Delirious

Delirious

by Daniel Palmer
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Delirious by Daniel Palmer

"A roiling plot, insightful characters, clear, intelligent writing. What more could you ask for in a novel?" --Steve Berry

Charlie Giles is at the top of his game. An electronics superstar, he's sold his startup to a giant Boston firm, where he's now senior director. He's treated like a VIP everywhere he goes. . .. Until everything in Charlie's neatly ordered world starts to go terrifyingly wrong.

"Hits all the right notes. Terrific stuff." --John T. Lescroart

Charlie's prestigious job and his inventions are wrenched away from him. His family is targeted, and his former employers are dying gruesomely, picked off one by one. Every shred of evidence points to Charlie as a cold-blooded killer. And soon he is unable to tell whether he's succumbed to the pressures of work and become the architect of his own destruction. . .or whether he's the victim of a relentless, diabolical attack. Now he must save his own life--all the while realizing that nothing can be trusted, least of all his own fractured mind. . .

"A high-speed thrill ride, filled with shocks and mind-bending twists." --Tess Gerritsen

"Not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period." --Lee Child

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786031641
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 132,441
File size: 732 KB

About the Author

Daniel Palmer spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer, helping to build first generation websites for Barnes & Noble and other popular brands. An experienced musician and songwriter, Daniel has recorded two CDs and licensed his songs for commercial use. A graduate of Boston University, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

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Delirious 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Russ_Ilg More than 1 year ago
I have always been a huge fan of new authors because it can open a whole new world to us the readers and find that new talent that is sure to be a super star writer. So I go out of my way to find these rising stars and make sure I give them a try, because most of the time to get to the point where they get published in this world of very tough standards it has to be special to have made it to the finished product. Delirious is one of those books from new comer Daniel Palmer and I was glad I had the honor to get my hands on an advanced readers copy to read before it is released around the 25th of the new year. I have found over the years sometimes it takes a couple books for the author to really settle in and become a very good writer. Not this time! Daniel Palmer has hit a home run at his first at bat!!!!! Delirious is a HUGE thriller that starts with a slam against the wall and holds you so tight in its grip you can not and will not put it down. He has taken thrillers to a completely different place that had me mesmerized from the 1st page. It takes you into the world of high tech corporate America and a family that has some serious mental health problems. One of two brothers has escaped the illness that destroyed his father and brother. He immersed himself in his education and becomes one of the most gifted people in the consumer electronics industry. In a partnership with another genius they invent and develop the greatest new addition in the car computerized intelligence system, light years ahead of anything on the market. After being bought out by a huge company it comes to the point where he is still running that end of the business and getting ready to finally put this new system into production that will shatter and change for ever the car industry. His world falls apart and he believes that the haunting past of his father and brother has caught up with him as his mind can no longer comprehend what is happening to him he ends up in the same hospital lock down that his brother has been in. This story is a white knuckle hold me down thriller of a whole different breed. The twist and turns are so many you have to stop and catch a breath and try and figure out what just happened in front of your eyes. Everything points to him losing his mind and becoming a vicious killer and he knows the only way to find the truth is staying free. What a ride. I pride my self on being able to have some idea of where the story is going, boy was I wrong. Daniel Palmer has taken the word thriller to a whole new meaning. This is not the common themed thriller we have become so used to, it writes a whole new line to the definition. One that will be remembered for years to come. This is by far one of the greatest debut novels I have had the pleasure to read and am already waiting for the next one. Mr. Plamer takes what could be the every day existence of anyone in the world and takes that and turns it upside down and shakes it till you are believing everything is crazy.One of the most original and by far the best thrillers to come by in a long time. This is a must read for all thriller fans and a great book to sit inside the house this winter and get lost in a world that will not let you go till the very last page. This writer has taken the gene to a whole different level with a completely refreshing story that is so different from the normal thrillers we have come to enjoy as the mainstay of the industury. DO not miss this diffrent thrill
BishopMSS More than 1 year ago
Definitely! Keep you on the edge of your seat.
mobchick16 More than 1 year ago
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.
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
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!
Lynie More than 1 year ago
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
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Charlie Giles is a self-made electronics genius whose company was purchased by a larger company and he finds out from a seemingly concerned co-worker that they are not going with his product (a digital entertainment center for cars) and kick him out. When he confronts upper management, they think he is nuts. Schizophrenia runs in his family (his brother has it). Charlie begins to wonder if he is nuts or is some trying to make him nuts. Then people involved with getting him fired start dying. Is Charlie having blackouts or is it something else. Daniel Palmer has written a strong thriller that keeps you riveted. Although, I figured out some of it, I enjoyed this novel.
TakeMeAway More than 1 year ago
Delirious is the perfect name for this psychological thriller from author, Daniel Palmer -- engrossed, thrilled, and in a frenzy to find out where the story was headed, I read this book late into the night and didn't want to put it down! The author did such a fantastic job putting this story together. I spent the entire reading experience completely enthralled by what was happening and determined to read more so I could figure out what was going on. One of the things I really appreciated about this book was the mental health aspect. It fit so perfectly into the story and added such an interesting dimension to the regular thriller. I also learned a little about musicogenic epilepsy, when a song triggers a seizure, that was fascinating. Palmer maintained a level of suspense that was well done and didn't seem forced at all. This book has also been referred to as "techno-savvy". I would say that's a fairly accurate description. I think I feared that it would be drenched in technological terms that would distract from the reading, but it wasn't like that at all, and really gave me some things to think about! Will cause delirium!! =) (parts taken from my blog, Take Me Away)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was great and the characters very believeable. The story was new...not one that has been written over and over. Charlie was an impoortant part of a major company when his job was swept from him. He suspects that some one is framing him for murder. He is questioned for murder and finds unexpexcted help from his schizophrenic brother and the brother's psychiatrist. It is a very interesting book with a lot of action.
Paige Perreault More than 1 year ago
this book will keep you interested from begining to end. brilliantly written and definitely a suspensful thriller. love this book!
DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
KEEP ME READING!! THIS WOULD NOT BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUSPENSE NOVELS, BUT IT DID HOLD MY ATTENTION. THIS WAS MY FIRST NOVEL BY THIS AUTHOR AND I AM SAD TO SAY THAT I WAS ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT HALF WAY THROUGH THE BOOK. THE PLOT IDEA WAS GREAT, BUT IT WAS STILL LACKING SOMETHING FOR ME. BUT, THE CHARLIE GILES CHARACTER IS MULTI LAYERED THAT IT WILL KEEP YOU TURNING THE PAGES. ENJOY!!!
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Easy read and well written! I was extremely impressed and kept turning the pages. I highly recommend this novel! You will not be disppointed!
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Great read
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