Rafe and Kama series
The year is 2040. Earth recovers from a flu pandemic that killed a third of the population and left another third crippled. Jump gates allow travel between worlds, but the handful of galactic colonies are run by mega-corporations more concerned with profits than people.
Rafe McTavish, self-made man, believes it's possible to be a capitalist corporate executive and a humanitarian. Kama Bhatia, the love of his life, computer genius, and corporate spy, challenges him to prove it. Together they unmask greed-driven murderers less concerned about body count than with crushing their competitors.
Calculated Risk is the first novel in the Rafe and Kama series, a thrilling blend of action, excitement, and mystery, set in a dystopian future where giant corporations rule the fate of the human race, and profit is all.
In Hostile Takeover, Rafe McTavish continues his pursuit of the ruthless blackmailer he first encountered in Calculated Risk—with the help of his undercover ally, Kama Bhatia, computer hacker and corporate spy.
Praise for the series
"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."
"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."
"This book is full of unexpected twists and turns that I never saw coming. It is refreshing and original the way the author has merged elements of science fiction with mystery and suspense."
"K.S.Ferguson skillfully offers a masterful and original tale in the deadly silence of outer space. It is a story about corporate politics, family saga, betrayal and blackmail, a "Whodunnit" murder-mystery -- all commingling in a space-station and the colonies. And there's ample suspense and action to keep you hooked."
"The fact that the setting is outer space is intriguing and fun to imagine, but the story is a mystery that supersedes place. I’m a sucker when it comes to the full mix in a novel. Lot’s of description, dialogue, and an unusual locale. You’ll be right out there in deep space. Even though one would think this is SciFi, which it is, I guess … it’s a collage of Agatha Christie and Orson Scott Card or maybe Ray Bradbury. What fun!"
"The best aspect of the story for me besides the quirky characters was the deep space setting. I continually felt the vastness of the space around the ships and the mining colony. I loved the mystery and the twists that abounded within this book. The plot is complex and the motivations of the various factions believable."