Book Review: Hostile Takeover by K.S. Ferguson

HTKindleCoverTitle: Hostile Takeover

Author: K.S. Ferguson

Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Scifi

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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.

I haven’t read the first book in this series, Calculated Risk, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying Hostile Takeover. It’s easy to pick up, even without previous knowledge, and the books is highly entertaining. I had to read this one in one sitting – staying up until two o’clock at night just to finish it.

Rafe McTarvish is a security expert and CEO of interplanetary mega-corp EcoMech, and yes, that’s just as awesome as it sounds. Rafe has a complicated personality – he’s not always straightforward, and deciphering his motives can be tricky. But that’s what adds to his mystery and makes him more interesting.

Kama Bhatia is a hacker, corporate spy, and Rafe’s undercover ally. I liked her even more than Rafe, because she proved to be even more en enigma. Tough, stubborn, but sometimes compassionate too. Caring, sometimes even too much. It made for a nice mix.

The setting and world-building were spot on. I’m not always fond of scifi because often authors oversimplify the setting, but that’s definitely not the case here. We get solid world-building, and things actually make sense.

The thriller/mystery aspect added the necessary dose of suspense, and overall, this was a highly enjoyable read.

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