(1) $25 Amazon Gift card & (10) e-book copies of the “shorts” in the Enigma Serie
4 Wills Tour Day 3
Breakfield and Burkey wanted to share the research requirements of the Enigma Series.
Our day jobs require we stay abreast of current technology trends. This gives us the ideas or focus for a given book. We perform additional research for specific details we weave into a story, to verify the capabilities. Then we weave the storyline around real technology that is available, while allowing the right characters to use that knowledge. In our stories the Heroes and Villains are technologically savvy, so it often becomes like a chess game of who finds the next play or block first.
For example, in the latest story, The Enigma Threat, we spent a good deal of time research abandoned satellites still orbiting the earth. The general assumption is that once the satellites duty cycle was completed, it would simply route into the atmosphere where it would burn up during reentry. As it turns out, there are numerous satellites still orbiting the earth, but not used or in some cases actively responding to communications. We had a field day with this revelation in the story, which you won’t want to miss.
We want to share a few of the juicy tidbits into The Enigma Threat. Research for us comes from collaboration with many people, insights of plans for upcoming offerings, and volumes of white papers. However, we also take comments from beta readers and reviewers to improve our stories. One of our beta readers offered some insight we refused to ignore. They stated, “I hate reading author’s stories that use the same formula for each book in the series. I want fresh and different, but something that makes me think.”
Toward that end, we’ve had reviewers who have done several of the books in the series. One such reviewer stated, “These authors don’t fall into a familiar pattern for a story plot. If you think this will be the same as last time, you will be disappointed.” We like to have some twists to make people think about the possibilities. We like quoting Arthur C. Clarke’s Don’t give me more, give me better. Breakfield and Burkey heartily subscribe to this mantra.
Our research is always turning up something new. Once upon a time business determined the direction of technology. That shifted, as Burkey often suggests, when the demands of users in our digital world shifted to optimizing experience of the individual first. All the devices we have at our fingertips highlight that with a myriad of applications, some safe, some questionable.
This helps provide for a fresh new attack vector always ahead of the good guys. In cyber security the hackers and crackers are always ahead of the good guys. Many times, hackers take this route of breaking something as part of a challenge, or to say they could. Sometimes they look for the profits. Today the profitability is unbelievably high. Each new Darknet threat comes as an unexpected guest who will not leave until counter measures are built. In our world, the fiction is real. We like our characters to bring readers into our Enigma Universe.
Sadly, people often don’t believe they are vulnerable until an event. Most people say, “I usually don’t think about security but when I do it’s always too late”. The events can be modest or overwhelming such as a data center gutted by cyber malware, their daughter calls crying that she needs $4,000 in cash or she is going to jail, or all the medical records of a hospital will be published on-line unless $250,000 in Bitcoin is transferred in the next 24 hours. Cyber extortion is alive and unfortunately well in today’s age of instant communications. With it comes instant infections. These viral infections are not just of computer operations but also the poisoning of people’s thinking with false information.
This is the research we do daily to build technically accurate problems that our heroes of the R-Group must remedy. The frightening reality is the Darknet attack vectors are aimed at the individuals as much as companies. Our characters and our scenarios are built on people who have crossed our paths in truly vulnerable situations.
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BREAKFIELD AND BURKEY TOUR SHEET – THE ENIGMA THREAT
Video teaser – https://youtu.be/JQSQdAjCLPE
In the new digital world, there is no tolerance for privately owned supercomputers. Globally, computers are hunted and destroyed for the greater good, by the new cyber police CESPOOL. The information this group receives is manipulated by subversive hidden machine learning devices, the MAG running on the dark net.
Judith and Xiamara are freebooters who steal machine time for their PaaS, porn as a service business. The machine they chose for delivery is the last untapped supercomputer not in the hands of a sovereign. Their activity is spotted by the MAG, but the renegade R-Group steps in to alter the outcome. Leroy teams up with Zara to help these opportunists escape prosecution. They are drafted as reluctant participants in the fight.
Jacob and Quip are trapped in the Chihuahuan Desert trying to reconstruct the base of ICABOD’s logic core. The stress of their isolation is taking a toll. Their wives and children are safe in Brazil for the time being, but Interpol is prowling for answers.
The R-Group has assembled a way to communicate with orphaned satellites. While the next R-Group plans the ultimate honey pot to trap their nemesis who is driving their corrupted agenda. The odds are against R-Group’s success, but they have creative surprises on their side.
The stakes have never been higher. The R-Group young and old must rise to defeat the MAG.
Breakfield is a 25+ year technology expert in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. He’s also a fan of wine tastings, winemaking, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.
Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who excels at optimizing technology and business investments. She works with customers all over the world focusing on optimized customer experiences. She writes white papers and documentation, but found she has a marked preference for writing fiction.
Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with males and females, as well as young and experienced adults. They bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today.
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