The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell is something fresh and different in an otherwise saturated genre!
Not exaggerating folks! This Joe Tesla novel is the first thriller I’ve read in a while and it was such a nice surprise. Really exciting, non-stop action, but more importantly… it was different.
The World Beneath: A Joe Tesla Novel
In this USA Today bestselling book, 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.
Fantastic book! Without giving too much away, the novel initially starts with a potential biological disaster than cover-up, which immediately hooked me. I’m a sucker for those kinds of tales. However, there was a lot more to it than that. The potential danger of a parasite let loose on the masses was really only a small part of the story.
The real story centers around Joe Tesla, a brilliant software designer and distant relative to THE Nikola Tesla. Joe sees numbers as colours and it is fascinating. He also suffers from debilitating agoraphobia which makes him seek a home deep underneath the surface of NYC. In the subway tunnels and abandoned stations, Joe manages to create a comfortable but unorthodox life. It doesn’t hurt that he is a millionaire and therefore has resources to do so.
Unfortunately while he’s down there, he uncovers a nefarious plot, 60 years in the making, making him a target.
The World beneath is brimming with action, super-villains, government conspiracies and of course danger. The writing is well-matched to the pace of the story and as I mentioned before, the author will hook you by the prologue.
I really enjoyed it and I look forward to reading more Tesla adventures in addition to some other amazing looking books by Rebecca Cantrell.
image(2)/Giphy, Source: Unknown/ Abandoned NY Subway Stn.