The Tesla Legacy – Rebecca Cantrell

Published 22 January 2015

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In New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell’s sequel to the award-winning The World Beneath, software genius, Joe Tesla, confronts an equally brilliant and far more powerful foe. Still crippled by agoraphobia and confined to the tunnels under New York City, Joe is haunted by the fact that he cannot even attend his father’s funeral. His father’s death brings threats to the safety of Joe’s underground home: guilt over the broken relationship that can never be healed, a mysterious box of papers inherited from eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, and a ruthless enemy determined to steal those papers no matter the cost. Mystified by why his inheritance is so valuable, Joe and his service dog, Edison, follow clues left a century ago by Joe’s famous ancestor to reveal the power of his family legacy. While Joe must rely on his considerable talents as a hacker, he must also reach out to friends. But whom can he trust as he battles to save his beloved city from . . . The Tesla Legacy?

My thoughts

This is Rebecca Cantrell’s latest book in the Joe Tesla series. I’ve long been a fan of her Hannah Vogel series and am increasingly becoming fond of Joe Tesla. We first met Joe in ‘The World Beneath’ and now he is back.

The latest story picks up after Joe’s first adventure. Joe is an agoraphobic genius, living a bleak life under the city with his dog. He is a complex eccentric, but very likeable. He now knows why he is agoraphobic and that it has been deliberately inflicted on him. Joe’s father has passed away, leaving him a suitcase full of papers. Someone very cunning has their eye on that suitcase and wants to get their hands on it. What secrets do the past hold? Joe comes up against an enemy, who will do anything he can to get hold of a past invention.

Rebecca Cantrell has created a well paced exciting mystery, which has an almost old fashioned feel to it. It is the classic good versus evil; with an endearing lead in Joe Tesla and the strange setting of under the city. Tesla is weakened by his ability to cope with the outside world, yet he is brave and inspires loyalty in those around him. This time, we get more of his background and see him deal very badly with the outside world. My heart went out to him. I loved the way his female body guard interacted with him and I hope that Cantrell exploits this potential for a relationship.

I defy anyone not to become fascinated by the world of Joe Tesla and be bewitched by the unique writing style. Rebecca Cantrell deserves to have many more readers discover her books. She is brilliant. I want more Joe Tesla.



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3 Responses to The Tesla Legacy – Rebecca Cantrell

  1. Keishon says:

    I’ve not read Cantrell but if one should start, it should be with her Vogel series right? I think I have the first book but just haven’t read it yet.

    • Christine says:

      I discovered Rebecca Cantrell through her Hannah Vogel series. I suppose I’m biased. But I love the way they make 1930s Germany real. Definitely start with Hannah Vogel. The Tesla series is great, just more contemporary.

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