©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)
I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
I enjoyed this title very much. It's a clever tale of high-tech intrigue, greed and corporate espionage that's well written, fast paced and has well drawn characters. We are not beaten over the head with the moral lessons too severely, yet they are a bit obviously drawn (hard to avoid it, actually). If you are looking for a truly thought provoking book try the new John le Carre novel. If you want a clever, bright and shiny literary romp then this title is the one for you. Recommended.
I've listened to 30 good novels this year. The toughest part about audiobooks, is that you need both a great author/novel, and you need a great narrator. This book delivers on both. Scott Brick brings this novel to life, and Joseph Finder writes a gripping plot with 3-Dimensional characters. This is my first time with a Joseph Finder book, so I was hesitant at first, but once I started listening, I couldn't get to sleep! I normally fall asleep to good books with my 60min Sleep Timer, but I kept resetting the timer every 60min until I realized it was 5AM and I hadn't slept yet! I couldn't believe it. Rest assured, once you start this book, you won't start looking for your next book until you've finished it. Enjoy!
I had run out of my "type" of audiobooks to listen to and was going on a long trip. I 'm hooked on a few authors I like and rarely look for someone new.
Found "Paranoia" and decided to take a chance..... What a pleasant surprise. Now I can't wait to listen to more from this author.
contemporary-fresh-lot's of twists... very good
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Good story, plot, but not totally plausible. A fun read overall. Just a times hard to swallow. The narrator was excellent, the pace good. The details got a bit beyond reality at times.
I bought this for a long road-trip and I got so caught up in the story that I took the unusual step of bringing my Ipod into my hotel room and listening to it at night in bed! I love business thrillers, which are pitifully few, since everyone wants to write about detectives, lawyers, or the CIA these days.
Essentially, this book focuses on the actions of an employee of a fictional tech firm who is coerced into spying on a competitor by taking a job with them. His job is to learn all he can about a mysterious, earth-shattering invention the competitor is working on. Corporate espionage, in other words.
Despite my love of the book, and of the twists and turns it takes, I have a few misgivings. The plot conclusion was great, but the final couple of paragraphs were unsatisfying. It's almost as if the author failed to submit the last page of the story to the publisher. Also, the story's hero can be rather stupid at times. Finally, while the character's dad's health issues and bad attitude provided a mildly interesting side story, I think the author spent too much time on the father-son relationship. Just my opinion.
Overall, great book. I hope to find more like it.
A fun read. Happy, sad and a great ending. A very modern suspense novel. I think everyone can relate with the likable main character. Buy this book or you'll miss a good one.
The plot is completely implausible, the portrayal of life in a big corporation is a wild caricature, the lead chacacter is a shallow, dishonest underacheiver, and most of the other characters are unpleasant or downright nasty. Downbeat and cynical, but moderately entertaining if you don't mind being a little depressed by its portrayal of the darker side of human nature.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I loved everything about this book when I read the paper version some years ago. I brought the book in for a co-worker at the time, who told me she was angry at me the next morning as she stayed up all night reading it. So, when I saw it on sale, I figured I'd give it a second go-round in audio.
You can imagine my surprise, when after listening to it and enjoying every moment of it, I read the reviews and realized it was narrated by Scott Brick! He did a great job capturing the brash personality of Adam Cassidy! He really added to the listening experience! (I am not usually a fan but may have to reconsider.)
Short summary? Adam Cassidy is in the tech industry in a boring, going-nowhere type of job. For kicks, he hacks his company's systems to finance a fancy and much too expensive retirement party for a guy on the loading dock. When caught red-handed, he is given a choice of prison or spying for his company by infiltrating their most serious competitor. This is when the fun begins. There is a secondary thread involving Adam's relationship with his abusive, difficult father who is dying of lung disease. It is interesting enough to justify being there.
Basically, it is a tale of corporate espionage laced with bits of humor. It kept me smiling. This is not a subject I would seek out nor would I expect to find it as fun as I did. I am not a suspense junkie, either, but this book kept me reading and nail-biting til the wee hours. Sure, it takes a bit of suspending your reality, but if you are willing to do that, you are in for a very amusing listen.
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.
very american, techy book. Good fun, plenty of suspense. Quite original. I like the way it is written in the first person. He tells it with hindsight, and he knows what the outcome is before the story starts, although we have to wait till the end.
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