The Enigma Factor

The Enigma Factor

by Charles Breakfield, Roxanne Burkey

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Cyber-criminals are hunting for new victims when they target a brilliant programmer to join their cause.

Jacob Michaels, computer pen-tester extraordinaire, settled into a quiet life of work to polish his skills after his mother dies. These plans are turned upside down when he discovers his life is in danger. As Jacob sets off to find those who target him, he discovers new technology views which expose him to the inner-workings of previously unknown global technologist experts. Jacob learns that safeguards for technology are always evolving and being exploited. His challenge becomes how to keep ahead of the criminals and identify who to trust.

Jacob finds the space between cyber good guy and evil cyber thugs difficult to navigate as well as highly deadly. Like rust, the cat and mouse game of the new cyber warfare age never sleeps.

As he explores the world of the Dark Net here in the 21st century he learns all too quickly that technology and the computer is today's weapon of choice! With his best friend Buzz, and a distractingly beautiful encryptionist Petra, Jacob thinks he has the brains, expertise, and programming proficiency to outsmart the cyber thugs. He finds out, however, that even he is susceptible to having his identity slip through his fingers. But the assignation of his identity proved he had more to learn.

In their debut techno thriller, The Enigma Factor, book 1 of The Enigma Series, award-winning authors Breakfield and Burkey weave a complex tale of danger, intrigue, and international cyber combat. The Enigma Factor battles pits Jacob against global cyber masterminds using relevant technology elements of programming, encryption, crypto-currency, identity theft, and hacking. They use the technology foundation and layer on travel, romance, humor and mystery that highlight the professional excellence of Jacob, more so perhaps due to his sheltered upbringing.

You'll want to keep reading until the end, to understand who Jacob should and should not trust.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160813851
Publisher: ICABOD Press
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: The Enigma Book Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 865,813
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Charles V. Breakfield holds a master's degree and works for a high-tech manufacturer as a solution architect, functioning in hybrid data/telecom environments. A long-time technology geek, Charles enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. He's also a fan of wine-tastings, riding his Harley, cooking extravaganzas, and continues developing his woodworking skills.

Roxanne E. Burkey - Writing is a passion for Rox that incorporates many of her interests and dovetails nicely with her full time work in customer experience solutions. After successfully writing white papers and technology documentation she wanted a different more fun, less stress writing outlet. Her co-author Charles Breakfield agreed and The Enigma Series began. She enjoys learning, travel, family, outdoor activities, good food, wine sampling, reading, living, cooking, and visiting good friends which helps to bring diversity and new ideas into the stories. She is still learning humor and there is hope for this century that she will master it!

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The Enigma Factor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
aaron washington 4 months ago
In ‘The Enigma factor’, the reader is made to experience different elements in the techno-thriller. You get to explore a world packed with romance, drama, crypto-capers, crime, and adventure. Breakfield and Burkey’s style of writing is refined. One is taken through several actions amidst the main story. The plot is thrilling from the beginning, with the author creating scenes that are full of suspense to draw one to what will follow. The book starts out simple, with the introduction of a few characters whom the author made unique. We are introduced to Jacob Michaels, a skilled techie who is knowledgable in his craft own right. Jacob Michaels’ goal is to keep an eye on any cyber threat that would befall top organizations. I enjoyed Jacob’s conversations and how he tried to put his point across. Jacob Michaels is the character a reader never tires from coming across. I was not ready for the plot twist when cybercriminals conspired and targeted Jacob Michaels for addition to the rogue activities they engaged in. I love how the author developed Jacob’s character. In another world, I would expect him to cower. This was not the case as Jacob went on an operation that landed him further into the technology. He was lucky to get backing from anonymous agents. Jacob and his friends unraveled that was not expected. The beauty of Breakfield and Burkey’s narration is that the reader gets exposed to a new world where the only language is spoken is tech. the terms are deep and the narration intense. Breakfield and Burkey make everything in the book excellent as the reader explore the world filled with cybercrime, transnational hackers, and life-threatening risks. One can see the heroes and villains in the story at this point. Computer programmer Jacob, Otto, and Petra are some of the characters that stood out for me. Jacob was the good boy who sometimes got into trouble for his good deeds. Petra was likable at first, but I soon found her to be a little sly. Jacob and Otto made a great pair. ‘The Enigma Factor’ is for readers who enjoy techno-thrillers and fantasy fiction. You do not need to have a background in programming to follow the plot. The organization of the text and the flow of the story was easy to follow even for people that are not tech-savvy. The authors’ diction is great. Reading and comprehending the story was easy even with the technical terms in most chapters. The character development is extraordinary. The authors created amazing characters whom the reader got to be attached to. I came to love Otto as a result of his interaction with Jacob. The god boy persona in Jacob was perfect for him as he became my hero. I recommend this book to readers who want to start reading techno thrillers. ‘The Enigma Factor’ is a good read for starters in this genre as it has every element needed to make a book stirring.
Sarah Nantais 4 months ago
We return to where it all began in the second edition of The Enigma Factor by Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey. We revisit the world that was established some time ago to refresh our minds on how things all started for our motely crew. While Breakfield and Burkey are working on their eleventh book in the series, including the CATS spin-offs, it’s easy to forget how this fantastic world began. How did Jacob get caught up in this world in the first place? This book gently and lovingly reminds us of how our hero became the man he is. This is Jacob’s beginning, the beginning of the world of Enigma. Long-time fans of the series will be overjoyed with the second edition. Any issues that were prevalent in the first edition are eradicated from this second run. Breakfield and Burkey are two talented writers, talented enough that readers won’t be able to distinguish who wrote which part of the tale. When you have two individuals working on one written work, it is often difficult to create one smooth voice, but it’s been done here. This is where it all began: this is where readers who are new to the series will get devoured by the excellent writing and character development. Newbies are in for the long haul. With such a large cast of characters, and one that just keeps growing as the series progresses, it’s admirable how the authors keep everyone in line. This first book isn’t as character heavy as later installments, but there are quite a few people and organizations to remember. The authors are consistent and have been careful about their portrayals. There is a lot of multiculturalism in these pages and the authors respectfully portray characters of different nationalities. With a handy glossary at the back of the book, even those who don’t know anything about computers can enjoy this book without feeling like they are missing something. With a cast of wonderful characters, just the right amount of suspense and cyber-subterfuge, readers will love The Enigma Factor by Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey. This second edition is for both newcomers to the series and for those who have been following its development closely. Come back to where it all began and allow yourself to get sucked into this world. No reader will regret it, and you just might find yourself enjoying a whole new series.
Aphrael 4 months ago
Jacob is a young MIT graduate with extensive skills in coding and finding problems in computer systems. His real passion is in encryption and security programming that he gained from his late mother. Jacob knows nothing about his family’s past or who his father is. Petra is assigned to evaluate Jacob without him knowing, what was not expected was for them to develop feelings for each other. When the “R Group” decides it is time to bring Jacob into their organization he realizes his entire life is disappearing before him. Secret organizations, Russian Mafia, all want Jacob to work for them, his life erased, his friend Buzz in trouble, he must decide what is real and what aligns with his personal beliefs and how he is going to move forward in life. What Tom Clancy did for the military, Breakfield and Burkey do for world of cyber technology. The Enigma Factor is a fast-paced action, thriller, mystery, crime solving story all mixed into one excellent novel. There are so many technological concepts brought up in this book they seem crazy, but many of them are real cutting-edge technology that is being developed now. There is some highly technical computer terminology in parts that show the in-depth knowledge of the charterers. I had to ask a friend in IT about some of the terms and if it was real. Much of it is. There are some explanations of terms in the book, but even if you can’t fallow all the encryption jargon it does not take away from the story. This is one of those books you just don’t want to put down, I was drawn into the fear Jacob had having his whole life disappear before him, the desperation and frustration as each piece of himself disappeared. I really love how the technology plays such a key role in story line. It is not so over done to be futuristic or unbelievable, just advanced enough to make you wonder, is this happening out there now or could it be soon? Seeing how the R Group works and getting to know Otto and Petra as well JAC(Julie) keeps you wanting more. They blur the line between black and white / good vs evil. Much like how technology is used now, it can be good and bad and The Enigma Factor shows just blurred those lines can be while trying to look out for the good guys. Jacobs relationship with Buzz is pivotal to the plot as well. Buzz is always looking for short cuts and the easy way out, he gets himself into deep trouble and Jacob wants to help him, but can he? This is the first book in a series by Breakfield and Burkey. The cutting-edge technology along with strong character development keeps things engaging for the reader. You can really grow attached to some of the characters and feel a deep hatred for others. I look forward to reading more of the series and seeing where all the characters end up.
Rayleigh 6 months ago
Technology can be a scary thing, especially when criminals are involved. The Enigma Factor is a thriller that is pushed by the characters. They are incredibly well described and each have very good, and unique personalities. The story is also well thought-out and unpredictable in most of its outcome, though there are a very easily predicted scenes. I really enjoyed the technology aspect of the story and thought that it was well placed in the world setting. What I didn’t like however, was how high the romance was and the cursing. There were multiple sex scenes and they seemed to just be thrown in for the sake of including them. The romance would have survived better, in my opinion, without the sexual tension present, plus, I would have enjoyed the book a lot more had they been omitted. So overall, I liked the story and the characters, but because of the other content, I’ll only be rating The Enigma Factor 3 out of 5 stars. I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. This is Review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Elise Towner for Readers' Favorite The Enigma Factor by Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey is a very well written story about technology professionals and the financial organizations they are empowered to protect and serve with the utmost integrity. A quote from the book was extremely appealing to me, coming from a financial background myself: “Political powers come and go, but the financial well-being cannot afford to be corrupted.” I could not agree more with that statement. The main characters exhibit a rare “Robin Hood” mentality as the story of Jacob, Buzz, and Petra unravelled, leaving me cheering for technology geeks all over the globe, and especially for the career-oriented Jacob and his newly found love interest, Petra. Trust me, there is much more to this story than just the romance. The layout of this book alone is eye-catching and the programming language “10100101011010” and the chapter titles set the tone. I really enjoyed how the authors chronicled the meeting of two soul mates. A love story ensues with the accomplished genius Jacob and the lovely intelligent Petra. Their romance reminds me of “A Beautiful Mind”, but without the schizophrenia. Both equally yoked, Jacob and Petra share their knowledge and love for Information Technology in their respective roles when securing the assets of select upper echelons in the U.S. and their interests abroad. I was fascinated with the authors' attention to detail while completely enthralled with reading The Enigma Factor, and look forward to exploring the rest of the Enigma series. I cannot say enough about this book. If you like stories that encompass history, adventure, with all the complexities of betrayal and intrigue faced by those who provide security for the financial sector, then you will enjoy this work. I would love to see this series made into a movie! Well done!