The CEO: A Gripping Crime Thriller (Douglas Aspine Book 1) Kindle Edition
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'The writer's adage "write what you know" has never been more appropriately utilised as by Peter Ralph in his corporate crime novel The CEO. Ralph has used his experience as a former CEO of a publicly floated Australian company to craft a superbly structured book of ruthless business bastardry ...'− Australian Crime Database
'Douglas Aspine is so loathsome a creature, it can only be Schadenfreude that makes us read on in the fervent hope he gets his just desserts. The man who would be CEO is a spendthrift with a wife and a mistress and a truly regrettable tendency to judge people's worth on the degree to which they best serve him. It is hardly surprising that, when the opportunity presents itself, Aspine grabs it with both talons, as it is wholly in his nature that he bully and cheat and gloat over his corporate victims. Peter Ralph, in this nicely constructed thriller, arranges for our Mr Aspine to meet his nemesis. As a former chartered accountant specialising in corporate recoveries, Ralph knows his stuff.'− Simon Hughes, Australian Financial Review.
'The CEO is a pacy business thriller reminiscent... of some of John Grisham's books. It is the story of how this aggressive, greedy and ambitious man lies, cheats and manipulates his way to the CEO position of an underperforming public company, and what he does once he gets there. It's a tale of mass sackings, intimidation, insider trading, infidelity and unscrupulous behaviour - and that's just the start. Populated by thinly veiled versions of Australia's most notorious white collar criminals, it's a page-turner about the dark side of the corporate world, and it makes compulsive reading.' − Books+Publishing
- Publication date : January 29, 2013
- File size : 1550 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Publisher : Peter Ralph; 3rd edition (January 29, 2013)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B00BA2FNXQ
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #532,930 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The good: the plot moves along pretty well as the lies (and the money) piles up. I appreciated the technical financial information and tricks that the MC used to raid the company's coffers, cheat people out of money, and ruin careers all in the name of maximizing shareholder value (and lining his pockets). You can tell it was written by someone who had some skin in that game. Particularly timely given the late financial meltdowns and property bubbles.
The not: The book could use a good edit, particularly towards the end. There was a lot of "telling, not showing," in many scenes, and the writing could be sharpened up. I tend to cut a lot of slack when it comes to more up-and coming authors that aren't being published by a big publishing house, so I could overlook it. With a good edit and a bit of rewrite, I'd have given this five stars.
All in all, a solid book. I've never read in this genre (other than maybe Grisham, to an extent), but I liked it.
You don't know whether to like or hate Doug Aspine. He's a brilliant guy who can manipulate people to do whatever he wants...legal - moral....or not! You see all the underhanded shenanigans he pulls and wonder how he gets away with it. He cheats on his wife, ignores his kids, abuses his mistress, manipulates employees, while socking away millions of dollars for himself!
After being turned down for a bank loan that Aspine had hoped to use to catch up his bills and bail him out of trouble with his wife, Aspine lands a CEO job. He promises the board of the new company to increase revenues by 50% the first year so he starts by trimming the 'fat' of employees. When his promised projections fall short, Aspine manipulates his 'bookkeeper' to 'cook the books' to cover the shortfall...to make sure he gets his bonus!
Aspine catches the attention of a TV talk show host who is determined to expose Aspine for what he really is. Between the talk show host, his former mistress, his now ex-wife, plus those he's screwed in the business world, Aspine is in deep trouble. He's going to try to sneak away and enjoy his hidden wealth. You'll just have to read this book for yourself to see a 'master manipulator' at work and what consequences he and those around him have to suffer.
I'm looking forward to reading more by this author!
Top reviews from other countries
Are we supposed to empathise and support this guy, or do we hate him? I suspect most people will feel the same as me; we start out on his side but then realise what a despicable excuse for a human being he really is. Nothing is too low or sordid for his own crass behaviour. The guy is an out and out sociopath and only cares about number 1.
The story is a great eye opener for today's business professionals. These characters do exist in large nunbers, and many of us will have crossed paths with some of them throughout our lives. People in business can easily find themselves in situations where they carry the can for something which was not their fault, and the guilty party just gains from the situation, and moves on to repeat things, leaving a trail of pain and destruction behind.