“The Tesla Gate” John D. Mimms

Rated 2 stars ** To be published July 10, 2014. ebook. ARC. Premier Digital Publishing.

Edited on April 5th. Now Rated 3 stars *** (see explanation at bottom of review)

TeslaGateThomas Pendleton loves his wife Ann and son Seth, so works long hours for them. He feels guilty missing birthday and family time but knows this will help them have the money they need to be comfortable in the future. However all is not well, and a strange cosmic storm appears which somehow causes ghosts to appear visible.

However all is not well as the government has devised a plan to get rid of these “Impals” (impalpables) as they’ve been renamed which is similar to what was done to the Japanese Americans during World War II. As Tom has a strong connection to one of them, he will have to use everything at his disposal to make sure this particular “impal” is protected.

“The Tesla Gate” has a semi interesting storyline, and leaves much to the reader’s imagination such as how did the government figure out iron was the only thing that could contain an Impal?

NOTE: On April 5th I received a note from the publisher discussing various discrepancies I mentioned in my Spoiler Alert below (DO NOT READ THE SECTION BELOW IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPOILERS) Thus since I didn’t know the book was a trilogy, and the errors I mentioned had been corrected in the final version, I will change my review from 2 stars to 3 stars *** because it really was a good storyline and, since the issues I mentioned were corrected and others will be explained in later books, it deserves a chance to be read.

Recommended for Adult readers.

NOTE: SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS SECTION.

*** SPOILER ***

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*** SPOILER ***

The author had a huge discrepancy not caught by an editor. After his wife and son died, Tom thought back to their final days and remembered how she suffered a low blood sugar attack on their way home from a picnic causing their car to strike a tree, where they died instantly. However, several chapters later he laments the fact they both drowned. I was left scratching my head. First, how do you get low blood sugar when you just finished eating lunch? Secondly how do you die in a car accident yet several chapters later have drowned?

Additionally the title “The Tesla Gate” does not adequately describe what’s happening in the book, as the gate is only mentioned in the final pages of the book. I think the author could have thought of a title more in tune to the fate of the Impals along with Tom’s adventures with his son.

Edited April 5: I received the following comments from the publisher: “I would like you to know that due to being up against a pressing deadline, the ARC was released prior to editing. The discrepancies you caught were corrected in the final version to be published in July. Also, the Tesla Gate is a trilogy. This will be made clear in metadata before release. Things you did not feel were explained, such as the gates and iron, are going to be addressed more thoroughly in the following books.”

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2 thoughts on ““The Tesla Gate” John D. Mimms

  1. Dear Mrs. Mac,
    First, thank you for your time in reviewing The Tesla Gate. It is an honor that you selected the title. I would like you to know that due to being up against a pressing deadline, the ARC was released prior to editing. The discrepancies you caught were corrected in the final version to be published in July. Also, the Tesla Gate is a trilogy. This will be made clear in metadata before release. Things you did not feel were explained, such as the gates and iron, are going to be addressed more thoroughly in the following books. I only wish you could have reviewed the final and knew it was a trilogy. I think you may have liked it at least one star better.
    Thank you again for your time. I am sorry certain elements in the ARC prevented you from enjoying the book.
    Kind regards,
    Italia Gandolfo
    Founder/CEO GH Literary Management

    • Mrs. Mac says:

      Thank you for letting me know this book is a trilogy, as well as clarifying the other areas you described. I will add these additions to my review and will definitely bump it up a star because I did “kind of” like it but with your explanations I now “definitely” like it. I look forward to reading the other two books in the series.

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