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The Tesla Gate

(The Tesla Gate #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  52 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 many broken p
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
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I don’t think I would have picked this up, were it not for Jake Urry, one of my favourite narrators, doing the audio book.
However, I ended up thoroughly enjoying myself - the narration is as ever top notch, even though it took me a surprised minute to tune into Jake’s (flawless) American accent.
The story itself is very different from what I expected, although I’m not sure what I did expect, quite sweet actually without diving into cheesy, the SciFi being largely incidental, ki
Bethany Gordon
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Part paranormal, part ghost story, part sci-fi, this book was very different from most of the other books I read. Telling the story of Thomas and his son Seth who has come back to visit him from the after life, it made you think about making the most of what you have now, and what you could do with second chances. Charting their story and Thomas' wish to keep his promise to Seth, it had both heart-warming and scary moments with a range of interesting characters. The narration was great and reall ...more
Sandra Leivesley
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbc, audible
WARNING - Before you start reading/listening to this book make sure you have a box of issues handy!

This isn't my usual genre, but I will listen to anything narrated by the fabulous Jake Urry! Anyway I absolutely loved this book which is a beautifully written story which is a mix of scifi thriller and ghost story. The characters are amazing, and I felt a real emotional connection to them. It's all about second chances and makes you wonder how you would react if you got the chance to see your dece
Niamh bonner
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first started istening to this I thought I'm not going to like this because I'm not a big fan of science fiction. However I left it playing and I was pleasantly surprised.
Mr Urry has one of the most haunting/emotive voices on audible and he sucked me in. I found looking forward to going back to it (when I had to join the real world).
The story is one that makes us all want it to be real. John Mimms has written a reat story that I would highly recommend.
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 too hard a
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
Review originally published at:

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 ca
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 daughter back when
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 into how people co
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
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
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 tone was just
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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 that Thomas
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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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