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Rogue cyber-criminals want Jacob Michaels, a brilliant young programmer, to join them. He just doesn't know it yet. Jacob has the brains, expertise, and programming methods to get them what they want without discovery. With his best friend, Buzz, and a distractingly beautiful encryptionist in tow, Jacob enters the world of the Dark Internet here in the 21st century where the computer is the weapon of choice! With the cyber criminals engaged in international hacking, it's easy to have your identity slip through your fingers. No one, including Jacob, believes it when he learns he has been targeted. Jacob finds the space between cyber good and cyber evil difficult to navigate as well as highly deadly.
Jacob has settled into a quiet routine of a techno geek after his mother dies. The plans he made are disrupted when he discovers his life is in danger. He sets off on a mission that takes him into new technology views and exposes to him the inner-workings of unknown global technologists. Jacob learns that safeguards for technology are always evolving and being exploited. His challenge becomes how to keep ahead of the criminals and identify who to trust.
Book one of The Enigma Series brings relevant technology elements of programming, encryption, crypto-currency, identity theft, and hacking to highlight the professional excellence of Jacob, more so perhaps due to his sheltered upbringing. Explore the horrific damage cyber criminals can inflict as the award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, weave a complex tale of danger, intrigue, and international cyber combat in their debut thriller, The Enigma Factor.
©2013 Enigma Series, LLC (P)2017 Enigma Series, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 07-16-17

Interesting start to a new series

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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5 out of 5 stars
By author Kim Robinson on 04-05-18

Everything's coming up roses

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 01-29-18

Confusing

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John Costello on 10-02-17

A very modern and relevant cyber thriller

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!

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