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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (September 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780525952374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952374
  • ASIN: 0525952373
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,044,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 13, 2011
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By carlyfreedom on September 8, 2011
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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By BKUHL on August 1, 2014
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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Format: Hardcover
For seven years, twenty-five years old Joe has fought in the secret war. The adversaries conceal the combat from the public through supposed horrific accidents or inexplicable violent acts. Thus civilians remain ignorant. A dedicated assassin, Joe believes he fights on the righteous side of good though he does not understand the underlying cause of the war only the other side is evil. He adheres strictly to the rules of engagement that he is not to kill an innocent bystander as collateral damage is unacceptable and he is not to kill anyone under the age of eighteen as assassinating a child is unacceptable too. Joe knows if he breaks the commandments he becomes the enemy of his side.

His last assignment went terribly wrong so his handler punishes Joe by tasking him to perform a dangerous kill in Montreal. However, Joe's frozen heart melts instantly when he meets Maria. He no longer can kill at random. To stay alive and keep his beloved safe, Joe flees as his former associates hunt him as he is now considered an evil traitor. In his attempt to escape Joe learns the third rule of engagement on his side of good is agents retire only in body bags.

Although the premise seems over the top of the St. Joseph's Oratory; fans will enjoy this exciting twisting thriller while pondering who is good and evil in terms of alleged patriots and terrorists. The story line is fast-paced from the first kill to the final confrontation. Though a lack of how Joe became indoctrinated to believe his side is the good killers would have helped anchor reader support of him, Trevor Shane provides an engaging thought provoking tale.

Harriet Klausner
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