The Enigma Source


Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
320 Pages
Reviewed on 09/17/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Enigma Source is a work of thriller fiction focusing on cybercrime and the battle for digital currency supremacy and was penned by co-author duo Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey. In this tenth installment of the Enigma Series – recommended for mature audiences due to some adult content – we see the world on the cusp of reinvention as all money is set to go digital. We return to the large ensemble cast of heroes and villains to handle the potential pitfalls of the cryptocurrency event, not least the digital pickpockets Matthias and Dutch, and the truly unpleasant Guano who has some wicked visions for a dark future.

This is my first foray into the Enigma Series, and The Enigma Source can certainly be read and enjoyed as a standalone thriller for its many excellent plot twists, futuristic thinking and sudden, devastating moments of disaster. What I really enjoyed, though, was its commitment to its characters, fleshing out each member of the ensemble with strong emotive motivations, superb individual talents and a central sense of heart that made them all highly relatable. The villains too were far from the cardboard cutout baddies of so many modern thriller novels, making this an immersive and realistic tale from the point of view of its people. Author duo Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey plot and pace their work with excellent precision, bringing in relevant real-world concepts that make their work teeter between science fiction and science future fact. Overall, The Enigma Source is a highly recommended read for thriller fans everywhere.

Ruffina Oserio

The Enigma Source by Breakfield and Burkey is a powerful blend of science fiction and thriller with strong and relevant themes. Economic balance is threatened by a new digital currency. While powerful players are in the race to take the lead, The Global Bank gives Tonya the task of creating a new global cryptocurrency. The narrative features characters that are multidimensional, some greedy, like Matthias and Dutch, who are out to sell their own currency as the ideal solution to the economic challenges facing several countries. Su Lin is one of the pioneering players in the cryptocurrency world, and she is facing a threat with the Chinese wanting her skills back home. The tenth book in the series, The Enigma Source follows the R-Group as they navigate dangerous digital landscapes to guide the players.

The themes are as relevant as they are strong, exploring the Dark Net, the quest for power, and the threat of cryptocurrency which is an actual threat to the contemporary economy. The writing is gorgeous and insightful, building dialogue that moves the plot forward and entertains readers as well. There are realistic observations and insights into the nature of power and politics. Here is an example of political commentary from a character that is real and compelling: “Men who get addicted to power, especially over other people and land, stop at nothing to gain what they want. This is one of mankind’s biggest failings. There always seems to be some narcissistic psychopath who quietly rises up with the right message to gain his or her agenda. With education or the right influential circle, they often further their power addiction by military means.” This novel is built on a conflict that derives from a real challenge to contemporary economies.

Rabia Tanveer

The Enigma Source by Breakfield and Burkey is the story of a young woman named Su Lin who left her dark past behind, but fate has other plans for her. Su Lin is now happily living a life without a trace of her old past. She is now clean of everything that she did before and she is very happy with Andy and the life they have. However, she has to confront her past and learn to find a way to live with it when something very strange happens. Something scary and dangerous is happening with the digital currency and it is affecting the world’s finances. She tried to forget the fact that she is a genius, but she has to use her wits and her intelligence to save her life, and those of her husband and countless other people. Can she tap into the genius that she has denied for years?

This was a ride that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was shaken, breathless and my heart was pumping frantically, but I didn’t want this novel to end. I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the fact that there was going to be complex technology involved. However, the more I read, the more I realized how wonderfully and flawlessly the authors explained everything. The story itself was very intense; it was fast-paced and action-packed. There was never a dull moment in the plot, it never lagged and I never felt bored at any moment. This was a very different reading experience and very enjoyable!