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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Enigma Dragon: A CATS Tale by Charles Breakfield and Roxanne Burkey is the ninth book in the Enigma series. The oil shipping business ePETRO is run by Mike and Marge who have ulterior motives for their current sales. While Marge arranges plans to sell uranium and illegally obtained oil, Mike plots for ways to solely benefit from the profits. The Cyber Assassin Technology Services (CATS) is on the case as Juan and Julie Rodriguez send their team to investigate globally. Ernesto and Tyler are on a mission in Washington DC while George and Summit travel across Asia, and Mercedes and Brayson make their way to Panama. Newcomer Jamie is quickly pulled into the team while Juan and Quip turn to Quip's supercomputer ICABOD to monitor everyone's location. Can the team put an end to the threat before it's too late?
Breakfield and Burkey deliver a high tech thriller based in a realistic setting. There are several characters to follow as the scenes flip around to various perspectives, with each having a variety of personalities that work together to tell a well-rounded story. It's easy to develop an emotional attachment to the CATS team as each one is well-developed, understandable, and grounded. While the team is investigating and dealing with threats, they're also dealing with personal lives, relationships, and past tragedies. Humor is heavily incorporated into the story through the characters' clever banter which makes the team feel like a family.
The relationships between men and women carry throughout the story with an interesting balance between the loving and passionate couples in the CATS team, and the sexism with the characters tied to ePETRO. It's interesting to see the two main couples Juan and Julie, and Quip and EZ working this high risk job, but also maintaining normal and grounded personal relationships. These relationships make them feel more realistic as they balance their normal lives with the extraordinary and dangerous job to protect the country. The Enigma Dragon is a thrilling read with a gritty and techno modern tone, gripping characters, and suspense.