The Enigma Threat by Charles V, Breakfield & Roxanne E. Burkey starts off with their iconic supercomputer ICABOD being targeted for destruction by CESPOOL, a UN-sanctioned agency charged with the responsibility of finding all independently owned AI-enhanced supercomputers and destroying them. Tragically the R-Group is unable to stop ICABOD’s demise and the arrest of Quip. Their old nemesis, the MAG, celebrate this turn of events. For readers of the Enigma series, the end of the iconic ICABOD is a sad development.
When it comes to modern technology, there is no question about the increasingly important role it plays in our lives: If you are looking for handy evidence, look around you! People are more than ever immersed in their electronic devices, and machines and artificial intelligence is already a reality.
Breakfield & Burkey continue their penchant for writing smart and intelligent techno-thriller stories. They introduce us to a new enemy, called MAG, that is trolling and attacking the digital world that is not that dissimilar to the one we live in today. They offer up a crazy and eclectic mix of action, sci-fi, and military fiction coupled with an almost insane amount of technical (real or imagined) detail.
To combat the R-Group’s new enemy, Quip has to somehow get freed from his prison cell so he can reassemble his team to fight back. How will he do it? A lot of new material is woven into this sequel – from zombie satellites to online porno, a sprinkling of romance, and a lot of cunning maneuvering by both camps.
Breakfield & Burkey’s novels are unique in the way they present the dynamics between technology and societal or ethical issues, which, despite the high technology and detailed science talk, make the R-group and its members visceral and relatable as they illuminate plights that make us think about the probability of similar situations playing out in our world of today.
The Enigma Threat is a beautifully written, technology-focused tale that is suspenseful while raising questions about privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. The R-Group crippled by the destruction of their AI-enhanced supercomputer are pitted against an all-seeing digital enemy that is presenting them with obstacles that are more tenacious than anything they could have ever imagined. - They will be forced to confront a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. Who will win? This sequel is a strong representation of the techno-thriller niche and any fan, casual or hardcore will definitely enjoy it.
Reviewed by: David H