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

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Tis the season for Naughty or Nice, but wait…

Petra and Quip grew up together and now work together. They have a deep commitment to keeping cyber thugs at bay. However, distractions of life sometimes upset even these two.

Petra is feeling emotionally vulnerable as her love interest, Jacob, is helping a family member. We wanted to portray Petra as a person who is impacted by relationship forces just like most of us.

Quip is brilliant but he too is feeling at odds with his world as his wife is out of the country. His ability to […]

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

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Right Place, Right Time for Something New

Jacob had been working for PT in New York doing security types of reviews and refreshes. After a disappointing trip to Las Vegas for DEFCON he needed to get back into the comfort zone of work.

Brian his boss at PT reads his staff well, allowing them to take additional time if needed to talk or unload. Jacob however has been closed mouth for so long he can’t take that step.

Jacob doesn’t realize it at this point but this customer is a significant step up in trust by Brian. […]

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

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The here and now, defined by your past…

Leroy became one of those characters which practically writes himself into the stories. He is clearly an opportunistic man who we often love to hate. Our fans have also made comments that he has value in the series.

In this section of the story we reveal some additional background on how he was raised. This is important to explain his agility with the different situations he finds himself.

In this newest venture he is a key player in The Fountain of Youth Project. It seems to be his most […]

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

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Finding old friends in new places

We often run across friends in our business and personal travels. It seemed natural for Josh, The Gentleman Tattooist to recall his customer Jacob.

Jacob is in Ireland hot on the trail of the Ghost Code delivery mechanism. Pondering the possible method used to distribute the poisonous code begins to come to light after meeting his Tattooist in a pub.

John C the Information Technology specialist for the Irish Bank is only too eager to show Jacob his favorite pub haunt and find out about tattoos. Will he or won’t […]

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

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Thinking About Work and Play…

Mercedes and Jim are working to determine the root cause of an issue at a major airline. Having worked together previously, they get a rhythm to their work. They also have a relationship they recently rekindled which sometimes distracts Jim.

With this couple and this particular problem, they are assigned to resolve, we wanted to expand their characters and show how each of them possess their own strength. In working the often-life-threatening situations they have to be able to understand and depend on each other. Even when distracted they both have the […]

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

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Digital Election Interference or a Con?

Hackers are ever creative, interfering at the oddest times and in the oddest places. Political candidates are attacked from many sources in today’s digital landscape.

Petra and Jacob are a great team in tracking down those who would try to change history in an evil way or out of the process. Having all the data available to analyze and determine the culprits is not a fast or easy process. It takes significant experience and serious computing power.

ICABOD is a masterful supercomputer resource which is developing an awareness of humor. ICABOD […]

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

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Jealousy or Delivery Proof Points

Major Guano, a long time subordinate to our evil Chairman Chang, finds himself down a peg with the addition of Prudence, a traitor to her country. Her value proposition to Chang was to provide a special element of the code he plans to control vertical agnostic systems.

Prudence’s strength has always been to play on the egos of those above her while walking on top of her co-workers. Her ability to make even long term staff appear lacking has served her well and allowed her to achieve status, now in multiple countries.

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

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How to choose Jane 1 over Jane 2?

Tyler and Ernesto are coworkers for CATS. They have backgrounds in special services, multiple languages and skills that are part of this elite team.

Having not worked together for very long they are still taking the measure of one another in this most recent assignment. Solid professionals who know they will get the job done regardless sometimes find other areas to make decisions.

In this portion of the story they are identifying who they need to follow and then justify why. Though they have a get down-to-business serious side […]

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

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These are bad, bad boys

Carlos and Juan are brothers. As characters we have so much fun leveraging that brother relationship. The old story of what one doesn’t think of the other will is so true with these two.

Yep, they are into some very questionable activities. Are they evil? Are there some underlying reasons behind their activities? Do they have other choices? You’ll need to read the details of this bubble and the whole story to find out if you love ’em or hate ’em.

We do know that they are are sort of Bad Boys […]

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

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All conventions are not created equal

We wanted to focus on a well know event that many high end geeks have attended. Though through the years the people have changed, the focus is the same. See and be seen.

Our main character Jacob is well qualified for this event and these people but this is the start of events for him that will change his life forever.

Quip has been a technologist that one only crosses paths with at odd intervals. The guys in this group are opinionated and totally not shy.

We wanted the venue to […]