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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This is a super psychological thriller

In Massachusetts, software engineer Charlie Giles, who works at SoluCent, develops InVision, a quantum technical leap ahead in automobile entertainment systems. Charlie is excited as the firm's top management arranges to meet with General Motors on a deal to standardiz...
In Massachusetts, software engineer Charlie Giles, who works at SoluCent, develops InVision, a quantum technical leap ahead in automobile entertainment systems. Charlie is excited as the firm's top management arranges to meet with General Motors on a deal to standardize InVision in their cars.

However, he is stunned when a SoluCent employee Anne Pedersen informs Charlie that his boss Jerry Schmidt will nix the GM deal. Fuming and out of control, Giles crashes into an executive meeting where he confronts Schmidt. Thinking his employee is insane; Schmidt insists he supports the deal with GM. Giles apologizes but explains marketing employee Anne Pedersen fed him the crap. Charlie is shocked when he learns no Pederson works for the firm. In spite of his creative skills, he is fired. Meanwhile Giles fears he suffers from mental illness just like his father and brother. His trepidation being besieged by his failing mind is further exasperated when he finds a note written by him naming those SoluCent executives who must die. He wonders if he needs to join his sibling in a ward lock up before he hurts someone; that is if has hasn't already.

This is a super psychological thriller that enables the reader to get inside the apparent sick mind of a brilliant technician who fears he has become as Delirious as his family and ergo a dangerous threat to others. The story line focuses on Giles' deteriorating mental state leaving the audience to wonder what is real and what did he imagine as real. Although the climax is a major let down for such an otherwise strong thriller, mindful of the Hoffman movie Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? fans will appreciate Daniel Palmer's exciting spotlight on mental health.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 29, 2010

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

eh

i have to give it credit, its a wonderfully written book and im sure if i got more into it, it would be better but to be honest the book bored me. he talked about his fog and his work, which is hard to get into, maybe im. not old enough for this yet.

posted by mobchick16 on February 9, 2011

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    eh

    i have to give it credit, its a wonderfully written book and im sure if i got more into it, it would be better but to be honest the book bored me. he talked about his fog and his work, which is hard to get into, maybe im. not old enough for this yet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Not My Favorite

    Okay, ya'll know I love to do honest opinions but HATE giving bad reviews. So, my honest opinion is this: this novel, this debut, by a surely talented author, was okay. Simply okay. But, that is just this one reader's opinion. I can't really pinpoint what it was lacking for me. The characters were great, the plot line was very intriguing. But, there was just something missing.

    That being said, I will not discourage anyone from reading this. The psychological, edge-of -your-seat thrills is definitely there, if you love that kind of novel. The use of the language is there as well, but if you love this kind of novel, it would be easy to over look.

    All in all, this is a 3 star novel that I encourage everyone to try. It just wasn't my taste. I know that there are lots of readers out there who will sit down, open this debut novel, and be so completely pulled in, they will feel a part of the plot as if Daniel Palmer wrote it for them!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    Disappointing

    Charlie Giles and his partner created software for an automobile entertainment system. Following his partner's suicide, Charlie's company was purchased by SoluCent and he continues to work on his software in his new capacity with them. SoluCent is on the cusp of selling InVision to GM which will make Charlie wealthy beyond his dreams.

    Approached by Anne Pedersen, a SoluCent employee, he learns that his boss is going to veto the GM sale. When he confronts Jerry Schmidt in a high level meeting, everything begins to go awry. He's suddenly out of a job, his mother has suffered a stroke and he's forced to move in with his schizophrenic brother. When Charlie begins to evidence symptoms of the same disease, is he just paranoid or is someone really out to get him?

    DELIRIOUS is muddled, drawn out and has a seriously disappointing ending despite Mr. Palmer's intriguing storyline in this debut novel. Lynn Kimmerle

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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