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Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. Thomas shuts himself off from the world and is at home grieving when a cosmic storm enters Earth's atmosphere. Scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm's side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible and can interact with the living.

Ann does not return, but Seth does, and Thomas sees it as a miraculous second chance to spend time with his son and keep the promises he had previously broken. They set out on a trip to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., but little do they know that they are traveling headlong into a social and political maelstrom that will test Thomas in ways he could never imagine. Along the way, they come face to face with armed kidnappers who want Seth for his supernatural abilities, meet up with a medium, the ghost of a slave boy, and encounter none other than Abraham Lincoln.

Citing an overpopulation problem caused by the Impalpables, the government begins to take drastic measures. Military scientists have a device called the Tesla Gate that is said to return Impals to where they were before the storm. Many have nicknamed the controversial machine "the shredder" because no one really knows if it will do what it is reputed to, or if it will instead shred the Impals - effectively destroying the soul. Thomas is determined to do everything possible to save Seth, or at the very least, ensure that Seth doesn't have to endure his sentence alone....

©2014 John D. Mimms (P)2017 John D. Mimms

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The Tesla Gate

A paranormal thriller combines science fiction, horror and a fantastical premise with a heart-wrenching relationship story about a father and his son. Add some great moments of humor, and a ton of insight into what death means and how we "deal" with it, those of us living, anyway, and you have all the mixings of a great new series.

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 12-27-17

Creepy and interesting, but waiting for other shoe

First off, let me say that Jake Urry is SO good in this production. He owns this story, and it is a shame that the sequels do not feature his amazing, rumbling tones.

The story requires quite a large amount of "suspension of disbelief" to be sure. It has complexities, compelling characters, and strong story arcs. All that said, I have this nagging feeling, somewhere, somehow, that there is a religious/evangelical aspect looming in the background ( which is fine, it's just mildly off-putting to know it is there, without actually being expressed.)

Maybe it is just me, and normal cynicism, but there you have it. A strong offering notwithstanding.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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this book made me cry it's not fair

I loved this book so much so enticing so great such a beautiful concept I never would of Imagine I would read this kind of book and will like it but I did it was so sad the acceptance did the people we lost are here with us but they are not really with us I have listened to this book with my heart in my throat it was very emotional and a perfect perfect absolutely perfect book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ghosts ARE real

What would happen if all the ghosts became visible? That’s the amazing idea for this book. It is told from the first-person perspective of a father and husband; someone who would die for their family. The father, Thomas, also has some misaligned priorities: he puts work before family, but he does it so he can provide nice things for his family. A lot of men are this way - missing a soccer game or recital because of work. It’s the working-father's curse, and it weighs heavily on Thomas’ conscience.

Then, the nightmare of every father and husband happens. And this book takes off like a dragster.

It’s a well-written book, with emotion flowing from the pages at every turn. It kept me interested and enthralled with every scene. I loved this. I could relate to Thomas. I could see myself doing exactly what he does, make the same choices he makes.

Jake Urry presents an interesting audio journey as the narrator. When the book first starts Jake speaks in his natural voice, which has a heavy English accent. And the way he talks is low, slow and, spooky. It made me think I was listening to a Halloween story narrated by Bela Lugosi.

But that changed quickly. Once the first chapter started, a deep southern accent emanated from Mr. Urry, and it sounded pretty authentic to my non-discriminating ears. How can a narrator go from a proper English-gentleman’s accent to some Mississippi drawl in one second? Talent. Training. This guy is good. And there were no major slip-ups of the accent throughout the book. Sure, the way blokes across the pond pronounce certain words shows up here and there, but it’s not jarring at all and didn't take me out of the story. Also, the tone Mr. Urry presents during narration was full of dread and anxiety, perfectly matching the tone of the book. Great performance!

This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Drew
  • Bmore
  • 12-12-17

Easy read (listen)

The accent king!!! Let me begin by saying this narrator can do any accent known to man. I enjoyed his tone and I felt like I knew the characters better because of him. The book was great. I like the way he brought history and supernatural together. If you like good books give this a listen. I was giving this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE STORIES I HAVE EVER READ!

If you could sum up The Tesla Gate in three words, what would they be?

INCREDIBLE, SCARY, ORIGINAL

What did you like best about this story?

THE ENDING WAS PRICELESS!

What does Jake Urry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

HE BRINGS THE CHARACTERS TO LIFE.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES, ABSOLUTELY

Any additional comments?

CAN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO THE OTHER TWO BOOKS IN THE TRILOGY!

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Love, love, love!

What made the experience of listening to The Tesla Gate the most enjoyable?

Wow, this was a great read. Hits on sci-fi in a new and interestingly refreshing way. While the story can be emotionally intense it really makes you think about the universe and all that we are yet to know. I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review.

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The tesla gate

Really interesting premise! Very emotional story of a man and his son. The narration was really great and I loved the effects they did to portray the voices of the deceased.

I was given this Audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Nicely tear-jerking

This book is based on the premise of a gate opening up and the travelers worrying about losing people just as you really get to appreciate them. This is a refreshing sci-fi book with a narrator who appropriately matches his voice to the situation. I look forward to more books by the author and narrator as I love listening to audiobooks when there is a good story and good reader.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • tina
  • GREAT MILLS, MD, United States
  • 12-15-17

Different

New concept. Good premise,but I feel more could have been done with the characters. I just kept waiting for something great with the story line besides they all get extinguished! Narrator did an ok job but was a little slow. I was given this book for free for my honest review.

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  • Rob
  • 01-02-18

A real Sci-fi tear jerker

Such a well thought out story-line and i'm glad to hear it's the first in a trilogy - i will be searching the next one out for my next download. The story is an emotional roller-coaster with excellent characters - all brought to life with great narration.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-18

Wow

Listened to this book, as I’m a fan of Jake Urry’s superb narration skills. I’m not disappointed! What a story!

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 12-04-17

Exquisite

This is the most wonderful and heart warming book I've listened to in years. The concept is inspired; your deceased loved ones coming back to be with you. Discovering that they never really left, but hung about, taking care and watching over you. I had to stop listening on numerous occasions so I could have a little weep at the thought of any of my departed family possibly coming back and how marvellous that would be. Jake Urry does a magnificent performance as Thomas Pendleton. This is a beautifully composed, thought provoking tale of one man's love for his son. It will resonate with every working parent and anybody who has ever lost someone close to them. There should be a multiple tissue warning with this book. Five bright, shiny stars for a story that touched my heart and will stay there for a very long time.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-13-18

I would do anything for Seth

What might happen if the dead came back to life? Not everyone, just those who had died but not yet ',crossed over'. And not zombies, nothing like. instead they are as they had been in life, same hopes and likings, and loves. Some problems, yes. A little insubstantial, perhaps, but more than mere ghosts.
And how would their loved ones respond? Would they be glad to have their husband, wife, father, mother, grandparent, son or daughter back when, perhaps they had moved on after the passing of time? And what of those for whom no-one returned? Could they accept the presence of those others?

This intriguing story focuses on one father who found out, too late, how much he had neglected his wife and child too late, only to have a second chance when his son came back to him. Read by the excellent Jake Urry, who is both sinister and sweet at the same time, this book is unusual, a little frightening and full of the love of a father for his son.
My thanks to the rights holder of The Tesla Gate for freely gifting me a complimentary copy. It is science fiction of the type to make the reader think and empathise with the characters caught up in something beyond their control. Recommended.