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

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Explaining Human Concepts i.e. Humor

Quip is the genius behind the supercomputer supporting the R-Group. Over time this device has evolved with the latest and greatest breakthroughs in technology programming.

Great care has been taken to keep the guardrails in place between human and machine (As AI takes on greater roles we find that may not always be the case in today’s world)

ICABOD, the supercomputer has evolved with programmed sophistication to push the envelop of capabilities. In this series ICABOD has become one of the main characters continuing development attracting many comments. This interaction on […]

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

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What do Drug Lords and Vacations have in common?

Petra and Jacob are enjoying a much needed vacation in Acapulco. Looking forward to fun in the sun, water sports, pool time, and relaxation my not be everything this vacation will provide.

When the boss calls and says possible work for you two while in Mexico, the cross between work and play has a potential upside.

The issues and problems could be minor and simply distractions or they could be far bigger. You may want to explore the rest of this complex thriller to find out who are […]

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

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Stock market predictions, really?

We all know that predicting stock markets is not for the ‘faint of heart’ or likely when managing your own money.

We wanted to have a long time money handling expert like Wolfgang looking at why some unusual activity is occurring. He has spent decades looking at this type of information. If he questions the ability for a mere person to do this, then perhaps he has good reason.

Introducing Mauro as a wild card investor was done specifically to intrigue the reader. Investors can certainly guess or plan and succeed a few […]

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.