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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: #2,702,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TChris TOP 500 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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This was an excellent start to a trilogy. Shane's writing is believable, and mostly the story flows well, starting with an execution, leading into the 'why' of the killer, and then getting increasingly messy and emotionally nuanced as our killer falls in love. The neat part for me was that this 'alternate reality' is written in a way that makes it plausible in present day America. There are some minor pacing issues for this ADD reader that took me from 'can't put it down' to, well, putting it down for a few days and coming back, so I don't know if it's a barnburner, but it would make for a great beach book, and I'm down for the sequel!
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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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There's a war. No one knows how the war started, or how it will end. In fact the only people who know about the war, are the people fighting the war. It's not strange to meet a soldier whose entire family has been wiped out by the enemy. The rest of the world continues in peace. Children from both sides of the war are initiated once they turn eighteen--one look at the people who killed their loved ones, and they're ready to fight. But this war has rules: have a baby before you're eighteen and your baby is handed over to your enemies; which means, your own child is trained to hunt and kill you.

Joe, a fighter, meets Maria, a civilian. They fall in love. They get pregnant. They're happy until Joe realizes one thing: Maria is actually seventeen years old. Oops!

The book starts out as a letter--or journal entry--to Maria from Joe. It ends with Joe and Maria trying to save their child. Throughout the book, you get a glimpse into Joe's heart and his head. I love the lines where he details why he loves Maria or how certain things she does excites him. It's such an intimate look at men in love it seems.

Very interesting read indeed and good mastery of structure. You won't want to put this one down.
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