Character interview time today! I’m interviewing the characters from mystery / scifi / thriller “Hostile Takeover”. Enjoy.
Kamala Bhatia, we’ve been following recent events on Harvest, EcoMech’s colony world. While you’ve been seen in a number of news vids with Mr. McTavish, EcoMech’s new CEO, none of them agree about who you are. Can you clear up the confusion and tell us why you came to Harvest with him?
Rafe (smiling): Call me Rafe.
Kama (rolling eyes): That information is classified.
Rafe: Kama doesn’t like to talk about herself. She runs a computer school in Mumbai, although I confess I haven’t been able to locate it. She’s the step-daughter of Oasis Corp chairman, Varun Sharma. She does… contract work for Oasis. As you know, Oasis is the largest computer software company in the galaxy.
Kama: I came to Harvest because the moorhk here thinks he’s immortal. Someone had to watch his back.
What challenges did you face during the disturbance?
Kama: Dust, wind, heat, and imbecile corporate managers.
Rafe: Kama’s not what you’d call a team player. She and I had a few communication issues.
Kama: And then there were the sabotaged flyer, a blackmailer bent on murder, heavily armed soldiers led by a maniac commander with a vendetta against McTavish, and his father.
Your father, Mr. McTavish?
Rafe: My father and I have a difficult relationship.
Kama (muttering): That’s an understatement!
Kama, what do you do when you aren’t watching his back?
Kama (gaze darts to McTavish): My school keeps me busy.
Rafe: She advocates for improved corporate working conditions. Occasionally she flies pigs. Kama, why don’t you tell them more about the pigs?
What are you most passionate about?
Rafe: I can take that one. She wants EcoMech to help Oasis build the Sharma Network, an inter-galactic transportation system that will open new worlds to exploration and settlement.
Kama: It will allow the poor and oppressed to escape Earth’s toxic environment—an environment created by corporate greed. The downtrodden will have the opportunity to throw off their corporate chains and make a fresh start in a better, healthier life. With McTavish at the helm of EcoMech, we can’t fail.
Rafe (sighing): It will be expensive—very expensive.
Kama: It’s only money.
We’ve heard rumors that you two are engaged. Is that true?
Kama (arms crossed): You’ve been talking to his loopy nephew, haven’t you?
Rafe (grinning): It’s a little early for announcements, but I’d follow her anywhere.
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.
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.
K S Ferguson website: http://www.ksferguson.net
Hostile Takeover at Smashword link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/455719
Hostile Takeover at Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LLP9LTY
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