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Children of Paranoia Hardcover – September 8, 2011

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"Shane delivers vivid action sequences worthy of some of the most successful action-suspense novels. It's a disturbingly good adventure." -BuzzFocus.com

"One non-stop adrenaline rush that keeps you on edge to the very climax." -Game Vortex

"Shane's work here is impressive. He certainly knows how to stage an action scene and how to ratchet up tension. If you're in the market for an exciting, propulsive read... Children of Paranoia would make an excellent choice." -The Saturday Evening Post

"Children of Paranoia, the first installment of a planned trilogy, never flags, and kept this reader's attention rapt until its end." - Psychology Today

"Children of Paranoia is one crazy adventure with twists and turns that will excite readers who love a little action in their stories. Trevor Shane is one powerhouse of a writer" - Geeks of Doom

"A claustrophobic, relentless, fascinating ride that will have you eyeballing everyone you pass in the street." — Marcus Sakey, author of The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes

"Like The Bourne Identity turned inside-out, [Trevor Shane's] protagonist navigates a world where banal choices like going to the ATM have life-and-death consequences. Filled with sharp plotting and vivid action, this book will stay with you long after you've raced to the end." — Chris Farnsworth, author of Blood Oath

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952374
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Trevor Shane is the author of Children of Paranoia, the first book in a trilogy set to be published by Dutton. Children of Paranoia is Trevor's first novel. Trevor was born and raised in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. Trevor currently resided in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Visit Trevor Shane's website: www.trevor-shane.com

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Format: Hardcover
Children of Paranoia begins with a murder: an efficient strangulation. We soon learn that Joe, the murderer, is a professional killer, part of a group of assassins who carried out a series of murders that same day. Their motivation, revealed in an early chapter, is linked to the novel's premise: a clandestine war is afoot, waged by participants who begin training at sixteen and begin killing at eighteen (unless they are assigned to be intelligence officers or breeders). Trevor Shane is less quick to explain the war's purpose, why it started and what the two sides represent. Joe doesn't know. He simply believes he's one of the good guys and that the world will be a better place when all the bad guys are dead.

The war seems like one of those Hatfield-McCoy style feuds that has lasted for so many generations nobody can recall why it started. The beauty of this story lies in the uncertainty: Why is this war being waged? Are the bad guys really bad, the good guys really good? When two people on different sides happen to be friends, neither of them aware that the other is involved in the war, should their status as soldiers overcome their friendship?

The story of a professional killer in an unlikely war eventually intermingles with an even less likely love story as Joe meets the woman of his dreams while stalking his latest target. Most of the book, in fact, is written in the form of a letter (a very long letter) to the woman Joe loves (a technique that is ultimately flawed, since Joe ends up giving his lover detailed accounts of events she experienced firsthand). Due to a bizarre rule that binds the war's combatants, that relationship eventually causes a problem for Joe.
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Format: Hardcover
Joe is a soldier in an underground war, but he doesn't know over what the war is being fought. All he knows is that he's good and 'they' are evil. Joe meets a civilian woman and accidentally pulls her into the war with him. To escape a horrible end, they have to live on the run from everything and everybody they know.

Though this is considered a Thriller, it's much more than that. There's commentary about the confused state of our world, and a story about a young family trying to make a life for themselves. Children of Paranoia is a page-turner that makes the reader think. Great first novel by Trevor Shane - looking forward to reading more by him.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Mysterious Book Report No. 31

Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane

Dutton, $25.95, 371 pages, ISBN 978-0-525-95237-4

It looks like old man winter’s moved in and intends to stay for a while. To tell you the truth, he’s not one of my favorites either. I’d just as soon have him move to the North Pole where the polar bears need more ice. Don’t get me wrong . . . I enjoy the seasons changing . . . just don’t like the darn cold. It makes me ache. So, after enjoying the beautiful, snow-capped 14,000 foot mountain view out my front door, I hunker down by the fire with a good book. I have a stack of them to review while waiting for spring to arrive.

This weeks MBR No. 31 is an interesting and unclassifiable novel titled Children of Paranoia, a first novel by a Brooklyn, NY writer named Trevor Shane.

It’s premise is arcane: a war is going on all around us in the form of assassinations disguised as accidents or random acts of violence. The war has two sides, one of which is good, the other one evil, but the problem is, we’re never quite sure which is which. The war is conducted by groups of assassins who have only four rules: first, no killing of innocents, those who are not participants. Second, no killing of anyone under age eighteen. Third, any child born to a child (those under eighteen) is immediately given to the other side to raise as their own, and the fourth and last rule . . . break any of the first three rules and you become the target of both sides. On the first page we’re introduced to Joseph, a young twenty-something who’s been assassinating people since he was eighteen years old. He’s a soldier in a war that’s been going on for generations, but no one knows when, why or how it got started.
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Format: Paperback
From the minute that I saw this book, I was hooked. I know the saying goes “don’t judge a book by its cover” but I wanted to read this one the moment I saw it. What drew me in was the tag line:
Rule number one: No killing innocent bystanders.
Rule number two: No killing anyone under eighteen.
BREAK THE RULES, BECOME THE TARGET
I was immediately hooked. After reading the summary I was even more interested. The book is about a man named Joseph, who is an assassin in a timeless War that is hidden from the everyday public. The War is between two sides, one good, and one evil, which fight in order to get rid of the other side. But after too many kills to count, Joe begins to question what he is fighting for, and ultimately tries to leave the War in order to save his family. The summary leaves us with this:
The only thing more dangerous than fighting the War...is leaving it.

The idea of the War is what really held me captive. Throughout the book, I was theorizing what the War was really about, and who the sides were. No one seems to know what they are fighting for, or who they are fighting. Each side believes that they are good and the other is evil, and the only way to end the War is to kill enough people on the other side that fighting stops. This idea is actually what drives the war to continue. When children turn eighteen, they are allowed to participate in the War, and they are usually only too happy to do this because many members of their family have already been killed. Revenge is what drives this war, but it turns it into a vicious cycle.
I had too many theories on the War to count.
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