Book Review: The Enigma Gamers: A CATS Tale by Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey

Posted April 10, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Review, Technothriller, Thriller / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Enigma Gamers: A CATS Tale by Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E BurkeyThe Enigma Gamers: A Cats Tale (The Enigma #7) by Charles V. Breakfield, Roxanne E. Burkey
Narrator: Derek Shoales
Published by Enigma Series LLC on 12-17-18
Genres: Technothriller, Thriller
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: three-stars

Gone are the days of pixelated sprites and simple wired controllers. It's the twenty-first century, and video game playing has undergone a complete evolution. With high-def graphics and intuitive sensory controls, gamers are enjoying a level of realism and immersion never before experienced.
However, when the line between the real and cyber worlds becomes blurred, this digital landscape provides new social predators with opportunities to unleash terror and pain on unsuspecting victims.
Businesses, cities, and commonly used services might believe they are immune, but then their world goes sideways as a grotesque ransom demand is spilled across their data screen. The fledgling CATS-Cyber Assassins Technology Services-team is mobilized to find the root causes.
Led by Julie and Juan, the CATS team is committed to avenging and administering justice to evil doers in every corner of the real and virtual worlds. The CATS team is the next generation of hunters in the cat and mouse game of cyber warfare.
Within the Enigma series, the CATS team continues to evolve and uses front-line techniques, which stretches every resource at their disposal to face off against a sinister new world of high-tech crimes.

This is the seventh book in the Enigma series. I have only listened to books one and two, and although this can be read as a standalone, there is some context from previous books that is nice to know.

This book is an action-packed technothriller with all the ingredients to have an exciting ride. There are multiple characters and several parallel situations that create a very dynamic plot. Yet, I was unable to connect with the characters and get invested in the story. I had similar experiences with the first two books, but I wanted to give this one a chance. I think the issue, for me, lies in the lack of character development, and the fabricated descriptions and romantic scenes. Somehow they do not feel natural, and being the characters mere archetypes does not give me anything to keep going.

Derek Shoales does an incredibly good job differentiating characters by giving them different voices, styles, and accents. I found many of them a bit forced, which make the narration a bit tiresome to the ear. I think it would have helped were it done more subtly.

This might be one of those ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ situations, since I have seen great reviews and ratings for this series. It is okay, just not for me.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: three-stars