Enigma

Enigma

Book - 2017
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Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe. When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn't realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using "John Doe" to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level. It's a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president's Chief of Staff's only son, Saxton Hainny. It's international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781501138065
1501138065
Characteristics: xiv, 479 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Enigma : an FBI thriller

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carolsonder
Nov 08, 2017

always look forward to one of her books. and this one does not disappoint.

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gloryb
Oct 30, 2017

I expected more from a NYT Best selling author. I just don't like her style of writing. Much of the conversation she writes between characters is chit chat and can be easily skimmed over. However, there is some interest in the plot - a kidnapped baby, a bank robbery gone astray. These 2 story lines each progress in alternating chapters - another style I don't like. To me, the book reads like the TV series, "Law and Order", with each chapter heading identifying the place of action. The main unifying thread seems to be the FBI agents, but the author intertwines each of the 2 plots towards the end. Another annoying thing - this book has not one epilogue but 3. In those, the author gives herself space to vent, to moralize, to present her views. Don't think I will be interested in reading another of her novels.

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reader7176
Oct 16, 2017

Really good book interesting subject matter. Strong characters good plot with lots of twist and turns. Good Read!

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knitter2248
Oct 02, 2017

Coulter's FBI series are always an easy but satisfying read. There are usually two plots that do get intertwined, and always a bit of romance. Light but enjoyable.

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USAF1969
Sep 28, 2017

Catherine Coulter's ENIGMA is a really great read. I really like the clean, crisp style of story telling she always has used. Good plot, great characters, and not a lot of bunny trails. Multiple crime mysteries in one book. In this one she also manages to play up the roles of Sherlock and Savitch's supporting cast of agents. They get more 'face' time in the book than usual and S & S get a bit less, and that makes for a really good read. In fact, it subtly plays to the idea that most of the real work of the FBI is a team, and not just about the 2 super heroes. I liked it a lot.

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mjk236sb
Sep 23, 2017

Can't believe that this is the 21st book in this series!! She has kept up the quality of the stories and this one is as good as the first. There is a little of everything from suspense, kidnapping and a little murder on the side. She weaves two stories that appear to have nothing to do with each other into a great tale that she unravels and puts parts of them back together again. Introduces several new characters that fit right in with those already in her books. Not as much about the personal life of Savich and Sherlock in this one, but hopefully more next time. Does not disapoint - good job and keep up the good work.

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McAnnieG
Sep 19, 2017

Bank heist of six safe deposit boxes contents, a maniacal hostage taker, a stolen newborn baby boy... Catherine Coulter weaves these disparate situations together in the 21st FBI thriller featuring Savage & Sherlock.

As a chapter ends one tense situation, the next one begins picking up where a different tense situation left off, keeping me reading way past my bedtime.

At times I found there to be too many characters to keep track of, but because the series is one I've followed for 20 years it was worth the effort.

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maucarden
Sep 15, 2017

Enigma: “a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.” Well, I can see that definition as a fitting title for this book. Maybe not for the reason envisioned my Ms Coulter. But I will get to that.
Two story-lines: FBI Special Agents and married couple Savitch and Sherlock investigating the tie between a comatose man and a pregnant woman and Special Agents Cam Whittier and Jack Cabot going after a dangerous escaped prisoner who has ties to the Russian mob and the Russians have ties with the White House. (No, not political ties.)
Both are interesting story lines, one produces some thought provoking ideas about aging and the ethical considerations of the on-going research into the "Fountain of Youth". The other is just a good old fashioned crime story in the trappings of bank robberies, blackmail, murder and several daring escapes. Coulter writes very well and develops some fascinating criminals.
I have two small puzzles with Enigma. Coulter has decent access to the FBI, yet she still manages to get procedure really wrong in some instances. I understand this is in support of her story, but maybe some sections should have been re-written so they are more realistic. Another reviewer, with no access to FBI procedure was spot on with her remarks about how unrealistic some scenes seemed to be.
My other puzzlement, one major part of the escaped prisoner story line just flat out seemed to be dropped. There was a small, but unsatisfying ending given in an epilogue. The epilogue hinted at a good story, but the story just wasn't there for us.
I have read and been a fan of Coulter from her first book written 21 years ago. Recently she has been leaving the hot romance (who can forget Sherlock's seduction of Savich) scenes aside and concentrating more on the thriller aspects. Darn it, I miss a little heat in the books.
Always, always Coulter writes books brimming with excitement, originality and heart. Enigma is no exception.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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