"Compassion for a killer should you understand."
Reviewed by Sabrina Marino
Posted September 13, 2011
Fiction | Thriller Military
Joseph has lost his innocence. He is a victim of paranoia
long in the making, so long ago created that few if any
really know what started it. Joseph is a warrior in a
battle, a fierce war of good against evil and he must kill
the evil to protect the good. Initiated into the war at the
age of sixteen, Joseph's duties began when he turned
eighteen. Now he hardly knows how old he is or how many
people he has killed.
Thoughts of doubt tickle at the corners of Joseph's mind as
he walks through the dark, his steps matching the woman's
steps until he picks up his pace and catches up with her
just before she makes it up her porch steps. He pulls her
into the shadows, while her children play inside the home;
he places his hands around her neck and squeezes. Resigned
to her fate, the woman stares at him until the light leaves
her eyes and life fades away. He knows the moment she dies.
This mission shows her husband, the enemy, that the good
side has retaliated for the last person killed by this man.
Joseph needs a vacation. His two best friends, childhood
classmates, have arranged for a secret trip to the Eastern
shore, even though it is against the rules. It is not safe.
The enemy knows and their screw up turns deadly as a team
from the other side hunts them.
Joseph wants out but there is no out. To make up for the
mess he made, his handler sends him to Canada to kill a
specific target. He scopes out the scene and while
following his mark, meets a young woman, Maria. He falls in
love at first sight. When he meets Maria again, Joseph
wants nothing but to be with her. However, there is no
freedom for a warrior in this war. He cannot step down and
when one of the rules is broken, Joseph and Maria run for
their lives. They are now the target. The rules are never
to be broken. Paranoia becomes their reality.
CHILDREN OF PARANOIA is an exceptional story. Trevor Shane
has chosen his characters well. Joseph and Maria represent
the hope for a new beginning. The story's concept is
frightening and believable. Too much unexplained violence
happens in this world and Shane's take on this violence and
the story title given is shockingly appropriate.
ALL WARS HAVE RULES
Rule Number One: No killing innocent bystanders.
Rule Number Two: No killing anyone under the age of
BREAK THE RULES, BECOME THE TARGET
Since the age of eighteen, Joseph has been assassinating
people on behalf of a cause that he believes in but doesn't
fully understand. The War is ageless, hidden in the shadows,
governed by a rigid set of rules, and fought by two distinct
sides-one good, one evil. The only unknown is which side is
which. Soldiers in the War hide in plain sight, their deeds
disguised as accidents or random acts of violence amidst an
unsuspecting population ignorant of the brutality that is
always inches away.
Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and
he's one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and
he's sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous
assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria, and for the
first time in his life his singleminded, bloody purpose
Before Maria, Joseph's only responsibility was dealing death
to the anonymous targets fingered by his superiors. Now he
must run from the people who have fought by his side to save
what he loves most in this world. As Children of Paranoia
reaches its heart-in-throat climax, Joseph will learn that
only one rule remains immutable: the only thing more
dangerous than fighting the War...is leaving it.
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