Friday, August 29, 2014

Delirious by Daniel Palmer - Book Review

          Charlie Giles is a man who is on top of the world with a computer company that makes digital software for automobiles.  His company is growing in leaps and bounds and he is one of the top executives in corporate America.  

          Then one day, he meets a woman who tells him that there is a plot brewing in the board room to usurp his power.   What Charlie doesn’t know that this is the beginning of an elaborate setup to humiliate him during a big presentation.  

           Suddenly, everything is falling apart.  Charlie is accused of being delusional since the woman that he met never existed in the company.  By the end of the day, Charlie is out on the street without a job.  Only then would his troubles really begin. 

           This is how Daniel’s Palmer book, Delirious starts.  What happens next are nothing but twists and turns in this novel as Charlie Giles wonders if he is going crazy.  He thinks he is having blackouts and seeing notes that he doesn’t know that he has written.  Notes that say that he is going to kill people.  

            What really makes Palmer’s book move along is that I kept saying to my self that many of the things that are happening to Charlie Giles doesn’t make sense.  One example would be that Charlie thought that he murdered someone, then somehow the body disappears.  

            That was the beauty of this book.  Not only did you not know what was going to happen next but you were sure that there was no way that Palmer would be able to explain all the things in the book that didn’t make sense.  Yet somehow, Palmer did a masterful job of wrapping things up, making this high-tech thriller believable.    

              Palmer does a great job of capturing the arrogance of Charlie, making him a character that you wouldn’t like.  His research on the medical problems regarding Charlie’s brother Joe, is first rate, but I guess that is to be expected since he is the son of Michael Palmer, author of great medical thrillers like Coma.  

              As far as psychological thrillers go, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year.  I’m really surprised that it only has 63 reviews on Kindle.  This is a great psychological thriller and I’m happy to give it more than five stars.  

Ron Hummer 

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