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About the book:
Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. Thomas shuts himself off from the world and is at home grieving 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 visible and can interact with the living.
Ann does not return, but Seth does, and Thomas sees it as a miraculous second chance to spend time with his son and keep the promises he had previously broken. They set out on a trip to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, but little do they know that they are traveling headlong into a social and political maelstrom that will test Thomas in ways he could never imagine. Along the way, they come face to face with armed kidnappers who want Seth for his supernatural abilities, meet up with a medium, the ghost of a slave boy, and encounter none other than Abraham Lincoln.
Citing an overpopulation problem caused by the “Impalpables,” the government begins to take drastic measures. Military scientists have a device called the Tesla Gate that is said to return “Impals” to where they were before the storm. Many have nicknamed the controversial machine “the shredder” because no one really knows if it will do what it is reputed to, or if it will instead shred the Impals—effectively destroying the soul. Thomas is determined to do everything possible to save Seth, or at the very least, ensure that Seth doesn’t have to endure his sentence alone . . .
The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms
Thomas loves his family but his job keeps him very busy and he doesn’t spend time with them. While on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. Now, he wishes that he had taken the time to spend with his family before they died. After a weird storm, his son, Seth, returns from the dead as sort of a ghost. He’s shimmery and not quite solid but appears to be just like his son in other ways. Thomas realizes that this is happening to many other people around the world.
He learns that it’s only the people who die that chose not to go onto Heaven that have reappeared after the storm. He wonders why his wife went on and left his son behind but decides he is going to make the most of the time he has with his son to do the things that he didn’t when he was alive. They head off on a trip to the Air and Space Museum because it’s something he promised his son but never did. On his journey he learns that not only are there now many more people in the world, the people that die now aren’t leaving. They stay on earth and have no choice in the matter.
Not everyone is as happy as Thomas to have the “Impals” (as people call them) return to the earth. There are problems now with over population and some people just don’t trust them. There are people who have their own bad intentions including the government. Thomas realizes that he and Seth are not safe and does everything he can to protect his son and take advantage of the time he has left.
The Tesla Gate is a fantastic story that is more than a science fiction/thriller. The pain and loss that Thomas feels over losing his son and the hope and joy he feels when Seth comes back really touched me. How many of us get caught up in our day to day lives and don’t pay attention to our families? I know I do and this book made me realize that. The Tesla Gate sort of reminded me of The Left Behind series with a powerful message behind a story that I just could not put down. Highly recommend.
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