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Book Title: The Enigma Dragon: A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 9)
Authors: Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey
Category: Adult Fiction, 360 pages
Genre: Thriller, TechnoThriller
Publisher: ICABOD Press
Release date: Oct 5, 2017
Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are some descriptive sex scenes but not throughout)
Do the vast amounts of information and technology available hold humans hostage? Does analog communication create a vulnerability?
The political climate in the world is unnerving. North Korea is running missile tests, but where are they getting their deadly supplies? Meanwhile, terrorists are hiding in plain sight, using American technology that is out on display in libraries and museums for the world to see, but are using analog methods to gather and assemble their information. No internet searches equal no red flags which lets the bad guys believe they are operating undetected. But the Cyber Assassin Technology Services (CATS) team is on the job. As Juan and Julie Rodríguez send their operatives out across the globe to track down these foot soldiers also known as Analog Information Mules, they’ll discover the horrible potential treats, and learn about each other along the way.
Mike and Marge control ePETRO, an oil shipping business with offices in London and New York, but they don’t have the same business goals in mind. Marge intends to sell the North Koreans uranium in addition to oil obtained illegally from the government-sanctioned Middle East. But Mike may have other plans, mainly, keeping the profits of these sales for himself. Then there is the mysterious Steven Christopher, who oversees the AIMs, and is working several angles behind the scenes. Steven is the only one trusted by both Marge and Mike, but why?
The CATs team has feet on the ground, with Ernesto and Tyler following two women through Washington, D.C. as they visit the Smithsonian looking for nuclear fusion processes and down the Texas coast where a dangerous package makes its way onto a ship bound for Asia. Jamie, an Irish man with a heartbreaking past, joins the team in Texas and finds not only a new job, but acceptance. George and Summit travel across Asia following the oil and some suspiciously mislabeled furniture. After a rocky start at being paired up, Mercedes and Brayson head to Panama and are watching a previously known Dark Net data center, but Mercedes is soon extracted to help out in D.C. She quickly becomes embroiled in Steven Christopher’s world. Brayson is left behind alone in Panama and, still recovering from a lost love, learns that he can’t truly be a part of the team until he has forgiven himself.
While Juan stays with Quip and his supercomputer ICABOD, tracking his team members and relaying constantly updated information at the team’s nerve center, Julie heads to London. Julie finds herself in the center of all the trouble as she goes undercover in the ePETRO offices. When Julie disappears, Juan drops everything to find her. Quip loops his wife EZ, a Unified Communications expert, to help monitor and control the CATS team movements so that operatives can find the culprits in their different theaters of operation.
Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take readers on a new techno-thriller adventure with their 9th book in The Enigma Series. The Enigma Dragon is a chilling journey across four continents, and twelve cities that uncovers terrifying possibilities of what is to become of our world if the CATS team cannot defeat our enemies.
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Charles 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, and continues developing his woodworking skills. Now included in people on the move in Dallas Business Journal.
Roxanne has two passions – working with technology and writing. She enjoys working to drive optimized customer experiences with technology in her role with a high-tech manufacturer. Texas is home for her and her family. When time permits Rox likes gardening, hiking, sewing, refinishing antiques, exploring, wine-tasting, and traveling. She loves to listen to people which often results in odd treasures that come to life in her stories. Now included in people on the move in Dallas Business Journal.
The were asked “How many books have you written? Please include a small book recap for each one!” Here is their reply:
We have 9 books in the series available for readers. All are available in ebook and paperback with the first 4 and soon 5 also in audiobook formats. Book 10 The Enigma Source is scheduled for a summer release. Readers can get a sample chapter and watch a book trailer for each story at eneigmaseries.com
#1 The Enigma Factor: Enter the complex world that lurks behind every computer in The Enigma Factor. This is a fascinating tale full of international danger and intrigue. Jacob Michaels spends his life working on programming and information protection. Considered a “white hat,” he works tirelessly to protect major organizations from the extensive damage caused by cyber criminals.
#2 The Enigma Rising: Carlos and Juan have a sweet deal going, helping drug lords and their wealth disappear. A chance encounter with the powerful R-Group changes their plans, lives, and loves forever. The R-Group is, without question, the most powerful information brokerage firm on the planet. Their ability to gather, analyze, and use information outstrips most nations. The major powers of the world turn to these technologists with sensitive information contracts.
#3 The Enigma Ignite: This third installment of the Enigma Series focuses on the latest high-tech innovations in military communications—and just how far certain world powers will go to utilize them. As the world’s biggest powers compete for superiority, it’s not larger weapons or greater numbers of soldiers that top their wish lists. Instead, it’s the latest and greatest technological advances including nano-technology, dynamic programming algorithms and drones working together to build the next generation of military communications.
#4 The Enigma Wraith: What if every aspect of our lives that touches technology was interrupted by the nefarious and destructive agenda of an unknown source? When an Irish financial institution, a Brazilian hydroelectric plant, a NATO base, and a smart car traveling through the European countryside are each hacked by the same sinister force, the world is introduced to the first glimpse of the potential damage that the Ghost Code can inflict.
#5 The Enigma Stolen: With supercomputers accurately predicting future events, human behavior becomes just another algorithm to be tweaked and coded by cyber terrorists. Human behavior often appears erratic and unpredictable only because humans are too close to the action. To the cold, impartial circuits of a modern supercomputer, human behavior is simply a complex set of algorithms to be compiled, analyzed, and predicted. Control the flow of human behavior, and you control the future.
#6 The Enigma Always: At the very time the R-Group team members, Jacob and Petra, are being emotionally and psychologically ripped apart, they’re pitted against a rich, evil genius using next generation DNA mapping and supercomputers to reengineer humans. This story presents the thrilling exploration of the intersection of cyber technology, medical science, and human greed.
#7 The Enigma Gamers-A CATS TALE: A dark new era of digital crime is unleashed as malicious avatars escape their virtual landscapes and instigate wholesale terror attacks. In the heart of the digital age, new advancements continue to make everything faster, easier, and more convenient than ever before. However, when these powerful technologies end up in the wrong hands, even an online game can be a catalyst for harmful cybercrimes.
#8 The Enigma Broker: The steep drop in the markets for oil, copper, coal, and other commodities threatens to destabilize nations and bring them to the verge of economic collapse. Amid fears that further drops in value could devastate civilization, the R-Group quietly engages. They use information-gathering and security capabilities to protect us from cyber-attack.
#9 The Enigma Dragon – A CATS Tale: In this story we pose some questions for readers. Do the vast amounts of information and technology available hold humans hostage? Does analog communication create a vulnerability? The political climate in the world is unnerving. North Korea is running missile tests, but where are they getting their deadly supplies? Meanwhile, terrorists are hiding in plain sight, using American technology that is out on display in libraries and museums for the world to see, but are using analog methods to gather and assemble the information.
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