The Enigma Beyond

The Enigma Series

Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
382 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2020
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Author Biography

Breakfield, is a 25+ year technology expert in security, networking, voice and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. He’s also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.

Burkey, a 25+ year applied technology professional who excels at optimizing technology and business investments for customers all over the world with a focus on optimized customer experiences. She writes white papers and documentation, but has a marked preference for fiction.

Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with males and females, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

The Enigma Beyond: Who Won the AI War is the 11th book in The Enigma Series by Breakfield and Burkey. Have you ever wondered what would happen the day technology becomes so powerful that even the people who created it won’t be able to handle it? It seems like humans are slowly losing their choices and becoming puppets to the machines and the people behind them. Supercomputers are taking over and there seems to be nothing that can stop them. But the R-Group is ready to fight this battle and make sure humans are free again. But with techno predators everywhere, it is getting harder and harder to differentiate between the AI and humans. They are training the next generation and with ICABOD by their side, the R-Group is ready to do whatever it takes. Join Jacob, Petra, Quip and more as they try to find a way to make the world safe for future generations. But in a war that is fought by technology with technology, is it even possible to win?

The future is scary and The Enigma Series is a great look at it. Intense and action-packed, The Enigma Beyond by Breakfield and Burkey has everything that you could wish for in a thriller. The pace has been set wonderfully right from the beginning, the action is intense and the overall feel of the story is incredible. I enjoyed how the prologue gives a little background history to new readers and helps them understand what is going on. I was waiting breathlessly, trying to figure out what would happen next and how it would change the story. I enjoyed Petra and Jacob’s chemistry, how they always worked as a team and how they kept everything moving like a well-oiled machine. This is one of the best (if not the best) thriller series I have read, ever!

K.C. Finn

The Enigma Beyond is a work of thriller fiction with technological themes and plenty of suspense, and it was penned by author duo Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey as Rox Burky. This forms the eleventh novel of the Enigma Series which deals with techno-thriller plot lines and conspiracy action/adventure themes. In this installment, we question the dangers of Artificial Intelligence amid a fascinating and high octane plot. The R-Group is tasked with taking on the complexities of a technology that has robbed humanity of its freedom to choose, fighting fire with fire using ICABOD, their own supercomputer. With technology predators MAG poised to take over amid the chaos, time is short and the stakes are higher than ever.

Author team Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey have never let me down with the episodes of the Enigma series that I have reviewed, and once again I found myself enthralled by a fascinating plot with plenty of action, intrigue, and room to decipher the mysteries and draw your own conclusions along the way. This is a techno-thriller in every sense of the word, from its atmospheric scenes where tense conversations and dangerous decisions are made, to the accessible but complex exposition of the various conspiracies and technologies at work. The narrative style gives confidence to the reader, taking us through an accomplished and well thought out plot to a conclusion that fits perfectly, yet is still surprising and satisfying to reach. Overall, The Enigma Beyond continues a truly excellent series and is highly recommended for fans of science facts, thrillers, and technology-based tales.

Ruffina Oserio

The Enigma Beyond: Who Won the AI Wars is the eleventh book in the techno-thriller The Enigma Series by Breakfield and Burkey. It is bold, articulating a danger that is fast eating into human consciousness yet one that is ignored by humanity. In this age of AI, humankind is giving up more and more control of their lives to technology in pursuit of an easier and carefree life. A group of global technology predators has developed a very powerful computer — the MAG — and their plan is already underway, using it to manipulate human choices by seizing control of politics, finance, defense, and healthcare systems. The R-Group has to stop them or humankind could be on the verge of a sorry state, but with the ICABOD, can they stop them and do so on time?

The Enigma Beyond by Breakfield and Burkey brilliantly explores the intersection between the virtual world and real-life and shows how our technology can become our worst nightmare if not regulated. The writing is gorgeous, littered with strong descriptions and powerful imagery. I particularly loved how the authors allow the backdrop against which the story takes place to come alive, providing beautiful visuals in the reader’s mind. For instance, in the very first paragraph of the story: “With the sunrise already past its glory, emerging splashes of white clouds were artfully placed amidst a clear blue sky.” I loved the image and there are lots of terrific descriptions and the scenes are written with focus. The Enigma Beyond: Who Won the AI Wars is a page-turner for fans of techno-thrillers, deftly written and balanced. The characters are memorable and the plot is filled with realism.