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Paranoia: A Novel | [Joseph Finder]

Paranoia: A Novel

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.
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Publisher's Summary

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems. They train him and feed him inside information. Now at Trion, he's a star, skyrocketing to the top. He finds he has talents he never knew he possessed. He's rich, drives a Porsche, lives in a fabulous apartment, and works directly for the CEO. He's dating the girl of his dreams. His life is perfect. All he has to do to keep it that way is betray everyone he cares about and everything he believes in. But when he tries to break off from his controllers, he finds himself in way over his head, where nothing is what it seems and no one can really be trusted. And then the REAL nightmare begins....

©2004 Joseph Finder; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Is it too early to declare Finder's fifth novel the most entertaining thriller of 2004?....A first-rate surprise ending packs a wallop. This novel is the real deal: a thriller that actually will keep readers up way past their bedtimes." (Publishers Weekly)
"A twisting, stealthily plotted story...as a savvy genre piece with built-in momentum, it works just fine...the book weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web." (The New York Times)
"What keeps the pages turning isn't the suspense, though, as much as it is Finder's detailed portrayal of the Machiavellian world of the mega-corporation and its high-stakes intrigue." (The New York Times Book Review)
"This thriller is engaging from the opening lines and doesn't let up until the surprising end. Scott Brick narrates flawlessly....This great performance is a perfect fit for the writing." (AudioFile)

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    Cindy 02-24-04
    Cindy 02-24-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Plot - All the way to the End"

    What a great story! Evoked many feelings towards the characters and the book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Hanlon 02-23-04
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    "Mediocre at best"

    This book is well read but the story is mediocre. I found it really hard to believe a 26-year old "party boy" is as brilliant as everyone seems to think he is. His fast rise to the top doesn't make sense given his actions. And the love plot with him and a fellow employee is stupid. But I like the twist at the end which suprised me because I thought the plot was going along the normal course of an overplayed story. If it didn't have this ending, I would have rated this book lower.

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    Patricia Larkspur, CO, United States 02-17-04
    Patricia Larkspur, CO, United States 02-17-04
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    "A definite Read.."

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. A non-stop, exciting story with a surprise ending. I didn't want it to end. Scott Brick always is an added plus.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Portsmouth, NH, USA 02-16-04
    Bill Portsmouth, NH, USA 02-16-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Couldn't put it down"

    How have I missed this guy's books? This is one fine read.
    Beyond the fast action and suspense, anyone who has spent time in or around the boardroom or executive suites of a high tech corporation will start attaching familiar names and faces to the different characters. It's one of those stories that you'd call far fetched if it didn't seem so close to the truth. This one is all thumbs up.

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    CT 02-29-04
    CT 02-29-04 Member Since 2013
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    "Too Implausible"

    Takes a real stretch of the imagination to see this plot as believeable. Not likely a 26 year old could reach such levels in a new company a few weeks after starting. Also I am not sure it is a good technique to spend 95% of a book developing characters and then completely change the characters in the last 5% of the book. I will say I enjoyed the first 95% but was disappointed in the ending.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 02-18-04
    Sandra Philomath, OR, United States 02-18-04 Member Since 2004

    I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites

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    "Paranoia (unabridged)"

    This is a pretty standard mystery. One saving grace is the reading by Scott Brick. He always does a good job.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    UnLogikal Flint, Michigan 02-05-05
    UnLogikal Flint, Michigan 02-05-05 Listener Since 2004

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    "Good but lackluster ending"

    It's about a man named Adam Cassidy who works for a company called Wyatt as a sales rep. Adam slacks off, abuses the system, does just enough to get by. He calls this a scam. Him and a buddy named Seth are always discussing scams together. Unfortunately... or is it fortunately, Adam is caught in one of his scams and is threatened with a prison sentence but has the option of being a corporate spy for Wyatt against their rival Trion.

    He accepts the position as corporate spy and lands a job at Trion. Using social engineering Adam advances in his career at Trion, both making himself happy, or so he thinks, and gaining crucial information for Wyatt. Adam gets so caught up in the game that he forgets who he works for, who he's really playing.

    The narrator absolutely kicks serious buttocks for this part. He fits the part perfectly and manages to make the story interesting and enjoyable.

    The story itself is pretty twisted and while I felt it lacked a lot of technical description, it seems to be geared toward the thriller audience, it still managed to keep things moving pretty good and you knew enough to understand what exactly was going on. Granted some of the spy details are just astoundingly stupid, leaving me thinking "that would never happen." However the ending was a bit lackluster but definitely provides a spin that you kind of expected but weren't quite sure was going to happen. It left me asking for a bit more but overall was an entertaining listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 04-02-04
    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 04-02-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Scott Brick delivers a great narration again."

    I tend to like books read by Scott Brick and this delivery kept me up late nights listening until completed. The book was fast paced and had enough twists to keep it interesting. Predictable in some spots, unbelievable in others yet ends with enough impact on the reader to want more. Recommended

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Elmer, NJ, USA 03-27-04
    Diana Elmer, NJ, USA 03-27-04
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    "Get ready for a thrill!"

    The story is great! The reader is fantastic! With the Scott Brink's narration - it is just like seeing a movie in your mind! Very adicting story with nice twists. Download and enjoy the thrill!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Cheshire, MA, USA 03-13-04
    David Cheshire, MA, USA 03-13-04
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    "Download NOW!!"

    Download this book NOW. You won't be sorry. Finder's writing is terrific. The only thing better was Mr. Brick's narration.

    I'd love to stay and chat, but I have to go look for more work by this team!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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