BOOK REVIEW: Enigma Tracer By Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey


Enigma Tracer By Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey

A fine new technothriller series launches!

Breakfield and Burkey open a new series along side their popular Enigma series – The Enigma Heirs series, and ENIGMA TRACER is Book 1. Charles V. Breakfield is a technology solutions architect (AI, cloud computing, security etc) while Rox Burkey is a business architect technologist as well as being consumed with writing fiction. Together they prove to be not only experts in the field of computers and all permutations of AI, but they also have mastered the art of composing stunning thrillers, populated with characters with whom we can identify.

For a new thriller series, the authors offer a bit of background in a Prologue 2 ½ years ago, in graduate school: ‘Gracie awoke with a start from the irritating buzzing that grew louder by the second, She rubbed her face to erase the dream that got disturbed and felt fresh air as she flung off her covers. She heard a familiar yet nearly unintelligible mumbling as if from a cave…’ – the noise source is her Mary Immaculate College in Ireland roommate, Bailey. One of the reasons the authors’ thrillers work so well is their attention to creating credible, fallible characters to initiate the tale.

To prepare for the fascinating thriller, they authors offer – ‘Phillip Pliant is the wealthy opportunist plastics dealer, and CEO of Pliant Industries. He’s also a master thief—creating a pervasive threat to the manufacturing infrastructure in the Caribbean islands markets. With the cartel as his stealth client, the naïve city leaders have been seduced, enabling the production of more than three-dimensional building materials and set the stage for massive chaos and destruction. Pliant has locked up contracts, assets, and control of any future expansion. His contacts and clients salivate over their probable financial reward—the expected profits are monstrous. Is the R-Group, now led by Gracie and the family heirs, strong enough to win against this predator? Can JJ’s CATS (Cyber Assassin Technology Services) act on the root-cause analysis in time? Will the R-Group and CATS sabotage Pliant’s plan before it’s too late? Will Gracie be able to squash Pliant and the cartels? Can the chain of islands survive the underhanded tactics and threats? Gracie never considered their lives would hang in the balance between winning and losing. Will the devious plot be uncovered in time?

The Enigma Heirs Series becomes an instant addiction with Book 1, that sort of literary commitment that underscores the pleasure of reading. Very highly recommended.

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