Synopses & Reviews
CC Williams is a financial analyst who's on the fast track of life and is determined to stay there. She clawed her way out of the hell of the powerless underclass and keeps herself grimly focused, with nightmares of either being frozen into a shipsicle and sent to the Outer Rim or dying slowly as the authorities harvest her limbs and other body part to pay off the massive debts she accrued getting where she is. When the multi-planetary company she works for sends CC to audit the far flung Vesta Colony to learn why assets keep hemorrhaging away, she knows this is her big chance to make the Ultimate Career Move and be finally free. Vesta turns out to be unlike anything CC has ever seen and the deeper she delves, the more twisted things get until her life--not to mention her career--hangs in the balance. CC finds herself confronting not just insider trading and fraud, but attempted murder as well. Who's at fault? She's got a colony of suspects, including old friends, old rivals, and a dashing EarthServ pilot who knows a whole lot more about CC and her world than he's letting on. Will CC find out in time--or will the takeover she fears turn not just hostile but deadly?
"A nice, solid, blend of old fashioned story telling and modern literary sensibilities." SF Chronicle
"A solid hard SF action tale with a tough-minded heroine and a vividly realized far-space setting." Library Journal
"Shwartz demonstrates a fine grasp of language, thorough historical and folkloric scholarship, and subtle wit."--Booklist on her short story collection Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories "A nice, solid, blend of old fashioned story telling and modern literary sensibilities."--SF Chronicle on Hostile Takeover "A solid hard SF action tale with a tough-minded heroine and a vividly realized far-space setting."--Library Journal on Hostile Takeover "Taughtly paced action and a vivid depiction of Wall Street's interplanetary domination a few centuries hence."--Booklist on Hostile Takeover "An interesting, exciting tale."--Analog on Hostile Takeover "Fans of the military SF series of Elizabeth Moon, Lois Bujold McMaster and David Feintiuch are bound to enjoy this novel."--Publishers Weekly on Second Chances "A satisfying read. Susan Shwartz has set her sights high, and she has come very close to hitting her mark."--Analog on Second Chances "Second Chances is both a suspenseful novel of an ex-serviceman searching for his place in a postwar galaxy and a philosophical work ruminating on the concepts of honor and ethics. Readers familiar with Conrad's writing will delight in the allusions."--VOYA on Second Chances
"Tautly paced action and a vivid depiction of Wall Street's interplanetary domination a few centuries hence." Booklist
"An interesting, exciting tale." Analog
Caroline Cassandra Williams is a hotshot. A financial analyst who has ridden the waves of cyber trading, staying one step ahead of her enemies to keep from losing her place as a valued salaryman. When CC is sent on a mission to a mining colony in deep space to recreate a cold audit trail and find out where the hemorrhage of assets is going, she knows that this is her big chance to prove her worth to the company--but this colony is unlike anything CC has ever encountered. As she uncovers plots within plots, she finds herself confronting not just possible insider trading and fraud, but something that has the potential to crash Earth's entire monetary system and potentially wipe out all of humankind.Financial analyst CC Williams is sent to a mining colony where she uncovers plots and possible insider trading and fraud, along with something that has the potential to crash Earth's entire monetary system and wipe out all of humankind.
Financial analyst CC Williams is sent to a mining colony where she uncovers plots and possible insider trading and fraud, along with something that has the potential to crash Earth's entire monetary system and wipe out all of humankind.
About the Author
has been nominated for the Nebula, the Hugo, and the World Fantasy Awards, and is the author of several novels, including, Second Chances
, Heritage of Flight
, and The Grail of Hearts
, as well as the very well-received Star-Trek
novels, Vulcan's Forge
and Vulcan's Heart
. She lives in New York City.