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 […]

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

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Where is this funny?

Mathematicians typically have no more sense of humor than programmers. Their minds work in similar ways but different from most normal human beings.

This story allows us to add in a few new bad guys with no sense of loyalty but rather focused on reaching the goal. It doesn’t matter that it is not the goal of leadership. These guys are smart but very myopic. We found these characters great fun to create and grow through the story.

Exploring block chain capabilities for use in cryptocurrency is a key focus of this story, […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Always #6 of the Enigma Book Series-

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The Human Psyche Can React to Something Unrelated

One of our characters Su Lin had an event that damaged her mind in a way that blocked the adult portions of her life. She’d been living for months as young person willing and eager to please the adult authorities who surrounded her. Andy, her appointed caretaker had created structured learning modules for her to try to tap into her once genius mind.

The human psyche is such that an event of great magnitude can change it forever. Doctors and evaluations can take it only so far before it […]

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

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Just when you think things are good…

Petra and Jacob are getting closer, having worked through their problems. They are in a good place and believe that together they can conquer the world. They are great at working and playing together.

Andy is one of the subcontractors used by the R-Group for telecommunications jobs. Normally Andy would contact Quip for work issues, so the call takes Jacob a bit by surprise.

The exchange that Jacob ends up having with Su Lin sets the stage for a whole different way of solving an international issue that has several […]

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

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Teams don’t always see eye to eye

The R-Group was by design a closed family operation. Their role is to maintain information flows and help the cyber good guys win against the hackers and crackers. Julie and Juan’s team was recently formed and is a grittier team going to locations to dig up additional information.

The CATS team can leverage the information and help add information, but the perspective they bring is more hands on. In this way the digital footprint is one aspect which they can combine with what is seen and heard by those impacted […]

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

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Does the executive have the right focus?

In business, the sales pitch has to resonate with the executive or it falls on deaf ears.

In this portion of the story garnering approval is the driver. Mathias and Dutch may be one step behind or in the right place at the right time.

The two are quote a pair and are one huge thread of the story. The question is can you resonate with their antics or not?

The Enigma Source, 10th book in The Enigma Series is going to be released soon, but we need your input […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Wraith #4 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Family should be there for you always

Book 4 of The Enigma Series has some of our established characters reassessing their priorities in their lives and their situations. In particular we wanted to explore the support of two sisters who are independent, but not alone.

Julie is facing a horrible situation she never imagined possible, and yet it happened. When one is in shock and denial they often are afraid to turn to anyone and break their fragile hold on reality. Julie is a strong independent female who has strived her entire life to resolve her own […]