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Book Title: The Enigma Dragon: A CATS Tale (The Enigma Series Book 9)
Authors: Charles V Breakfield and Roxanne E Burkey
Category: Adult Fiction, 360 pages
Genre: Thriller, TechnoThriller
Publisher: ICABOD Press
Release date: Oct 5, 2017
Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are some descriptive sex scenes but not throughout)
Do the vast amounts of information and technology available hold humans hostage? Does analog communication create a vulnerability?
The political climate in the world is unnerving. North Korea is running missile tests, but where are they getting their deadly supplies? Meanwhile, terrorists are hiding in plain sight, using American technology that is out on display in libraries and museums for the world to see, but are using analog methods to gather and assemble their information. No internet searches equal no red flags which lets the bad guys believe they are operating undetected. But the Cyber Assassin Technology Services (CATS) team is on the job. As Juan and Julie Rodríguez send their operatives out across the globe to track down these foot soldiers also known as Analog Information Mules, they’ll discover the horrible potential treats, and learn about each other along the way.
Mike and Marge control ePETRO, an oil shipping business with offices in London and New York, but they don’t have the same business goals in mind. Marge intends to sell the North Koreans uranium in addition to oil obtained illegally from the government-sanctioned Middle East. But Mike may have other plans, mainly, keeping the profits of these sales for himself. Then there is the mysterious Steven Christopher, who oversees the AIMs, and is working several angles behind the scenes. Steven is the only one trusted by both Marge and Mike, but why?
The CATs team has feet on the ground, with Ernesto and Tyler following two women through Washington, D.C. as they visit the Smithsonian looking for nuclear fusion processes and down the Texas coast where a dangerous package makes its way onto a ship bound for Asia. Jamie, an Irish man with a heartbreaking past, joins the team in Texas and finds not only a new job, but acceptance. George and Summit travel across Asia following the oil and some suspiciously mislabeled furniture. After a rocky start at being paired up, Mercedes and Brayson head to Panama and are watching a previously known Dark Net data center, but Mercedes is soon extracted to help out in D.C. She quickly becomes embroiled in Steven Christopher’s world. Brayson is left behind alone in Panama and, still recovering from a lost love, learns that he can’t truly be a part of the team until he has forgiven himself.
While Juan stays with Quip and his supercomputer ICABOD, tracking his team members and relaying constantly updated information at the team’s nerve center, Julie heads to London. Julie finds herself in the center of all the trouble as she goes undercover in the ePETRO offices. When Julie disappears, Juan drops everything to find her. Quip loops his wife EZ, a Unified Communications expert, to help monitor and control the CATS team movements so that operatives can find the culprits in their different theaters of operation.
Award-winning authors, Breakfield and Burkey, take readers on a new techno-thriller adventure with their 9th book in The Enigma Series. The Enigma Dragon is a chilling journey across four continents, and twelve cities that uncovers terrifying possibilities of what is to become of our world if the CATS team cannot defeat our enemies.
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What inspired you to write this book, and when?
We started crafting The Enigma Dragon back in late 2016 and finished the first draft before the end of April of 2017. We then went through several “polishing efforts” that included character reviews, storyline reviews, grammar & sentence structure, as well as began the hunt for a new cover and interior design artists. We stopped short of burning incense and a group séance to get on the New York Times Best Sellers’ list. Suffice to say a lot of pre-production work went into it before we ever released in paperback copy and e-book formats. There is a sample chapter on our website along with a book trailer to help the reader gain a flavor for the story. The inside scoop is The Enigma Dragon is digital versus analog warfare.
Breakfield and Burkey became interested in bad actors from the darknet and wondered if all digital communications is monitored then how does a sneaky bastard brokering goods to the cyber bad guys that have been clearly identified as off-limits? With bad actors needing raw materials for their power-plays on the world stage. With these bad actors having hard currency to purchase those restricted goods how do they still get those resources if you can’t make a cell phone call without being monitored by the authorities of any first world country?
We postulated that if everything can be intercepted over the regular and regulated communications network then to successfully run an illegal operation without being monitored, you would have to use a different communications method. We came up with the idea of a small but efficient cadre of reliable Analog Information Mules or AIM’s to deliver transaction materials and communications in person. The evolution of this communication is one of the fascinating elements of this story.
The premise is that if the authorities can’t find or monitor your communications in the new digital age then goods and services can move without interference from those trying to gum your game. The thugs’ then return to the old tried and true business approach of go see and talk; no phone. This turns out to be a great strategy of running illegal operations.
Once we had the bad guys teed-up with their counter-measures we then had to bring in the analog protagonists, the CATs team or Cyber Assassins Team, to go head to head with cyber assassins from the dark side. This feet-on-the-street group, a spin-off from the original R-Group within The Enigma Series has more agility to go seamlessly to the across all the locations leveraged by the bad guys. It’s a little more complicated than simply not using your cell phone, but we’ll not spoil it for the readers at this juncture.
Charles holds a master’s degree and works for a high-tech manufacturer as a solution architect, functioning in hybrid data/telecom environments. A long-time technology geek, Charles enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. He’s also a fan of wine-tastings, riding his Harley, and continues developing his woodworking skills. Now included in people on the move in Dallas Business Journal.
Roxanne has two passions – working with technology and writing. She enjoys working to drive optimized customer experiences with technology in her role with a high-tech manufacturer. Texas is home for her and her family. When time permits Rox likes gardening, hiking, sewing, refinishing antiques, exploring, wine-tasting, and traveling. She loves to listen to people which often results in odd treasures that come to life in her stories. Now included in people on the move in Dallas Business Journal.