Rafe remembers Leon as his bullying cousin. That hasn't changed. Oasis is a non-prophet firm that is seeking ways to empower the disadvantaged working class otherwise at the mercy of big corporations — such as Echomech. Kama's real reason for being there is to ferret out a piece of technology that Oasis has had a part in developing, that could go a long way towards enabling the poor, but is about to fall into the wrong hands.
Things at the mining station aren't as they seem. The suspicions that sparked Rafe's investigation only point to one of several major issues, both at the mining station, and within Echomech. Things are touch-and-go, with lots of unexpected turns of events, suspense and intrigue. The unlikely pair, Rafe and Kama's paths merge, as do their objectives, as they stumble forward groping for clues. In the end, only one string is left untied, but that's bait for the sequel.
I received this book from the author on the condition that I give an honest review, which it is. Ferguson's prose is devoid of any errors which would drag the novel down, which I appreciated. Rafe and Kama are quite the pair, and are well developed throughout the novel. Each character has a specific skill set, and Ferguson uses them to express their personalities and to advance the plot. I enjoy characters that blossom before your eyes because of their a "Calculated Risk" drew me in with its introductory action scene, and the characterization and intrigue filled plot kept the pages turning.
I enjoy characters that blossom before your eyes because of their actions. Author's can be great at describing and plotting out a narrative, but if their major characters are not expressing themselves in a manner makes them stand out and feel real among minor characters, it can be problematic. I feel like Rafe and Kama were sufficiently developed, and I'm interested to see what will happen in the next installment.
I only have one aspect to harp about, and of course it is just my personal opinion: the sheer amount of dialogue held the narrative back. I think I feel that way simply because I approach dialogue differently, and only use block dialogue when I see no other way to depict concepts.
But, I feel in many cases, dialogue could have been condensed or converted to exposition in order to advance the novel more efficiently. Ferguson's "Calculated Risk" is an intricately woven tapestry of science fiction, action, suspense and mystery. I would highly recommend it for fans of soft sci-fi or those looking for a different kind of mystery novel. The most entertaining partners are with doubt ill- matched ones, preferably those with differing motives and agendas and this is certainly true of K.
Rafe MacTavish is a businessman and head of an extremely successful security firm whilst Kama Bhatia is a wanted cyber criminal, yet also someone possessed of a strong moral compass and opposed to the dominant, amoral corporatocracy. The fact that they are simultaneously attracted to and suspicious of one another als The most entertaining partners are with doubt ill- matched ones, preferably those with differing motives and agendas and this is certainly true of K.
The fact that they are simultaneously attracted to and suspicious of one another also adds to their complicated interpersonal dynamics. One aspect I particularly enjoyed was the self contained setting of the space station. A great read and fully deserving of five stars. Space mining certainly earns more points. Naturally, there has to be something more to push this coal cart over the top. So we add mystery, murder, corporate espionage, and the connivings of the plutocracy, sociopolitical maneuverings, and a tragic past.
Now we have a story, but not a title. Fortunately, author KS Ferguson has saved us a great deal of trouble and provided both, and had the good sense to make both pretty decent. Calculated Risk is a cold-case murder-mystery that falls into the speculative vein by virtue of the fact that the story occurs decades in the future and off-Earth. To begin, I appreciate the fact that Ferguson calculates humans will be out mining asteroids in just 25 years, which is certainly possible, though the current entrepreneurial climate has not yet made doing so cost effective--space travel is super expensive after all, so the returns would have to be amazing.
That is the case with the element identified as the mining target: wassonite. Elon Musk continues to surprise me. The story takes a chapter or two orienting us with the setting, characters, and situation, then we have a revelation that suddenly gives the characters and plot motivation. Then off we go. Ferguson's tale is set in the year , yet it is riddled with contemporary and classic media as we would see it from the present.
The story itself is not terribly long and scoots along quickly. All credit goes to the author for greasing the road. The language is uncomplicated and does not distract from the story. Advancement of the plot is the focus here, and most readers will appreciate that. Adding purple prose to this story would be like saddling a sports car with a trailer. I admit one particular metaphor tripped me up: in which one object was drawn to another "like bees to a butterfly bush".
Being a botanical ignoramus, I wondered why this metaphor gave the appearance of being mixed. Rest assured, fellow readers, this is not the case. Butterfly bushes are specific plants that draw bees to them, as well as hummingbirds and, yes, butterflies. So, while certainly welcome to misunderstanding and something I might have eschewed to avoid a similar predicament for people at the same level of my stupidity, Ferguson nevertheless knows what she's talking about.
I didn't doubt it again. I found that gratifying, not only for its acknowledgment but because it was done tactfully, reservedly, and did not burden a story meant to be a rip-roaring mystery. Kudos to Ferguson on this work. You thought it was difficult solving mysterious crimes on Earth?
Then try that in space! Lately I have been getting more and more fascinated by sci-fi movies and novels, especially the grim and dystopian ones. By a happy coincidence I happened to come across this book, and had a great time reading it. As a reader you embark on a journey of corpor You thought it was difficult solving mysterious crimes on Earth? As a reader you embark on a journey of corporate secrets, off world colonies, intrigue and dimly lit corridors of a certain space station, soon to be the epicenter of a series of mysterious events.
At first Rafe strikes you as the stereotype of a chauvinist businessman, charming, intelligent and fast paced in his decision-making. The action is splendidly narrated, and really keeps you on tenterhooks. Unfortunately the book started off a bit too fast, at least for my taste.
I partly was a bit confused by where and when I was, and how I had gotten there. The protagonist also revealed some of his deepest secrets before I really had a chance to get to know him.
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This made me feel a bit awkward at first, similarly to how you might react if a stranger on the metro suddenly opens up to you… However, as the first chapters had passed by, this feeling dissipated and gradually I started to feel I connected to the honest, but toughened by life CEO Rafe and the idealist hacker Kama. But except for that, I found this book most rewarding to read, and it left me with a craving for more sci-fi mysteries.
Nov 13, Hock Tjoa rated it really liked it. This a smooth, slick read. Rafe and Kama, the main characters are likable and well-developed even if somewhat predictable. The villain of the piece does not fare so well and leaves many questions. The conflict or tension in the story seems to be partly manufactured out of the attitudes of the main characters and partly to arise out of the mistrust of the masses for the corporate type.
Much of the story is distracted by Rafe's convoluted family relations. It does not matter even though it is a lo This a smooth, slick read. It does not matter even though it is a long time in the telling who are his nephews and how. One or two of these family characters get the appropriate dismissal: "A-- who had the same sour, judgmental air she'd had since she was ten. That she is both a speed reader and has a photographic memory is almost a let-down.
The plot hinges on the "jump gates," which "cost a bloody fortune, ate materials like a black hole swallowed light, and had the potential to make billions in revenue. One is reminded of the premise of a certain TV series.
Despite such exposition, the story is too long or the pace too slow. A flair for writing enlivens the tale--"Uneasiness walked with tiny cold feet up his spine. That didn't make him Satan's second cousin, did it? I loved this book; I devoured it in just a few days because I couldn't be persuaded to put it down! The writing style is lean and taut, which matched the tenseness of this sci-fi thriller perfectly.
The pace was quick and always had me waiting eagerly for the next disaster. It slightly reminded me of noir-crime, because it had some of those lovely turns of phrase "triaging a holocaust"; "felt like a violin string, dug out of something's guts and stretched far too tight". The characters were hard I loved this book; I devoured it in just a few days because I couldn't be persuaded to put it down! The characters were hard-boiled and tough, even though it was obvious that most of them had a heart of gold underneath. But it also had moments of humour and tenderness, which I thought gave the book a well-rounded and realistic tone.
I really liked the characters. Rafe McTavish reminded me of a Bruce Wayne billionaire playboy type, only withot the dressing up in a mask and tights to solve crime. As 3D and well-written as the main characters were, I was pleased to see that all the minor characters received the same treatment. My favourites amongst the minor characters were Janice Fisher and Greg.
They always made me smile when they were around. I also liked how a lot of characters had a secret that they were trying to hide. It made working out the "whodunnit" of the crime that much more difficult and interesting. Not that I was able to figure out the "whodunnit" before it was revealed, despite trying. Although, to be honest, I prefer just sitting back and enjoying for the ride in crime thrillers, watching the characters do all the thinking!
I was surprised by the revelation, but it also made perfect sense. The ending was the perfect end to the book, satisfactory, but still leaving me hungry for more. I can't wait for the next book in the series. The novel begins with a sword fighting scene on a space station, following which I was expecting to read, as I continued to flip the pages, a story typical of the sci-fi genre with galactic forces fighting each other and aligning with or dueling against strange creatures from far flung planets. To my surprise, Calculated Risk The novel begins with a sword fighting scene on a space station, following which I was expecting to read, as I continued to flip the pages, a story typical of the sci-fi genre with galactic forces fighting each other and aligning with or dueling against strange creatures from far flung planets.
To my surprise, Calculated Risk is devoid of that kind of storyline. Instead, it offers a fresh angle in the genre. Yes, there are space suits — and suits with silk shirts — and other futuristic amenities. But K. Ferguson skillfully offers a masterful and original tale in the deadly silence of outer space. It was an enjoyable read with an intricate plot and plenty of action. The main characters are intelligent and well-developed with complex backgrounds that influence their current behavior.
The book is science fiction and set on a space station that is mining asteroids. But the book reads more like a mystery and deals with corporate fraud and embezzlement.
The stakes keep getting higher, including a dead body turning up. The main characters are Ralf the CEO of his own security firm who was hired to investigate why his brother-in-law is purchasing a mining station and Kama who has an agenda of her own and is hacking computers at the space station. She hates corporate men like Ralf. He values honesty and the law.
Ralf is severely beaten by the miners early on in the book and Kama feels responsible for keeping him from being killed. As Ralf recovers, they band together to find out who is behind the fraud committed against the miners. Their agendas are often in conflict and lead to some funny scenes as Ralf is questioning people who he hopes can help him figure out who is the murderer.
The book will keep you guessing as to who Kama really is, who is behind the take over, who has embezzled the funds, and who is the murderer. Oct 18, G. The author takes great pains to provide the reader with plenty of events, sci-fi machines and gadgets in the tale that add the authenticity required for such an adventure. The characters are strongly drawn and believable each with their own particular foibles and strengths. There are moments of light humour within the excellent dialogue and the pace is suitably fast, especially towards the finale, although, at times I found some passages rather long and slow when financial complications and sub-plots had to be explained.
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But I became very quickly pulled back into the novel by the inter-play between Rafe and Kamala, the two main protagonists. For a change I was left wanting more at the end of a new sci-fi novel that did not rely on new gizmos and concepts, but instead relied upon a fascinating plot with genuine characters that I grew to like and care about! I was very aware of the moral undertones that floated in and out of the story every so often, finding that a little hard to swallow, and noticed one or two items of strange punctuation and grammar which affected my final rating score.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest, non-reciprocal review. I enjoy books that don't stick religiously to one genre, and this one sounded like it had a bit of everything. And indeed it does--some sci-fi, some mystery, some thriller, some romance, and a pair of interesting characters who reminded me a lot of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It's mostly mystery, though--two mismatched heroes thrown together by chance, stuck on a dangerous space station trying to solve the same crime for different reasons, not knowing whether they can trust each other but b I enjoy books that don't stick religiously to one genre, and this one sounded like it had a bit of everything.
It's mostly mystery, though--two mismatched heroes thrown together by chance, stuck on a dangerous space station trying to solve the same crime for different reasons, not knowing whether they can trust each other but being forced to try. The mystery's deftly handed, and there are some exciting action sequences too.
I would have preferred a bit more sci-fi--the action mostly takes place on a single space station, and I'd have preferred to see a bit more of the author's futuristic world, because there are some interesting hints and ideas dropped about it without you ever really seeing it first-hand. However, judging from the ending which I won't spoil for you , I get the idea that there's a lot more of the world to be revealed in the sequel, so maybe the author's just biding her time.
The best part of the book is definitely the two heroes, though. Rafe and Kama are really interesting characters with a lot of surprising skeletons in their closets and I really enjoyed seeing them battle against their demons throughout the book. It was an enjoyable read and the sort of story that could make a really interesting movie. The fact that the setting is outer space is intriguing and fun to imagine, but the story is a mystery that supersedes place. Calculated Risk has it all. What fun! This tale grabs your interest right away … beginning with a swashbuckling sword fight that you soon learn is not life and death, but Rafe, well … being Rafe.
A charismatic male lead with a tragic past. Kama is a strong female lead providing titillating tension with Rafe Enjoyed this story, recommended. Calculated Risk is now one of my favorite books. Rafe McTavish, on the surface a suave businessman, but so much more, or Kamala Bhatia, pretending to upgrade equipment but really a hacker involved in corporate espionage.
Kama is the perfect female character, smart and strong.
The witty dialog and word play between them was entertaining. Rafe and Kama end up investigating the same mining operation where a killer is on the loose and there has been a lot of fraud and theft. Very well written book, with detailed technical explanations, and a vivid believable world of space travel in the future. It is the year On an asteroid mining station somewhere in the galaxy, Rafe MacTavish arrives to do a pre-purchase site inspection, only to find a hostile reception.
At the same time Kama Bhatia, a technician and accomplished hacker, is at the station searching for a sensitive contract that her organisation would like kept confidential. To un It is the year To unravel murder, fraud and blackmail, Rafe, a seeming corporate bigshot, and Kama, who detests corporate ethics, find themselves working together. It is hard to consider such hypotheticals, and I doubt if we should trust our first intuitions about them, but, for what it is worth, I surmise that we almost all want a world in which love, justice, freedom, and peace are all present, as much as possible, but if we had to give up one of these, it wouldn't — and shouldn't — be love.
But, sad to say, even if it is true that nothing could matter more than love, it wouldn't follow from this that we don't have reason to question the things that we, and others, love. Love is blind, as they say, and because love is blind, it often leads to tragedy: to conflicts in which one love is pitted against another love, and something has to give, with suffering guaranteed in any resolution.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. There's nothing you can do that can't be done Nothing you can sing that can't be sung Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It's easy.
We all been playing those mind games forever Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil. Doing the mind guerrilla, Some call it magic — the search for the grail. Love is the answer and you know that for sure. Love is a flower, you got to let it — you got to let it grow. We have come by curious ways To the Light that holds the days; We have sought in haunts of fear For that all-enfolding sphere: And lo! Deep in every heart it lies With its untranscended skies; For what heaven should bend above Hearts that own the heaven of love?
If you believe in peace , act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that's perfectly valid — but don't go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system. You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world , change yourself. There are three lessons I would write, — Three words — as with a burning pen, In tracings of eternal light Upon the hearts of men. Have Hope. Though clouds environ now, And gladness hides her face in scorn, Put thou the shadow from thy brow, — No night but hath its morn.
Have Faith. Where'er thy bark is driven, — The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth, — Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven, The habitants of earth.
Have Love. Not love alone for one, But men, as man, thy brothers call; And scatter, like the circling sun, Thy charities on all. Thus grave these lessons on thy soul, — Hope, Faith, and Love, — and thou shalt find Strength when life's surges rudest roll, Light when thou else wert blind. Before our lives divide for ever, While time is with us and hands are free , Time, swift to fasten and swift to sever Hand from hand, as we stand by the sea I will say no word that a man might say Whose whole life's love goes down in a day; For this could never have been; and never, Though the gods and the years relent, shall be.
Is it worth a tear, is it worth an hour, To think of things that are well outworn? Of fruitless husk and fugitive flower, The dream foregone and the deed forborne? Though joy be done with and grief be vain, Time shall not sever us wholly in twain; Earth is not spoilt for a single shower; But the rain has ruined the ungrown corn. I had grown pure as the dawn and the dew, You had grown strong as the sun or the sea. But none shall triumph a whole life through: For death is one, and the fates are three.
At the door of life, by the gate of breath, There are worse things waiting for men than death; Death could not sever my soul and you, As these have severed your soul from me. You have chosen and clung to the chance they sent you, Life sweet as perfume and pure as prayer. But will it not one day in heaven repent you? Will they solace you wholly, the days that were? Will you lift up your eyes between sadness and bliss, Meet mine, and see where the great love is, And tremble and turn and be changed?
Content you; The gate is strait; I shall not be there. The pulse of war and passion of wonder, The heavens that murmur, the sounds that shine, The stars that sing and the loves that thunder, The music burning at heart like wine, An armed archangel whose hands raise up All senses mixed in the spirit's cup Till flesh and spirit are molten in sunder — These things are over, and no more mine.
These were a part of the playing I heard Once, ere my love and my heart were at strife; Love that sings and hath wings as a bird, Balm of the wound and heft of the knife.
Fairer than earth is the sea, and sleep Than overwatching of eyes that weep, Now time has done with his one sweet word, The wine and leaven of lovely life. Sweet is true love though given in vain , in vain; And sweet is death who puts an end to pain: I know not which is sweeter, no, not I. Love, art thou sweet? O Love, if death be sweeter, let me die. Here her hand Grasped, made her vail her eyes: she looked and saw The novice, weeping, suppliant, and said to her, "Yea, little maid, for am I not forgiven?
O shut me round with narrowing nunnery-walls, Meek maidens, from the voices crying 'shame. I must not scorn myself: he loves me still.