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

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Interviews can be confusing, can’t they?

When Jacob crosses paths with Otto, he has no idea how this meeting could change his life. But trying new things and going down unfamiliar paths can sometimes be rewarding.

In many ways Jacob is brilliant especially in technology traces and details focused on security. However, his sheltered upbringing didn’t prepare him for how his world is about to change. He has no idea if Otto is friend or foe, but the “Song of the Sirens” is impossible to ignore and he is intrigued.

Their meeting is the start of something […]

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

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Trust Big Data or Jest?

With new waves of technology it is common for folks to voice skepticism. In The Enigma Stolen the idea that data will rule over human choice comes into question.

We also wanted to show how the team reacts to the possibilities of a relationship between unrelated incidents. On a broader scale most people can be herded to the direction of a marketing campaign, compulsive purchase, or even eating a certain type of food with very little effort.

Taking a leap with Big Data and the analytics which go along with it, takes […]

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

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Things hidden are for a reason…

Julie and Juan have just returned with EZ and Quip from their vacation. Julie is not only like a sister to Quip, but her background in protection, from all comers, allowed EZ and Quip to enjoy a honeymoon in paradise, with family as bodyguards. Arriving at the flat in Zurich, the reconnaissance was job one.

Juan is a bit too invasive, in the eyes of Quip, as he scours the flat for electronic or lethal devices, unaware that Quip has technology oversight for just that purpose. Plus, as much as the […]

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

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Wicked Webs Woven from Desperation

Some characters in our stories are good from the start and some are not. Each of them have distinctive personalities and, like most of us, these are formed over time. Our beginnings and life make up how we are and how we behave.

Zara is a special character for us in that she started out in a tough place and did that pull up by the bootstrap thing. She is hardly perfect, but her rough life has helped her determine what she doesn’t want, but not necessarily the way to move to […]

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

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Negotiate from a Position of Strength

This story allowed us to align folks to opposite sides and then let them argue their position. Some won some lost, but all had a distinct point of view.

In this segment the sides were in part taken from events in the airline industry, with their overall disregard to first their employees then their customers. To a degree that is changing of late, but we still find it relevant to poke a bit of fun at some in the industry who have forgotten what customers do for them or how their […]

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

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Fantasy of youth – versus adult reality

In The Enigma Wraith we have added in a character based on a dear friend in the Emerald Isle. The banter between John C and our returning Jacob leads to all sorts of stories, tall tales as it were.

The interaction between these two men sparks some ideas on how to solve the real problem. The problem is a serious one in a renowned financial institution, but John reminds the readers life needs a bit of humor interjected, all in name of fun.

He enjoys leading Jacob and others in […]

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

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In a military setting, is honesty the best policy?

There is a bit of tongue in cheek in this story with the military, regardless of the country. Some things do easily move from one country to another. The Communication Helmet Offering Multi Phased Kinetic Information, or CHOMPSKI is one approach to winning the race for military superiority.

We found this particular exchange between the the Brits and Yanks way too much fun, as well as close to reality. Thanks to those that helped us with the finer points of miliary decorum.

The next step for this project? […]

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

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Male Bonding Variation

In The Enigma Dragon, we force Quip and and Juan into working together. We do this to stretch both of these fun characters as well as to give them different interactions.

Quip has always been very proud of the data center he created and the way it has evolved. He likes the idea of showing it off to Juan.

We thought it would be fun to surprise Quip a bit by Juan and see if they could actually bond in a different way. Quip is perhaps digitally superior, but Juan has some envious attributes.

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

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New characters to evaluate and possibly work with

Juan and Carlos are two men that have gained the attention of the R-Group and not just because Petra and Simone are becoming friends.

Carlos has engaged with Jacob for some data system forensics. As the story progresses the brothers seem to touch a nerve into the members of the R-Group.

Are they good guys or bad guys? Will it be technology or good old-fashioned business transactions that will tell the story?

With many balls in the air, trying to determine which one to focus on poses its own […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Broker #8 of the Enigma Book Series-

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Even with family sometimes lunch is business

In this story we wanted to further explore and expand the relationship between the father and daughter, with a focus on their business acumen. At this juncture they both run different but very successful companies.

Thiago also sees this as an opportunity to keep Lara current on his business, just in case. Now that she is all grown up, Thiago admires her capabilities, yet still thinks of her as his daughter.

To a degree this is the world over effort of fathers taking care of daughters while daughters worry about […]