Delete by Karl Olsberg 5*
One of my favourite books from 2016.
A GRIPPING, UP-TO-THE-MINUTE THRILLER FOR FANS OF THE MATRIX, NOMAD AND M. R. CAREY.
For role-playing gamers like Mina and Thomas, reality can blur when you spend too much time online. But when Thomas disappears, not only from the virtual world but also from real life, Mina sets out to search for him. When she discovers that other Berliners have gone missing, all of them participants in the same game, she worries that she will be next.
Chief Inspector Eisenberg heads up a team that is supposed to track and prevent potential terrorists. But identifying suspects via pattern recognition doesn’t help – you can’t arrest someone before a crime has been committed. Faced with uniting a brilliant but unruly team made up of hackers and coders, Eisenberg is drawn into the puzzle of the missing gamers – all of whom had the same in-game experience immediately before they disappeared.
Will Eisenberg and his team be able to unravel the truth from the fiction before it’s too late?
This year I have read several novels by German writers and I have been hugely impressed. The novels translate well into English and have been easy to follow despite being set in another location and another police force etc.
This novel centres around the online gaming community, technology and most importantly perception of reality. It is very well written and remains gripping right to the very last page.
I am not a gamer or have any interest in artificial intelligence but I picked this novel due to its unique plot of those topics. I loved every minute of the read, it was very complex and the killer was written brilliantly, right down to the disguise.
I was concerned at about 75% in that the ending would suddenly be all tidy and wrapped up. Which would have not been in fitting with the novel. The reality was the ending was one of the best I have read this year! (and this was my 187th novel so far!).
I don’t want to give to much away regarding the plot of the novel or the characters themselves. but they are very well described, there are some with mental health conditions that are so brilliantly portrayed. With the conditions themselves explained superbly.
I would hugely recommend this novel, especially to those interested in gaming & AI, although it is not necessary to have a huge amount of knowledge as the book guides you through the information.
huge praise for the author, I will definitely be reading his future novels!
*I received a free Ebook copy via net galley in return for an honest review.
Delete is available free to Kindle Unlimited members or for 98p to Uk Amazon Kindle users
Q&A to follow with author Karl Olsberg.