Paranoia Mass Market Paperback – Dec 23 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
The book has a shocking twist that I didn't see coming. The author is great in the way he makes all the tiny details click in the end, when the truth is revealed. This is a skill that many authors lack.
The only downside to the book, in my opinion, is the ending. It leaves off with the main character not making a decision about his future, which in a way is good, as it lets the reader's immagination fill in the blanks. But for me, the ending was a bit weak. But overall, Paranoia is certainly worth reading!
Adam is in a tight bind. His present employer has just found out that he's embezzled a small amount of money for his own personal use. But instead of sending Adam to jail, Wyatt, the leader of a high-tech company, asks him to become a company spy. Adam will have to get a job at Trion Corporation in order to find all that he can about their new projects.
Adam is a smooth talker, a great liar and a great actor. In no time, he finds himself working at Trion and, within just a few weeks, he's working for the CEO himself as a personal assistant. Adam quickly realizes how grueling spy work can be. Although he wants to make amends with Wyatt and clear his name with his old company, his newfound love for his new boss and his love for his new company soon affect the way he sees things. He even feels guilt after a while.
Finder is a master at building suspense. The book's title is all too appropriate for this story because Adam quickly becomes paranoid himself, always looking over his shoulder and wondering who is after him, who is trying to put a stop to his plan, who knows his true identity. There are many obstacles in his way, notably a woman he falls in love with when he's supposed to be spying on her, and his friendship with his new boss. And the fact that some start seeing right through his plans make Adam even more nervous.
Written in short chapters, the book is a frantic high-tech intrigue written for the average reader.Read more ›
Once inside his new employer's place, the machinations and subterfuges he employs to gather the information he's after make for exciting times, indeed. Along the way, of course, he elevates his standard of living several levels, runs afoul of various mysterious and nasty characters who threaten his mission. and meets and beds a stunning babe, all for the sake of espionage.
It is pop culture eye candy...an easy reading Silicon Valley techno-espionage plot with built in momentum.
Underachiever deluxe, Adam Cassidy is forced into going to work for his employer's biggest rival as a corporate mole.
Adam is placed in the midst of a dangerous maze on his double-dealing mission filled with encrypted messages, blind drops and key tracking devices. Naturally his peculiar sense of justice kicks in as he finds "a home" at his new company.
"Paranoia" provides an interesting and wickedly amusing look at corporate culture from the cube farms to the executive conference rooms...and the high-tech shoptalk and buzzword lend credibility.
In fact, Adam's voice, outlook and situation will captivate anyone who has been a wage slave.
Like the John Grisham novels, Adam is a naive and ambitious young guy enticed by temptation...and we observe how he comes to terms with it.
A harmless diversion...it is fun while it lasts, but leaves no lasting impression.
As you probably have already guessed, he chose spying. They trained him with weeks of grueling studying, field work, experience for high-tech gadgets (one, the Keyghost, a real gadget that attaches to the keyboard wire to the computer and records everything typed in that computer), etc.
He is placed in a medium-level area, but his training quickly moves him through the ranks until he is actually the assistant to the President and CEO, Augustine "Jock" Goddard.
Adam sneaks around the company gathering as much data as he can so he won't get squished by his real boss, Nick Wyatt, CEO of Wyatt Telecommunications. He soon comes to really feel that Jock is a father to him, and he falls in love with an employee in the project he is spying on, which makes his emotions get in the way of duty.
I am probably one of the hardest book reviewer out of all the teenagers I know, I read a book critically... and very few would I even give a 4/5 star rating... but the top ones, that really keep you up at night wanting to know what's next, and get you thinking really deserve all the stars. Joseph Finder is definitely a writer on the same level with great novelists Michael Crichton, James F. David, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury.
Most recent customer reviews
Suspenseful...didn't want to put it down. I will read more books from this author. Kept me up late at night.Published 11 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