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Enigma Black (Enigma Black Trilogy Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Sara Furlong-Burr
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Book Description

REDEMPTION, the final book in the ENIGMA BLACK trilogy is now available!


How far would you go to keep a promise?

When she was just seventeen, the course of Celaine Stevens' life was permanently altered with the murders of her father, mother, and brother in one of a series of mysterious and violent explosions occurring across the country. Struggling with picking up the pieces, she's haunted by the memory of that day and her promise of retribution against those responsible for her misery. But just as she seems to be getting her life back on track, an encounter with a mysterious stranger promises her the vengeance she desires, ultimately turning the former target into the assassin.

However, all choices come with consequences, and the consequence of her choice threatens to destroy the very fabric of her being.

Editorial Reviews


"It's a fantastic read and just so damn thrilling! Go read it! You'll love it!" - Page Trotter Book Blogs

"All I can say is wow! This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end..." -Sienna @Lost to Books

"I couldn't read it fast enough. An absolute page turner that kept me up late into the - er - morning, and one I wouldn't be surprised to see snapped up by movie producers in the near future. First time I ever said THAT about an indie book!" - Evilicious Book Reviews:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

"...this was a really good story. I loved the action, the mystery, the story, and Celaine. It kept me on edge while I read it, and was very hard to put down on some occasions." - Ava & Brianna Biblio Belles

From the Author

The Enigma Black Trilogy is more dystopian than science fiction, and contains strong elements of romance.

Enigma Black (Book 1)
Vendetta Nation (Book 2)
Redemption (Book 3)-Coming Summer 2014

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant But Highly Simplistic February 26, 2013
By Art
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The plot of this book is that there is a mad man/super-villain bombing around the nation, and the president uses this as an excuse to restrict freedoms. The main character loses her family to the bomber as a youngster and years later guessed it, a super-hero of sorts, opposed to the mad bomber. To do it, she has to leave the soul-mate who wants to marry her behind.

The author's style is pleasant and easy to read, but the plotting is incredibly simplistic. For example, individuals are endowed with super-strength and super-agility by virtue of turning their adrenalin "on" all the time. Yes, adrenalin apparently allows you to dent concrete walls and jump 15 feet in the air. I guess something like nanites was deemed too complicated. Similarly, the pretty bank loan officer never had any sort of combat training and was described as a clutz. But the magic of adrenalin plus a few weeks of simulations and she is basically a ninja. I guess some version of knowledge imprinting was also deemed too complicated.

While zero effort on the sci-fi end may be forgivable, this simplicity carries over to the plotting. The coming plot twists (which are partially revealed at the end of this volume) are telegraphed early, often and hard. The President is bad. The head of the un-named program that trains super-heroes to fight the mad bomber is bad. The main character just "feels it" and "knows it in her bones". There is no dot connecting left to do -- the author is basically telling the reader that the hero program and mad bomber are a sham run by the president so that he can become a virtual dictator.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next Hunger Games series! February 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! I was truly blown away by Enigma Black, and cannot wait for the sequel! Dystopian stories are by far my favorites, but this one made stood out as a new favorite.

Sara Furlong Burr's writing is wildly imaginative and filled with snark and wit. The characters are brilliantly developed throughout the story making them come alive in settings described with such imagery that you feel a part of the story. Enigma Black is filled with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the way until the end (don't worry, this is a spoiler free zone).

Personally, this first book sets the stage for the series to join the ranks of The Hunger Games in my mind. Even though it is a young adult book, it has the ability to draw in audiences of all ages. If ever there was a book that should be made into a movie, I am voting for this one!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, action packed and brilliant January 31, 2013
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All I can say is wow! This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end and I'm glad I received the professionally edited copy so I could read it without any trouble. This book is faced paced, action packed and took me on an emotional ride.

I loved Celiane, she had a dry sarcastic sense of humor which I adored and made me laugh on occasions She was also strong willed and determined but Sara cleverly interwove moments of vulnerability to create an engaging character that I could sympathise with. Also because of this vulnerability it justified her actions, which created a solid and strong story line. As well as this the two guys, Chase and Blake were total opposites. Chase being the sweet, caring, shoulder to cry on and Blake the partner who has had his emotions drilled out of him. These two really played with my emotions through out the book as their relationships with Celiane changed but I loved the difference in personality as it made it all the more interesting to read.

In Enigma Black the action is constructed incredibly well, it is fast paced but filled with loads of detail that leaves everything easy to imagine and visualise. I loved it when Celaine turned into her cold 'super hero' version of herself and the confrontations with The Man in Black were brilliant. The start did confuse me slightly as it is written from multiple POV but that was down to the fact we hadn't been introduced to everyone. After that I had no trouble and towards the end I had the moment of "Oh I get the beginning now" which was great as it linked nicely.

The only bad thing I have to say about this book is the cliff hanger ending! It definitely leaves you wanting to know more and I don't know if I can wait too long to find out what happens next.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read April 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I would like to thank the author for giving a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

This book was really different, and I mean that in a good way. It was part sci-fi, part dystopian, and part romance. I love how cleverly all those genres were mixed almost seamlessly into one book. It made for an action-packed, intense, and interesting story that won't be forgotten any time soon.

The main character, Celaine, was pretty awesome. I really liked her, and she's one of the few female book protagonists that I could see myself being friends with. She's caring, kind, and loyal to those she cares about. However, she's also flawed, and in need of revenge. That need for revenge is what really gets this story going, and it causes many things to happen that otherwise would not have.

As for the other characters, I really liked Blake, Chase, and Lucy. Blake was an awesome friend and partner, and he had a really touching backstory. Chase was a good love interest, and you could tell he really cared for Celaine. Finally, there was Lucy. She was such a great friend, and I was sad to see what ultimately happened with her, even though it was foreshadowed.

Then, there are the villains. There are an unusual number of those in this book, and we don't really know anything about them yet, other than that they are motivated to do evil to gain power. Others are just suspected to be villains, so it will definitely be interesting to see what happens in the second book of this series.

As for the plot, it was really interesting. There were a lot of twists that I didn't see coming, which made for great reading. There were also lots of really intense action scenes, which I think that this author is really good at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read
You know the author has done a great job when you go to bed thinking about the characters, wondering what will happen next. These characters are unforgettable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rhollandl
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Published 8 months ago by John R. Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
My first book from this author, very different from the themes that I usually read, but quite enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by yjessemore
4.0 out of 5 stars High-powered urban sic-fi
‘Enigma Black’ by Sara Furlong Burr is a high-powered urban, science fiction story that includes romance, heart break, action and even cause to stop and think. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Awesome Indies Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable story until ,the words to be continued appeared.
This would have been a definite five star from me if it had finished, there was comedy as well as plenty of tears. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Reggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration to all!
Enigma Black is a heart warming novel mix of romance, sci-fic action thriller and political drama, where Celaine Stevens comes out as a very strong main character. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eishinas
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting & engaging
The characters in Enigma Black are well developed and "real". The writing is engaging and holds your interest so that when you're forced to take a break from reading, you... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Can't wait to find out what happens next
I was really impressed with Enigma Black! Sara Furlong-Burr did a fantastic job on her first book. I recently read two other books by first time authors, and Sara put them to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kate Harms
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to stay with read
Note: I actually purchased this book. I spent my hard earned money to check out another dystopian writer. What I found pleased me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by E A Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigma
I picked this book up and couldn't bear to put it down! Amazing book and great characters that really draw you into the story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kadie
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More About the Author

Sara "Furlong" Burr was born and raised in Michigan and currently still lives there with her husband, two daughters, a high-strung Lab, and three judgmental cats. When she's not writing, Sara enjoys reading, camping, spending time with her family, and attempting to paint while consuming more amaretto sours than she cares to admit.

You can learn more about Sara at, follow her on Twitter via @Sarafurlong, and read more of her ramblings via Facebook at

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