The Enigma Factor

  • by Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey
  • Narrated by Steven Jay Cohen
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Explore the inner workings of technology in the fast-paced thriller The Enigma Factor. Authors Breakfield and Burkey weave a complex tale full of danger, intrigue, and international cyber wars in their joint fictional novel debut.
Jacob Michaels is a brilliant programmer who has spent his life in the field of information protection, considering it his mission to protect major organizations from the horrific damage cyber criminals can inflict.
But it is his own life he finds in danger when rogue cyber-criminals target Jacob for inclusion in their nefarious activities. Determined, he sets off on a mission that takes him into the furthest reaches of cyber technology and is provided support through unknown protectors.
With his best friend in tow, as well as a distractingly beautiful encryptionist, Jacob's journey ultimately sets off a chain reaction involving cyber theft, international hackers, romance, and more danger than he could have ever imagined.
As Jacob closes in, however, he soon learns that the line between good guys and bad guys is increasingly blurry.

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",You are not done until you get away."

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This is not a fast paced, action thriller. Just the opposite. It moves slowly, densely filling the pages with conversations, stories, descriptions and explanations of aspects of computer workings. Not for everyone, perhaps, but for this near computer illiterate user, these explanations were fascinating: it felt almost like receiving mini tutorials. Once underway the story is gripping, the characters steadily gaining real personally and presence, and the compulsion to find our what would happen to each one was almost as powerful as pondering the futures of real life acquaintances.

This excellently written characterisation is further enhanced by the narrator, who gives each one of the numerous people involved their own distinctive style of speech, complete with appropriate accent. Although written in the third person, the majority of the book is viewed from the point of view of the young, meticulous pen tester, Jacob. Initially, although fluent and clear, Steven Cohen's pleasantly soft spoken voice is slightly halting, with a indecision that many people express when unused to conversation. But as the book progresses, and Jacob, the main protagonist, becomes increasingly part of a team and used to expressing his ideas, this slight hesitancy gradually disappears: a very effective way of further breathing life, and confidence, into these cleverly crafted characters.

I received my copy of The Enigma Factor as a freely given gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks as, in addition to being an enjoyable read, it has opened up for me a tiny crack through which to peek into a world about which I knew almost nothing. And what a frightening world it is! Far more scary than gun rights and chases, quietly, mostly out of sight, this is the underlying foundation of our entire society which is being held to ransome. As previously mentioned, this is not a book for everyone but for those enjoying well read, thoughtful, character driven stories plus the bonus of possibly learning something new mixed in with their thriller, this could be just the book.

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- Norma Miles

Looking forward to the series

What made the experience of listening to The Enigma Factor the most enjoyable?

This was the first time I used Audible - and it was the first in the Enigma series... I found both experiences good!


What other book might you compare The Enigma Factor to, and why?

Reminiscent of James Patterson - but with a techno-twist. There's intrigue, tech-talk and personal relationships.


What about Steven Jay Cohen’s performance did you like?

I liked how he worked to 'become' the character... Nice inflection and tempered cadence... Seems to have enhanced the story...


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I can't say there was a moment... I got wrapped into the storytelling during the prologue...


Any additional comments?

Really looking forward to the series. Well Done, Charles and Roxanne!!!

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- T Halverson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2017
  • Publisher: Enigma Series LLC