Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into a vast, dark world: 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again... except for one.
Software millionaire Joe Tesla is set to ring the bell on Wall Street the morning his company goes public. On what should be the brightest day in his life, he is instead struck with severe agoraphobia. The sudden dread of the outside is so debilitating, he can't leave his hotel at Grand Central Terminal, except to go underground. Bad luck for Joe, because in the tunnels lurk corpses and murderers, an underground Victorian mansion and a mysterious bricked-up 1940s presidential train car. Joe and his service dog, Edison, find themselves pursued by villains and police alike, their only salvation now is to unearth the mystery that started it all, a deadly, contagious madness on the brink of escaping The World Beneath.
©2013 Rebecca Cantrell (P)2014 Rebecca Cantrell
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"I look forward to the next in the series"
In the beginning the story was rather confusing and I started over thinking I had missed something but realized that it was actually the story and a switch in time periods. At various sections throughout the story the narration and the dialogue between characters seemed choppy but once the story became clearer I wanted to hear more and look forward to the next book in the series.
Choppy, nice, suitable
The mystery behind the agoraphobia is intriguing and how he copes is interesting. I think mystery fans will enjoy this, but I look forward to a better flow in both story and narration in the next book.
"Thriller set in the tunnels of NYC's subway."
Like other Rebecca Cantrell novels, The World Beneath is a fast paced story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This story centers on Joe Tesla who lives in the tunnels under Grand Central Station in New York City. Tesla is a very likeable character, who with his dog, lives in a real Victorian mansion below the subway. Several people get killed due to a strange virus that has been bricked-up inside a 1940s presidential train car. Both villains and the police pursue Tesla and his only escape is to figure out the mystery that started it all.
Narrator Jeffrey Kafer does a great job, creating different voices for each of the characters. His performance includes the necessary urgency that properly sets the mood for a thriller such as this. If rumors are true that this is the beginning of a new series, I hope Kafer will be the narrator.
"A tense and thrilling read."
This is my first book by this author, but it definitely won't be my last.
What would you do if you suddenly developed agoraphobia and couldn't leave the subway tunnels? What would you do if you saw something you weren't supposed to and now are in danger? That's what our hero has to live with. How can he survive when he can't even go outside?
Joe Tesla was such an awesome character. He was a successful business man but suddenly developed agoraphobia. He now lives in a house that's under the subway. You read that right!! There is a house under the subway!! How cool would that be, though I couldn't live there. Anyway, he lives there with his therapy dog and is only able to use the tunnels to get around. He is well written and developed and the author handled his debilitating condition perfectly. You could feel his fear and frustration at not being able to leave.
Let's give a special mention to the hero who stole the story. Joes' dog, Edison!! I loved him and he totally stole the show :)
Plot wise, the story was breathtakingly fast paced. The scene is set in the very first pages and from then on you are part of a roller coaster that doesn't stop till the very last page. You are brought on a suspenseful and intriguing story and one that you won't forget.
In all this was a great read. I loved the well thought out characters and the intriguing plot and flew through the book eagerly waiting to see what happens. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole way!! The technology mentioned and used, the virus that's released and the flawed hero make for an unforgettable read.
The audio of this was fantastic. It really brought the story alive and made it play out like a movie in my head. Jeffrey Kafer has an easy voice to listen to and really knows how to make the characters pop. He ramps up the tension when needed and you find yourself biting your nails in anticipation. He gives each character their own voice and they are always easily distinguishable.
*I received this for review from AudioBookBlast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
"Love the hero with a weakness stuff!"
I always love a surprise. The embattled and imperfect hero makes it real. And easier to relate to the true difficulty of what he faced. His compassion towards his enemies truly demonstrates his uniqueness.
"Nikola Tesla's grandson against the CIA!"
The unique handling of an agoraphobic hero.
Joe watching his former intern be mistaken for him and murdered.
As always, Mr. Kafer does a great job of narrating. Every character ha\s their own voice, and you feel like you're right there!
Yes, I was annoyed when I had to stop.
A great read! Hope there's more to come!
"What a Pleasant Surprise"
Important note, Stick With It. It takes a couple chapters to realize what the author is doing. In the end, it is well worth the listen. Good story telling and very good narration. Enjoyed it
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
This outstanding story captivated me from the first words. The world Cantrell has created is visual, heart thumping and compelling to the end. The research involved alone was enough to want me to learn more about the NYC underground. Looking forward to the next Joe Tesla adventure.
The World Beneath is the truest example of a suspense thriller. The first chapter sets up what will follow throughout the entire novel as a platform for what Tesla discovers and how he will be forced to use his wits and skills to potentially save the world. I wouldn't necessarily compare TWB to another book because this reads as a truly original concept. Works by authors Joseph Finder and Christopher Reich come to mind due to the risk and professional standing in an industry elements.
I enjoyed Kafer's performance very much. His tone and fluctuation from one character to another was flawless. The spoke word adds an additional visual element to the e-book version.
The irony of Tesla's circumstances presented quite a lot of intriguing instances. Most heartbreaking are the choices he's forced to make throughout his journey to discovery--not only of the mystery at the heart of the story, but how his affliction dictates his actions.
Yes, mostly because I'm a fan of audiobooks and of narrator Jeffrey Kafer.
I have no problem visualizing characters when I read, but I my imagination is weak in terms of voices. Kafer's narration adds a layer of realism.
I've read Cantrell's collaborative work with James Rollins, but this is the first of her solo efforts I've read. Interesting characters and setting. Overall, a good story.
"What a great book!"
A pleasant surprise, great characters and a fast moving plot. Strong writer. Get it.
"good first time author"
First time author for me. I'm not a book writing expert but I'd guess that authors with each of their stories tries to have something unique; time, plot, setting, something to set it apart from all other books. This book accomplished that in spades and was extra creative.
The key character is a software engineer with agoraphobia. To combat the disease he lives in the underground world of the New York City subways. You can't get much more creative than that. But to the author's credit, even with that background, she writes a good, fun story.
It was an entertaining listen which is what I want. I'll give the author another try.
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