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The Enigma Factor Audiobook

The Enigma Factor: The Enigma Series, Book 1

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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.

©2013 Enigma Series, LLC (P)2017 Enigma Series, LLC

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    Norma Miles 27/07/2017
    Norma Miles 27/07/2017
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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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    T Halverson 17/07/2017
    T Halverson 17/07/2017
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    "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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    *Angela* 12/07/2017
    *Angela* 12/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Intresting story brought down by the performance"

    The story follows Jacob as he tries to discover a mysterious benefactor, prevent cyber attacks and fall in love. The beginning is very promising as we start to come into the world of Jacob and cyber security. The pace is good and the suspense is there. The middle of the book is dragging on a bit but not enough to put me off and it does get faster near the end which I though was good and will leave you with a taste for more.

    Unfortunately, I found the female characters to be written more as a male fantasy. No real complexity but a lot of long descriptions of how they look and how pretty they are. Male-Female romance is never my favourite part of the book as the tend to be invariably patriarchal clichés and thus quite boring. What made it even worse (and the worst part for me) was the performance. Those female voices, ugh! So sweet and sultry and utterly annoying. The accents borderline on insulting and very little differentiation between persons.

    Saying that, I though overall the book was quite entertaining and i'm glad I read it. Being a woman, I could not identify with any of the female characters and I feel that books with badly written characters (especially female) are not worth my time, so I won't be reading the next one. But that's just me.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Bough 27/06/2017
    Tony Bough 27/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Intelligent, engaging, awesome"
    Where does The Enigma Factor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely worth taking the time to get into this! Cool twists and turns. A really good techno thriller. I loved it.


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

    I do not want to spoil the story so lets jump to authors instead of comparing the story to another and making people start to think about what I'm comparing it to. Authors; Tom Clancy, Crichton, Patterson maybe for the twists and turns.


    What does Steven Jay Cohen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great narration. I loved the pace of the narrator. The character differentiation was good and the story itself comes out well with the narrators voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to it in two days. I've been on the road for work so that was my intention, but I have plenty of other audio books with me so if I didn't really like it I could have gone elsewhere. I didn't. I did start to finish and really enjoyed it all!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • paul
    29/07/17
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    "complicated"

    I liked The Enigma Factor by authors:Charles V Breakfield , Roxanne E Burkey and will probably follow up with any subsequent offerings but.... there is a lot going on and at times I found my concentration waning. My fault not the story's but at times I felt like I was spinning too many plates in the air. I like longish and this book certainly is that. Steven Jay Cohen is superb and I hope that he is at the helm of the next Enigma Series, Book. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Booklover
    11/07/17
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    "This Would Make a Good Movie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was good listening. The audible version is over 12 hours long, so it kept me occupied for quite awhile. It was great to listen to while traveling. Really made the travel time fly by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob is smart, level headed and easy to get to know. He is the main character. The author makes it easy to identify with him.


    What does Steven Jay Cohen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Steven Jay Cohen does a great job of walking you through the authors' technology descriptions. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the terminology, but it made sense to me as I was following along the story line. He described the tech at an easy pace that allowed a non-techie like me to keep up. Plus I always like when the narrator has distinctive voices for the different characters so it is easy for me to follow the story line.


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

    I wasn't particularly moved by any moment, however, it did make me wonder about financial transactions on a global level.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • eris
    07/07/17
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    "Solid world building for tech thriller series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, if they were into technology or spy books. The setup in this book makes it seem like it will bring some interesting future books along those lines.


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

    He gave all the character unique voices, and brought their emotions through. Even if all the accents weren't exactly right, they gave a good amount of variance to all of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book laid a pretty good foundation for future books, and introduced some interesting concepts. I liked the first half quite a bit, it didn't feel the need to rush to the thriller aspect of the book. It let you come to know the main character and the ins and outs of his vocation. While the end conflict more or less comes and goes without a great climax, it seemed fitting for the book. It was more of an introduction to the world and setting up future adventures. I will check out the next book in this series. <br/><br/>I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabrena
    02/07/17
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    "Typical misrepresentation of technology"

    As with so many of these techno-thrillers, the technology described in this story, especially with respect to computer programming and code, is misrepresented and inaccurate. The story is fast-paced, so much so that some of its continuity is sacrificed. A real sense of time is missing in this story.

    The characters are well developed and reasonably realistic, made all the more so by the outstanding narration by Steven Jay Cohen. He gives distinct and appropriate voices to the characters. His accents aren't particularly accurate, but they serve their purpose. This looks to be a promising series.

    NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle Hempel
    Batavia, IL
    30/06/17
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    "Jacob is in for the ride of his life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, specifically for the beginning and middle. The authors start off well, building up the characters and going into some of the technology and basics of code that are being utilized, but by the end of the book the plot seems forced and the technological side of things has taken a back seat. Jacob is an interesting character and has a good counterpart in Buzz, and while the book can be fast paced at times there is a lack of details once Jacob has joined forces with the R Group that makes the book fall a little flat. The writing talent of Breakfield and Burkey is certainly there but feels like their attention waivers towards the ends. I am hopeful that this next book in the series will be consistent all the way through.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The new battleground is technological warfare.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tuezday Morning
    30/07/17
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    "Fun read!"

    I found this book to be a fun read. A technology, hacking, and crime novel does best if it can keep the attention of both types of people. Those with and without the tech knowledge and I think this book did pretty well at that. I was always eager to know what was going to happen next. There was a budding romance which may continue in the series but it is not too sappy. There is some pretty graphic sexual moments which were not expected, but not bad, just seemed kinda out of place. overall I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book. I was given a free copy of this book and have left this unbiased review voluntarily.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    27/07/17
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    "Highly technical and a great narration"

    Jacob Michaels is a brilliant computer programmer whose mother taught him the difference between good and bad in the years they shared before she was killed on a hit and run. He gets tickets from a mysterious company for an important convention where he meets Petra, a special girl also into computers, and which will warn Jacob about the dangers he might be facing if he is not careful enough.

    As a security specialist and a background working onsite with several customers, I was quickly caught in the story. Some of the issues Jacob faced reminded me of my current and some past jobs. It is a highly technical book, with lots of specific terms. This really appealed to me but it could be a setback for less technical people.

    I may also mention that some of the things described do not work in the real world. Usually, once a program is compiled, one cannot read the lines in it unless they keep a copy of the source code.

    The story was well built, and the characters were distinctive enough to make this an enjoyable read. I felt though the second half a bit long winded, and despite the issues they faced, I was not invested enough to care for them. I am not sure what failed for me here. I think it was a mix of not very likable characters, an uninteresting love story, and lack of character development.

    I was really bothered by how good a boy Jacob was. He had very clear that he was a white hat, and worked very long hours without complaining. He sometimes continued working in the evenings at home and did not mind getting calls from work at any time. And if he had to travel overseas it was okay too, he just needed some hours to pack and he was a happy camper. I understand that he was seeking refuge on his work after his mother’s death, but his attitude was almost monastic. I also had difficulties liking Petra, who always had quite a negative attitude seldom gave Jacob explanations he deserved. I did not care much about the rest of characters since they were not very developed.

    The love story felt as an excuse to attract some feminine readers. It did not hold and the sex scenes were just too perfect to be real. It always bothers me when this happens in books: a couple having sex for the first time and everything happening like clockwork.

    I also found some sentences that should set off alarms for any woman with brains, like “inability to look like a lady”. I would expect this in a 19th century book, not in a book that claims to be a 21st century technothriller.

    What I loved was Seven Jay Cohen’s narration. He struggled with some accents but displayed an ample range of voices, from male to female, making the characters more distinguishable that I am sure they would be in print. Cohen also expressed the right amount of emotions to the characters when needed.

    It was a good listen, even though it felt a bit long towards the end. I would recommend it for highly technical people since all the specific terminology may scare non-geeks.

    I received a free copy of this book in audio format from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Christian C.
    North Carolina, USA
    27/07/17
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    "Truly exciting tecno-centric suspense/thriller"

    This was a wonderfully researched and written tech-centric thriller, rounded out with a steamy bit of romance. You won't need a degree in computer programming to understand and enjoy book one of The Enigma Factor. I have only the most casual, passing interest in computer networking and security protocols, yet still I became thoroughly engrossed in main character Jacob's projects and adventures. I followed Jacob into the world of white-hat hacking, where he soon flirts with crossing that ambiguous line between &quot;doing good&quot; and &quot;doing bad as a means to a good end.&quot; He uncovers a secret about his past after joining an underground group of mysterious individuals who all possess extraordinary talents. But can he really trust who these people say they are? What is their true motive? Why must he abandon his old life to join this elite group? I highly recommend this title, especially the audiobook read by Steven Jay Cohen. He gives each character a truly unique voice that only enhances a novel that's already fabulous from beginning to end. Well done! I do agree with other reviewers that this could easily be translated into an exciting TV mini-series or serial show.

    I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks for this opportunity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy Smith
    Naples, TX
    26/07/17
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    "Interesting story that gets a little wordy"

    The premise to the story is awesome but carried out a little awkwardly. While I enjoy technology on an intermediate level, I had to zone out while it was being discussed. Rather than a believable inclusion of technology, the writers go on and on. I imagine not many will be impressed and a little editing would allow you to enjoy the adventure more!

    Jacob is a great guy (maybe a little too good) with amazing skills and cyber security is a hot topic. Steven Jay Cohen lent his voice well to many characters, his international voices were outstanding! The authors can probably pull off a good series if they let go of going into so much depth.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B. Murphy
    VA, USA
    25/07/17
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    "Didn't go anywhere"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As a computer engineer and software developer I loved the technical depth of this book. But it never went anywhere. It read like a &quot;day in the life of&quot; narration, which is ok for a while. But then it just gets boring. This book needs a lot more suspense.


    What could Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a buildup to a very suspenseful issues/catastrophe that the main characters struggle to solve... but win in the end. As is, it just sits there going through days of stuff.


    What aspect of Steven Jay Cohen’s performance would you have changed?

    He did a good job


    What character would you cut from The Enigma Factor?

    None... just add more punch/action to the ones that are there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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