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.
©2015 Rob Dircks (P)2015 Rob Dircks
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I laughed out loud many times at the hijinks of the two protagonists, Chip and Pete, as they slapsticked their way through the multiverse. Of course, along the way they bump into other versions of themselves, which isn’t a confusing as it could be in the hands of a less competent author. The boys also pine after girls, as only 20-something males of the species can. And although the girls are definitely subordinate to the general buddy vibe, Dircks serves up a thriller that nevertheless has a heart. He handles a complex plot with aplomb and more than proves his scifi bona fides.
The tone of this book actually reminded me a lot of “Agent to the Stars” by John Scalzi. There are not that many people out there who can do funny scifi right. I welcome Rob Dircks onto my list of authors I will definitely follow. I would give this book 4-1/2 stars if I could. The only things I would change about this book is to use the word “Dude” a bit less, and have more involvement of the female characters.
[I listened to this as an audio book read by the author, Rob Dircks. Normally, I run the other way when I see the author as performer, but in this case, it works. Mr. Dircks has just the right, light touch and he even gives Tesla a credible Eastern European accent.]
[Disclaimer: The author contacted me and asked me for an honest review of this book. I purchased it on my own, and believe I am providing an unbiased review.]
The story was fast-paced and not predictable at all. The narration was so natural. Tone and cadence reflected what was happening and Tesla's accent was fun too.
Light-hearted, funny, very entertaining. Laughed aloud often.
No, but now I am going to look for more.
I need Bobo closure.
I was thinking a lot about how I was going to review this book as I listened. On the one hand, it really is quite entertaining. I smiled a bunch and chuckled a few times. As a result, I don't want to pan it- that wouldn't be fair. But it's also extremely derivative; think John Dies at the End without the original punch. "Bros running through the multiverse getting into shenanigans and swearing a lot". Also reminded me, in gut feeling, of Bill and Ted.
It's also pretty juvenile; I don't mean the extensive profanity (which doesn't bother me at all), but just the outlook on life. Not a waste of time per se, but in all honesty I doubt I would have finished the book if it hadn't been so short. There are just so many other books I want to listen to.
I guess the best way to put it is this: If you have a spare 5 hours and want to revisit what it felt like to think like a teenager with a characature of Tesla thrown in for a basic plot device, while being entertained, go for it.
This charming story, read very well by its author, had me laughing out loud many times. Reminiscent of Bill and Ted, the book recounts the adventures of two post-college buddies who stumble into a Tesla-created device to explore other dimensions. Perfect for a flight or long drive when you want something lighthearted and funny.
This was such an imaginative tale. I enjoyed the humor and wit throughout. Would recommend for anyone looking for an entertaining read.
First, there is a lot of bad language. If you can live with that, I will say that I enjoyed this book alot. funny, and touching. I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob.
Rob Dircks' Where the Hell is Tesla? is a light-hearted comedic escapade with the only criticism that it's far too short. Based on the theme of the 80's films, Bill and Ted's whatever or the earlier Hope and Crosby 'on the road' films, two millennial slackers types stumble onto the missing notebook of Nicola Tesla that describes the construction of a transdimensional portal (conveniently located in a NYC hotel closet) leading to an infinity of alternate universes. As they wander about, they encounter varying situations that sometimes include variants of themselves. Their goal is to find Tesla who is being keep prisoner by an evil madman intent on destroying the alternate realities until he can rule the only remaining universe. The tale is related in a series of emails to a girlfriend.
The sci-fi elements are deeply set in the physics realm with alternate realities with all the potential paradoxes handled nicely. In some instances, the boys have near superpower abilities due to different environments. In other cases, they meet vastly more successful versions of themselves. There's a good mixture of bizarre and strange creatures and locals. As expected, their approach and responses to all the strange and unusual happenings is whimsical and offbeat, but they manage to save the day.
The narration is superb with a good range of voices. Most importantly, as a comedy, delivery is critical and comes off with the aplomb of a standup comedian delivering a live show. This is a quick listen due to the nonstop actions and laughs. Caution is advised when listening however, as the jokes are sufficient to cause uncontrolled belly laughs.
Perhaps it is me, but I found this book to be a bit foolish and I kept wondering where the adults were.
The main character seems childish, immature and unable to deal with the real world. I was put off by the constant stream of profanity and never had the feeling that I could suspend reality enough to actually take part in what was happening. On top of that the characters kept taking chances that I did not feel any real person would take, given the circumstances, and the only person in the book that gave me a sense of being real was Tesla himself.
The premise provided the opportunity for some clever plot work but I was put off my the idea that Tesla had installed all of those electrical outlets in that infinitely long hall. After all, where did he get all of the wire? The connectors? Where was it all wired to? What was supplying the power?
Perhaps it has been too long since I was a teenager but I found the whole story just too far out of bounds in spite of what I felt could have been an interesting and intriguing plot. In the end I was left feeling disappointed and let down.
The narration was well done, but then Mr Dircks had to deal with the story that he wrote.
I listened to the book read by Rob Dircks, himself. He has to be one of the funniest guys in the multi-verse. Douglas Adams reincarnated (even though Doug isn't dead yet)! With Trump the president in my multi-verse, I choose to believe in alternative realities.
Rob - you rock!
This was fun.....lots of unexpected outcomes...a little silly in parts but also a couple of laugh out loud moments.....
Lots of great info about Tesla too....he was responsible for so much!
This would make a phenomenal movie - someone could have a field day with special effects on this one.....bring on the Bo Bo's!!!
Nikola Tesla, because he lived up to his real life counterpart and it didn't affect history with the way that the book was written.
Funny humour and inflection
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