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Calculated Risk (The Rafe & Kama series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0074QXJRO
- Publisher : K S Ferguson (February 1, 2012)
- Publication date : February 1, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2029 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 226 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,303,474 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kama and Rafe come into each other’s orbit at a mining space station. Rafe is attempting to unravel a complicated corporate mystery which includes murder. Kama is won over by his honest, caring approach and his desire to helping out the miners. The mystery gets unraveled bit by bit. The suspense heightens with one especially intense scene outside the space station when Rafe and the villain both experience torn space suits, not a good situation in outer space. Naturally, Rafe and Kama are drawn to each other and come to cooperate in solving the mystery. Excellent read. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
The two main characters were complicated and appealing, I’m not sure who I like more. 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. I loved how Rafe’s strong character comes out in subtle hints through his quick thinking and fighting skills and the way he treats others. 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. When the manager is missing, the big question is ‘Where is Mr. Lavine?’ I love the background of both characters, and the colorful secondary characters, from the miners, to Rafe’s complicated family members, to the alternative physician Janice. While Rafe and Kama learn to trust each other, they don’t trust the companies they each work for. And when Rafe becomes the killer’s next target, the suspense kept me up reading all night.
Very well written book, with detailed technical explanations, and a vivid believable world of space travel in the future.
The pace is fast and the suspense high. While there's a definite relationship developing between Rafe and Kama, this isn't a romance. There's a bit of comedy when they're both vying for a confession from a suspect while eating dinner together. There's also great action, including explosions and chases in spacesuits. If you like to follow the clue trail to see if you can unmask the killer before the author does, this book has that, too. The clues are subtle. You'll need to pay close attention to get them.
I enjoyed this book and will be reading the next in the series to see what happens to Rafe and Kama. While this volume has a complete story arc (and no cliffhanger), an open question remains to carry the pair into the second book.
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There is no need for me to talk about the plot as it is neatly done in the book blurb. Needless to say this is a complex tale of crooked businessmen and betrayal on a corporate level, set in the future and deep space. Rafe McTavish came across as a rather whimsical rich kid, with a tragic past, who is caught up in a world of intrigue he has to survive. He certainly gets stuck in and isn’t afraid to be the hero when it comes to a fight; there are quite a few. Kama Bhatia, computer hacker, is feisty and a nice counter balance to Rafe’s swashbuckling antics, she is the brains behind the brawn, so to speak.
The incidental characters are on the whole well drawn out. But I found some of them a little bit clichéd on occasions and their interaction somewhat forced, as was the dialogue, which veered towards exposition, and that was a shame, as when it wasn’t, the conversations between characters came across as naturalistic and often humorous in tone.
I would have liked more setting description in the beginning though as I was a bit lost as to where and when the action takes place, a minor detail though for KS Ferguson has written a very lively and full-on book that lovers of mystery, crime and action adventure will adore.
There are lots of secrets that are revealed throughout the narrative. As this is a crime thriller, lovers of the genre will not be disappointed in the plot twists and turns, and the ending is suitably intriguing to make the reader want to know more.
There is a great deal to praise about ‘Calculated Risk.’ The writing, pacing, premise and characterisation are all excellent. One aspect I particularly enjoyed was the self contained setting of the space station. It works perfectly because this novel is as much suspense/ thriller as it is science fiction. I should also add it’s something of a detective story as well. In fact there’s so much going on plot-wise in the novel that the reader is constantly kept on their toes. A great read and fully deserving of five stars.