- File Size: 2451 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Mainsail Books (December 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DM24EY6
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Buyout (Roy Groves Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The characters are well-drawn and are easily recognisable types to anyone who’s worked in a corporate hierarchy. I particularly enjoyed the odious Tom Montefiore. As soon as I read that he had his cat put down so he could take up his position in the UK, I could see that we had a worthy adversary for the management team!
As the transaction moves forward, the pressure builds and strains both working and personal relationships. After a certain point I felt compelled to keep turning the pages until I reached the end. And without giving anything away, I felt satisfied that justice had ultimately been done.
I would have given this book 5 stars, but as other reviewers have noted, there is far too much technical detail about the mechanics of the buyout. I felt that this slowed the plot down without adding anything to the novel as a whole.
Nevertheless I really enjoyed reading Buyout, and found it a masterly depiction of corporate intrigue which few writers would be able to pull off successfully as Mr Green. I’m also looking forward to reading the sequel Payback, which looks from the blurb to be more of a conventional corporate thriller.
There are romantic assignations, very dirty office politics, sub plots and twists, and each of the characters comes vividly alive on the page. The thrice divorced matey joker, with an eye for the ladies, the decent guy (with an equally decent wife) whose desire for wealth is to share with others, the Irish chancer who sails too close to the wind, the lovable American woman boss, and the sexy office siren, who cannot help beguiling unsuspecting males.
I know nothing about business acquisitions and takeovers, or how large corporations operate, and for that reason alone I found it interesting to learn the ins and outs of these things, which the author obviously has an expert knowledge of. But really it’s on a human level that this book scores, the personalities of the protagonists who make things happen, for good or ill, their triumphs, strengths and weaknesses, loyalties and failures. The book keeps you gripped because you genuinely have no idea what’s going to happen from one page to the next, and, crucially, you really want to know. It’s only too easy to believe that tough unscrupulous powerful people can stoop to such vicious tricks to get their way, and all the underhand tricks they play on their unsuspecting victims have the ring of truth. All in all, what makes it an exciting book is the notion of nice likeable people taking a huge gamble, with the cards stacked heavily against them. Does their gamble pay off? You’ll have to read the book to find out. I promise you it’s worth it.
But when a leaked email ultimately reveals, the UK division is about to be sold, a team of British based managers do the unthinkable - they inaugurate a plan to buy the company themselves, via a series of clandestine meetings. The excitement to escape the rat race and make a tidy profit is infectious; but they are oblivious to the plotting and scheming at head office, where the greed of the US corporation is rife and it is not long before they are being used as pawns, to drive up the bid of a rival company.
‘Buyout’ is an ambitious novel and ticks along at a steady pace, which gets more exciting in the 2nd half. I would have given it 5 stars, if only I had felt a bit more adrenalin. I personally, felt there was too much detail in the day to day operational running of the company; lengthy meetings, discussions of finance and equity which at times, left my eyelids heavy. It is an easy trap to fall into for any author who really knows their subject or has done much research, but to the unenlightened reader, this can be a tiny bit dull and tends to slow down the story.
I can understand why the author wrote it this way, given the intricacy of the buyout process and would recommend this book to anyone who has worked for a UK blue chip company, where the shenanigans of finance, politics and corporate bullying are bound to strike a chord!
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