You thought it was difficult solving mysterious crimes on Earth? Then try that in space!
Lately I have been getting more and more fascinated by sci-fi movies and novels, especially the grim and dystopian ones. Although “Calculated Risk” isn’t really a dystopian story, it is set in a not too far away future when humanity has gotten through some great challenges. By a happy coincidence I happened to come across this book, and had a great time reading it.
As a reader you embark on a journey of corporate secrets, off world colonies, intrigue and dimly lit corridors of a certain space station, soon to be the epicenter of a series of mysterious events. In the midst of all this, appears a man with a dark past – Rafe, the CEO of a successful private Security Company. At first Rafe strikes you as the stereotype of a chauvinist businessman, charming, intelligent and fast paced in his decision-making. But is his façade telling the whole story?
You are guided through the storyline by a mix of relaxed and atmospheric scenes - personally my favorite ones, and something I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of – and then also more action packed sequences. The action is splendidly narrated, and really keeps you on tenterhooks. Unfortunately the book started off a bit too fast, at least for my taste. I partly was a bit confused by where and when I was, and how I had gotten there. The protagonist also revealed some of his deepest secrets before I really had a chance to get to know him. This made me feel a bit awkward at first, similarly to how you might react if a stranger on the metro suddenly opens up to you… However, as the first chapters had passed by, this feeling dissipated and gradually I started to feel I connected to the honest, but toughened by life CEO Rafe and the idealist hacker Kama. It didn’t take long after that until I wished to know them both better.
In conclusion, “Calculated Risk” was a quite interesting crime-thriller to read, which definitely stimulated my imagination. Maybe “Calculated Risk” should have been a bit longer, so that intrigue and relations had more time to mature. But except for that, I found this book most rewarding to read, and it left me with a craving for more sci-fi mysteries. For those of you who love mystery-thrillers, and also secretly dream of signing up for the Mars One Program, but don’t quite want to give up the comfortable warmth of you armchair, K S Ferguson has just offered you the perfect getaway.
(reviewed the day of purchase)