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From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping twenty-first installment in the electrifying FBI Thriller series. After Agent Dillon Savich stops a crazy man from harming a pregnant woman, the man unexpectedly falls into a coma. Doctors discover a drug in his blood they can't identify, and his only identification is a yellow wristband marke From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping twenty-first installment in the electrifying FBI Thriller series. After Agent Dillon Savich stops a crazy man from harming a pregnant woman, the man unexpectedly falls into a coma. Doctors discover a drug in his blood they can't identify, and his only identification is a yellow wristband marked E 2. Did this John Doe escape from a mental hospital? And why was he at the pregnant woman's house? When her newborn baby is kidnapped from the hospital, Savich realizes there's a connection between the kidnapping and the unconscious John Doe. DNA tests uncover a startling fact: his cells are unlike any other—he's an Enigma. Savich, Sherlock, and an FBI team of experts must find the kidnapped baby, uncover the link, and determine what bizarre drug was used on John Doe and, most importantly, why. Meanwhile, Liam Hennessey, aka Manta Ray, a convicted bank robber, escapes from the Federal Marshals on his transport to a federal penitentiary. He and his "handlers" are seen going into the Daniel Boone National Forest. Savich sends Agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot after them. Why break out this violent criminal? Or did the safe deposit box he stole and hid before he was captured contain something critically dangerous to somone? Wittier and Cabot are in hot pursuit. What they discover turns the case sideways. Coulter's latest dual-plot thriller will keep you guessing as Savich, Sherlock, Cabot, and Wittier uncover surprise after surprise in this race against the clock until the shocking conclusions.


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From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping twenty-first installment in the electrifying FBI Thriller series. After Agent Dillon Savich stops a crazy man from harming a pregnant woman, the man unexpectedly falls into a coma. Doctors discover a drug in his blood they can't identify, and his only identification is a yellow wristband marke From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping twenty-first installment in the electrifying FBI Thriller series. After Agent Dillon Savich stops a crazy man from harming a pregnant woman, the man unexpectedly falls into a coma. Doctors discover a drug in his blood they can't identify, and his only identification is a yellow wristband marked E 2. Did this John Doe escape from a mental hospital? And why was he at the pregnant woman's house? When her newborn baby is kidnapped from the hospital, Savich realizes there's a connection between the kidnapping and the unconscious John Doe. DNA tests uncover a startling fact: his cells are unlike any other—he's an Enigma. Savich, Sherlock, and an FBI team of experts must find the kidnapped baby, uncover the link, and determine what bizarre drug was used on John Doe and, most importantly, why. Meanwhile, Liam Hennessey, aka Manta Ray, a convicted bank robber, escapes from the Federal Marshals on his transport to a federal penitentiary. He and his "handlers" are seen going into the Daniel Boone National Forest. Savich sends Agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot after them. Why break out this violent criminal? Or did the safe deposit box he stole and hid before he was captured contain something critically dangerous to somone? Wittier and Cabot are in hot pursuit. What they discover turns the case sideways. Coulter's latest dual-plot thriller will keep you guessing as Savich, Sherlock, Cabot, and Wittier uncover surprise after surprise in this race against the clock until the shocking conclusions.

30 review for Enigma

  1. 4 out of 5

    AnisaAnne

    When FBI detective Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a hostage taker, little does he know he will be in a race against time to figure out the Enigma. Kara is in labor after the kidnapping. She remembers the words of her captor "I can't let them take me...take you! It's evil, a monstrous evil." She gives birth, and a few hours later her son Alex is missing. Detective Savich and Sherlock are not only on duty to find a kidnapper but to unravel a twisted plot of a mad scientist obsessed with findin When FBI detective Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a hostage taker, little does he know he will be in a race against time to figure out the Enigma. Kara is in labor after the kidnapping. She remembers the words of her captor "I can't let them take me...take you! It's evil, a monstrous evil." She gives birth, and a few hours later her son Alex is missing. Detective Savich and Sherlock are not only on duty to find a kidnapper but to unravel a twisted plot of a mad scientist obsessed with finding the secrets to immortality. While the two detectives enmeshed with science, Agent Cam Witter (from Insidious #20) and former special forces agent Jack Cabot are in a cat and mouse chase in the Appellations foothills to find an escaped prisoner who was in transport to Lee Federal Penitentiary. Manta Ray, an Irish master thief, is wanted for grand theft for six security boxes. But a Russian interest also wants to capture Manta Ray and his stash that is more important than he's aware. Enigma is a story that blends science with a thrill ride against crime. The narrative's fast pace delivers a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There are many moving parts to this novel, and it all works together brilliantly. The characters are well-developed, and two plots-lines are twisting seamlessly. Coulter offers palpable emotion in the characters, ambiance that puts you in center stage, and imagery that your eyes can see. Especially when the lights suddenly turn off in the parking garage, you feel the anticipation and tension. Coulter does her research when it comes to the medical system. The details of several classes of drugs, therapy, and the infrastructure of a hospital setting are on point. My only critique is a predictable nature of parts of the story, but that did not detract from the enjoyment of the novel. Unwittingly, I picked out this book unaware of the 20 books that came before. But the story stood well on its own; characters developed well enough to retain my investment. Enigma is my first Catherine Coulter novel, and I was pleasantly surprised by intricate plots emerging in a well-written narrative. I may need to start at book #1. Thank you, NetGalley, Gallery Books, for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Ain't no use wishing for something that's already gone. That's a country song, right? Well is fits here too, folks. The romance is gone and I'm not going to lament it in future reviews, but I will say, I will always miss it. Now, let's review what we have and not what we don't. We have a superb mystery, actually two mysteries. They both keep you guessing as to who and why well Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. Ain't no use wishing for something that's already gone. That's a country song, right? Well is fits here too, folks. The romance is gone and I'm not going to lament it in future reviews, but I will say, I will always miss it. Now, let's review what we have and not what we don't. We have a superb mystery, actually two mysteries. They both keep you guessing as to who and why well past the midpoint of the book. It got a little complicated as the CAU Team were working both of them and the process of solving each mystery overlapped with Savich and Sherlock right in the middle. The Mystery of the Crazy Man: When an old friend of his grandmother's calls him to help her young, pregnant neighbor, Kara Moody, Dillon Savich goes. What he finds is a nasty situation where a seemingly crazy man is holding Kara and keeping Metro police at bay with a semi-auto AR15. “John Doe” seems to be off his meds, escaped from some mental institution, maybe. He is ranting about someone being after him and that he must save Kara. Savich shoots him, leaving him unconscious. Kara goes into labor, gives birth to Alex and later Alex is kidnapped from the hospital. Savich and Sherlock are sure that John Doe is the key to solving who kidnapped little Alex, but he is in a coma and the doctors don't know why. the Mystery of the Box Agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track an escaped criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. They have to find out who helped him and why. When all this leads back to the murder of Mia Prevost, it also leads to government officials and the Russians.

  3. 4 out of 5

    G.H. Eckel

    An FBI superstar saves a pregnant woman from a madman who claims to be saving her. And an Irish thug is freed from jail by a powerful figure to fulfill a very secret mission. These two story lines alternate throughout the entire novel without much connection until the very end. Well, I'm clearly out of sync with most of the other people who've enjoyed this novel. The novel starts with a bang as an FBI superstar, Savage, saves a pregnant woman from a man claiming to be an enigma. He goes into a c An FBI superstar saves a pregnant woman from a madman who claims to be saving her. And an Irish thug is freed from jail by a powerful figure to fulfill a very secret mission. These two story lines alternate throughout the entire novel without much connection until the very end. Well, I'm clearly out of sync with most of the other people who've enjoyed this novel. The novel starts with a bang as an FBI superstar, Savage, saves a pregnant woman from a man claiming to be an enigma. He goes into a coma for most of the rest of the novel so he remains an enigma! The second story line also begins with a bang as ex-military professionals free the thug, called the Manta Ray, from prison. This story line is more interesting than the first, which languishes with a comatose madman. It's always suspect to me when the last chapter of a book spends 5 pages explaining how all of the details in the novel fit together. The revelation is always more exciting when it comes together for the reader without authorial explanation. Reading the revelation rather than coming upon it by ourselves means the story either wasn't clear or the connections are too strained. Coulter had some big ideas that she voices in the last chapter. But, frankly, you've heard of this aspiration too many times before. So, languishing plot lines that remain unconnected way too long, overreaching on big ideas that are not quite pulled off, and a big idea (I can't divulge) that's been written about for decades lead me to my 3-star review. Add to that was having to suffer through a very annoying set of readers for the audio version of this novel. I may have enjoyed reading the novel more than listening to it. Given the other reviews and that this is her 21st mystery, clearly I am in the minority.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    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 Russ 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    Fully a score of books in this series has preceded this one, and despite my good intentions - they've been on my want-to-read list for quite some time - up to this point I've read nary a single one. Big mistake, but one I certainly won't make again. Ms. Coulter earned a spot on my list of favorite authors with The Devil's Triangle, her "A Brit in the FBI" series, and this one ensures that she won't be moving off anytime soon. Or, to put it another way, wow! That the characters weren't familiar to Fully a score of books in this series has preceded this one, and despite my good intentions - they've been on my want-to-read list for quite some time - up to this point I've read nary a single one. Big mistake, but one I certainly won't make again. Ms. Coulter earned a spot on my list of favorite authors with The Devil's Triangle, her "A Brit in the FBI" series, and this one ensures that she won't be moving off anytime soon. Or, to put it another way, wow! That the characters weren't familiar to me going in wasn't an issue; early on, I got the drift, and at no time did I feel lost (although I'll advise, as I always do, that it's best to start a series as close to the beginning as possible if only to see how the characters change and who comes and goes over time). Here, the most important people to know are FBI agents named Savich (Dillon), Wittier (Cam), Cabot (Jack) and Sherlock (if she has a second name, it slipped past me). There are a couple of plots going on at the same time, but even though they don't overlap much, I never got confused as to who's who and what's what. The first story begins with Savich in the home of a very pregnant woman named Kara, who's being threatened by a man who's ranting about people out to get him and insisting he's an "enigma." Savich nails the guy, who then falls into a coma and is taken to a hospital. Kara soon follows - and gives birth to baby Alex. Then comes the unthinkable; the baby is kidnapped from the hospital right under the noses of the doctors and nurses. Further investigation turns up bizzare links between the still unidentified comotose guy, Kara and her baby - and leads Savich, Sherlock and their team to a grandiose scheme involving drugs of a very different sort. While this is going on, a psychopathic bank robber somehow escapes just as he's arriving at his future home - a federal penitentiary. Whittier and Cabot get the case, following the convict and the people who helped him escape into the wilds of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Apparently, the convict, dubbed "Manta Ray," stole and hid some kind of safe deposit box before he was captured. Could it be that his new companions have an ulterior motive of their own for springing him? The two investigations lead from U.S.-sanctioned Russian bankers (could that topic be more timely?) to the inner workings of a pharmaceutical firm to the highest echelons of the U.S. government. There's plenty of intrigue to go round, and the action rarely takes a break. This one's a don't-miss - and I heartily thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Baffling crimes don’t take a holiday and the FBI team of Savage and Sherlock are knee deep in a mystery that will impact the world while Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot are hot on the trail of an escaped prisoner with a penchant for leaving no loose ends who may have ties to the murder of a top government official’s daughter. Welcome to ENIGMA from Catherine Coulter, so settle in and prepare for edge of your seat action in a race against time, crime, murder and twisted science. One young woman, drugge Baffling crimes don’t take a holiday and the FBI team of Savage and Sherlock are knee deep in a mystery that will impact the world while Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot are hot on the trail of an escaped prisoner with a penchant for leaving no loose ends who may have ties to the murder of a top government official’s daughter. Welcome to ENIGMA from Catherine Coulter, so settle in and prepare for edge of your seat action in a race against time, crime, murder and twisted science. One young woman, drugged at a party is now pregnant and being held captive by a gunman who claims he is there to protect her. What his capture reveals is a sinister plot by a twisted scientist whose sights may be set on the unborn child. It will be up to Savage and Sherlock to uncover the truth behind the genome research of a monster. Wittier and Cabot find themselves caught up in what could become an international incident if they don’t retrieve their prey and discover who is behind the daring prison break and why. Catherine Coulter can write intrigue, toss in elements of danger, a plethora of unresolved riddles and completely captivate her audiences from start to finish as we follow the action! High tension, high stakes and great story telling fill each and every page. I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review. Series: FBI Thriller - Book 21 Publisher: Gallery Books (September 12, 2017) Publication Date: September 12, 2017 Gene: Mystery | Thriller Print Length: 496 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    This is the 21st book in the series but the first I have read. It can be read without reading the others. I have heard alot about this author as she writes with a favourite of mine JT Ellison. This was a great story, fast and exciting with alot going on. Thanks to Gallery Books via Netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Superb. A wonderful read. Once again Catherine Coulter writes a superb FBI thriller. This time focusing on 2 main plots. The reader, me, waits to find out how they link. Unputdownable

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    This story of expanding one's life cycle at the trial and expense of others demonstrates the depths of inhumanity some possess. 5 of 10 stars This story of expanding one's life cycle at the trial and expense of others demonstrates the depths of inhumanity some possess. 5 of 10 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Gallery Books for allowing me to read and review this thrilling new novel by Catherine Coulter. Wow, this was a wild ride from start to finish! Not only is ENIGMA well-paced and all but impossible to put down, but Coulter writes a really smart, tight plot that keeps you hanging on every detail to see how they all knit together. Just brilliant! Agents Savich and Sherlock become involved with their next complicated case after Savich interrupts what he believes to Thank you so much to NetGalley and Gallery Books for allowing me to read and review this thrilling new novel by Catherine Coulter. Wow, this was a wild ride from start to finish! Not only is ENIGMA well-paced and all but impossible to put down, but Coulter writes a really smart, tight plot that keeps you hanging on every detail to see how they all knit together. Just brilliant! Agents Savich and Sherlock become involved with their next complicated case after Savich interrupts what he believes to be a hostage situation. A crazed young man has broken into a neighbor's house and is holding a pregnant woman captive, screaming that they are in danger. It's only once he is unconscious and the woman goes into labor that they realize he may have been speaking the truth. This was my favorite thread of the story arcs. I found it absolutely intriguing and loved how Coulter managed to peel back layer after layer. On another layer of the story, agents Jack and Cam are after a notorious criminal who's broken out of jail and is trying to get back to his underground ties. This thread was also fascinating, with its various players moving around secretly on the chessboard. A thrilling book from start to finish and I'll definitely be reading more by Catherine Coulter! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author. Please excuse typos/name misspellings Entered on screen reader.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    Good story that blended science, a somewhat mad scientist, a kidnapped baby, assorted wanton killers, and the FBI. This happens to be the twenty-first book in the series so as I have not read any of the others, I felt like I came late to the party. While it was certainly a quick read and had all the components of a thriller, I felt it also had some drawbacks. For some reason it left me feeling a bit let down although I did enjoy the characters of Sherlock and Savich and in a second storyline, Jac Good story that blended science, a somewhat mad scientist, a kidnapped baby, assorted wanton killers, and the FBI. This happens to be the twenty-first book in the series so as I have not read any of the others, I felt like I came late to the party. While it was certainly a quick read and had all the components of a thriller, I felt it also had some drawbacks. For some reason it left me feeling a bit let down although I did enjoy the characters of Sherlock and Savich and in a second storyline, Jack and Cam. I do love the blending of science and mayhem (which by the way, James Rollins is the master of). I also had a hard time with some of the action scenes. I had to question how or if FBI agents in real life, would have rushed into some of the situations the protagonists found themselves in as unprepared as they were. It seemed that perhaps the characters put themselves in harm's way without necessary preparation. Perhaps if I had read some of the previous outings of the characters mentioned, it would have achieved a higher rating from me. All in all it was not a bad book, just one that left me a bit bereft of that quickening of feelings one gets as a thriller novel oftentimes rushes the reader to that ultimate "ah ha" ending. However, I do think this book would transition well to a TV series or even a movie. I did like it and might in the future read some others in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Book for providing me with an advanced copy of this book for an unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    It’s been a long while since I’ve read a thriller that didn’t have an ounce of romance in it. Well, technically, this does have just a tad bit of romance, but it’s a story of special agents that are working on two different cases. It is fast paced, well written, deeply intelligent without bogging the reader down with complicated details and extremely entertaining and engaging. Once I started it was hard to stop for things like work and sleep. I couldn’t read it fast enough. I enjoyed every word It’s been a long while since I’ve read a thriller that didn’t have an ounce of romance in it. Well, technically, this does have just a tad bit of romance, but it’s a story of special agents that are working on two different cases. It is fast paced, well written, deeply intelligent without bogging the reader down with complicated details and extremely entertaining and engaging. Once I started it was hard to stop for things like work and sleep. I couldn’t read it fast enough. I enjoyed every word and the multiple epilogues were perfect! ARC provided by NetGalley Multi POV Safe and clean Possible trigger - (view spoiler)[one of the female characters was possibly drugged and raped, no on page description (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Ms. Coulter is one amazing writer! The entire time I was left guessing. She has a way of building up the suspense and crafting one helluva story. I haven't followed the series consistently but this is good as a standalone. Kara Moody is one of the characters at the focal point of this one, and the race is on to find her baby. I thought this was a page-turner and couldn't wait to get to the end. Ms. Coulter is one amazing writer! The entire time I was left guessing. She has a way of building up the suspense and crafting one helluva story. I haven't followed the series consistently but this is good as a standalone. Kara Moody is one of the characters at the focal point of this one, and the race is on to find her baby. I thought this was a page-turner and couldn't wait to get to the end.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah B

    What can I say but I enjoyed this story. The thing that shocked me the most was the contents of the metal box that was stolen from the bank vault! I certainly never expected that! Nor did I think that certain characters would be shady and they ended up that way. I guess I was just enjoying the story so I wasn't really thinking about if a particular person was honest or dishonest. There was lots of action, running about, fights and gunfire, etc. I enjoyed both plots that were running through the What can I say but I enjoyed this story. The thing that shocked me the most was the contents of the metal box that was stolen from the bank vault! I certainly never expected that! Nor did I think that certain characters would be shady and they ended up that way. I guess I was just enjoying the story so I wasn't really thinking about if a particular person was honest or dishonest. There was lots of action, running about, fights and gunfire, etc. I enjoyed both plots that were running through the tale. One involves a baby kidnapped from a hospital and the other was about a bank robbery. Both went in directions I hadn't expected..lots of twists in the books plot. I did feel there were a lot of FBI agents involved and it was hard keeping track of them all, especially since I never read any of the previous books. They also use some acronyms in here that I have no idea what they mean, like MAX and CARD, etc. Like a line would say they were talking to MAX but who is that? The book doesn't really explain it. It's obviously not a person...but then maybe it is as sometimes they say "he"... But then why is it in all capital letters? I think the story could have developed the agents more so I would know them better, so I wouldn't confuse who is who. You know, get into their heads. Because I feel I really don't know them any better at the end than at the beginning. I even kept forgetting which ones were female agents! That doesn't happen with other books... I admit I kind of weirdly like the very end?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    Def a favorite series for me...love these characters!!! I wasn't fully thrilled with the resolution/ending...to be continued?? FYI feel like something is missing or was way too rushed and smushed together ... it's still a really good read and always a ball being back in the FBI with Sherlock and Savich and their crew!! :)) Def a favorite series for me...love these characters!!! I wasn't fully thrilled with the resolution/ending...to be continued?? FYI feel like something is missing or was way too rushed and smushed together ... it's still a really good read and always a ball being back in the FBI with Sherlock and Savich and their crew!! :))

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Enigma is an intriguing fusion of characters and events that blend into a riveting novel. SUMMARY ENIGMA is the twenty-first FBI Thriller novel written by CATHERINE COULTER. Married Agents Savich and Sherlock work tirelessly to solve two perplexing mysteries in the Washington D.C. area. One involves a seemingly crazy man who calls himself an enigma, who came barreling into a woman’s house and holds her at gunpoint. Agent Dillion Savich saves the pregnant woman, Kara Moody from the unkempt dirty ma Enigma is an intriguing fusion of characters and events that blend into a riveting novel. SUMMARY ENIGMA is the twenty-first FBI Thriller novel written by CATHERINE COULTER. Married Agents Savich and Sherlock work tirelessly to solve two perplexing mysteries in the Washington D.C. area. One involves a seemingly crazy man who calls himself an enigma, who came barreling into a woman’s house and holds her at gunpoint. Agent Dillion Savich saves the pregnant woman, Kara Moody from the unkempt dirty man who was trying to take her somewhere, to protect her from something or someone. The man is captured, hospitalized and sinks into a coma. The mystery of who he is and what he was trying to protect Kara from remains. Kara goes into to labor from the stress and gives birth to a healthy baby boy. When her baby, Alex is kidnapped from the hospital, the race is own to find him. The second mystery involves an escaped violent prisoner who has disappeared into Daniel Boone National Forest. Agents Cam Whittier and Jack Cabot are on his tail. Liam Hennessey was convicted of robbing a bank. The search is on to find who helped him escape and why. It may all somehow tie to the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of Saxon Hainny, the only son of President Gilbert’s chief of staff. REVIEW ENIGMA was like the big pot of delicious vegetable soup my mom used to make, with a good mix of fresh ingredients. You have a raging madman, an agonizing baby kidnapping, a violent escapee on the loose, a cunning pharmaceutical CEO, several brutal murders, honorable homeless men, a unscrupulous lawyer, a shoot out on the Potomac and then add in savy FBI agents, a worried Presidents Chief of Staff and a pale Russian banker. And like the soup, it all comes together at the end to make an tantalizing and savory offering, fit for quick and enjoyable consumption. Having read many of CATHERINE COULTER’s FBI Thriller series I was looking forward to the banter and chemistry typically between Sherlock and Savich. Sadly, there wasn't a lot of interaction between the two. Instead the focus and repartee seem to be gravitating to the younger Agents Whittier and Cabot. I guess after twenty-one novels maybe it's time. But I hope not! Thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Book and Catherine Coulter for a advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    In Catherine Coulter's 21st in the FBI Thriller series, Enigma (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster 2017) FBI Agents and husband-and-wife Savitch and Sherlock find themselves trying to unravel a mysterious attack on a pregnant woman by a man who seems demented, claiming he is an 'enigma'. When the woman goes into labor right after the attack is thwarted and delivers her baby, the infant is immediately kidnapped and the man who attacked her ends up in a coma and barely escapes being killed in his hosp In Catherine Coulter's 21st in the FBI Thriller series, Enigma (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster 2017) FBI Agents and husband-and-wife Savitch and Sherlock find themselves trying to unravel a mysterious attack on a pregnant woman by a man who seems demented, claiming he is an 'enigma'. When the woman goes into labor right after the attack is thwarted and delivers her baby, the infant is immediately kidnapped and the man who attacked her ends up in a coma and barely escapes being killed in his hospital bed. A surprise twist binds the new mother and the attacker together and it's up to Savitch and Sherlock to find her child and unravel the mystery that surrounds him. All this is going on while another part of Savitch's team is chasing an escaped prisoner who is vicious and remorseless. As with all the books in this series, Enigma is a tightly-plotted, fast-moving winner of a read. Definitely recommended to thriller lovers, as is the rest of the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Enigma by Catherine Coulter FBI thriller with recurring characters Savich and Sherlock from this long running series. This is the 21st book and while it can stand alone a mystery, having some familiarity with the series will make it a better and richer storyline. Since it is a series, there is a lot of name dropping in the first 50 pages as the story gets set up for the FBI team to go after the escapee. Keeping track of them all can be a bit difficult. Chapters alternate between characters and sit Enigma by Catherine Coulter FBI thriller with recurring characters Savich and Sherlock from this long running series. This is the 21st book and while it can stand alone a mystery, having some familiarity with the series will make it a better and richer storyline. Since it is a series, there is a lot of name dropping in the first 50 pages as the story gets set up for the FBI team to go after the escapee. Keeping track of them all can be a bit difficult. Chapters alternate between characters and situations. Overall I really enjoyed the quick action, intelligent analysis, and how all the threads wove together. Multiple epilogues wrapped up several relationships and started new directions. Don't skip these or you will miss the fun. I received a copy of the book from NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am a fan of the FBI series, but I was somewhat disappointed with this book. The plot was very complicated with a lot of agents to keep track of. I kept waiting for the two plots to come together. But in spite of two very similar "roofie" episodes, they never did. And three epilogues? Why not just finish writing the book? The third and final epilogue would have been sufficient. Another thing that bothered me was her completely erroneous description of a Cessna 182 Skylane small airplane. My dad I am a fan of the FBI series, but I was somewhat disappointed with this book. The plot was very complicated with a lot of agents to keep track of. I kept waiting for the two plots to come together. But in spite of two very similar "roofie" episodes, they never did. And three epilogues? Why not just finish writing the book? The third and final epilogue would have been sufficient. Another thing that bothered me was her completely erroneous description of a Cessna 182 Skylane small airplane. My dad flies this type of airplane often and the description of "steps in the door" is totally wrong. When her research on one thing is so far wrong, it makes me doubt every other fact in the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    I'm late to the party. This is book twenty-one of the FBI thrillers by Catherine Coulter. Enigma begins when a man enters the house of Kara Moody, a young pregnant woman and barricades himself there. He claims he's there to keep her safe. Someone is after "them" and he wants to protect her. The woman's neighbor calls her friend in the FBI Agent Dillon Savich after hearing the screams of the deranged man. Savich saves the day and shoots the intruder without killing him. Surprisingly, the man I'm late to the party. This is book twenty-one of the FBI thrillers by Catherine Coulter. Enigma begins when a man enters the house of Kara Moody, a young pregnant woman and barricades himself there. He claims he's there to keep her safe. Someone is after "them" and he wants to protect her. The woman's neighbor calls her friend in the FBI Agent Dillon Savich after hearing the screams of the deranged man. Savich saves the day and shoots the intruder without killing him. Surprisingly, the man enters into a coma and Kara goes into labor. Kara delivers a baby boy she names Alex but her happiness is short-lived when her baby is kidnapped. Agents Cam Witte and Jack Caboot will form a temporary partnership to find a well-known criminal who goes by the name of Manta Ray. Someone has helped him escape and all the leads take them to the Daniel Boone National Forest. With the help of the local police, they will start tracking Manta Ray and his two companions. Sherlock is an agent for the FBI. She's also married to Savich. Together, they will chase after the person or persons who are involved in the kidnapping of the newborn and the mistreatment of John Doe, which the FBI team believes has been used for an experimental drug treatment without his consent. I like that these two different plot lines are run simultaneously and they're weaved together in a way that by the end, it all makes sense. Many of the characters have a voice and the POV's switched multiple times. It gives the reader a bigger idea of what really is happening between the good guys and the bad ones. I have to admit that I liked Manta Ray. He's an Irish thief but very smart and resourceful. I liked that the author was able to humanize him with a couple of situations like when he gets a blister or he gives money to someone who needs it. I was hoping he was able to survive all the drama surrounding him. Sherlock and Savich have a strong relationship. They seemed to truly care for one another. They have a child and their home feels homey. Now, when they are at work, they are full on don't-mess-with-me agents. Cam and Jack made a good team. There's a spark between them and it wouldn't surprise me if they become an item in the next book. Kara and John Doe's storyline was a good one. I felt Kara's devastation when her son is taken from her but instead of becoming a mess, she turned to the person who tried to warn her about the danger she and her baby were in. Enigma is a fast-paced thriller. It had two well-done plot lines and had a myriad of engaging characters. I can see why there have been twenty books before in the FBI thriller series. Cliffhanger: No 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    Two long time characters of the FBI, Sherlock and Savich, team up again in a very complicated case as we see a 'crazy' man breaking into the home of a pregnant woman, yelling they need to leave to be safe from these people, at the same time a murderer and robber escapes in a flurry of tricks. These two cases seem separate but soon intertwine as more about each becomes known. This is book 21 in the authors' series and the stories continue to entertain and interest all adventure/thriller readers. Two long time characters of the FBI, Sherlock and Savich, team up again in a very complicated case as we see a 'crazy' man breaking into the home of a pregnant woman, yelling they need to leave to be safe from these people, at the same time a murderer and robber escapes in a flurry of tricks. These two cases seem separate but soon intertwine as more about each becomes known. This is book 21 in the authors' series and the stories continue to entertain and interest all adventure/thriller readers. The two cases are both worked separately , and we turn from one to another as they begin to meld. Great characters and wonderful locations for the story lines keep you turning pages,as it is very hard to put this book down! I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Catherine Coulter and publisher Gallery books for the chance to read this and give you my thoughts. If you like a blend of science,kidnapping and adventure with exciting action you must read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The book is a mishmash of too many very boring and unbelievable characters orbiting around the saintly and infallible Savich and Sherlock. The two mysteries were interesting enough in premise, but they’re both very boringly told and having to split the page count between them means you never really get invested in either one. Almost no one involved behaves in a believable manner and the dialogue is cringe-inducingly awful (view spoiler)[ The story opens with Savich being called in by one of his ne The book is a mishmash of too many very boring and unbelievable characters orbiting around the saintly and infallible Savich and Sherlock. The two mysteries were interesting enough in premise, but they’re both very boringly told and having to split the page count between them means you never really get invested in either one. Almost no one involved behaves in a believable manner and the dialogue is cringe-inducingly awful (view spoiler)[ The story opens with Savich being called in by one of his neighbors. She tells him that a crazy man just ran into her pregnant neighbor, Cara’s house and is holding her at gunpoint. The police are already there, but she happens to know about a secret entrance into the house and she’s choosing to tell Savich rather than the cops with jurisdiction. Savich sneaks in and hears the crazy man screaming about how “they” are after him and that he’s trying to protect Cara and her unborn child. Savich shoots him but doesn’t kill him. The head cop is a long-time hater of Savich so he is super pissed to find Savich there and does a lot of yelling. Cara goes into labor and they cart her off to the hospital. The crazy guy is taken to the same hospital and he’s in a coma but they don’t know why. Savich gets one of his patented “gut feelings” and asks to have a police guard put on the door to protect the guy. Cara gives birth to a baby boy and she goes on and on about how blissfully happy she is so that we know tragedy is about to strike. Sure enough someone masquerading as a nurse comes to take the baby for a fake treatment that Cara is too stupid to identify as such but then, bizarrely, comes back. She places a bundle of blankets in the bassinet and tells Cara not to disturb the baby for half an hour because he’s sleeping. Why the h*ll would she do that? Cara already thought the baby was out having a treatment that she knows so little about that she didn’t realize it’s not a legit, so the kidnapper could have just told her it took an hour to perform and she’d have totally bought it. Then they would have had all the time in the world to get away. Instead, Cara only waits 10 minutes before checking on the baby and finding him gone. Meanwhile, an Irish psycho named Manta Ray is on his way to jail when the van is attacked and he’s sprung. MR and his two rescuers disappear into the vast national forest in order to avoid road blocks and things. We learn that MR was heading to jail because he committed a robbery that went south. He robbed 6 safe deposit boxes from a bank but while he was in the vault, his partner got antsy and ended up killing a bank teller. The partner ended up getting killed by the cops and MR was shot and badly injured, but managed to get to a warehouse where he stashed the loot from the SDBs. In one of those SDBs was a particular metal box that contains something very valuable to the people who orchestrated his escape from custody. His rescuers are a burly man and a woman whose name I’ve already forgotten. She had a second identity where she was called Cortina but now I forget her real name, so I’ll just call her that. Cortina is the big boss’s personal bodyguard and lover and has been for the last ten years. She’s running the show on the escape mission and we’re in her perspective for a huge chunk of the book and get to listen to her going on about what a prissy pain MR is. He gets a blister on his foot as they’re trekking around the forest and whines incessantly about it. MR is also, apparently, extremely good looking and Cortina dismissively thinks about how many weak-minded women he’d probably scored with those looks. Savich calls in two new agents, Cam and Jack, to work the MR case and we’re supposed to feel the attraction growing between them throughout the book so that we believe they’re destined to hook up afterward. Except these two had about as much chemistry and sex appeal as a plank of wood. Their dialog was very stilted and not at all sexy. I didn’t even believe a legit friendship was building between them let alone an attraction. Cam and Jack head to the woods, hook up with the local sheriff, and head out after MR. They’re able to make great time and catch up to them but the bad guys shoot the sheriff and set up a decoy car while they get picked up by a helicopter. The big guy is killed in the process. Back with the baby story, Sherlock talks with Cara and finds out that Cara has no idea who the father of her baby is. She went to a party at a friend’s house and woke up in her own bed the next morning with no idea how she got there. Then three weeks later she came up pregnant, but apparently never filed a police report or questioned her friend about which one of the guys at the party might have roofied her. They take some samples of the baby’s hair left behind on a brush and start investigating. Sherlock goes to talk to this “friend” who hosted the party. Meanwhile, Cara bizarrely decides to go hang out in the crazy guy’s room. She seems way too calm about the fact that her 1-day-old baby was stolen and somehow feels a kinship with the coma guy. So she ends up staying the night in his room. While she’s in there, the cop who hates Savich pulls the guard off the door and deliberately doesn’t alert Savich to the fact because he’s just a dick like that. And wouldn’t you know it, someone sneaks into the hospital room that very night in order to kill coma guy. Except Cara’s still there and screams her head off while attacking the would-be assassin until he’s forced to cut and run. The cop gets formally reprimanded so I’m sure he hates Savich even more now. Back with MR, no sooner does the helicopter lift off with him than he renders Cortina unconscious. The incredibly stupid and totally unbelievable pilot doesn’t seem worried by this and just blathers on giving MR all this information about who the big boss is, how much he adores Cortina, that the guy is Russian. All sorts of information that I totally don’t believe one of the bad guys would reveal. Later on it’s kind of hinted at that the pilot isn’t really one of the bad guy’s crew, he’s just works for a local helicopter company and they hire him whenever they’re in town. Which I also found super unbelievable since the bad guys are mega rich and would totally have their own helicopter and pilot who was loyal to them, not some local flunky. And they certainly wouldn’t send this idiot on the high-risk illegal prisoner pick-up mission, but, whatever… So idiot pilot flies MR to the big boss’s house. Here again the bad guys don’t act in an even remotely believable way. They let MR call all the shots. He demands $4 million in exchange for the box and they just totally roll over and give it to him. He also demands to keep Cortina as his hostage throughout the whole thing. The big boss was indeed very upset that Cortina had been abused by MR but doesn’t even put up a token resistance to sending her back out with the guy. Big boss does promise Cortina that she can kill MR when this is over and she holds onto that thought like a beacon for the rest of the book. Cam and Jack head down to the warehouse where MR was caught and search for where he stashed all the loot from the robbery. And while they’re there, they happen to notice that there are a bunch of homeless people in the area. So they talk to one guy who eventually tells them that they just missed a helicopter. That it touched down and called out to one of the regulars, a guy named Hummer, who ran down to it and handed over a bag (the SDB loot from MR), and then the chopper left. Hummer split after that too. Cam and Jack soon figure out that Hummer was in the US military but had gone AWOL some years ago and had apparently been living here homeless ever since. CC injects a rather odd political message here by having Cam and Jack go on and on about how Hummer had “deserved better” from society, I guess because he was a soldier? They decide to leave his name out of their report so he won’t be hauled in for his part in the criminal activities, and that’s apparently their good deed for the year because that’s the last we hear of it. Couple things here. 1) Why don’t they feel the least bit bad about all the other homeless people who are also living right there?? People who actually haven’t committed any crimes and who were equally as forgotten by society? 2) They’ve got absolutely no information on why Hummer went AWOL. For all they know, he committed a crime and made a run for it. After all, he’d just willingly aided MR in his crimes, so…why the heck are they so sure that he’s really a good guy who’s just been ill-treated by the uncaring world? And 3) If they actually cared about his well-being, wouldn’t bringing him in actually be the right thing to do for him? He’s sure not getting any help for his issues living homelessly on the street! And he might have family looking for him! But I guess we’re not supposed to think about any of that… MR goes back to big boss, hands over the box, grabs his money, and drags Cortina back into the helicopter to be taken wherever he wants to go. And even though big boss’s men out number MR 10:1, and they could easily just shoot him from behind or something, they still let him fly away with Cortina with absolutely no plan on recapturing him and making him pay. These bad guys are just way too flaccid. Back with the baby, they figure out that coma guy is the baby’s father, even though Cara doesn’t recognize him. But for some reason, she never once considers that coma guy could have been the one who roofied and raped her. She’s 100% convinced that he’s just as much a victim in all this as she is and she stays by his bedside night and day, holding his hand and talking to him and in general not acting the least bit upset about her still-missing son. Meanwhile, the MR investigation leads Savich to find this kid named Saxon. He’s the son of the White House Chief of Staff. His girlfriend was recently murdered under suspicious circumstances and Saxon doesn’t remember anything. Savich has him hypnotized so now he remembers. Turns out his girlfriend had honey-trapped him and there was another man there that night. The GF said something about letting the man take as many pictures as he wanted, and then Saxon passed out. The father is inordinately pissed at Savich for the hypnosis and that make Savich suspicious. Meanwhile, Through a lot of boring stuff Sherlock eventually ends up at the house of this doctor guy. Turns out he’s working on an anti-aging drug that can actually make people 15 years younger. Trouble is, it’s too toxic to most people to be tolerated. Coma guy, however, has a natural genetic resistance to the toxicity, so he’d been holding the guy prisoner for months and using him to conduct his experiments. He also figured out that Cara has the same resistance so he’s the one who arranged for her to be roofied so that he could impregnate her with coma’s semen (which they collected how, exactly? Did coma guy willingly jack off into a cup for them?) in order to hopefully produce a baby who had an even higher resistance if not outright immunity to the toxic effects. He did all this in the hopes of healing his father, who had a stroke or something years ago. Cara’s friend who hosted the part was in on it too. Sherlock and some other agent go to the doctor’s house and ask him some questions. He tells them to buzz off. While they’re there, Savich just HAPPENS to be at a local research facility when the doctor guy’s stooges were clearing out the incriminating evidence. Savich sees them leaving, recognizes them as the same people seen on the hospital security footage stealing the baby, and shoots out their tires. He calls Sherlock to let her know what’s up and she rushes back into the house to confront the doctor. With almost no prodding at all, he willingly confesses to pretty much everything. Savich shows up just as the doctor’s father comes down the hall, having regained his senses for the first time in years. The father collapses and Savich tells Sherlock that he’ll watch the bad guys and she should go search for the baby. Sherlock finds the baby in no time at all and suddenly the doctor guy is right behind her. So really bang-up job Savich did on watching him…But. lucky for Sherlock, he doesn’t have a weapon or anything. He’s just there to monologue some more about how his work is too important to be stopped now. The baby must be studied! After some more boring stuff, Cam and Jack end up at the big boss’s house. We got a throw-away line that the helicopter carrying MR and Cortina blew up off page. Big boss isn’t acting the least bit sad that his lover is dead, oddly. The good guys storm the place, kill some people and big boss tries to escape on a boat. Cam and Jack jump aboard. Jack gets shot in the arm, big boss in the leg. Cam eventually kills him. They recover the metal box that everyone’s so dang interested in. And then we start the multiple epilogues. Savich goes to see Saxon’s dad. The box turned out to contain blackmail material framing Saxon for killing the girlfriend. The big boss was using it as leverage to get the dad to do some political maneuvering. And it turns out that the dad is actually the one who’d hired MR to steal the box from the bank in the first place. And thanks to that decision, the bank teller got murdered. So now the dad is ruined and going to jail, but at least Saxon is okay. A bunch of people have dinner over at S & S’s house and there’s a bunch of truly awful and hokey dialog where they all take turns both explaining the plot and gushing over how wonderful they all are. Then we check in with Cara, who is still talking coma guy’s ear off and even kissing him on the mouth, which is super creepy. He remains unconscious for a very long and pointless scene before finally waking up at the end. Then there’s a pointless scene back with the doctor guy’s invalid father where it seems like he might be back mentally after all, just too weak to really do anything about it. And finally we’re in Ireland and see MR and Cortina together as a couple, which doesn’t make any sense at all. If we’re supposed to believe they were actually in a relationship before any of the events of the book happened and had planned to run away together all along, then that means CC was deliberately lying to us the whole book by having their inner monologues filled with negative thoughts about each other. Which is just plain bad writing. And if we’re supposed to believe they did really hate each other all along, but then Cortina just like, suddenly fell in love with MR because of his good looks, it’s total BS and I don’t believe it. Either way, the epilogue was unnecessary and it was a mistake to include it. (hide spoiler)] So I don’t think I’ll read any more of these S & S books. None of the characters are ever interesting or compelling and the interpersonal relationships are so cringe in makes me embarrassed to read about them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Another great installment of Savich and Sherlock - lots of suspense and action! Two separate stories very well written. The first story is about "Big Pharma" - a very dangerous business, especially if left uncontrolled or monitored. A pregnant woman is in danger from a crazy man, she goes into labour, then her baby is stolen from the hospital - is everything connected? The second is a brazen, planned escape of a vicious prisoner. Who exactly is actually behind this escape? From the blurb: After A Another great installment of Savich and Sherlock - lots of suspense and action! Two separate stories very well written. The first story is about "Big Pharma" - a very dangerous business, especially if left uncontrolled or monitored. A pregnant woman is in danger from a crazy man, she goes into labour, then her baby is stolen from the hospital - is everything connected? The second is a brazen, planned escape of a vicious prisoner. Who exactly is actually behind this escape? From the blurb: After Agent Dillon Savich stops a crazy man from harming a pregnant woman, the man unexpectedly falls into a coma. Doctors discover a drug in his blood they can't identify, and his only identification is a yellow wristband marked E 2. Did this John Doe escape from a mental hospital? And why was he at the pregnant woman's house? When her newborn baby is kidnapped from the hospital, Savich realizes there's a connection between the kidnapping and the unconscious John Doe. DNA tests uncover a startling fact: his cells are unlike any other—he's an Enigma. Savich, Sherlock, and an FBI team of experts must find the kidnapped baby, uncover the link, and determine what bizarre drug was used on John Doe and, most importantly, why. Meanwhile, Liam Hennessey, aka Manta Ray, a convicted bank robber, escapes from the Federal Marshals on his transport to a federal penitentiary. He and his "handlers" are seen going into the Daniel Boone National Forest. Savich sends Agents Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot after them. Why break out this violent criminal? Or did the safe deposit box he stole and hid before he was captured contain something critically dangerous to somone? Wittier and Cabot are in hot pursuit. What they discover turns the case sideways. 2 thumbs up and 4.5 stars!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I was very happy to see the cases in this book were solved with normal FBI and computer problem solving. I did not enjoy the last book I read in this series that had a huge paranormal aspect. Once again there are two different cases being solved at the same time. They do not intertwine as far as the cases go, but Sherlock and Savich are involved in both. When FBI agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a hostage taker, he doesn't realize that he will be involved in her life in a few more days. I was very happy to see the cases in this book were solved with normal FBI and computer problem solving. I did not enjoy the last book I read in this series that had a huge paranormal aspect. Once again there are two different cases being solved at the same time. They do not intertwine as far as the cases go, but Sherlock and Savich are involved in both. When FBI agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a hostage taker, he doesn't realize that he will be involved in her life in a few more days. He is also not sure what the nagging feeling in his head will bring when he remembers the hostage taker mumbling that he is an Enigma. When the John Doe ends up in a coma and Kara's newborn baby boy is kidnapped from the hospital, Savich knows that it is somehow connected. Meanwhile they are also dealing with an escaped convict who was freed in a high risk rescue from his transport vehicle. Once again Savich is sure the lawyer who represented "Manta Ray" was a go-between who helped set up the escape. Not only are Agent Cam Wittier and former special forces agent Jack Cabot chasing him down in the forested area of Appalachian foothills, but Savich and others are trying to find the mastermind of the escape. Enigma is a story that blends science and organized crime in a thrill ride with the FBI coming out on top. This was a fast paced story that has a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are well-developed, and the two plots-lines mesh together well. Her descriptive writing makes you feel like you are a part of the story. The emotions of the characters comes across and you can't help but feel for them. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next one. I recommend this story to any and all thriller lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Wiggins

    First, I would like to express my thanks to Gallery Books, NetGalley and the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Wow. What an interesting book Catherine Coulter has written in her 21st FBI thriller, Enigma. I thoroughly enjoyed this book in which Coulter took the reader deeper in thought and depth than usual. There were two storylines going on to create one plot and a great story with ethical questions leading to an exciting ending. Some are aware that I First, I would like to express my thanks to Gallery Books, NetGalley and the author who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Wow. What an interesting book Catherine Coulter has written in her 21st FBI thriller, Enigma. I thoroughly enjoyed this book in which Coulter took the reader deeper in thought and depth than usual. There were two storylines going on to create one plot and a great story with ethical questions leading to an exciting ending. Some are aware that I am a Coulter fan, and she started out extremely hot with some excellent FBI thrillers that are hard to beat. Yet, Coulter still cranks them out like very few authors can. FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock are back again with agent Cam Wittier (gotta love the name if nothing else) and Special Forces agent Jack Cabot in a fast-paced thriller with international implications. Enigma begins with a hostage stand-off in which a crazy man is holding a pregnant Kara Moody. Savich comes in the back door and ends the stand-off and the crazy man, “John Doe”, is left in a coma. The agents must solve this case, but what to do and where to go? Do we have the right of eternal youth? Do we have the right to suddenly become 15 years younger than we really are? Do we have the right to test other humans in any means necessary in order to advance science and, thus society? These are all questions that will mill through the reader’s head. Lister Maddox has finally achieved his near perfection with “John Doe” and now he has literally been snatched from his hands. He was the near-perfect specimen. But, is there anybody else out there? Ahh … Cam and Jack are chasing an international killer through Daniel Boone Forest. Alas, the criminal escapes. Among his suspected victims are the President’s Chief of Staff’s only son’s girlfriend, Mia Prevost. (Boy, try saying that last sentence real fast 10 times in a row) What is the meaning of this killing-a very important case that needs to be solved urgently? Who is aiding this killer? Usually, the motive soon becomes apparent in a crime of this magnitude, but, in this case, it is somewhat of a quandary. Enigma is a great read IMHO, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to readers of thillers or police procedurals. Coulter has done a masterful job of writing and setting up a wonderful thriller with very interesting characters. Moreover, Coulter is a very credible writer and puts to paper only that which furthers the story in a positive way IMHO, again. For example, there is no unnecessary blood and gore, graphic sexual scenes, or hands falling off the bad guy on page 227 and then magically, for the first time, re-attaching. If this is your kind of a thriller, then I would suggest checking out Catherine Coulter and Enigma. An easy 4.4, so I wil give it a 4-star.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    What is an enigma? It is a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand; it is a mystery! Whether a novel concerns a police office, a detective or an FBI agent solving a crime; the fact is, they are solving a mystery and in this book, there are two mysteries, occurring simultaneously. The first involves the escape of an international criminal being transported to a federal prison. The second is the identity of a man who breaks into the home of a single pregnant woman, What is an enigma? It is a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand; it is a mystery! Whether a novel concerns a police office, a detective or an FBI agent solving a crime; the fact is, they are solving a mystery and in this book, there are two mysteries, occurring simultaneously. The first involves the escape of an international criminal being transported to a federal prison. The second is the identity of a man who breaks into the home of a single pregnant woman, declaring he needs to save her. A grazed scalp places the man, now known as John Doe into a coma, and the woman, Kara Moody, into labor. Liam Hennessey is the international criminal; having robber a bank and stolen a few items from a few safe deposit boxes; agents Sherlock, Savage, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot realize early on that this escape was planned by one of the safe deposit box holders and they must find out not only who that owner is; but, why he is willing to break a felon out of custody to have the items returned. What could possibly be in a simple safe deposit box? How far will this person (or people) go to secure what they want? Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Savich wonders why this raving madman had called himself an enigma and why he chose Kara Moody to protect? The man appears to be so young, maybe in his mid-twenties; the track marks on his arm initially indicate a drug user; but Savich will soon learn that those marks have nothing to do with using drugs and everything to do with Kara Moody’s newborn son who is kidnapped from the hospital. While attempting to locate the abducted newborn, the FBI will stumble on a plot that belongs in a Science Fiction movie. Now, the agents must scramble, not only to find those responsible for John Doe’s condition and the abduction of Kara Moody’s newborn; but, to protect both present and future victims of a terrifying human experiment! A thrill per page! The reader is never quite sure what will happen next!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    Enigma is the twenty-first thriller by Catherine Coulter featuring Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock but, admittedly, the first I have read. The novel is divided between two plots. In the first, she raises interesting ethical questions about human medical testing. A seemingly insane young man holds a pregnant woman, Kara Moody, hostage claiming he is there to protect her from some unspecified danger. When Savich arrives, he assesses the man’s erratic behaviour as a threat to the woman and, fearin Enigma is the twenty-first thriller by Catherine Coulter featuring Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock but, admittedly, the first I have read. The novel is divided between two plots. In the first, she raises interesting ethical questions about human medical testing. A seemingly insane young man holds a pregnant woman, Kara Moody, hostage claiming he is there to protect her from some unspecified danger. When Savich arrives, he assesses the man’s erratic behaviour as a threat to the woman and, fearing for her life, he shoots him. The young man is taken to the hospital where he remains in a coma. Kara gives birth to a son at the same hospital shortly after. The next day the baby is kidnapped and an attempt is made on the young man’s life. The second plot is a more typical thriller although very topical. The girlfriend of the president’s Chief of Staff’s son is murdered. Then a bank robber known as Manta Ray escapes while en route to prison. Somehow, as Savich looks into the escape, he begins to believe that these two seemingly disparate events are, in fact, related. Enigma is a real rollercoaster ride full of suspense, intrigue, action, and constant twists and turns. The chapters alternate between the two different plots but Coulter handles these changes with aplomb assuring that the reader never gets lost in the shuffle. Although this was my introduction to the series, it worked very well as a standalone. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series in the future. Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Another entertaining walk-the-dog audiobook. This one kept me interested from beginning to end. It was nice hearing the narration from several different voices. Well plotted, suspenseful with realistic characters. I totally enjoyed this one and was sorry to have it end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    wally

    finished yesterday the 11th of october 2019 good read three stars i liked it i liked it a bit more than the first i read from coulter-catherine...said in that review i had trouble "getting into it" as we say in sewing circles. this one had an interesting story-line the characters seemed a tad more interesting...don't recall the characters in the other one i read, at all and the leaves are changing and falling now crazy summer like most and that's the way it goes has done for years now. kindle li finished yesterday the 11th of october 2019 good read three stars i liked it i liked it a bit more than the first i read from coulter-catherine...said in that review i had trouble "getting into it" as we say in sewing circles. this one had an interesting story-line the characters seemed a tad more interesting...don't recall the characters in the other one i read, at all and the leaves are changing and falling now crazy summer like most and that's the way it goes has done for years now. kindle library loaner had to renew the...thingy...what do you/they call it? loan...had to renew the loan since it took a time to finish...summer...like i said. things best left un-thought. unthought should be a word, i think. back to the salt shaker. believe me you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Once again Catherine Coulter delivers for all her FBI Thriller readers. Both those that have read every book, to the newbies that start with this book. The principal characters in this storyline are FBI Agents Savich and his wife Agent Sherlock. Savich and Sherlock work with Agent Cam Wittier and former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot. The book takes on two storylines that inevitably intertwine to become one. A crazed man that appears to a strange woman to declare he wants to protect her. He col Once again Catherine Coulter delivers for all her FBI Thriller readers. Both those that have read every book, to the newbies that start with this book. The principal characters in this storyline are FBI Agents Savich and his wife Agent Sherlock. Savich and Sherlock work with Agent Cam Wittier and former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot. The book takes on two storylines that inevitably intertwine to become one. A crazed man that appears to a strange woman to declare he wants to protect her. He collapses in an altercation with Agent Savich. Although there appears nothing wrong with the man, he remains unconscious for many days. In the meantime, Savich and Sherlock try to solve why he chose this woman and what her connection is to him. As the interrogation begins, Whittier and Cabot are drawn in to help process the many characters brought into the story. Coulter does an excellent job of character development for all involved. The plot twists and turns in all directions. The reader may be tempted to read late into the night as I did because they have to know what comes next. Mystery lovers will devour this book.

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