The Enigma Stolen (The Enigma Series) (Volume 5)

 
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Human behavior appears erratic and unpredictable only because humans are too close to the action. To the cold, impartial circuits of a modern supercomputer, human behavior is simply a complex set of algorithms to be compiled, analyzed, and predicted.

Control the flow of human behavior, and you control the future. Cut a nervous investor off in traffic, and you initiate a stock market crash. Engineer a love affair, and you destabilize a nation. All you need is unlimited computing power—and the ethical nihilism to manipulate lives.

The R-Group, a high-level information gathering and security team, believes at least one group—possibly several—are using data analysis to customize the future in their image.

Powerful and mysterious, these groups are very good at what they do—possibly as good as the R-Group themselves. And even as Petra, Jacob, Quip, and the rest of R-Group battle to identify their foes, a hidden threat lurks within the team itself.

Unless the R-Group can neutralize the threat, humanity’s future will be determined by a select few, feeding an ever-growing stream of information into increasingly sophisticated computer systems. Which begs the question: who controls whom?

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About the Author:

A self-confessed technology geek, Charles V Breakfield holds a master’s degree and works as a solution architect for a high-tech manufacturer, specializing in hybrid data/telecom environments.

Breakfield spends his free time traveling, participating in cultural exchanges, and developing his woodworking skills. He also enjoys wine tastings and has a passion for World War II history.

Roxanne E Burkey has a master’s degree in information systems. She enjoys using technology to improve customer experiences in her work with a high-tech manufacturer.

Burkey lives in Texas with her family and enjoys hiking, sewing, gardening, refinishing antiques, wine tasting, travel, and playing with her newest puppy. She loves to listen to people and to find odd treasures that come to life in her stories.

More information on Breakfield, Burkey, and the Enigma series is available at www.enigmabookseries.com.

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A secret organization is hellbent on using a supercomputer to predict future events in the fifth outing of Breakfield and Burkey's techno-thriller series (*The Enigma Wraith*, 2014, etc.). When a political candidate believes his campaign has been targeted by a cyberassassin, he enlists the help of the R-Group, an information-gathering and security team. This attack, however, seems to be one of many made possible with "heavy computer muscle." The covert Werewolf Clan, with ties to Nazis, may be responsible and has been using a computer program to accurately predict stock futures. But it has an even more ambitious plan to link supercomputers around the world and potentially manipulate the future. At the same time, R-Group's Julie, newly married and pregnant, is starting her own Cyber Assassin Technology Services but may have a mole among the recruits feeding info to an old enemy, Chairman Chang. The authors focus on characters in preceding books, but this time, they've breathed new life into the series with Julie's CATS. Her subset, of sorts, allows for the introduction of unfamiliar faces, like employee Brayson, and fresh storylines. Breakfield and Burkey once again deliver the goods, as returning readers will expect--intelligent technology-laden dialogue; a kidnapping or two; and a bit of action, as Jacob and Petra dodge an assassin (not the cyber kind) in Argentina. Comedy, interestingly, comes from R-Group's own supercomputer, aka Immersive Collaborative Associative Binary Override Deterministic system, who, as it happens, is invested in understanding humanity's humor. ... There are a fair number of romantic relationships, most established in earlier books, including Jacob and Petra's, and ICABOD designer Quip and Eilla-Zan's. But the romance between Julie and husband Juan is unparalleled. Their storyline warrants a spinoff novel or two.

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