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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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    Booklover 07-11-17
    Booklover 07-11-17
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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
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    eris 07-07-17
    eris 07-07-17 Member Since 2012
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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
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    Sabrena 07-02-17
    Sabrena 07-02-17

    Tell us about yourself!My husband (Jeff) and I share this account. I listen to audiobooks, but I don't post reviews. Jeff posts all of them.

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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
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    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 06-30-17
    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 06-30-17 Member Since 2016
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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
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    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 06-29-17
    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Low Affect Inner Monologue of Life's Mundanity"


    Disclosure: I got this book free in return for my unbiased review.

    Second disclosure: I couldn't compel myself to continue listening beyond the first 52 minutes.


    The subject matter in this book may be interesting. I am predisposed to find it so, as I have a very long background in communications tech, software, and security tech. The writing, however, is so ponderous and flat that one can imagine the editor losing a large malpractice suit. That seems unfair to the editor though, because this patient just couldn't be saved.

    It's as if the author confused the adage - Enter the scene early and leave the scene late.

    Kudos to the narrator for attempting to voice these parts and interminable and disjointed inner monologues as if there was more than a stick figure to be fleshed out.

    If you have ever been to a creative writing group and heard or read the efforts of writers of little skill, that probably gave you a greater appreciation of good writing. You know when you are drawn in to a story, engaged with characters, enjoying a sense of place, etc...

    So on the plus side, this book did re-enforce my appreciation of quality writing in just the same way that not eating for a week re-enforces my appreciation for food.

    This book confuses numbing repetition and mundane detail for depth. And now I'm finding that numbing repetition creeping into my review.

    How does a book like this get published ? This is the very first time I got a free book in return for a review. Now I know the price of free books is too high for me to bear...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-20-17
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    "Listening to a book I loved reading."

    Loved reading this book so much I was hooked and have read all but the last book out. When I heard The Enigma Factor was on audiobook, I had to try it. It is amazing the things I picked up listening to the story being read to me. This made long drives, mowing the lawn, and airplane rides enjoyable. The reader brought the book alive! I hope more of the series comes out in audiobook.

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    Tyler U. 07-19-17
    Tyler U. 07-19-17
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    "Could have dialed back the tech but not a bad book"

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

    This was an OK book. The &quot;technology&quot; in this book is overdone and, at times, it seemed as though they were just tossing in any technology words they could find on Google. I really think the use of tech terms could have been dialed way back and the story wouldn't have lost it's appeal to the IT crowd (of which I am one). The narrator was pretty good too, which is what helped get me through the buzzword laden dialog. All in all, the story was good, the characters were interesting and the plot kept my interest. It is the first in a series, and the only one on Audible at the time I wrote this review, so keep that in mind.

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Timely Novel of International Cyber Intrigue"

    Great read! Entertaining techno thriller that does a good job with the technology bits. It has a story line with a lot of twists and turns that may appear unrelated but ties together in the end. It is a great beginning to a new series
    Worth your time and attention. Enjoy your reading.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
    Note: When selecting books to read or listen to for reviews I try and select authors and stories that interest me. Sometimes I am fortunate and other times not so fortunate. Either way, I try to review the books with integrity

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-16-17
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Merrci 07-13-17
    Merrci 07-13-17
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    "A Great Find!"

    The Enigma Factor was a wonderful listen. Fast paced tech drama. Part of the pleasure when reading about cyber crime is how fast the players move. There is lots of tension considering much of it take place online.

    Narrator Steven Jay Cohen was a perfect choice for this one. He reads well, with just-right pacing, and good variation in characters. I I'll be listening to more of the series. Whether you love or hate computers you will be caught up in the plot.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. You can read my full review at Mystery Suspense Reviews.

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  • T Halverson
    7/17/17
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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!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • *Angela*
    7/12/17
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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
  • Tony Bough
    6/27/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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