Ripped From The Headlines

4 out of 5 stars

I’ve known about these books for some time and I don’t know why I never really dove into them.  They’re technothrillers (one of my favorite genres) and they’re always written about interesting and current topics.  Breakfield and Burkey have teamed up with Derek Shoales from the beginning and he is the voice of this series.  I know this is book eight and I’m sure there were things that I missed having not read the other books – but it didn’t really feel that way.

The Enigma Broker tells a story of what would happen if the numbers that you trust can’t be trusted.  This could easily cause high-profile people to make decisions on incorrect data – and Broker shows us what happens in that case.

The story itself moved at a pretty good pace.  There were a few times where I thought that the dialogue felt a little forced or just clumsy – but that was few and far between.  The overall character building, most of the dialogue, and the sequence web-building are really well done and I can tell that is something the Breakfield and Burkey pride themselves on.

I thought that Shoales did a great job with this.  Utilizing different voices and accents to voice the many different characters that we are introduced to. There wasn’t a time that I didn’t know who was speaking and I chalk that up to his narration style.

Overall, a good technothriller that felt like it could happen.  Which is a sign of a book (and series) that is hitting its mark.  I felt like I could have read the results of Broker in a news brief and that scares me just a bit.

Book Description:

The Enigma Broker (Enigma Series #8) by Breakfield & Burkey (Narrated by Derek Shoales)four-stars
The Enigma Broker (Enigma Series #8) by Breakfield & Burkey, Charles V. Breakfield, Roxanne E. Burkey
Narrator: Derek Shoales
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Series: The Enigma Series #8
Published by Self Published on March 26th 2019
Genres: Technothriller
Format: Audiobook

Inexplicable drops in world markets for oil, copper, coal, and other commodities are destabilizing nations to the point of economic collapse. A conspicuous increase in production numbers for primary oil producing companies results in a call for help from governments and a large oil distributor. The R-Group quietly engages amid fears that further drops in value could devastate multiple economies of first world countries.

Jacob Michaels is called by ePetro’s Mike Patrick, CEO of the multinational oil broker, due to some prior data and network security engagement work. This prompts early investigation into the production numbers by Jacob. With support from Petra, they suspect the problem is a result of hacking by an unidentified dark matter organization. In tracing back all the available threads, they find it impossible to determine where this organization is operating, who is at the helm - driving commodity prices down, and how are the profits being taken without detection. They realize early on that a single misstep places not only Jacob and Petra but also other members of R-Group directly into the path of mortal danger!

This cyber terror organization is fierce and lethal when it comes to protecting itself and the plans made to take control of global commodity markets. The lieutenants of this agenda are quick to execute orders without question. Failure does not get a second chance with these enforcers. R-Group’s advantage of leading technology resources, brilliant technologists, and years of experience may not be enough to locate the genius source bent on commodity market domination. Has this insidious cyber evil from the dark net become a challenge the R-Group simply cannot defeat?

The Enigma Broker, is the eighth book in The Enigma Series by the award-winning authors Breakfield and Burkey. It uses relevant technology layered with travel, intrigue, humor, mystery, and romance from the affluence of London to the extreme poverty of Argentina, the train yards of Fort Worth Texas, and places in between. The layers of planning and conspiracy by the cruel dark matter organization supplies suspense and intrigue to the very end.

Join us in this chilling journey into a dangerous digital underworld that raises troubling questions about our dependence on technology and our current obsession with social media avenues for communication.


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