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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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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-07
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-07 Member Since 2014

    Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!

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    "Heart Pounder"

    This is not a feel good story. It is dark, the hero is severely flawed. I give it 5 stars because it had me on edge throughout the entire story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 07-03-13
    Ronna 07-03-13
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    "Can the upcoming 2013 movie live up to the book?!?"

    Since I really enjoy this author's exciting books and PARANOIA is coming out at the movies next month, I decided that I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. This is definitely an exciting thriller--no murders or spying between nations, but a new type of modern day thriller. Espionage between high tech companies and the extremely rich and powerful people who control these things dominates this book.

    Adam Cassidy is just a lovely tech guy with little ambition in life but to have fun at little expense and effort on his part. He hacks his companies system to host a going away party for one of the dock workers. His "party" ended up costing more than $70,000, and he got caught. The head of his company makes Adam a deal----spy on the competitor company, and maybe we won't prosecute, sending you to jail for most of your lifetime. Adam's first person account of all the turns and twists in this endeavor makes for a thriller every bit as exciting as any world wide spy thriller. His dying, foul mouthed father adds another element of interest to the story also.

    Once again, Joseph Finder does not disappoint for thrills and excitement. His characters are rich in detail, and he has the hi tech computer age down perfectly. Though I loved this book, the technology changes from it's publication until today adds another level of "unintended" fun to this book---oh how technology has grown!!! Will be interesting to see how this updates in the movie. It might seem to make this book dated, but it actually adds to the enjoyment of this extremely well written book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 11-08-12
    Jacqueline 11-08-12

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    "Entertaining and Clever!"

    Just because you are paranoid--doesn't mean people aren't out to get you!!

    The publisher does a good job of explaining the storyline, so I won't repeat it here. This novel isn't a deep, mind searching experience--but it is good enough to keep you reading to see what happens next. You can enjoy the story without having to think about it too hard. It does have enough suspense to keep up the momentum and a few good surprises.

    I thought the narration was pretty good- this was done by Scott Brick a few years ago, and I didn't find it too "over the top" with dramatization as sometimes happens with him.

    Recommend this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 12-24-04
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 12-24-04

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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    "Enjoyable thriller"

    This was good! It is like a spy thriller happening in your work place. This is the first book with a plot built on industrial espionage and dubious corporate activities that gripped me like a regular spy story. The spy sneaking into his bosses cabin to plant a bug sent more thrills down my spine then a spy bugging the phone in an embassy.
    The book is gripping. There is subterfuge, treason, manipulation, blackmail woven into this thriller about two fiercely competing technology companies. The protagonist is a cute character who is not the superman we normally come across in spy thrillers. He is ordinary. He goofs up at critical times and this had me holding my breath quite a few times. Some sequences that deal with the father-son equation on the sidelines of the main plot are at times over stretched.
    There is no intimidating technical jargon and the book in not intended to be a surrogate tech book to demonstrate the writers in-depth research. It is an all out thriller that is in line with Ludlum et al.
    The book is superbly read.
    Go ahead, you will not be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara New Hartford, NY, USA 09-13-04
    Barbara New Hartford, NY, USA 09-13-04
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    "Paranoia"

    I so enjoyed listening to this book that I wanted to pass on my good rating. I found this book by keying in to the narrator, Scott Brick, as I have enjoyed listening to him, and I just got lucky with finding Paranoia. A good read for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer ROYAL OAK, MI, US 07-26-04
    Kindle Customer ROYAL OAK, MI, US 07-26-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Loved it, but wished it was abridged"

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm normally a mystery reader, however this book was recommended to me by a friend. Its only downfall was it was unneccesarily long, very detailed, almost too detailed. The plot is fun and unique. And I love it when you like the bad guy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic. Edge of your seat suspense & intrigue."

    This is scary. But it doesn’t use horror to scare us, it uses fear of being discovered and close calls. If you liked The Firm by John Grisham, you’ll like this. It’s similar in suspense, intricate characters, neat things happening, and surprising things happening. The main guy is not likeable, but I’m rooting for him. He is Adam age 26, a slacker. He does the bare minimum in his job to get by. Doesn’t care much about anything. He does something stupid thinking at worst he’ll get fired. But his vindictive employer threatens to send him to jail unless Adam goes to work for another company Trion -- as a spy. (Wyatt thought Adam would be a good spy because Adam was great at making up lies on the spot.) It was fun to see how Wyatt’s people groomed Adam. They told him how to dress and how to act. He must arrive at work 45 minutes early every day. They fed him technical information to use in his job. One of the fun things was that I did not expect Adam to be good, but he turned out to be a star in his new job. Some surprising things happened, caused me to laugh. Really good entertainment.

    CAUTION SPOILER (Something I wanted to know before I read the book - Is it a happy ending?):
    I “require” happy endings. I don’t want the guys I root for to go to jail or get killed. And this ending was good enough for me.
    END SPOILER.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR.
    Scott Brick is not a favorite of mine. He is often too sarcastic, condescending, and smart-alecky. But in this book it fit. Adam starts out not likeable. Several characters are not likeable. So the unlikeable narrator worked. He also does women well which a lot of male narrators don’t do.

    Genre: suspense thriller.

    THE MOVIE (not good):
    The movie people changed too many things. They changed the plot, the events, the ending, the company name, product names, and character names. They added a chase scene. The movie had none of the uniqueness, specialness, and richness of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-22-11
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid writing, builds tension to the end"

    The character is likeable, the events Adam are caught up in deliver him from one scene to the next with the consequences that escalate with the tension. As the reader you are brought into the story well, and the fear and dread that lurk around each corner develope a knot in your stomach at times.
    The ending is made for a sequel, I do not want to reveal morre than that but it is not necessarily a bad ending as a sequel would be fine but it does finish with a a bit of a surprise.
    I liked the story, if you want a book that puts miles behind you in the car this is a great pick, if you are looking for Hemmingway and "The Sun Also Rises" you are in the wrong catagory.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Holly HOWELL, MI, United States 09-16-11
    Holly HOWELL, MI, United States 09-16-11
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    "Joseph Finder+Scott Brick= A+ !!"

    Love Joseph Finder...ALL of his books! You can never, never go wrong with Scott Brick narrating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Carmel, IN, United States 02-20-10
    Brian Carmel, IN, United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Paranoia Really Delivers"

    If you work in a cubicle or are a manager (even Sr. manager) in corporate America, especially at a very large corporation, you will appreciate this book, plain and simple. It's a lot like the comedy Office Space- you either "get it" or you don't. Having read the other reviews, yes, you will need to realize this is fiction (at its best) and that the main character in this story, a pathetic cube-dwelling nobody all off a sudden is able to perform great corporate feats. But relax, that's what makes this book fun (and how he's getting all of this corporate knowledge all of a sudden is fun, too). There is also a lot of great humor and sarcasm in the writing. The plot moves quickly. Overall, worth the time if you are tied into the workings of big companies or are interested in getting a sense for how they work- even if the behind-the-scenes espionage and politics may be a bit much. But again, that's the fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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