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 1 of The Enigma Series brings relevant technology elements of programming, encryption, crypto-currency, 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 authors, Breakfield and Burkey, weave a complex tale of danger, intrigue, and international cyber combat in their debut thriller, The Enigma Factor.
Move over David Baldacci, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, and Clive Cussler. Burkey and Breakfield have created a storyline for the new millennium. Incorporating elements of techno thriller, crime drama, geopolitical intrigue, crypto-capers, romance, and more, they have created a world set in current day, woven with historical elements from the foundations of modern cryptography, and tied in the global financial system to make a gripping story that has the potential to make a great series of movies or perhaps a multi-season TV series. Wonder if we will see them on Netflix or the big screen one of these days? Hope so! After reading The Enigma Factor, I cannot wait to read their next creation, Enigma Rising, which I have already ordered from Amazon! Due to the graphic nature of some of the content, I would not recommend this book for children but believe that adults will enjoy it and that it will leave any reader wanting to read more from these authors.Neil G