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In The Enigma Rising R Group is hired to find a missing heiress. They must learn to work together to uncover intelligence in the underworld of cyber crime as they confront drug traffickers turned money launderers. This is a thrilling setup to a suspenseful novel. What was your inspiration for the setup to this book?
It’s not hard to be inspired when you have lived and loved throughout your life. We are fortunate to have a venue to crystallize those moments, with those people who have rotated through our lives, and make it a compelling story. We have known some wild people.
I found the novel to be a clever thriller story. How did you balance quick action with intelligent story telling to give the book a quick tempo?
Practice! We want to be known as great story tellers and so you must be able to “wordsmith” not only the dialog and the characters but the story line itself. We spent a lot of time polishing the dialog, the story, and the characters to get the proper flavor for our goal of a good techno-thriller. Our beta readers and editor helped challenge us to make a better product at every opportunity.
Again, there is a host of intriguing characters in this novel. What was your favorite character to write for this time around?
We really got into our “bad boy” characters Juan and Carlos. These are the Bad Boys, mom’s warn their daughters about. And as the phrase goes “their characters grew legs and took off”.
How do you see the Enigma series evolving in the future?
Actually we have built a character universe of over 150 characters for use throughout the series. By the time the reader hits the 9th book (just getting ready to release) you will be able to answer that question for yourself. But as a comment to be a teaser, readers can expect the series to have different theme’s per book that include, identity theft and dark net (#1), high tech battlefield communications using nano-technology & Drones (#3), a virulent Ghost Code launched by two nefarious types code named Mephisto and Callisto (#4), predicting the future using supercomputers linked together (#5), genetic engineering of humans to live 1,000 years (#6), gamification and smart cities being held hostage (first CATS book) (#7), world commodity manipulations to crush corporations and countries (#8), and a team of analog information mules that drive shady corporate profits across the Dark Net (2nd CATS books (#9). We don’t think you’ll be disappointed in these grown up stories.
The R-Group is the single most advanced information-gathering organization on the planet, providing services to the intelligence community on a contract basis. Their cutting-edge application of technology keeps their ability to gather, analyze, and use information well ahead of most major governments.
Carlos and Juan are entrepreneurs, although even the most generous observer would question the legality of their business model. The two brothers have discovered a way to covertly access satellite communications. Mostly, they’re putting their skills to work relocating drug lords targeted by the authorities, along with their cash, gold, artwork, and other assets—for a modest fee, of course.
When a valued private client hires the R-Group to track down a missing heiress, chance circumstance brings the technology leaders into contact with Carlos and Juan’s fly-by-night operation. The two brothers have skills the R-Group can use, so they offer them a chance to go legit. Presuming, of course, the brothers can rein in their contempt for societal rules.
A sequel to Breakfield and Burkey’s The Enigma Factor, The Enigma Rising continues their exploration of the high-stakes and high-tech world of information brokering as an engaging thriller of lost and found, loving and growing, and despicable greed.
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Brittany Quagan’s book REN: Awakened is a great introduction into the world she has created. The novel starts out with a paranoid teen from the foster care system. It seems like Ren has nothing going for her in life and you start to feel a little sorry for her. Ren ends up in a psychiatric ward where she meets Kiki. Kiki helps her escape and they meet up with Gage. Ren is also reintroduced to what she thought was her imaginary friend Al, but Al is really a lot more than just a childhood dream. Together they will work towards completing their mission of saving Earth, and the world called Eight that they are all originally from.
Once Ren has escaped the psychiatric ward she starts to learn more about who she is, and what is happening to her. Ren is what is called and Implement. Implement’s are beings from a different plane of existence that has ties to Earth’s time line. Each implement that travels to earth has a different ability. Ren discovers quickly she has the ability to heal, both physically and emotionally. She absorbs energy from the world around her and she now has to learn how to control this energy and her abilities. Her companions, Gage and Kiki have different abilities, Gage controls elements like fire and weather, where Kiki is like a living computer absorbing and processing information at speeds that are unreal. Kiki also has a quark that she loves eating tin foil and raw meat. Al is different from Kiki and Gage, he is an Orum, a protector. Al’s job on this mission is to protect Ren at all costs. As the story reveals itself you learn Al was once more than a spirt protector for Ren and their history goes back many generations. One of the first memories of Ren’s past life we see through her flashbacks is back to the days of the witch trials where Al and Gage were both with her. All of their destiny’s, and souls, are tied to what they keep calling the Tapestry. This Tapestry will determine the fate of Earth and planet eight.
While the novel takes place in modern times here on Earth it gives flashbacks to early colonial history as well. All the story lines and flashbacks are on Earth, we only get a glimpse of their home planet when Kiki talks about Karma and the Weavers. The glimpse we do get is a good lead into what the rest of this series can bring. The bad guys in the novel are Perils and their creator and leader Erebus. These Perils feed off all the negative energy that Earth puts out. Ren has been charged with restoring the balance of the world and bringing back the light.
Overall REN: Awakened is an engaging and exciting book. It has lots of twists and back stories that are brought in and out. This book can stand on it’s own as it completes one small part of the story line, but is still leaves enough for readers to want to pick up the next book in the series when it’s out. I look forward to reading the rest of Ren, Gage and Al’s story. Also, who wouldn’t want to know how Karma actually makes things happen?
Pages: 244 | ASIN: 1504362942
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