Fans of the X-files will be lured into this compelling novel, and will question reality until the surprising conclusion. Chad Carver, an orderly working at a mental health hospital, knows all about conspiracy theories thanks to some of his more paranoid patients--dark fantasies about black helicopters, thought control, international bankers and secret U.N. armies. Then his long-lost brother Palmer appears at his door claiming to be a renegade from the biggest secret society of all--the Illuminati--and predicts that the President will be assassinated in three days. After this prediction comes true, Chad plunges headfirst into Palmer's dark world where conspiracies are formed to fight conspiracies, where reality changes according to belief, and where even conspiracy theorists are agents of the Illuminati. When Chad learns that he must kill for his beliefs, the line between theory and reality disappears. Palmer tells him that the Illuminati are about to release a biological weapon, and if he kills the Grand Master of the Illuminati, the world will be saved. Or so the theory goes...
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More About Craig Dilouie
Craig DiLouie is the author of the highly successful zombie novels The Killing Floor", The Infection", and Tooth and Nail", as well as The Great Planet Robbery", a science fiction novel, and Paranoia", a psychological thriller. He lives with his family in Calgary, Canada, and blogs regularly about horror media at CraigDiLouie.com.
Craig DiLouie currently resides in the state of New York. Craig DiLouie was born in 1967.
Quite a good book- just finished the other day. Very thought provoking, but from a different perspective, one that says to the reader, "I'm going to make You a conspiracy theorist...". It's almost as though this is the type of book that would replace the book for the people who always need The Catcher in the Rye, in that it truly touches the reader, and brings out a new enlightenment on life, even for those who are conspiracy theorists. The spooks who needed Catcher as their safe-haven, does this novel bring out that feeling, emotion, and security blanket? We will see...
Nice try no cigar... Dec 9, 2002
"Paranoia" may be promising a lot already through the title but fails dramatically to live up to expectations. A story full of holes never helped any book and this is the case here: Chad, who is a quite down to earth type and who works in a mental hospital sees his life fall apart as his wife leaves him and he loses his job. Suddenly he gets a sudden visit from his gone-for-years brother (Palmer). Palmer informs him that he's been a member of the notorious Illuminati and that they are ready to launch a plan that will throw the world in a global dictatorship while 100s of 1000s will die. Palmer then reveals to Chad that he's now an Illuminati foe and wants to foil the plan and for that he wants Chad to assasinate an Illuminati master so the evil plan can be spoiled. Chad hears this out , buys it hands down, (oh, Palmer convinces him cuzz he predicts the assasination of the president), and then they go ahead to assasinate the masters of the infamous Illumicrew. Then the story goes on where poor Chad finds out his wife has been assasinated by the Illumis and that this was also part of the plan, and eventually, also finds out that his brother has tricked him into this as he wants to take over the leadership. Now, why a supposed Illuminati would use poor ole Chad for his plan when he's got all this incredible power is anybody's guess. The story is as hilarious as that, sadly...Or why the supposedly ultra-powerful Illuminati masters would have such poor protection as they are shown to have in the book is also quite a joke. Firstly, if this book intends to hook the conspiracy freaks then this will be exactly the crowd that will find "Paranoia" totally ridiculous. Riddled with cliches and totally naive dialogue the book is for the most part a torture to read. Only when the author goes on small sprees where he reveals his thoughts about the various conspiracies that may have gone on in history does the book become interesting. But then, if you want to be informed about conspiracy lore and reality then why start with this sorry effort? Prefer some other of the dozens of books about the subject out there. Making a cheap, hardly believable story where you do a "best-of-conspiracies" mix is hardly worth reading if you are a serious "truth seeker". It doesnt even have any entertainment value as there is zero fun in going through it. A book best ignored.
We are watching you Charlie. Nov 28, 2002
The way Chuck Palahnuik is the master of generation Z cultural breakdown, DiLouie's in his game w/ mental psychosis vs the omnipotent benovelent big-brother. Is the little voice in your head an enemy, a friend, or just something implanted by the Illuminati. In life, there are no good guys and there are no bad guys..beyond being circumstancial, its the side that keeps you alive. And after reading this, its just a little more difficult to take "democracy" for granted. This book is a mandatory wake up call. The world is not the Disneyland themepark you've been told it is. Question everything. Follow nothing. Paranoia is OPENING-YOUR-EYES 101. Submission to the system is the weapon of the oppressor. A bit too fanatical? I think not nearly fanatical enough.
A Compelling What-If Jan 30, 2002
As somebody who at one time performed extensive study into the possibilities of such things as shadow governments, Freemason agendas, and so-called 'conspiracy theories', I can remember more than once thinking to myself ... what if it were all true?
The fact is, it's practically impossible to know which bits of information or disinformation on these subjects are valid, no matter how much hard research you do and no matter how many 'experts' you speak to. Yet inevitably, when you are faced with a mountain of facts and testimonies and the convoluted histories of such mysterious groups as the 'Knights Templar', that one nagging question will always pop into your head, time and again ... what if it were all true? It's probably not. But what if it WERE?
This, it seems, is the simple lever that DiLouie uses as a fulcrum to attempt to move the world -- or in this case, our preconceptions about 'conspiracies', and about the likelihood that a handful of powerful men could influence the fate of billions. To do this, he starts with an 'Everyday Joe' in a small town, somebody we either already know or may be ourselves, and he turns this man's life upside-down ... and in doing so, turns us as readers upside-down as well. Then he does it again. And again. Until, by the closing epiphany, we -- like the main character -- have no idea which way is up any more.
In the end, by the time you have feverishly flipped through the pages of this compelling and informative novel -- at each turn wondering what could possibly happen next -- you may or may not believe in 'conspiracy theories' any more than you did when you started. But you will certainly be entertained. And even more certainly, those two seductive words will continue to resonate in your thoughts for days and even weeks afterward ... as you watch the news ... as you walk past your neighbor's door ... as you check your e-mail ...
Smokin' Jan 25, 2002
Wow! Are you ever wondering what am I going to do next? This is the book that makes you think that. What are they going to do next? DiLouie puts so much doubt in you as to which person is right or wrong or telling the truth. You will not know who did what till the end. If you figure this out before it is all over, then you are a psychic. Also, the characters seem like everyday people. It sucks you in and makes you think, this could be me! Enjoy.