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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
You would need to be a bit of a geeky/conspiracy theory type, but sure. Fits the mold well.
Would you recommend The Enigma Factor to your friends? Why or why not?
As noted above.
What does Steven Jay Cohen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Solid, consistent performance that sets the groundwork for what promises to be a rather interesting series.
Did The Enigma Factor inspire you to do anything?
Do some research into topics raised.
Any additional comments?
I did receive my copy of this offering in exchange for this review. So here we go. Well researched, almost to a fault, but on balance a solid start with reliable characters and a story arc that promises to move along quickly. Recommended!
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Life is good, Jacob is alone in the world. I'm the span of a few days the skills his mother left him with afford him to go to a conference for techies through an unknown benefactor. He finds a wonderful girl, and is offered a new job in Europe.
I am not a techie but learned a lot about the world of hackers and online espionage from this book. My hud band who is IT had to explain some things to me as we listened together, but it was an adventure and I can't wait to read the next book in the series,. Also this book was steamu, and helped heat up our nights. I loved the narrator.
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Any additional comments?
was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
The characters were really good. I enjoyed learning about these people, especially Jacob and Otto, though I suspected Petra of being a turncoat the entire novel. I thought they were written really well and I really liked the friendship between Jacob and Buzz.
However, there was a lot of conversation, so it wasn’t exactly fast paced, and the plot itself was quite confusing. It was a bit weird because the plot tried to be fast but the topic itself slowed it down and with all of the exposition talking, it felt really strange. The hacking aspects of the book sounded interesting but they felt rather overdone. I say sounded, because it was quite difficult to follow because it didn’t make much sense to me. However, I am a complete computer novice.
I didn’t like the sex scenes. They weren’t particularly good, so either they needed more attention, or they needed removing.
The group itself confused me. Are they a stealth group? Because it seems like everybody knows they exist and can request their services.
So I was confused by most of this novel, but I really liked the characters, character development and the writing style.
Well written and excellently narrated, 'The Enigma Factor is a modern and extremely relevant story about IT professionals and the organizations they are contracted to protect from the real world thread of hackers and crackers.
The story relates the tales of cyber security and the threats exposed in the complex world of hackers and the chaos they can cause.
The main characters of Jacob, Buzz, and Petra have the reader / listener rooting for the heretofore unloved technology geeks and the intertwining love and technology interests of the main characters is compelling. The characters grow quickly on the listener and the writer's attention to detail leads to a captivating and 'want to continue listening until the end' story line.
The book has it all - adventure, technology, romance, betrayal and suspense - all rolled into an intriguing and compelling story that leaves the listener wanting more (and the rest of the series undoubtedly delivers on that promise!) .
I just hope that the subsequent movie will be as good!