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#3 in Enigma
Average Rating: 3.0
As the world's biggest powers compete for superiority, it's not larger weapons or greater numbers of soldiers that top their wish lists. Instead, it's the latest and greatest technological advances: nanotechnology, dynamic programming algorithms, and drones, working together to build the next generation of military communications.
When a professor at a Texas university begins researching ways to improve animal husbandry and boost global food supplies, her results catch the eye of inquisitive engineer Keith Austin Avery--whose interests have nothing to do with solving world hunger.
But as Avery works on potential new uses for this technology, his research draws the attention of a powerful terrorist group, with traumatic results for him and his subcontractor Eilla-Zan Marshall.
Now it's up to the members of the R-Group to find the terrorists and their captives, using all the data and analytics at their disposal to leverage each and every piece of information.
The fast-paced third installment of the Enigma Series has R-Group's Jacob working closely with a powerful and talented team--with results that incorporate a satisfying balance of technology, surprisingly sensitive romance, and the blurred lines that surround the age-old conflict between good and evil.
The ridiculous descriptions of technology throughout this story are becoming tedious. And the plot isn't particularly believable either. The characters are very colorful although a bit flat and stereotypical. The romance is predictable and obligatory.
Derek Shoales performance is very good. He gives distinctive and consistent voices to the characters, although his accents aren't especially accurate.
All in all, there isn't enough realism in this story to capture and hold my attention. It's just too far over the top.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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