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Characters:

Romanello, Bauer, Peterson, Male newspaper columnist (Chandler?), Female TV news anchor.

Author Robinson/Roberts/Richardson or some variant

Secret clinic in Switzerland

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    Welcome! Have a look at our How to ask a good story-id question guide to see if there is anything else you can remember to help our user find what you are looking for. It does sound like a fun story! – Skooba Jun 15 at 18:22
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  • This clearly isn't what you were asking for, but Greg Egan's short story The Extra has a similar theme and a horrifying (and very Eganesque) outcome. You might enjoy it. It's available online for free. – Mark Dominus Jun 16 at 17:14
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The Children by Charles Robertson

Front cover of The Children

THE CHILDREN

You might meet them anywhere. In the subway. On a plane. In your bedroom. So innocent in their blue schoolboy blazers. So angelic with their bright faces.

THE CHILDREN

Do not be deceived. They are the sons of wealth and power. And behind their shining eyes lurk cold, murderous hearts.

THE CHILDREN

They are the weapons in a secret army. They might be anywhere from New York to Houston to Switzerland. They are waiting. For you.

THE CHILDREN

Mark Chandler, tough reporter. Shelley James, top TV anchorwoman. Media stars, competitors, lovers. They have stumbled on the hottest, most dangerous story of this year or any year. They are the only two people on earth who can stop...

THE CHILDREN

Howard Hughes gets mentioned in this review:

An 11 year old has his brain written over with the brainwaves of Howard Hughes and now he walks around Manhattan in his private school uniform shooting people who might reveal his dark secret in the face.

Found with a search for science fiction novel "howard hughes" brain transplant, which turned up this article, which led to me searching for the novel's title and finding the Goodreads entry.

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    What was that title again? – LAK Jun 15 at 20:14
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    @LAK THE CHILDREN – mrp Jun 15 at 21:54
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    @LAK not sure, but something with “children” in the title, iirc – Holger Jun 16 at 6:35
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    So we should read this novel. For THE CHILDREN. – Machavity Jun 16 at 14:31
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    This synopsis also sounds extremely similar to Antony Horowitz's novel Stormbreaker in the Alex Rider series. – Stef Jun 16 at 15:21

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