole among the recruits feeding info to an old enemy, Chairman Chang. The authors focus on characters in preceding books, but this time, they’ve breathed new life into the series with Julie’s CATS. Her subset, of sorts, allows for the introduction of unfamiliar faces, like employee Brayson, and fresh storylines. Breakfield and Burkey once again deliver the goods, as returning readers will expect—intelligent technology-laden dialogue; a kidnapping or two; and a bit of action, as Jacob and Petra dodge an assassin (not the cyber kind) in Argentina. Comedy, interestingly, comes from R-Group’s own supercomputer, aka Immersive Collaborative Associative Binary Override Deterministic system, who, as it happens, is invested in understanding humanity’s humor. ICABOD finds other supercomputers and, rather imperiously, names them himself; the Russian Binary Operations Recalculating Integers Simultaneously has one of the shorter acronyms. There are a fair number of romantic relationships, most established in earlier books, including Jacob and Petra’s, and ICABOD designer Quip and Eilla-Zan’s. But the romance between Julie and husband Juan is unparalleled. Their storyline warrants a spinoff novel or two.
Should lure readers who haven’t yet discovered the series.
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite - 4 Star
The Enigma Stolen by Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey is a superb thriller that will leave readers wowed and utterly entertained. What if man can be accurately defined with the help of technology? What if a group of people can define how others could act or react to situations and determine a future for humanity? A powerful, elusive group is about to play God and control the future of humanity by harnessing technology. Only the R-Group can apprehend this group, but it seems to be weakened from within. Who is the mole and can the R-Group solve its internal issues in time to go after the bad guys? In book five of the intriguing Enigma Series, Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey offer great entertainment to readers, displaying a powerful imagination and a very high skill in the art of narration.
The Enigma Stolen, just like the other installments in this series, could make for a highly appealing motion picture, with high-tech guys wading through an intricate network of information to find clues that would help them solve problems that threaten the very future of humankind. The writing is accessible and the plot leads readers to unexpected and exciting places. Although a work of fiction, the authors have the knack of making readers feel like part of the plot. They write with an arresting sense of realism. This is another great book in a highly compelling series. A must-read!