Where the Hell is Tesla?

  • by Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by Rob Dircks
  • 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Entertaining and Derivative

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.
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- Charles

As funny as "Agent to the Stars" by John Scalzi

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.]
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- Julie W. Capell "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"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2015
  • Publisher: Goldfinch Publishing