Inexplicable drops in world commodities markets 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, ePetro.
The R-Group, Jacob and Petra, are quietly engaged by ePetro amid fears that further drops in commodity values could devastate multiple economies of first-world countries.
Could the problem be a result of hacking by an unidentified dark matter organization?
The unidentified cyber-terror organization is fierce and lethal when it comes to protecting itself and its 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.
Has this insidious cyber evil from the dark net become a challenge the R-Group simply cannot defeat?
The layers of conspiracy by the cruel dark matter organization supplies suspense and intrigue to the very end.
The Enigma Broker, the eighth book in The Enigma Series by the award-winning authors Breakfield and Burkey takes listeners on a dangerous trek from the affluence of London to the extreme poverty of Argentina, the train yards of Fort Worth, Texas, and places in between.
“…the authors handle their players as skillfully as casino dealers handle cards, and the various subplots are consistently engaging.” (Kirkus)
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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 for most of this series and he is the voice of this series to me. 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.
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