maandag 25 augustus 2014

Book Excerpt Hostile Takeover


About The Book

Title: Hostile Takeover
Author: K.S. Ferguson
Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Sci-Fi
Rafe McTavish, security expert and new CEO at interplanetary mega-corp EcoMech, and his undercover ally Kama Bhatia, hacker and corporate spy, continue their pursuit of a ruthless blackmailer in the sequel to Calculated Risk.
When Rafe’s arrival on EcoMech’s frontier colony world ruins their adversary’s plan for supremacy, events take a deadly turn. As tensions amongst the workers rise and unrest turns to violence, Rafe and Kama must race to unmask a killer before Rafe and his family fall victims to a murderous hostile takeover.

Author Bio

K S Ferguson has published three novels, Calculated Risk, Hostile Takeover, and Touching Madness, and one critically-acclaimed novella, Puncher’s Chance (co-written with James Grayson,) which appeared in the June 2006 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, America’s longest-running science fiction magazine. She enjoys writing suspense and murder mysteries in futuristic and fantasy settings, and also writes fiction in the guise of technical manuals for unfinished software—otherwise known as help documentation.


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Book Excerpt

“With four PhDs, I thought she’d be older.” Aaron Goldman, EcoMech’s founder and chairman frowned at his desk blotter.
Rafe nearly spewed his mouthful of wine. Four PhDs? What the hell had Kama put on her resume? Granted, she was a genius, but four seemed impossible at her age.
And what were she and Gabe talking about upstairs? He’d thought Gabe wouldn’t remember her. The boy had seen her only once, and he’d been in shock then. He’d miscalculated. He hoped she could fix it. He needed her working undercover to help him find Leon’s blackmailer.
“I assure you, she’s the very best at what she does.” He’d never encountered a better computer hacker and corporate spy—or even one who came close—during his nine years in the security business.
“She’s dressed like a common contractor.”
Rafe spread his hands. “We do specify what contract staff wear.”
“Not household staff. Not in my household. I should get someone else.”
He could only imagine Kama’s response at being referred to as ‘household staff.’ More likely, the old man resented the complete lack of deference in her tone and body language. Kama bowed to no one.
“Gabe responded well to her. Maybe you should give her a chance before you decide?”
“There is that.”
Rafe would have a private conversation with Kama about her attitude toward Aaron. It wasn’t a discussion he looked forward to. Aaron represented everything Kama hated most about capitalism and corporations. Was she a good enough actress to be deferential? He couldn’t picture it.


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