Review of Tesla's Secret by Carla Herrera

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 12th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/n1ecme8t/
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The Time Traveling Invention created by Nikola Tesla is found by writer Carla Herrera and her daughter Gloria. They use it to bring several famous people back, with both expected and unexpected results.

Disclaimer

Carla Herrera and I write together in her hometown on Wednesdays. Tesla's Secret* is the first work of hers that I read, but I reviewed another of her works, Blue Tent, first.
If you're interested, please check out my other reviews of local authors:
Her Blood's Warning by Kymberly Cook
The Fisherman by Mark DiRienzo
Perilous by Tamara Hart Heiner
Blue Tent by Carla Herrera
When the Lights Go Up and Jump, Fall by Jennifer McClory

*I originally had a link to the Smashwords site for Tesla's Secret, but was advised by the moderator (MGB) to remove it. Some moderators would object to a book review without the link. I just try to do as I'm told when I'm told, and hope not to upset too many people along the way...

Nikola Tesla

I'm not sure "cute" is what Herrera was going for in Tesla's Secret, but I thought it was cute. I liked her scenes with Tesla best. There were a few mechanical things I noticed, but nothing too scary. And when Herrera as the main character says she's going to use the invention "just one more time," I don't know if she's intending to bring back Socrates, Tesla again, or someone else that might be more obvious if I knew her even better. That felt unfinished. But I liked the first person approach and the way I felt I got to know Herrera a bit better from reading about her and her daughter Gloria in Tesla's Secret.

Edgar Allan Poe

I do love Poe, and wish his bit could have been longer. But at least that I understood, and I agree with the choices she made there. Poe is a writer and a troubled soul, which is evident in every macabre piece he writes. He does have a scientific fascination with machines involved in human torture, but would work just as well with low tech masonry objects. A device like Tesla's, I imagine, would be unnerving to him.

Elvis!!!

There was one part, where Elvis jumped toward the console, where I couldn't tell that the tunnel was gone or that he had been able to escape it. However, there are so many Elvis impersonators out there that I don't think seeing Elvis would get a reaction _I_ would worry about. On the other hand, knowing Herrera, I probably would have said something about being nervous and needing a cigarette after Elvis left the building (ha ha). Not my favorite musician, I don't have the primal urge for Elvis that many (like Gloria) do. It's funny: we had an Elvis impersonator in our grocery store as part of shareholder's week. I asked an employee for help finding something, and she took me to the opposite end of the store (the item wasn't there) so she could dance with Elvis while under the guise of helping a customer. So Herrera is spot-on asserting that some would swoon and break out cell phone cameras to memorialize any visit by "The King" -- back from the dead or simply escaped from an Elvis Impersonator's convention.

Flash Fiction

Tesla's Secret packs a mighty punch in so few (just under 5,600) words. I almost wonder if my article is longer -- I jest, of course! I hope Herrera will consider expanding many of these flash fiction works into longer narratives, though I happen to know she is burning the candle at both ends with a new inspired work that I am very very excited for my friend about. I've got several more of her stories to read, but though they are short on words, they put a person through her paces. I am stepping up to the challenge -- maybe not today, but soon. Meanwhile, nothing's stopping you from supporting this indie writer!!

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Carla Herrera, Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allen Poe, Elvis Presley, Elvis Presleys Death, Nikola Tesla

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I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
17th Jun 2013 (#)

I am a great follower of Tesla and his work was often attributed to others. Great write my friend.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks! Carla (the author)'s a Wikinut, too. I hope you'll visit her page(s).

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author avatar Delicia Powers
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Great review, thanks Phyl...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Jun 2013 (#)

indeed a great write Carla...thank you so much...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Jun 2013 (#)

oh dear Phyl...i meant to put great write Phyl and messed up again...i think me bloody brain is topsy turvy today...apologies

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
17th Jun 2013 (#)

Well Carla wrote the book, which is what I thought you meant. And she did do a great job!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Jun 2013 (#)

yes just like you do...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
18th Jun 2013 (#)

Awwwwww, shucks! ;)

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