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Gabriella and Dr. Duggan's Secret Dimensional Transport Machine

(NuGen #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Gabriella, a teenage girl who recently lost her genetics researcher father in suspicious circumstances, discovers that she is a surprisingly good athlete and the only “non-modified” able to compete with genetically modified super-athletes. Did she become this way because of a genetic modification experiment her father conducted? Who killed her father and why? Are they afte ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by sji llc
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Lana Axe
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Teen with Lots to Do

Gabby is a typical teen until her father is killed and she and her mother are forced into hiding in a new country. She discovers a natural talent for ultraball, despite not being a genetically engineered child as her competitors are. She suffers a terrible injury at 16 and thinks she is done with the sport. To her surprise, however, she is given the opportunity to experiment with new a newly created machine capable of teleporting a person over great distances.

During her tra
Kirsten Jany
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I tremendously enjoyed this story about the questionable ethics of genetic research.

Cardona has crafted a mystery set in a futuristic society, where affluent folks can have their children modified through genetic upgrades. In this setting, narrator Gabriella, a sixteen-year-old girl, finds herself the only “natural” athlete in the most popular global sport, a game called “Ultraball”. While Gabriella’s DNA does not show any genetic alterations, she can keep up with her modified peers and opponent
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So here's the thing. I bought this because of the cover. I'm a total Stargate SG1 and Atlantis fangirl, and a bit of a geek. Okay, full on geek and mystic. So much so that one of the nicknames my family has given me is Carter - after Samantha Carter from SG1. Because I'm your goto girl when it comes to tech. But I'm also a geek like Daniel in ways, especially being a member of the Oma Desala fan club. So anyway, the cover, well it reminded me of the Stargate, and that was reason enough to buy th ...more
Marc Secchia
More than your average YA sci-fi yarn, this story explores what it means to be human in a world where people and athletes can be engineered for performance or heightened skills. Where should the line be drawn? What does it mean to be human if you're born in a test tube, and your parents have paid for particular enhancements? How do you measure performance? What is 'normal'?

The story follows Gabriella, a teen athlete who rises from poverty into a position where she begins to attract the attention
Terri Christie
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-4-author

"I almost can’t believe where I am; surrounded by bright
blinding light, like floating on the surface of the sun, low lying
clouds drifting all around me caressing my skin with tingling
static, and the strong smell of jasmine and lilac that takes my mind
away to another place. And dead silence. An unnatural silence. A
silence so strong that my ears ring, trying to fill in the absence of
I am standing in the Void.
But the real reason that I am back here, the reason I
couldn’t tell Dr. Duggan... Oh
Randee Baty
Imagine a world where your parents decide what genetic qualities they want you to have and genetics companies can produce you in a test tube. This is the world that "Gabriella" is set in. The title and the cover make this seem like a book maybe for middle schoolers but don't let that deceive you. This book is much deeper and mature than the cover indicates.

The story begins with Gabriella losing her father so she and her mom have to go undercover and change their names to hide from those responsi
Demelza Carlton
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest, non-reciprocal review.

It's definitely clean teen fiction at an appropriate level - Gabriella comes across as a normal teenager, though one who's been through a fair bit of running training. I appreciate the detailed training schedules she refers to, as they definitely show the author's knowledge about training elite athletes and what Gabriella's life became during training, but I admit I skipped over those bits because they were
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book a 3.5/5 star rating. I enjoyed the story, however I felt there was a lot of back story that was completely missing to help make sense of what was happening in the story. It just became a bit frustrating (as well for Gabriella) that there was this whole life her parents led that she knows nothing about and that seemingly is the cause of why they are having to run once her father dies. Even as more details emerge throughout the story it still feels as though there is so much ...more
Jonathan Garrett
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book was so good! Don't let the silly cover fool you - this book is really well written and a book that adults can really enjoy. While the book is centered around a teenage girl, Cardona tackles some challenging scientific topics like time travel, string theory, and genetic modification of humans. "Gabriella and Dr. Duggan's Secret Dimensional Transport Machine" is fun enough for teens to love reading, and smart enough for adults to like too. I received this book for a Goodreads first read ...more
Dale Hackett
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grows on you

The genetic key of knowing the unknowable, light vs dark, it's all here or seems to be. The mystery deepens as you read further into the story, all she wants to know is her real past, whom she is. What is true love? Perhaps she knows by end of story. I hope there is a part two?
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This one was a definite positive surprise. Cover was a bit off putting but after reading teaser from author believed would be worth a read. Enjoyed action with characters of enjoyable personality. Get in on the action for a fun summer read. Received as winner on Goodreads which did not influence my review.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is a poor, young girl to do? After the strange disappearance of her father and a sudden move to another country, Gabriella finds herself at the heart of a strange experiment. For good or for bad, Gabriella bravely works with Dr. Duggan. This is a fast paced novel and is great for teens and tweens. Filled with suspense, great characters, and a wild plot, it's a real page-turner!
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
*I received a free copy of this novel from Goodreads.

This was an extremely unique book. Part thriller, part sci-fi, and part mystery, Gabriella and Dr. Duggan's Secret Dimensional Transport Machine is suspenseful and exhilarating to read. It picks up speed as it goes along, and is impossible to put down.

5/5 stars!
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book long after my husband went to sleep and had to stifle a "Noooooooooo!!!!!" at the abrupt ending. I need NuGen #2 to come out yesterday! Yes I am an adult and yes this is a book about a 16 year old teenage girl, but it was mature enough to hold my attention. It also posed some excellent questions about genetic modification and really caused me to think.
Joe Anshien
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kept me engaged. Little repetitive on the training, but a good story and character development. Good mix of sports, sci-fi, and YA.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book as a Christmas present, and what a delight! Gabriella is the lead character, of course, but this is not a "girly" book. In fact, with just a few minor adjustments this could just as easily been Gabriel and Dr, Duggan's Secret Dimentional Transport Machine.

Gabriella is an athlete and her sport sounds a lot to me like parkour. Much of the book focuses on her preparations and training, and even though I'm not particularly into sports, I enjoyed this part of the book. And then
Jefferson Smith
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I sincerely like the cover image. Unfortunately, I can't comment on the story because I can't push far enough through the purple prose to actually get to the story. It's like no detail is too small and everything must be described. Sentences already over-burdened with too many adjectives then interrupt themselves with parenthetical asides to over-describe unnecessary bits of background detail. What's here is grammatically sound and the events I did read give me some hope that the plotting might ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gabriella, a teenage girl who lives a simple life selling shoes in her parents clothing store, has her life turned upside down when two NuGen goons show up at their store. Shortly thereafter, her father is dead, tragically, and she finds out the entire life she had been living is a lie. They must change their name, run and hide, leaving everything behind that very night. So starts the whirlwind adventure, a mystery set in a futuristic society, where affluent folks can have their children modifie ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The story did catch my attention, so I continued to read it. The writing style, however, needed improvement. It came across very amateurish. There were parts of the book that were unclear due to insufficient information, such as what was the war she (Gabriella) spoke of, and what culture was she referring to. There were definitely conflicts in ideas. The book seemed futuristic because of the changes in the world, and the use of genetic engineering. Then they brought up arranged marriages, which ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I pushed through to the end. Because I kept hoping it would get better but no. It's not horrible and the concept it good but the love triangle was so poorly done it should have just been left out. The characters are not believable or well developed. I say don't bother.
Though not what I had in my mind with secret dimensional transport machine fiction! the cover Is lot what it is not
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James Cardona received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware with a minor in Religious Studies.
He enjoys all things creative including the typical things such as drawing, painting, music and creative writing; and the not-so-typical such as building robots and writing computer code.
James has written five books and is planning on writing many, many more.
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