Paranoia 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

  • Title: Paranoia
  • Author: Joseph Finder
  • ISBN: 9780312319144
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 They feed him inside informatiAdam 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 They 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 And 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 he s in way over his head, trapped in a world in which nothing is as it seems and no one can really be trusted And then the real nightmare begins

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    • Paul O'Neill says:

      A fantastic read by the master of suspense. The story follows a coasting through life, Adam Cassidy who pulls a stunt at his work and expects to get fired for it. Instead, he gets pulled into a world of corporate espionage and is forced to become a puppet. In all of Finder’s books that I’ve read, he always puts his characters in situations where they very nearly (or actually) get caught. The way he does this creates suspense like no one else I’ve read. One of my favourite scenes is when Ad [...]

    • Robert Beveridge says:

      Joseph Finder, Paranoia (St. Martin's, 2004)Joseph Finder (High Crimes, recently made into a movie)'s fifth novel is something different. Something new. From the looks of things, Finder wanted to take aspects of literature-and I'm not talking your basic modern 20th century "literary" novel here, I'm talking lit-rat-chaw-and apply it to the technothriller. Certainly as risky as anything his protagonist, Adam Cassidy, comes up with during the novel. And how does he succeed? Very well, thank you, f [...]

    • Armin Hennig says:

      Dan Brown war gestern, jubelt ein Rezensent auf der Rückseite. Im Vergleich zu den kunsthistorischen Schnitzeljagden mit einem psychopathischen Serienmörder im Rückspiegel ist der Goldjunge ein erfrischend freches Werksspionagegaunerstück mit witzigen Karikaturen der Wirtschaftsleute und ihrer Wichtigtuerei.Ein unbedarfter Nichtsnutz mit einem massiven Vaterkomplex wird in die Rolle des Industriespions gepresst und macht seine Sache überraschend gut, auch wenn die Hürden immer höher werde [...]

    • Matt Howard says:

      Reader reviews of this work tend to emphasize the twist ending and the suspense. I wish there were a rating lower than one star. This is the tale of a pathetic, amoral, loser who finds himself blackmailed by his company's CEO after embezzling from the company to pay for a friend's retirement party. It is poorly written, filled with unbelievable happenstance, wooden characters, and the ending is predictable ten pages after the protagonist goes to work for his employer's main competitor where he i [...]

    • Yngvild says:

      Cliché-ridden potboiler, full of dated technical jargon and (I kid you not) “babe magnets”. If you are old enough to remember the days when LexisNexis was the cutting-edge search engine, or were any part of the twentieth-century internet bubble with its ludicrous "How To Succeed" business books, you might find yourself engulfed by waves of nostalgia - or nausea. According to his biography on , the author "graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, and later taught on the Harvard faculty". [...]

    • Andrew says:

      Tightly constructed plot, but little else going for it. I'll admit that halfway through, the book hooked me and I couldn't put it down, but it reads like a cheap Hollywood thriller - no character development, half-realized characters, and stilted dialogue. The ending in particular is easy to see coming, and then the book just stops, allowing little resolution. What resolution is there is undercut by the main character acting out of what little character you've managed to divine. A fine summer re [...]

    • William Ramsay says:

      I read this because it was free. It's not often you get a free book. I read all my books on an Kindle and for some reason or other they've begun offering free books. I had never heard of the writer or the book, but I gave it a shot anyway. It turns out it was a terrific page turner. It concerns one Adam Cassidy whose a total slacker at a high tech electronics company. He screws up in such a way the company threatens him with jail. But he' such a good BS artist they blackmail him into become a i [...]

    • Evangelos Sotiris says:

      Το κλασικό εύπεπτο αμερικάνικο βιβλίο/σενάριο. Μια γενιά συγγραφέων από το ίδιο καλούπι. Η παρομοίωση του συγγραφέα για έναν μυώδη άνδρα που "έμοιαζε με καφετί προφυλακτικό παραγεμισμένο με καρύδια" θα μου μείνει αξέχαστη.Χαίρε έμπνευση!

    • Justine Wach says:

      I really enjoy reading the book. The beginning of the story however, is not interesting at all. I have lost my interest just because of that. The ending is not satisfying. I am not the person who could deal with that kind of ending. The blind spot for those two certainly withdraw a star.

    • Matt Garcia says:

      This was a fantastic novel. Finder really knows how to ratchet up the suspense and keep the tension going throughout. This is a fast paced read despite its 450 page count. It moves along briskly and it had me hooked very early on. The characters are so human, flawed, complicated, and dare I say “believable.” Even minor characters are well written and discernible from the main players. The plot synopsis sounds a bit blasé but it certainly is not. The fact that Finder could make a book about [...]

    • Jim says:

      My first sitting reading, "Paranoia", from author Joseph Finder was to my shock 90 minutes, and almost 125 pages ! Incredibly hard to put down, I read the book in just over 24 hours. At 450 suspense filled pages, "Paranoia", just seemed to fly along at an amazingly high octane pace. Protagonist Adam Cassidy of "Wyatt Telecom" was woefully stuck in an unchallenging job that left him bored to tears. So when a popular loading dock foreman was on his last Friday on the job, Cassidy at the company's [...]

    • Farnoosh Brock says:

      Joseph Finder’s Paranoia is not just a fun corporate thriller out of the author’s wildest imagination. It is a story that has uncanny resemblance to the operation, set-up, corporate culture and technologies of the Fortune 500 workplace, Cisco Sytems. The names are altered poorly for the trained eye. I heard through the rumor mill that Finder spent much time on campus learning and observing the ways of Cisco – and while the book is now dated, as much has changed in the last few years, some [...]

    • YouKneeK says:

      For me, this book seemed somewhat average. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I got enjoyment from it, and it was easy to read, but it didn’t hold anything special for me. I find that some thrillers have a pattern that doesn’t really appeal to me – the pattern of a main character who ends up in trouble as a result of bad decisions, then ends up in worse trouble as a result of more bad decisions, and so forth. This definitely isn’t the case with all thrillers, but it does seem to be [...]

    • Don says:

      Hey budding authors! Do you want to read a book that has pages of cliches, popular names, products, chilling and scintillating narrative such as "He sounded like he'd just found a turd in his Cracker Jack box" [K 7865:] or "She was wearing a Fred Perry shirt and she haddacious ta-tas" [K 2550:]Ok, this tops it - the single worst book I have read in over 25 years. How a publisher let this book through is a complete and total disgrace to the writer's community. I wanted to give it 0 stars but was [...]

    • Tiffunee says:

      Ruthless CEO Nick Wyatt is impressed by Adam's scheming, and offers him one way out-take on the role of a rising corporate hotshot and infiltrate Wyatt's rival, Trion Systems. His mission is to get close to Trion's legendary founder Jock Goddard, and his ultra-secret "Project Aurora," and report back to Wyatt.With Wyatt pulling the strings and a dramatically improved identity, Adam is set up as Trion's new boy genius. Suddenly, he's got a sweet new Porsche, a closet full of $1,500 suits, and eve [...]

    • Noel says:

      Paranoia was a fun thriller to read. It afforded me many laughs at my own expense, as a Product Manager in a high-tech company. I was a bit disappointed at the lack of depth in the plot - Finder sets you up for a plot twist, and the twist just isn't that great. There doesn't seem to be much depth of character either; I found it impossible to sympathize with the protagonist simply because there seemed to be very little explanation behind his continual poor decisions. It seems like Finder conceive [...]

    • Shani says:

      I really liked this book. Keeps you guessing and I really did not guess the ending, which is unusual for me lately. When reading it a few times I was frustrated by the shallow/mixed feelings Adam had - on the one hand guilt, but it was shallow, on the other hand he liked what he was doing and getting. And the fact in the end he turned away from Goddard feeling like he wanted nothing to do with it - felt unbelievable, however, you can't tell from the ending what he will do and he'll probably go b [...]

    • David says:

      PARANOIA is a corporate thriller, filled with tense action, intrigue and colorful characters. A ne'er-do-well corporate flunky finds himself thrust into industrial espionage to escape an embezzlement charge and finds that once you're in, there is no easy way out. Finder hits all the right notes with his examination of corporate politics and the mystery is first-rate, right down to the twisty ending that few will see coming.

    • Daniel says:

      Had all the depth of a made for network television movie.

    • Mal Warwick says:

      In Paranoia by Joseph Finder, young Adam Cassidy works in a low-level job at the huge high-tech firm Wyatt Technologies. When he decides to game the system and transfer company funds to pay for a retirement party for a man in the shipping department, his troubles begin. Big troubles. Threatening to send him to prison for years for embezzlement unless Adam cooperates, the company's nasty, paranoid owner Nicholas Wyatt forces him to become an industrial spy. Nick Wyatt is "a guy so crooked he'd c [...]

    • Palak Mathur says:

      # Cross-posted from palakmathur.wordpress/2011After Whiteout, I had my hands on Paranoia by Joseph Finder. It is a new degree of novel, which has touched the subject of espionage in the corporate world. Joseph has given me an opportunity to read the second gripping and fantastically written novel. An intriguing novel and a product of great imagination that keeps you engaged until the very end.The frustrated, unsatisfied and a disgruntled employee of Wyatt Telecom, Adam Cassady has two options to [...]

    • Joyce Lagow says:

      Adam Cassidy, a young man without ambition, is a low-level employee in the marketing division of Wyatt Telecommunications. Caught using company funds to throw a retirement party for a dockside worker, Nick Wyatt, ruthless head of the company gives Adam a choice--Federal prison or penetrate Trion, Wyatt s biggest competitor, as a corporate spy and ferret information on AURORA, a top-secret project that Wyatt fears will be a death knell for his company. Adam reluctantly agrees.[return]What follows [...]

    • Stephen Tremp says:

      The story begins with Adam Cassidy, a low level employee at Wyatt Telecom, diverting funds from his employer’s slush fund to pay for a friend’s retirement party. He fully expects to be caught and fired for his acts. Yet instead of termination he is charged with trumped up allegations of embezzlement and threatened with legal action that can land him in jail for quite some time. The company’s cruel and manipulative founder offers him an alternative, go to work for their competitor Trion Sys [...]

    • Tony says:

      Joseph Finder- Paranoia (Audio Book-Unabridged) (St. Martin’s 2004) 3.5 StarsAdam Cassidy hates his job and he bends the rules for a friend. To avoid jail he becomes a cooperate spy for his boss, getting information from Trion. At Trion he becomes a hotshot and flies up the ranks quickly. Suddenly he finds himself in over his head and discovers that everything may not be as it seems. Paranoia has a great plot that catches your attention and there are several good twists. Although the ending wa [...]

    • Laura Belgrave says:

      Meet Adam Cassidy. He works at a fairly low-level job for a high-tech company with deep pockets. It's a big company and Adam believes he'll escape notice when he diverts some company funds into a party for a co-worker. He's mistaken, of course, and the mistake pitches him into the role of a corporate spy in a rival company. Adam isn't keen on fulfilling that role, but his alternative is prosecution and jail time. He does his employer's bidding, and from there the story takes off.It's a cleverly [...]

    • Amy says:

      I gave this book 4 stars because I enjoyed it, it was relatively fast-paced, and it was free on my Kindle.I don't say this is any great work of literature. In fact, it reads like a not-quite edited version that managed to sneak out. The pacing was completely weird - there were parts of the book that seemed to drag on and on, but then some parts ended quite suddenly. I was pretty disappointed in the ending; I didn't really like what happened and the last plot twist seemed pretty obvious.This was [...]

    • Lisa says:

      Finder did a great job writing about high-tech companies in general, although I don't know about intrigue at the level he writes about in the book.To give a general plot summary with as few spoilers as possible, the main character, Adam Cassidy, does a Bad Thing at his job with Company A. CEO at Company A decides to turn him loose as a corporate spy at Company B, which is the main competitor to Company A. Cassidy is to report back with anything and everything he finds.Due to the feedback from Co [...]

    • Lizz says:

      I found this book on the clearance table at Barnes & Noble. It's blue and black cover, along with the title, drew me right to it--like it was made for me. It was marked at $6, and that just sealed the deal. I read it, I loved it, and I immediately started reading all of Joseph Finder's stuff. I have gotten so many incredible deals on his books (new)--I think one was $1.50, one was $3 I don't even remember. Which, I have mixed feelings about that, because they're way better than their price i [...]

    • Rick Ludwig says:

      This is my first time reading a work by Joe FInder and I will definitely be reading more. His anti-hero main character is a pistol and he made what could have been a dry journey through corporate espionage a very entertaining adventure. There were a couple of places where I had to work a little to suspend disbelief, but it wasn't too difficult. I also enjoyed the one twist at the end, which was well concealed. My only criticism is that the first two thirds of the book was far less predictable th [...]

    • Pam says:

      I did enjoy this book, a nice change of pace - full of business espionage & tensions but. personally I could've done without the plethora of expletives. Though I suppose they're are a little more evident with the audio version, with a paperback you could skim them a little more perhaps.Lots of tech-y jargon too, though I think they explain most of it pretty well for those who don't already know what it all is. Dates itself a little bit by mentioning the Nintendo Gamecube as being the current [...]

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