Where the Hell is Tesla?: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Rob Dircks
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Sci-fi odyssey. Comedy. Love story. And of course, Nikola Tesla. I'll let Chip, the main character, tell you more: "I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular claims and outrageous plans. One of these plans was for an “INTERDIMENSIONAL TRANSFER APPARATUS" – that allowed someone (in this case me and my friend Pete) to travel to other versions of the infinite possibilities around us. Crazy, right? But that's just where the crazy starts." Chip's Official Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. The events depicted in the collection of emails did not happen. I have never been in contact with a covert government group attempting to suppress knowledge of the lost journal of Nikola Tesla. I have not been threatened with death if I divulge the secrets contained inside. They did not buy me this handsome jacket (oh crap, you're listening to this - trust me, it looks great on me). They did not come to my place, and liquor me up, and offer to publish this book as a sci-fi comedy novel to throw the public off the trail of the real truth. Or did they? I'm kidding. Of course they didn't. Or did they? God, I can't keep my big mouth shut.
Instant new top five author!
I think I just found gold. I found this book out of nowhere and it's one of my new favorites. It's solid write with a good narrator. The style could be described as a mix of Peter Clines and Douglas Adams. It's a definite page turn adventure that made me laugh in maniacal giggles on my drive to work. I recommend it and I recommend it to the lady giving me funny looks in the gray SUV, while the maniacal giggle fits where hence, you will love it too!
Where the Hell is Tesla?
This book -had- to have been narrated by its author. I’m sure I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much on paper, or read by someone else. Lucky for us, Phil Dircks’s voice, delivery and timing are every bit as good as his prose. Get this book (and all his others)!
I was smiling throughout the entire book.
Where the Hell is Tesla? by Rob Dircks follows the antics of Chip and Pete as they travel through the Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus, a device designed and created by Nicola Tesla. The Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus acts a portal to parallel universes. Having inadvertently gotten lost, Chip and Pete wander through in the Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus and different parallel dimensions trying to figure out how to return to their own universe. Soon they discover that the only way to get back to their own universe is to find and save Nicola Tesla himself from the evil villain, Who, and save the universes.
This novel is hilarious. I was smiling throughout the entire book. It is written entirely as emails from Chip to his ex-girlfriend. At first I wasn’t sure if this would work well. But it was perfect. It really allowed the reader to get to know Chip and Pete, through Chip’s eyes. Ultimately, this isn’t a story to take too seriously. That being said, it was well written, and humor was intelligently incorporated. And the style chosen allowed the reader to see how Chip’s emotions do and don’t change as he and Pete experience this somewhat traumatic adventure. The plot is just so funny. There is a lot of silliness with almost every aspect of the novel. They find an odd creature in the Interdimensional Transfer Apparatus and they travel to other dimensions. In these universes, they have all types of adventures, including almost being killed, low gravity, super heroism, and they meet different versions of themselves. I really liked how the different versions of Chip and Pete and how they were so different. It really makes you think about how someone becomes who they are. While Chip’s emails are full of stories about their silly antics, and an ongoing comedic commentary, there are also coping mechanisms for the despair and loneliness that is plaguing him in the Interdimensional Apparatus as he and Pete continue their journey. I also really like all of the other characters in the story and their interactions with Chip and Pete were fun to listen to. The plot doesn’t lag much as a result of the comedic commentary even when there are no real actions being taken. The format of the emails helps with that.
This novel was narrated by Rob Dircks himself and I must say I’m impressed. He did a great job with the delivery with voicing Chip and the other characters through Chip’s voice. I wonder if this is because he wrote the characters and so knows the characters really well. I would like to hear another novel narrated by him. The production quality was also good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes fun, hilarious, science fiction stories.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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