Posts Tagged ‘artificial intelligence’


Published: 25 October 2016
Reviewed: 20 December 2016

3.5 out of 5 stars

Copy provided by Bonnier Zaffre in return for an honest review



A dangerous game – or a murderous reality?

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?

My Thoughts & Review:

In the spirit of challenging myself and reading something that hovers towards the edges of my comfort zone I picked up Delete and hoped for the best.

I have to admit that I was intrigued by the thriller element of the plot, something about it stood out for me and had me keen to find out more, but my indecisiveness toward this book surrounded the computer game aspect.  I am not a gamer, never have been and so the world of gaming is not something I can get my head around very easily.  It’s akin to plonking me down in the middle of Russia and telling me to ask for 2 cups of tea…
However, I will say that the AI (Artificial Intelligence) and gaming themes were well written, fascinating reading and strangely I found that I was very intrigued by the ideas, so much so I struck up a conversation with my husband (one of the computer/gadget appreciators), asking him various “what if” and “but how” questions.

With such an intriguing plot and fascinating characters this is a complex and clever book.  There are numerous threads all running parallel through this which keeps the reader questioning and thinking.  It’s actually quite hard to review without giving anything away about it, but it’s “one of those” ones that deserves not to be spoiled.

Unfortunately I can’t really say that it’s one I would revisit anytime soon and I feel like it’s already being filed away in my brain somewhere, ready to gather cobwebs.

You can buy a copy of Delete here.


About the Author:

Karl Olsberg holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and works as an e-commerce consultant and trainer. He was a developer of computer games and is the founder of three start-up companies, one of which was named “Start-up of the Year 2000” by German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. He has written more than 10 books that have been translated into 6 languages, among them the bestselling novel “Das System”. He lives with his family in Hamburg, Germany.

Author info courtesy of Goodreads


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