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The Enigma Always (The Enigma Series) (Volume 6) Paperback – March 8, 2017
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Kirkus Reviews - In the latest volume in Breakfield and Burkey's (The Enigma Stolen, 2015, etc.) techno-thriller series, a disreputable doctor's life-extension project calls for abductions and human experiments with unwilling participants. Su Lin nearly died from an accident that caused her to lose her memory. Formerly known as Master Po, she'd been an expert in cybertechnologies. When someone tries to kidnap Su Lin, a digital-security team called the R-Group suspects that the baddies are after Su Lin's laptop. But the woman can't remember what's stored on her computer or how to bypass its complex encryption. She may have a connection to Dr. Xavier Pekoni, whose Fountain of Youth project--complete with unsanctioned human testing--had devastating side effects for its test subjects. A U.S. agency hires the R-Group to find Pekoni, convinced he's attempting to finalize his research to increase human life spans. The authors excel at breezing through exposition, quickly setting up their newest tale: this time around, returning R-Group lovebirds Jacob and Petra are separated, the latter having isolated herself due to her physical and mental scars. Familiar bad guys abound as well: Jacob's freelance work inadvertently entangles him with Zara of the villainous Russian Dteam. Zara, meanwhile, is on the run from Chairman Chang, from whom she stole 5 million in diamonds. There's mystery throughout, as readers don't immediately learn why Pekoni is trying to snatch Su Lin or if her teenlike behavior (she's 50-something) can be remedied. By now there are enough recurring characters that many have paired up romantically, but Breakfield and Burkey still manage to churn out fresh interactions between the couples, as with Jacob and Petra, who, during a conference call with the R-Group, privately message one another to discuss their fractured relationship. ... As always, loaded with smart technological prose and an open ending that suggests more to come.
5 Star - Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite - The Enigma Always is volume six in The Enigma series by Breakfield and Burkey, featuring the R-Group and a world characterized by high technology with advanced techniques in gathering and diffusing information. But there is something more. With the advanced technology, human cells and DNA can be enhanced to prolong human life much longer, but there could also be devastating consequences. Humanity may face a serious threat if the experiments of the unscrupulous Dr. Xavier Pekoni come to a neat conclusion. Only the R-Group, working in collaboration with CAT teams, can stop him, and that is if they use all their skills and resources, but can they succeed without two of their key players, Jacob and Petra?
Fast-paced and gripping, there is no waste, not of words, not of a single plot element. The reader is immediately drawn into a mysterious world of covert activities with codes being exchanged and the R-Group rushing around with their investigations. The characters are well-developed, the complicity between some of them lived through very threatening and dangerous moments. Breakfield and Burkey are expert storytellers, entertainers who create a story that will have readers oblivious to their immediate reality for the whole time and characters they will remember long after they are done reading. Fans of sci-fi and thrillers will fall for The Enigma Always, and they will fall really hard. I enjoyed the excellent writing, the complex plot, and the monumental conflict. One has the feeling they are holding a bomb that could go off any moment as they race through the pages. I am a huge fan of this series.
About the Author
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 they have 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, enigmabookseries.com. 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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The book will keep you moving as they resolve one question, only to ask two more.
Somewhere in the midst, redemption is a theme.
I already have 7 & 8 on order!
The characters seem like real people. You will root for the good 'uns and be startled by the bad ones...
The authors catch me by surprise and I end up gasping at the bad antics! All that makes a great read!