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on 6 May 2014
Payback is an excellent sequel to Ray's first book 'Buyout'.The story this time takes Roy and his colleagues on the road to destruction at the behest of an old enemy. Whilst the financiers who control the business play their own games in manipulating the management team to achieve their own ends.As the characters develop the story twists and turns like a corkscrew ride at the wildest theme park you can image. The pace of the book builds reaching a climax that you will not see coming straight at you.As with Ray's first book there are salutary lessons to be learnt here for the reader, especially those in business and contemplating working with the boys from the city. This book is anchored in the machinations of what it is really like to be in the throws of a private equity backed company, when the hard work really begins once the signatures are not even dry on the Sale and Purchase Agreement. Can you spot the fact from the fiction.I am intrigued to learn what journey Ray plans to take Roy and the team in his next story 'Chinese Whispers'.
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on 28 June 2014
Carrying on from Ray Green's first book 'Buy Out' this sequel has even more twists and turns as Roy Groves faces an old enemy hell bent on retribution that goes beyond bringing the company down and ruining its management team. There are no limits to the lengths the adversary will go including blackmail and even murder . That backdrop alone leads to a thoroughly good thriller but Ray Green's obvious boardroom experience adds a new dimension to this page turner as the company faces ruin due to a critical component defect that has fatal consequences. Management conflict as one team tries to out manoeuvre the other while weighing up the consequences of product recall just adds to the intrigue.
A thoroughly good read.
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on 8 July 2014
'Payback'

Another skilfully crafted offering from a talented author. 'Payback' is a follow-up to the brilliant 'Buy Out' and is yet another enjoyable and gripping thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. When a man and his son die in a burning car, the manufacturer of the dashboard electronics, Romotive, become involved in a lawsuit that could potentially cripple the company and destroy the lives of it's directors. However, it soon becomes apparent that this was not an accident and that a bitter, resentful former employee has designs on destroying the company and the directors who had dared to cross him. Lots of twists and turns and an interesting insight into the dangers of an MBO that was never going to be an easy ride!
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on 24 March 2014
'Payback' is a sequel to the excellent 'Buyout', both thrillers with an authentic and exciting background of the skulduggery and ins and outs of big business and the intricacies of deals and almost-deals. But Payback is also a standalone book – you don’t have to read Buyout to enjoy it, because the background is explained clearly.

The story is utterly intriguing. What happens if your company has been making a product for months, then suddenly you find that a fault has developed, and somebody dies as a result? This is the dichotomy facing the board of Romotiv, the newly bought out engineering company that makes car components. Like a detective tale, the story progresses from astonishment to fear, to righteous indignation. Roy Groves and his colleagues wonder, ‘ How can the faulty part have passed the factory’s strict safety checks?' The answer is the start of a murky wander into greed, revenge, viciousness, hatred and pure evil. I learnt a great deal about business that I never knew before, and I also got to like Roy Groves and his colleagues and friends even more too. This book strikes at the heart of the human spirit: when you’re in trouble, who can you rely on to help? When something happens you can’t explain, how do you find answers? And most crucial of all, how on earth do you handle a massive crisis, that threatens to destroy your life and your future and the future of those you care about?

This is another thoroughly engrossing tale, with plenty of intrigue and double dealing to keep you guessing, a real page turner, jam-packed with entertainment.

Now I’ve read two Roy Groves novels. I can’t wait for the third one, out soon.
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on 9 March 2015
Payback is the sequel to Mr Green’s debut novel Buyout and if you thought that the MBO process was difficult for Roy Groves and his team, it was a doddle compared to what follows!
More than two years have passed since the buyout and the management team are under pressure from the City sharks who control the company to maximise their financial returns, potentially to the long term detriment of the business. As if this wasn’t enough to contend with it soon becomes apparent that the company has been the victim of sabotage. Moreover, someone seems intent on destroying the credibility of the management team by exposing past misdemeanours, and it looks like there is a personal grudge behind it. Roy and his team must identify the culprit, while minimising the damage to the business and placating their investors.

The plot gathers momentum nicely and reaches a nail-biting finish. There are not many writers who can portray with such chilling accuracy the pressures of working for a company backed by private equity, but Mr Green has nailed it. His characterisation of the City slickers is spot on and he handles the conflicting loyalties of the management team with sensitivity and insight.

Payback is much lighter on technical detail than Buyout, and is the better for it, allowing the plot and the characters to take centre stage. I thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish and will definitely be reading the third book in the series, Chinese Whispers.
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on 30 May 2014
First off, I recommend that you read Buyout before Payback to gain the full appreciation for the characters and the backstory (although this book has been written in a way that you can glean a fair amount of that understanding to a certain extent). But I must say that this read was as enjoyable, if not more so than the initial offering. Again I felt educated in the ways of Venture Capitalism as well as enjoying a great storyline. Won't spoil it but it has plenty of angles to keep the reader turning the pages to find out more. Great work, and now looking forward to further installmants of the adventures of Roy Groves.
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on 31 July 2014
A great sequel to 'Buyout', 'Payback' is equally as gripping with just as many twists and turns. It leaves the reader on the edge of their seat throughout as each chapter leaves you wondering what will happen next.

It is a really good read both from the prospective of a thriller and the insight into a large business. I would definitely recommend it and look forward to seeing how the story ends when the next book is published.
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on 10 April 2014
A very good corporate thriller which has the ring of authenticity, nicely reflecting the author's experience of the higher echelons of the business world.. The story plot is clearly told and has enough twists and turns to keeep the avid thriller reader engaged. This book will certainly appeal to readers who like their thrillers served up with a degree of business sophistication. Hopefully Roy Groves will return again.
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on 24 June 2014
From the twists and turns and backstabbing from his first book "Buyout", Ray Green has done it again with a story that neatly dovetails into the first book and takes the characters to another level of intrigue. Ray's characterisation is clever, the strengths and weaknesses of each are exposed and evolve to make this a gripping read. I'm already looking forward to the third instalment "Chinese Whispers"
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on 15 November 2014
I wondered how Payback could surpass Buyout, but it certainly met all my expectations as I had to keep reading as all the dramatic events enfolded in the story, the majority of which I never envisaged coming! A firm fan of Mr. Green now and quite devastated I have to wait until next spring for Chinese Whispers.
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