©2004 Joseph Finder; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"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)
Really 4.5 stars. My comments here are for the unabridged version. Sure some people might figure out the ending. (I didn't). Sure some might whine that some of events are unlikely. I just found the book a good read. I did not want to get out of the car at the end of the ride (I listen in the car).
The book starts off with a semi-geek low level stiff using his talents to "borrow" company funds for company party. Our hero gets into a heap of trouble when he is caught. As he has his employer call him into the office to put the screws to him. I know woulkd think about just running away. He is a total screw up. He doesn't apply any of his "talents" to good use. He just shows up for work each day; going through the motions. I am a geek so I kept envisioning myself in the same situations as the main character. Thanks to this major screw up he goes from the mailroom level to the executive suite literally overnight. How come he can do it and I can't? I will try to emulate this guy, pick up some tips. I watch as he gets luckier and luckier, he gets the big raises and the girl no one else can have. Unfortunately for our hero, things begin seeming a lot like work. Now that he is in the executive suite he actaully works hard and damn if he isn't really sharp and fast on his feet; just like me. Behind the scenes, some bad things are happening to distract him. His father's health is failing. He is supposed to be spying on others but now someone is breaking into his expensive apartment and stealing all his secrets. He knows someone is checking up on him. The title comes from the appearance that most anyone in the story is conning some else. Everyting keeps rolling forward to unpredictable conclusion. Even when he is seemingly caught in the act, everything MAY work out for him (or NOT). Up until the last line of the book you won't know who all the con artists are and whether "our hero" gets away with it?? I will definitely look to read more books by this author
My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.
After 9 years as an Audible member and a library of approximately 700 audiobooks, how did I miss Paranoia? The book is excellent and narration is by Scott Brick who is simply the best.
Young Adam Cassidy, the main character, is caught by two CEOs as a pawn in a high stakes corporate battle. The suspense is terrific. Adam takes apparently huge risks to his personal safety. The ending is not easily predicted. I highly recommend this excellent thriller.
Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.
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.
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!
This was the first book I have listened to by Finder and was glad I purchased it. As usual Scott Brick's reading of this book was excellent. A little far fetched at times with the main character going from office worker to James Bond in the course of a few months but if you are willing to suspend belief a bit it was fun. I will listen to more books by this author for sure.
Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.
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.
Don't start this one if you have a lot of things to get done because you will not get them done. You will get sucked into this book so fast you won't know what happened, it's just one of THOSE books. Cassidy, the "hero" of the book, has low moral scruples, is a smooth liar and because of shennanigans he gets caught doing at his original place of employment, Wyatt Enterprises, he finds himself working for Trion Corp as a high level corporate spy for Wyatt (It was either that or jail time) . He gets to like Trion's CEO and is conflicted about his no-win situation. He can't tell who his friends are or even who at Wyatt is on the up and up, thus he becomes increasingly paranoid! Great plot right from the start, with no real slow parts. The reader does a great job at keeping things exciting and maintaining the tension level to the point where you might find yourself walking a few extra miles just to hear more. Like I said, don't start this book if you don't have a good block of time to listen or you may find yourself missing appointments, meetings, work, and you don't want that to happen. Five Stars!!!
After all of the glowing reviews, I was a little disappointed with the book. I found myself not completely buying into the circumstances in the book. As a result, I didn't get wrapped into the emotions. Perhaps I am unfairly comparing this book to the incredible Robert Ludlum books I have read recently (Jansen Directive, etc). The performance by the narrator is quite good.
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.
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.
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.
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