Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane

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This is a war. It’s been going on for generations. If you’re lucky, it will be your generation that ends it…
At least that’s what the young ones are told before they turn eighteen. At that age they become fair game, and must kill or be killed in a secret war between two distinct sides—one good, one evil. The only unknown is which side is which. Hidden in plain view, the battles are fought through assassinations disguised as accidents or the work of senseless thugs.
Joseph has a particular talent for such killings. Never questioning an order, all he needs is a name. But when a job goes wrong and he’s sent away on a punishingly dangerous assignment, he meets a girl. Her name is Maria. And for the first time Joseph has a reason to live…outside the war.
Now Joseph must run from those who fought by his side, quickly discovering that the only thing more dangerous than fighting the war is attempting to leave it.

About Trevor Shane

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Trevor Shane lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. Author website:
Published September 8, 2011 by NAL. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Joseph, a young assassin drafted into a longstanding shadow war in which loved ones are routinely killed for no apparent reason but revenge, falls in love with a Canadian girl and attempts to escape to a new life with her.

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Because the rules are the rules -- and must never be broken.

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Under these rules, if a soldier kills an “innocent”—as they are referred to—they must turn themselves in to people on their own side who promptly put them to death.As Joseph continues explaining his life of mayhem to his girlfriend Maria in his journal, he confesses that much of his life “was spe...

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Portland Book Review

Joseph – driven by a desire for revenge for the death of his family – works as an assassin, and is generally content with his life until the day he starts asking questions about the war.

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Geek Speak

Joseph asks that question several times, and a few potential reasons are given, but SPOLER ALERT we don't get an answer by the end of the book.

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