What we were thinking: The Enigma Gamers-A CATS Tale #7 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Equipment on the fritz or …

The Enigma Gamers is the first deep dive into the CATS or Cyber Assassin Technology Services team. These are the feet on the street folks who go anywhere and jump into the fray like caped crusaders. Their jobs take them all over the world. They are nimble, agile, and even with planned operations, they seem to find themselves in deep trouble.

The know technology and they know when it betrays them as it does here in Australia. Automating functions is often helpful when conditions are poor for humans, but when a […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Ignite #3 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Different paths may lead to unplanned discoveries

In this story we employ some potentially complex subjects like near field communications and nanotechnology functions to explore new ways of promoting communications. In this segment Petra and Jacob come face-to-face with a leading authority on untried methods of applied technology.

SuLin has always bent the learning curve to meet the long term possibilities she sees. Not only is she brilliant in technology but is one of those people who are able to map out the possible outcomes of a given problem 30-50 steps down the line.

Her methods and […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source – #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Don’t make her angry

Petra is one of our long time characters. She is smart, sweet, kind, and helpful to a fault. Like many of us though once you go to far she will retaliate, sometimes in unexpected ways.

In this portion of the story she is working in a hospital waiting on word of the condition of a family member. Sleep has eluded her while worry is responsible for keeping her up. Tension causes an unexpected reaction in her.

As a technologist, Petra is focused very much on helping others, but that is certainly not to […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Dragon-A CATS Tale #9 of the Enigma Book Series-

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A solution can employ different approaches

We wanted to match up very different characters in this story to allow us to expand upon their capabilities and test their interactions.

Mercedes and Brayson are both solid professionals reportedly on the same team. As you will discover here they approach problems with different experience and as such the results may not be as expected. Mercedes tries very hard to color inside the lines; for Brayson there simply are no lines when coloring.

We’ve met people that don’t always work together well and yet provide some awesome results. They also […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source – #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Dinner and Wine, or More?

Have a nice family dinner is a great way to end the day. It works really well if you living in a nice chateau and have a cook who knows exactly which gourmet delights to create. The perfect start is of course a little wine and conversation.

Petra and Jacob live at the chateau with Wolfgang as well as work together in the family business. Often problems can be readily solved over a glass of wine and nice dinner. This night however the events took a different direction.

We wanted to set […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Rising #2 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Women can always find a friend if they want

Petra has spent little time socializing in a non-business setting. Simone is much more the social animal and tends to strike up conversations far more easily. These ladies are from very different countries and backgrounds, yet sometimes people just click.

We wanted to explore the openness of Simone since she met Carlos and the tentative casual social skills Petra lacks. A pool scene with just the two of them seemed like a great beginning. Luckily the ladies did hit it off.

Check out the whole bubble and the […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source - #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Mom always said ‘Don’t ride with strangers!’

The option of getting a ride from a random car service is a good news bad news scenario. We wanted to have some fun with the different options available to the consumer today. Khalid is the next gen of drivers.

Mercedes is distracted from waiting for her sweetheart to contact her and just in from a 8 hours of air travel from Europe. She is trying to be patient and understanding, but you know how it is when one is stressed.

Her background in the intelligence community has not prepared […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Factor #1 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Old Telecom and New Technologist

We find it interesting that today’s technology professionals don’t consider the value of experience, perhaps it is part of the impatience of youth.

Andy, the older telecom professional, provides some seriously needed value to Quip, a bleeding edge technologist. Granted the frame of reference is quite different between telephony and IP networks, but they may have quite a bit in common that they are just starting to realize in this portion of the story.

Andy resorts to his tried and true communication, storytelling.

The story is a powerful blend of people and […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source - #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Great minds and over loud objections….

The interactions between the primary team members of the R-Group are a bit edgy due to an unknown problem erupting in Georgia. Sometimes it is a matter of getting the right people together at the table to discuss the possibility solutions.

Much of our professional work contains these types of meetings and discussions with the difference being that we typically aren’t facing life threatening issues. We wanted to make certain our characters were up to the challenges they are facing in this book. We were worried they might have to do […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Stolen #5 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Sultry, Smart, and Seductive

This chapter is focused in an office in Russia with a powerful leader who doesn’t possess much of a moral compass. Zara born in the Ukraine has expanded from her early work to be a talented technologist even if on the dark side.

Zara has been a delightful character to develop over a couple of the stories. This story provides a way for us to expand her relevance. She is a complex character who you can hate and cheer for all at the same time.

Recently this story was converted to an audiobook […]