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.
©2015 Rob Dircks (P)2015 Rob Dircks
This was a surprising delight to me as someone who only dips a toe into the sci-fi genre. Rob Dirks does a sterling job of reading this and kept me fully entertained through the whole book. Great characters and a good concept - I've already bought this for a friend via audible and I'm keen to share it with more people.
Without giving the story away it was when BoBo changed
He has a great style and his tone really draws you in - I had many laugh out loud moments listening to this in the car and I'm sure other passing drivers thought I was a bit nuts.
Too hard to say without giving anything away
Can't wait for him to produce another book - love his imagination and narration.
"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.]
"Comedic romp in the multiverse with Nicola"
Rob Dircks' Where the Hell is Tesla? is a light-hearted comedic escapade with the only criticism that it's far too short. Based on the theme of the 80's films, Bill and Ted's whatever or the earlier Hope and Crosby 'on the road' films, two millennial slackers types stumble onto the missing notebook of Nicola Tesla that describes the construction of a transdimensional portal (conveniently located in a NYC hotel closet) leading to an infinity of alternate universes. As they wander about, they encounter varying situations that sometimes include variants of themselves. Their goal is to find Tesla who is being keep prisoner by an evil madman intent on destroying the alternate realities until he can rule the only remaining universe. The tale is related in a series of emails to a girlfriend.
The sci-fi elements are deeply set in the physics realm with alternate realities with all the potential paradoxes handled nicely. In some instances, the boys have near superpower abilities due to different environments. In other cases, they meet vastly more successful versions of themselves. There's a good mixture of bizarre and strange creatures and locals. As expected, their approach and responses to all the strange and unusual happenings is whimsical and offbeat, but they manage to save the day.
The narration is superb with a good range of voices. Most importantly, as a comedy, delivery is critical and comes off with the aplomb of a standup comedian delivering a live show. This is a quick listen due to the nonstop actions and laughs. Caution is advised when listening however, as the jokes are sufficient to cause uncontrolled belly laughs.
"Had A Blast Listening To This One!"
Wow, one of the funniest stories I've listened too this year! I loved the adventures of Chip and Pete! The plot and characters were hilarious! This is one of those stories no matter what type of mood you are in, as soon as you start playing it, you are guaranteed a smile, and a laugh. I'm definitely keeping this story on my iPad for days I need a pick me up or a good laugh.
Not only was the story AWESOME, the narration was PERFECT! I'm skeptical about authors who narrate their own stories (I've heard a few bad ones), but Rob Dirks totally nails it! I know he delivered this story just like he imagined it, and you can hear and feel the passion he has for both the story, and characters. I can't imagine anyone not liking this one!
Absolutely worth a credit and the time!
"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.
"Interesting and funny"
The format (as emails) was a refreshing honest perspective into the main character. He does curse a lot. It's science meets comedy.
"Great adventure story"
I like to get my geek on with alternative universes involving historical characters. This fits the bill. This was in my wish list for a long time and I am sorry about that because it was an enjoyable adventure about alternate universes. I don't like comparing with other other authors but it was a cross between the excitement of Peter Clines and the heart of John Scalzi. Not quite there yet, but enough to be really enjoyable. The only thing that might put it over the top is if Wil Wheaton would have narrated. The author did a good job it's just these are the kind of characters Wheaton really embodies.
"Funny with a little bit of cheese"
Hilarious book. Really enjoyed listening to it at work. Will most definitely listen to it again.
"Very well written, good story line, and superb narrator. "
Excellent story captures the essence of Tesla. Chip does a great job as the main character although he does swear a lot (read the book and you will understand)
"cute, cheesy, and wonderfully done!"
Listened to this on the wife's recommendation. i didn't know what to expect at first, but things quickly take off and you're running right away! This book is just plain fun and I'm looking forward to more from this author!
"You Need This Book"
Witty, well written, and completely enchanting. Dricks balances mad-cap crazy with a sincerely and honesty that tire the story together. The realistic characters (including a furry alien) are endearing and grounded as they navigate a multiverse. I was sad to say goodbye when it ended. A very special book and the author's narration is fantastic. Listen. Listen now.
Nikola Tesla, because he lived up to his real life counterpart and it didn't affect history with the way that the book was written.
Funny humour and inflection
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