[[ Free eBook ]] Enigma BlackAuthor Sara Furlong Burr – Stg2bio.co

When she was just seventeen, the course of Celaine Stevens life was permanently altered with the murders of her father, mother, and brother in one of a series of mysterious and violent explosions occurring across the country Struggling with picking up the pieces, she s haunted by the memory of that day and her promise of retribution against those responsible for her misery But just as she seems to be getting her life back on track, an encounter with a mysterious stranger promises her the vengeance she desires, ultimately turning the former target into the assassinHowever, as she soon learns, all choices come with consequences And the consequence of her choice threatens to destroy the very fabric of her being


10 thoughts on “Enigma Black

  1. Ravencrantz Ravencrantz says:

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review For some reason, I m having trouble coming up with the right words to describe this book I definitely enjoyed it, despite having to put it down during some of thedetailed scenes of the bombings I just couldn t stop thinking about what happened at the Boston Marathon and kept comparing the two Imagining how scared everyone must have been and how so many people came together and helped out those in need I guess it just sort of hiI received a free copy in exchange for an honest review For some reason, I m having trouble coming up with the right words to describe this book I definitely enjoyed it, despite having to put it down during some of thedetailed scenes of the bombings I just couldn t stop thinking about what happened at the Boston Marathon and kept comparing the two Imagining how scared everyone must have been and how so many people came together and helped out those in need I guess it just sort of hit home for me And for it to turn into a big conspiracy plot with the government, well, I d like to think our government isn t that bad I m not going to make this a political post I really hate politics , so let me just see what kind of words I can spew out of my head.I definitely warn people that this could potentially trigger anxiety and panic attacks as it nearly sent me into one But honestly, that s kind of what made it so great The detail was amazing And although the whole idea of superhumans being our new way to fight terrorism isn t very convincing, it works here I m just confused as to what everything means The ending really sproutedquestions that it answered You know the government is behind all of this in some way, you just don t know how What is the ulterior motive of The Man in Black Is he just doing this for shits and giggles Is he working for the President who likes to hide out in a bunker away from all his trouble I kept wondering when someone would come out and say that The Man in Black actually worked for the President I m still not completely dismissing the idea, but it is seeming less likely than it was in the beginning I like our main character, Celaine She s been through hell and back and still manages to pull herself together and fight for what she believes is right It does kind of bug me that she says she had the perfect life after she met Chase and then she threw it all away for revenge, but seeing as how we as the reader know that if she didn t agree to give everything up she would have been killed, I ll let that slide I do love her sarcastic, sassy attitude I feel like in the world she s in, if you can t joke around about life then you re just going to be depressed all the time She isn t flawless, she lets her emotions get the better of her, but she continuously strives to be better and stronger in order to reach her goal Blake is cool, I guess I feel like we don t know a lot about him even though we got his back story and everything He s just that generic mysterious male character that is supposed to be the female s love interest, but PLOT TWIST, Celaine isn t over Chase yet so his feelings go unanswered And then he dies so it doesn t ever matter ALL THE OTHER MINOR CHARACTERSVictor obviously has a bigger role in the whole story line than he s given credit for in here That last little chapter confirmed the fact.Kara seems cool enough It s good to have someone for Celaine to bond with.Cameron I want to punch in the face, and I hope someone does it for me.Ian was not so important here, but clearly is going to have a bigger role next book So far, he seems like a womanizing jerk and I do hope he gets better.I liked Lucy If she didn t believe something, she didn t let others tell her how stupid she was She didn t care what they said, she went out and did her thing


  2. Sienna Logan (Lost to Books) Sienna Logan (Lost to Books) says:

    Forof my reviews visit All I can say is wow This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end and I m glad I received the professionally edited copy so I could read it without any trouble This book is faced paced, action packed and took me on an emotional ride.I loved Celiane, she had a dry sarcastic sense of humor which I adored and made me laugh on occasions She was also strong willed and determined but Sara cleverly in Forof my reviews visit All I can say is wow This book surpassed all of my expectations and kept me hooked from beginning to end and I m glad I received the professionally edited copy so I could read it without any trouble This book is faced paced, action packed and took me on an emotional ride.I loved Celiane, she had a dry sarcastic sense of humor which I adored and made me laugh on occasions She was also strong willed and determined but Sara cleverly interwove moments of vulnerability to create an engaging character that I could sympathise with Also because of this vulnerability it justified her actions, which created a solid and strong story line As well as this the two guys, Chase and Blake were total opposites Chase being the sweet, caring, shoulder to cry on and Blake the partner who has had his emotions drilled out of him These two really played with my emotions through out the book as their relationships with Celiane changed but I loved the difference in personality as it made it all theinteresting to read.In Enigma Black the action is constructed incredibly well, it is fast paced but filled with loads of detail that leaves everything easy to imagine and visualise I loved it when Celaine turned into her cold super hero version of herself and the confrontations with The Man in Black were brilliant The start did confuse me slightly as it is written from multiple POV but that was down to the fact we hadn t been introduced to everyone After that I had no trouble and towards the end I had the moment of Oh I get the beginning now which was great as it linked nicely The only bad thing I have to say about this book is the cliff hanger ending It definitely leaves you wanting to knowand I don t know if I can wait too long to find out what happens next Overall this book is an engaging, action packed story that will take you on an emotional ride and keep you hooked all the way to the end I would highly recommend this to anyone and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment


  3. Colleen Bratley Colleen Bratley says:

    Sara created a character that even when she exasperated you, you re admiration and hope for her was not deterred The story was drawn to keep you wanting to know what happened next It is a can t put it down just yet book, until you get to the end, which obviously won t be until the sequel is in your hands and read.The story line is interesting, intriguing and emotional The characters give an emotional connection whether it s dislike, love, or hatred You become invested in what they are feelin Sara created a character that even when she exasperated you, you re admiration and hope for her was not deterred The story was drawn to keep you wanting to know what happened next It is a can t put it down just yet book, until you get to the end, which obviously won t be until the sequel is in your hands and read.The story line is interesting, intriguing and emotional The characters give an emotional connection whether it s dislike, love, or hatred You become invested in what they are feeling and doing, so much so that you feel you are right there with them, and feeling their pain or joy.I can actually relate the story line to our country, and what is going on Yeah, it may not be what is actually happening, at least that we know of, but the ideas are not really far fetched Control is power, and as in the story line, while Celaine fights for comfort in control of her future, by avenging the past, the real grabbers are launching tactics to get evenpower, which will actually decimate the control she thinks she will attain It s a merry go round I know, but that s really how life is The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, so we do things to jump the fence, only to find out it s the same old stuff Celaine is beginning to question reality though, as she realizes things she just took at face value, really don t quite add up.Unfortunately, every action we take has a consequence We may not realize what that consequence is at the time, or even down the road, but that won t change the outcome Celaine starts to realize this concept, and thinks about not only the mission she is on right now, but what happens if she accomplishes it How will she feel, and does that end it Since she started to think about all the pieces to this puzzle, and realized some just don t fit, there was no way for her to ignore her gut feeling that what she thinks the end outcome will be, is just not what will really happen.Reading the Kindle edition and watching the percentage bar, I wondered how this was going to end, as I could see I was close to the end of the book I knew there weren t enough pages left to answer all the questions or resolve all the issues Yet I wasn t disappointed with the end of the first book The whole story was remarkable and greatly worth reading Thankfully Sara is working on the sequel.Get the book You will certainly enjoy it Sara does a great job Thanks Sara


  4. Shaun Lehmkuhl Shaun Lehmkuhl says:

    An unlikely heroine A mass murderer who s frustrated the President so effectively he greenlights a decision that would if publicly known in our world create national panic, not to mention having a moniker so ominous it becomes a parallel for his taste of art Wise cracking, techie virgins and the perfect balance of human tragedy and triumph That s Enigma Black for you, and Sara Burr whips up a story where diverse characters and situations can thrive Enigma accomplishes an appeal to many tas An unlikely heroine A mass murderer who s frustrated the President so effectively he greenlights a decision that would if publicly known in our world create national panic, not to mention having a moniker so ominous it becomes a parallel for his taste of art Wise cracking, techie virgins and the perfect balance of human tragedy and triumph That s Enigma Black for you, and Sara Burr whips up a story where diverse characters and situations can thrive Enigma accomplishes an appeal to many tastes without losing any of its authenticity, which isn t exactly a cakewalk In between the drama, flying fists, explosions, and scientific experiments there lies comedic relief in the dialogue, especially whenever the protagonist s best friend Lucy opens her mouth, and a budding love triangle worthy of any watercooler gossip.One enjoyable, pre Christmas shopping trip among a family at The Lakes Mall turns into a plotted terrorist attack that, just about, takes the life of every member Teenager Celaine Stevens miraculously survives but is left withbaggage than an airport facility thank you, I m here all week Celaine is sent to live with her aunt on the East Coast, and years later is adopted by her boyfriend s family and finally able to be at peace That doesn t last long, as one night following work Celaine is stalked and offered an unfathomable request by a man claiming to belong to a militant rogue organization What the man asks of her is to help take down the infamous Man in Black, the terrorist responsible for her family s demise This request, though unorthodox and quite ridiculous, triggers a primal need of retribution in Celaine, and she plunges into the unknown And let me tell you, we should thank her for it.Enigma Black equally entertains and satisfies the need for an intelligent read Burr asks us what we would do if forced in the protagonist s position, one of unresolved, constant emotional pain Where most people have already embraced some form of coping and wouldn t dare take on an evil elusive enough to go untraced for over a decade, Celaine remains in the minor She s crazy, folks


  5. Aarati Aarati says:

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.Let me just begin by saying that I loved this book I ve haven t read a book that touched me so much in a very long time Enigma Black was a brilliantly woven story that sucked me right in The interplay between the first person narrative and the third person narrative kept us in loop with all the characters A mix of thriller, suspense, sci fi and a dash of romance kept me up all night.Some of the scenes were so strong and touching, I cou I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.Let me just begin by saying that I loved this book I ve haven t read a book that touched me so much in a very long time Enigma Black was a brilliantly woven story that sucked me right in The interplay between the first person narrative and the third person narrative kept us in loop with all the characters A mix of thriller, suspense, sci fi and a dash of romance kept me up all night.Some of the scenes were so strong and touching, I couldn t help but cry view spoiler The letters Celaine wrote to Chase, his family and Lucy were so heart wrenching Chase s proposal to Celaine was just so beautiful and their subsequent break up just about broke my heart hide spoiler I had to stop reading just so I could cry my eyes out The author has managed to weave a web so intricate and intense that the reader can t get out of if, even if they want to.This book sent me on an emotional roller coaster ride This book is so full of in depth emotion that I was pretty much a wreck.All the Celaine and Chase scenes were absolutely beautiful They are perfect for each other They always managed to make me into a puddle of goo I also loved the relationship Celaine shared with Blake.Some scenes pretty much broke my heart view spoiler Blake s death for one When Chase thinks that Celaine might have left him for another man and goes running to Paige Also the scene where Celaine sees Chase and Paige together just about broke me hide spoiler.I hope the next book answers the questions as to who The Man in Black is andimportantly I hope Celaine is able to find her happiness again I really do want her to happy ending and there is only one guy who can give her that Chase.A brilliant work by the author It s gonna take me days to come out of the daze this book has put me in This book is a work of wonder and brilliance I m eagerly waiting for the next one


  6. K.M. Galvin K.M. Galvin says:

    From pagetrotter.blogspot.comI loved this book So GD original HOW have I missed this book Its a hybrid book, which threw me for a minute because how in the world would all these genre s mesh It s science fiction, dystopian, romance, and political thriller all rolled into one And guess what It was awesome I m so glad Sara asked me to read this because I was getting seriously desensitized by the whole dystopian genre How does it work in the literary world again Oh yes, something gets pop From pagetrotter.blogspot.comI loved this book So GD original HOW have I missed this book Its a hybrid book, which threw me for a minute because how in the world would all these genre s mesh It s science fiction, dystopian, romance, and political thriller all rolled into one And guess what It was awesome I m so glad Sara asked me to read this because I was getting seriously desensitized by the whole dystopian genre How does it work in the literary world again Oh yes, something gets popular and then we are flooded with these types of books with only 10% of being actually good quality But I took a chance on this one and was so glad because the writing is on point The story was fast paced and exciting I easily connected with the characters and felt for them, especially in the end I may have teared up at one point, but I won t be giving anything away as to why Guess you ll just have to read it Hahaha The dialogue rhythm was a little odd at first Not sure why, can t really put my finger on it, but then I got so wrapped up in how just all around amazing this book is that I forgot alllll about it And what sis that it is actually pretty freaking funny too The premise is awesome Lemme just repeat on how original this is Ok done We start off with a young Celaine There are attacks happening everywhere Bombings mostly, but like most everyone we have this cloak of immortality through displacement Well, unfortunately it happens to Celaine and she ends up losing her entire family All she has is this burning need for vengeance Fast forward about a decade and we have a well adjusted Celaine Wellalmost She still has a lot of issues with what happened with her family Totally understandable But right now everything is great She has a good job, nice apartment, awesome friends, she basically is adopted by her boyfriend s family, and Chase the aforementioned bf Ah, Chase We love and like you Enter Blake Blake offers Celaine an opportunity It really is an offer she can t resist The catch She literally needs to leave everything everyone behind and cannot tell them where she s going It s all very cloak and dagger, and for good reason Now the fun stuff begins Basically she is transformed into a super human fighting machine think La Femme Nikita Sydney from Alias Buffy Veronica Mars every single kick ass female with one mission Bring Down The Man In Black He is the one behind all the terror attacks He is the one that has caused a once prosperous country to basically live under Marshall Law He is the one who killed her family There is about to be another attack and it s up to her and her partner to stop it This book needs to be made into a movie, for real It reads exactly like one, the imagery was so easy to picture Yeah, book 2 needs to hurry up I loved it Like a lot It s a fantastic read and just so damn thrilling Go read it You ll love it Pinky swear


  7. Evilicious Evilicious says:

    Obviously given my rating I love this book I was torn between a 4 and a 5 star.I am leaning toward a 5 star but there were a few issues for me that made it a 4 star Mind you I LOVED the story overall.THE GOOD The plot was brilliant, and totally sucked me in I love stories that are pure escapism and this was one of those There were plenty of twists and turns which I love Some were predictable but others weren t I was not expecting what happened in the last few chapters at all w Obviously given my rating I love this book I was torn between a 4 and a 5 star.I am leaning toward a 5 star but there were a few issues for me that made it a 4 star Mind you I LOVED the story overall.THE GOOD The plot was brilliant, and totally sucked me in I love stories that are pure escapism and this was one of those There were plenty of twists and turns which I love Some were predictable but others weren t I was not expecting what happened in the last few chapters at all well I kind of was but I thought it would involve a different character.The characters are well drawn, and relatable, the story flowed nicely and was well written A few minor editing issues, but I have seen worse in traditionally published books BTW ending was a cliff hanger You figure this out as you get toward the end of the book so it s not jarring like it is with many books I was actually hoping there would bebooks in this series and for the last chunk of it leading up to the climax was worried for purely selfish reasons that the author was going to sell herself short and make this a complete read PHEW THE BAD Overall I loved the story but it took me a bit to get into for two reasons but then BAM Suddenly I was zooming through the pages like nothing else The dialogue was overly lengthy at some points and was slightly off character if that makes sense, at times I guess it was sometimes a little formal compared to the narrative I think there should have been a littleworld building to help readers suspend disbelief SPOILER ALERT sort of a nationwide curfew is imposed and I kind of went WTF as if It would take a lotthan that , so strengthening this earlier in the story would help, though as I got further into the book there wasto back this up and strengthen it END the sort of spoiler ALERT There were also a couple of areas where the wording didn t work One that comes to mind is few meaning three, but the author used it to mean two Little things like that suck me out of a story IN FACT I think the author might want to do one final edit, taking some of my points into account, and those of other reviewers as I have a feeling this one will rocket up the Kindle charts as word gets out And we all know how nasty some reviewers can be when a book suddenly gains popularity.THE UGLY Nothing because despite my few issues I like to show both sides this is a brilliant story that sucked me in and the issues obviously weren t enough to stop me reading In fact I couldn t read it fast enough An absolute page turner that kept me up late into the er morning, and one I wouldn t be surprised to see snapped up by movie producers in the near future First time I ever said THAT about an indie book


  8. Awesome Indies Book Awards Awesome Indies Book Awards says:

    Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include ENIGMA BLACK by SARA FURLONG BURR in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at Awesome Indies Assessment 4 stars Enigma Black by Sara Furlong Burr is a high powered urban, science fiction story that includes romance, heart break, action and even cause to stop and think Just how easily would Americans give up their freedom if they thought it were the price they had to pay for safety S Awesome Indies Book Awards is pleased to include ENIGMA BLACK by SARA FURLONG BURR in the library of Awesome IndiesBadge of Approval recipients at Awesome Indies Assessment 4 stars Enigma Black by Sara Furlong Burr is a high powered urban, science fiction story that includes romance, heart break, action and even cause to stop and think Just how easily would Americans give up their freedom if they thought it were the price they had to pay for safety Set in a future time when a series of horrific terrorist attacks wrack the nation, Celaine, the survivor of one such attack, is given the opportunity to actually achieve the vengeance she promised the rest of her family after they died in the attack A bunch of scientists working for a secret government agency can turn her into a super hero, but she has to leave her old life behind That means walking out on her boyfriend the night he proposes It breaks both their hearts.Her new life, after an operation, consists of fighting training in simulated environments with her super hero partner as they train to catch the Man in Black who is responsible for the attacks Eventually, she gets some real live action and discovers that it takesthan muscle to defeat the killer of her family Is this guy even human The president has used the existence of the Man in Black as an excuse to bring in a curfew and institute border checks between the states The two helmeted superheros, if one dies, they replace them with a new version give the populous hope, but they haven t been able to stop the attacks The next step is marshal law, but some people are asking questions Will the American people stand for it Do they have a choice Burr s characterisation, plotting and pacing are all excellent If you buy this book, you re in for a good read, except for two points One is that some aspects of the story are pretty unbelievable It s science fiction, so I ll suspend my disbelief in the unlikely science behind the superhero transformation, but even speculative fiction must make character actions believable Even putting aside the unlikelihood of a young woman leaving her perfect boyfriend for a very dodgy promise not even backed up by paperwork, Celaine turns into a fighter very quickly Skill is needed in fighting and Furr didn t give her heroine the kind of training or the time required to make her sudden emergence as a fighter entirely believable Why not have given her character some self defence training before they picked her to be the next superhero It would have made a lotsense But I forgave that too because the book kept me turning pages, and the writing took me right into the scene


  9. Melissa Melissa says:

    Thank you, Ms Burr, for providing me a copy in exchange for a review. Enigma Black is mysterious and filled with action and suspense The blurb Goodreads has provided doesn t do this book justice The blurb tells you nothing about what s going on in this book or what the real idea is When I was reading, I realized that I didn t know what direction the book was going so that left me a bit wary and unsettled I like to have an idea of what I m gettinginto before reading, and the lack of infor Thank you, Ms Burr, for providing me a copy in exchange for a review. Enigma Black is mysterious and filled with action and suspense The blurb Goodreads has provided doesn t do this book justice The blurb tells you nothing about what s going on in this book or what the real idea is When I was reading, I realized that I didn t know what direction the book was going so that left me a bit wary and unsettled I like to have an idea of what I m gettinginto before reading, and the lack of information I had made the book seem slow I was blind when going on and my patience drew thin because the book didn t tell me enough in the beginning for me to enjoy the book at my pace.However, now that I ve read the book I fully comprehend what is going on There s an evil dude who s killing people without reason and the main character is desperate to kill The Man in Black for murdering her family Hurting loved ones is a good motive, isn t it Celaine was an amazing character I understood what she was going through and how losing her family has affected her ability to fully open up She may appear strong on the outside, but on the inside she needs someone to rely on to keep her going What Celaine needs is a rock and to avenge her family s death She s a determined person with a kick ass attitude that makes her perfect to play superhero.For her male counterparts, there were tons of guys Celaine interacted with I have no idea who the main male character is but the potential candidates are wonderful I loved Blake view spoiler too bad that he died way too young hide spoiler , and Ian is slowly warming my heart even though not much has been revealed about him I do love Chase, but I m slowly losing interest in him Is that a bad thing At times the book moved slowly and then it sped up in a blink of an eye My main issue would be that there were lengthy paragraphs of description and actions I want to seedialogue or those lengthy paragraphs shortened a bit to keep the action aspect of the book intact The pacing of the book didn t appeal to me and I didn t quite enjoy it like I would have if the pacing feltconsistent.The switch in perspectives did appeal to me and I loved how I was able to see things through different people I loved seeing what happened once Celaine left through Chase s eyes and learning a bitabout Blake was a perk The different perspectives helped unite all the characters and get them involved into the story.I felt like the ending was a cliffhanger even though there was nothing cliffhanger ish about it I can t wait to read the sequel to see what s going on with Celaine


  10. Brianna Brianna says:

    I would like to thank the author for giving a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review This book was really different, and I mean that in a good way It was part sci fi, part dystopian, and part romance I love how cleverly all those genres were mixed almost seamlessly into one book It made for an action packed, intense, and interesting story that won t be forgotten any time soon The main character, Celaine, was pretty awesome I really liked her, and she s one of the few female I would like to thank the author for giving a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review This book was really different, and I mean that in a good way It was part sci fi, part dystopian, and part romance I love how cleverly all those genres were mixed almost seamlessly into one book It made for an action packed, intense, and interesting story that won t be forgotten any time soon The main character, Celaine, was pretty awesome I really liked her, and she s one of the few female book protagonists that I could see myself being friends with She s caring, kind, and loyal to those she cares about However, she s also flawed, and in need of revenge That need for revenge is what really gets this story going, and it causes many things to happen that otherwise would not have As for the other characters, I really liked Blake, Chase, and Lucy Blake was an awesome friend and partner, and he had a really touching backstory Chase was a good love interest, and you could tell he really cared for Celaine Finally, there was Lucy She was such a great friend, and I was sad to see what ultimately happened with her, even though it was foreshadowed Then, there are the villains There are an unusual number of those in this book, and we don t really know anything about them yet, other than that they are motivated to do evil to gain power Others are just suspected to be villains, so it will definitely be interesting to see what happens in the second book of this series As for the plot, it was really interesting There were a lot of twists that I didn t see coming, which made for great reading There were also lots of really intense action scenes, which I think that this author is really good at However, near the end, there were some assumptions and twists made by the characters that I really didn t care for I get why they were done, but I really don t like when characters assume things, and therefore get themselves into situations that they never would have done before In conclusion, this was a really good story I loved the action, the mystery, the story, and Celaine It kept me on edge while I read it, and was very hard to put down on some occasions However, it comes short of being a great book because of some of the characters assumptions, and things became needlessly complicated, since there was already enough going on in the story without all of that However, I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for something different and exciting