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The Enigma Source (The Enigma Series Book 10) by  Charles V. Breakfield  & Roxanne E. Burkey is a techno-thriller that explores the advent of cryptocurrency and the many problems and challenges that evolve from this new money of the future. Today the mining of cryptocurrency is the equivalent of the wild and woolly days of the gold craze of 1848 ushered in by the 49ers. Instead of claim jumping that plagued the gold rush era the world now is faced with rogue groups that are bent on stealing this new type of wealth by cybercrimes.  Breakfield & Burkey weaves a new adventure for the Cyber Assassins Technology Services or CATS team to live and solve. This is book 10 of the Enigma series. You should have no problem joining the series at this juncture and still thoroughly enjoying this cybercrime novel. Enough of the back stories are disperse throughout the novel to prevent you from being lost. Breakfield & Burkey also do a great job of educating neophytes to the cyber world. It is a great collage of new concepts inter-mingle with a riveting plot. Very futuristic, fast pace and up to date on technology.
The novel is rich with cyber villains of all types; Matthias and Dutch a couple of swindlers who globe trot marketing their cryptocurrency to countries as a panacea for economic headaches. China is in the game also and has a genius cryptocurrency pioneer, Su Lin, kidnapped and smuggled back to China with the goal of extracting from her advance information about cryptocurrency. Breakfield & Burkey introduce a low life criminal, Colonel Guano, who is responsible for the kidnapping of Su Lin.  He might have been successful in the initial task of forcing her into his service but her cunning might eventually be more than he bargained for.
There is considerable action in the novel. An example of it is this scene from when Guano’s men are attempting to kidnap Su Lin:
“Before any further instructions could be issued by Guano, Andy used his huge hands to grab both henchmen's gun-wielding hands, pushed the assailants' weapons to point at the other, and using his thumbs, pull the triggers simultaneously causing them to shoot each other.”
This is a novel of the world we live in today. A world that many have no idea of its complexity nor want to know. It is a book that delves into a world whose underpinning rest on shoulders of an elite group of technology gurus whose genius can create unimaginable marvelous creations for mankind but lurking out in this same world are those who use their genius against mankind; they rob, hold hostage and create chaos for the world’s users of technology.  If you think the technical jargon would get in the way of enjoying this book, it doesn't.  The characters are well crafted even though there are several main characters, you should have no trouble keeping track of all of them. There is considerable humor injected into the writing also but in general this a great techno-thriller that lets you peek into the control centers of the computer-driven digital world we live in today that we take for granted. 
Breakfield & Burkey’s “The Enigma Source (The Enigma Series Book 10)” introduces you to a very real threat of cyberterrorism that our world faces today and will well into the future. If you liked books like Dan Brown’s Origin or Mark Goodwin’s Cyber Armageddon you will love Breakfield & Burkey’s “The Enigma Series.

Reviewed by: James B.

About Charles V. Breakfield & Roxanne E. Burkey


Breakfield writes with his co-author Rox Burkey. Together they write The Enigma Series and multiple short stories in various genres. Charles is a technologist who specializes in network connectivity, security and leading edge technology integrations. Charles' love of wine tastings, cooking, and Harley riding has found ways into the stories. As a child he moved often because of his father's military career, which even now helps him with the various character perspectives he helps bring to life in the series. He continues to try to teach Burkey humor. Burkey works as a business architect who builds solutions for customers on a good technology foundation. She has written many technology papers and white papers but finds the freedom of writing fiction a lot more fun. As a child she helped to lead the kids with exciting new adventures built on make believe characters, was a Girl Scout until high school, and contributed to the community as a young member of a Head Start program. Rox enjoys family, learning, listening to people, travel, outdoor activities, sewing, cooking, and thinking about how to diversify the series. Breakfield and Burkey started writing non-fictional papers and books, but it wasn't nearly as fun as writing fictional stories. They found it interesting to use the aspects of technology that people are incorporating into their daily lives more and more as a perfect way to create a good guy/bad guy story with elements of travel to the various places they have visited, either professionally and personally, humor, romance, intrigue, suspense, and a spirited way to remember people who have crossed paths with them. They love to talk about their stories with private and public book readings. Burkey is also conducting regular radio interviews with other authors, which is interesting. Her first interview was, wait for it, Breakfield. You can often find them at local book fairs or other family oriented events. The original series is based on a family organization called R-Group. Recently Breakfield and Burkey spawned a subgroup that contains some of the original characters as the Cyber Assassins Technology Services (CATS) team. The authors have ideas for continuing the series in both of these tracks. They track the more than 150 characters on a spreadsheet, with a hidden avenue for the future coined The Enigma Chronicles tagged in some portions of the stories. Fan reviews seem to frequently suggest that these would make good television or movie stories, so the possibilities appear endless, just like their ideas for new stories. They have completed book video trailers for each of the stories, which can be viewed on YouTube, Amazon's Authors page, or on their website, Their website is routinely updated with new interviews, answers to readers' questions, book trailers, and contests. You may also find it fascinating to check out the fun acronyms they create for the stories but summarize on their website. Reach out to them at Authors@EnigmaSeries. com, Twitter @EnigmaSeries, or Facebook @TheEnigmaSeries.

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