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The Tesla Gate

(The Tesla Gate #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 stranded here, visible, and can interact with the living.
With the world thrown into chaos, Thomas Pendleton is eager to make up for m
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Premier Digital Publishing (first published February 4th 2013)
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Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is technically a sci-fi novel, but really, at its heart, it's the story of the love of a parent for a child. As the story starts, Thomas Pendleton is so preoccupied with providing for his family financially that he forgets to be there for them physically (and emotionally). All that changes after the cosmic storm hits earth and Thomas finds himself given a second chance to follow through on the promises he made - and broke - to his son Seth. And Thomas finds himself facing unimaginable chall ...more
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book with all the science fiction and paranormal mixed into a very, very good story. Don't tell my girlfriend but the ending brought a tear to my eye. This book is first in a trilogy and I can't wait to read the next two!
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very interesting story. I didn't realize that this is the first book of what will be a trilogy, so now I have to wait for the other 2 books to come out. Good story about what happens to us after we die mixed in with some sci-fi.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this through Net Galley months ago. The editing was rough which was to be expected for an ARC copy, but the story was incredible. i absolutely loved it! Very original!
Ryan H
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm, I don't actually know what I was expecting when I started this book. On one hand I expected something along the lines of a storm of epic proportions with madness and chaos everywhere. I also thought it would be something more and something different. It was part science fiction but more a story of family. The story itself kept my attention and has lots of conflict throughout. At points it kept me guessing as well. it is my understanding this is a series so many of the unanswered questions w ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Tesla Gate was a nice, emotional story – a good start to the series.

I’m a fan of sci-fi and paranormal, and this combined these into an intriguing storyline. But I’d have to say, this was really more a relationship novel with some sci-fi, in this case the relationship between a father and his son. While it definitely had it’s nice moments, I also thought that it was sometimes stereotypical in its father-son approach. For example, to begin with, the father felt guilty about working to
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book Readers Review
The Tesla Gate is a Science Fiction book that has an interesting and unique idea. The plot has its roots in both the paranormal, science, and insight into how people cope with death. Tesla Gate the first book of a trilogy ends leaving the reading hanging ready for the next one. A cosmic storm enters Earth’s atmosphere and the paranormal effects begin. Scifi is not my usual choice of reading but I found myself drawn into the story early on and compelled to finish. A love stor
Marie Jones
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With a little bit of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and a lot of pure originality, this 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 that just screams to be a major motion picture franchise. Mimms is an author to wa ...more
Andrew Bequette
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms. It is thought provoking and makes the impossible seem like something that just hasn't happened yet. It grounds the fantastic in reality by answering the logistical questions a reader has as to how the premise would actually work. The novel tells a big story, but with a very personal focus. I was struck by how effectively the author delved into the important issue of how quickly freedoms can be lost and we can turn on each other, even thos ...more
Richard Boyd
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Tesla Gate is a thrilling ride that tells a great story of family past and present.

It was an easy read for me. John really developed the characters well and the story so compelling that it was hard to put the book down.

The concept of the spirit moving back and forth through the Tesla Gate was thrilling like the hair standing on the back of your neck. Not scary but a thrilling ride through the imaginary world John Mimms creates a powerful balance between the living and the dead.

You got to
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book rocks!!!!!! I got swept away in the first chapter and it took me for a ride! I wasn't sure where the story was leading and then sucks you into it as if you're living the story. I felt a panic when I finished the book and didn't have book 2 to read. Superior writing and storytelling!
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is the story of a busy man who gets a second chance in life. Thomas Pendleton could never make time for his family due to his job, but he realized to late about priorities in life. His wife and six-year-old son get killed in a car accident, and Thomas’ life gets turned upside down. A strange cosmic storm approaches Earth and changes the energy of the ones deceased that didn’t decide to cross the door, those popularly called ghosts. Seth is one of the
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
( Format : Audiobook )
" 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
Courtney Odor
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hooked from the first chapter!
Overall 5 out of 5 stars Performance 5 out of 5 stars Story 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed: 05-21-19

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

The Tesla Gate is a Science Fiction book that has an interesting and unique idea. The plot has its roots in both the paranormal, science and insight
Melanie Lewis
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-books
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 beauti ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[My review is for the Audible audiobook format.]

Other reviewers have noted that The Tesla Gate is author John Mimm's debut novel, which, if so, makes this a pretty fantastic debut! While it can be safely categorized as sci-fi, it also fits into the mystery/thriller genres as well. Complex characters, a well-developed storyline, and lively narration give this novel its depth, and a unique plot provides the strong foundation for it to stand on its own, away from the crowd. I'm eagerly awaiting my
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

The Tesla Gate was an interesting concept, but I didn't love it. I thought the writing was a little corny, and not well-polished. The underlying feel of "right vs wrong" felt a little ominous, more like if you didn't agree in the one type of "right" that the author was promoting, you were clearly in the "wrong". I don't think that accurately captures what I'm trying to say, but the t
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked up this story because it's premise sounded interesting and different... But unfortunately, this book really wasn't for me... I kept waiting for something to pique  my interest, something to make me care about the characters,  and by the time that finely happened I was 3/4 the way through, and then it was over! Ugh... It's a sweet story of a father learning what's really important, his son! I didn't think much of the narrator, I kept trying to figure out if he was using his natural voice ...more
Victoria Haugen
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what an inspiring, creepy, mind-blowing story!
Very emotional, but in all sorts of ways. This is a super interesting premise and I loved the story.

Narration was AWESOME.

I think this is something anyone would enjoy, and I definitely recommend it to others. So interesting!

Give it a listen :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Audible:Wow!What a book!Read by one of my favorite narrators,this is an amazing book.A weird storm happens and the dead start coming back.The government rounds them up for purposes unknown.Our hero will do anything to make a trip up to his dead son.He encounters many interesting dead people along the way.Have tissues nearby for the end.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Tesla Gate
By: John D. Mimms

This is part paranormal part science fiction. There is plenty of action and adventure. It grabs you from the beginning and holds you all the way to the end.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Jake Urey brings it all to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's hard to explain without going into detail but this book held me captive. The range of emotions were so wide but it was a great book and I really fell into the story and the characters. After I finished reading it, I had to take some time before starting the second book so I could deal with my emotions. It was a very well written book.
Kim Ramirez
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Tesla Gate by John Mimms is my first book by this author and will not be my last. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, and stays with you. I came across this trilogy while searching for books narrated by Jake Urry who is amazing, as always!!! Highly Recommended!
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was an interesting take on life after death. I found it refreshing that the author didn't go into the the dark side of what was happening (i.e. focusing on the "good" ghosts or souls and not the "bad" ones).
Marsha Fuller
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Simple yet odd plot of Tesla science, ghosts and freedom
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good, but it was an emotional roller coaster. I honestly don't know what to say about this book without giving too much away.

We follow Thomas, Annabelle and Seth Pendleton, into a heart breaking journey. Thomas was the kind of Father that spent way too much time at work and not nearly enough time at home. This comes back to bite him in the butt in such a sad way. His wife and son were killed in a car accident while he was on a business trip and it wasn't until then
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

I saw that most people loved or hated The Tesla Gate. I am more in middle. Parts I loved and parts okay.
The weak part of the story in my eyes is we did not get to know Mrs. Pendleton and Seth before they died. Then their death's was pretty much skipped over. So I did not know or mourn them.

I think I would freak out if all of a sudden loved ones reappeared in front of me too. People had a hard time believing that they were back.

Thomas Pendleton
Neilliza Swaffar
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Tesla Gate is a sci-fi story, which is not my typical book to read. Yes I watch lots of sci-fi movies, but I hate to read them. I gave this book a try and surprisingly good, but sad. This is a heartbreaking story of a man named Thomas Pendleton loosing his wife and son Seth from a car accident. He is a great guy, very loyal and loving, but he is also very busy with work and do not have too much time to spend with his family. He keeps telling himself that he is doing all this for them, but al ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Get your tissues ready because you are going to need them! I knew this was going to be a good book, but I did not realize how much I was going to love The Tesla Gate. I also did not realize how emotionally involved I would be reading this book. I was completely enraptured from page one and I devoured every page until the end.

The plot of this book was riveting. The idea of a freak storm causing spirits to be visible to the living was scary, fascinating, and depressing at the same time. It made m
Anna Tan
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-books, review-copy
If I had known what this story really was about, I would never have downloaded it for review from Edelweiss.

Some baffling science stuff happens at the beginning of the book - never really explained because protagonist Thomas Pendleton is all broken up about the death of his wife and son [also, there are better ways to start off a book than with a dream sequence, even if it was an "aware" dream sequence, and then going back and forth and being all cagey and strange before telling people, okay they die
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John D. Mimms is a business owner, paranormal researcher, and author. John served as the Technical Director for a TAPS family research group in Arkansas (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), supervising over 100 investigations. John wrote more than sixteen technical articles and a definitive technical/training manual—a comprehensive guide on equipment usage, investigation protocol, and scientific the

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