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Is it too early to declare Finder's fifth novel (after High Crimes) the most entertaining thriller of 2004? Probably, but it will be a surprise if another suspenser proves as much sheer fun as Finder's robust tale of corporate espionage. Narrator Adam Cassidy's trip to hell begins when he charges to the company an unauthorized, very expensive party for a retiring blue-collar laborer at their place of work, Wyatt Telecom. Caught, low-level staffer Adam is given an offer he can't refuse by monstrously slick and wealthy CEO Nick Wyatt: penetrate rival high-tech giant Trion Systems and get the goods on Trion's killer new products, or face a battery of felony charges. Adam accepts the deal, and days later he's at Trion, along with false credentials that persuade Trion that he was a key player at Wyatt Telecom, rather than a cube-squatting shlub. Finder presents Adam's thrust into Trion as the scary, grand adventure of a stranger in a strange land, as Adam must contend with a new corporate culture and a host of envious enemies, particularly once he's tapped to be Trion founder Jock Goddard's personal assistant. As Adam comes to admire, even to love, Jock, the demands by Wyatt for ever better intel grate all the more. But if Adam refuses, prison awaits, and anyway he loves his big new salary and perks, not to mention his new, lovely Trion bedmate. Adam's love/hate relationship with his bitter, dying dad and his fragmenting friendship with a pal he's left behind add texture to the relentless suspense, punctuated by tense cloak-and-dagger scenes as Adam steals secrets from his new bosses. 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.
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Adam Cassidy, low-level employee of Wyatt Telecom, is bored. So he cracks the corporate accounts to give a nice old guy who works on the loading dock a retirement party to equal a board-of-directors bash. Threatened with embezzlement charges--the wingding cost $78,000--and worse by Wyatt's security chief, Adam starts to BS and so impresses Nick Wyatt, the company's SOB founder, that Wyatt makes an offer Adam can't refuse: be a spy at Wyatt's biggest competitor, Trion. It's a stretch becoming a credible young hotshot, but Adam gets well placed at Trion and soon becomes founder Jock Goddard's golden-boy advisor. All the while, he is moling through Trion's cyberguts to find out about a top-secret, earthshaking innovation that Wyatt wants to steal. In the upshot, nothing is what it seems, not even the babe, supposed to be deeply involved in Trion's hush-hush project, whom Adam gets involved with. Finder's last novel, High Crimes (1997), was filmed; he has sold this one to the movies, too, and, judging from its cute dialogue, cardboard characters, shopworn settings, hackneyed developments, and copious product placements, already written the screenplay. If this proves to be, as its hype hopes, "the first blockbuster of 2004," surely it'll be nothing but a doorstopper by 2005. Acquire with caution. Ray Olson
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Suspenseful...didn't want to put it down. I will read more books from this author. Kept me up late at night.Published 4 months ago by Radar157
This was an enjoyable read for me mainly because I've work in a large corporation and could relate it to the culture aspect that was depicted. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2013 by Cee Ess
Loved the book right up to the end when the main character is just walking away. Where was he going and what happens to him?? Read morePublished on March 16 2011 by Nick Fabris
I started Paranoia 2 days ago and finished all 503 pages this afternoon. I love Adam Cassidy. He's risk-taking, he's charming, he's very funny and the perfect main character to... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2006 by Lois Maillet
All I can say that this book is excellent, unput-downable from the very first sentence. Read it. You won't be disappointed.Published on Feb. 5 2005
i was almost fooled again by those 5 stars ratings and almost took my credit card out to buy this one. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by justareader
This is a 4-star plot burdened by 1-star writing. Other few-star reviews have already pointed out the weaknesses of the writing, and i concur. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by oso diablo
From the second i picked up this book and read the first page that was jam packed with clichés i was disgusted. Read morePublished on July 6 2004