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Eureka: Substitution Method [Kindle Edition]

Cris Ramsay
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Welcome to Eureka.
Population: BRILLIANT

It's a town of geniuses—and now it's the smartest series going.

Founded by Albert Einstein and Harry Truman after WWII, Eureka is home to the greatest minds in science and technology. But the creations of these eccentric geniuses threaten to destroy the world as often as they save it. Jack Carter is the everyman sheriff who must use his common sense and unique street smarts to keep a lid on this Pandora's Box of a town. Especially now, when Eureka's people, cars, and buildings are being swapped with people, cars and buildings from other places.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Aug. 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Eureka Tie-In Novel 9 Sept. 2010
By Matthew S. Spence - Published on
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When I saw that a novel tie-in for the Syfy's original series, Eureka, (Eureka - Season One)- I figured I would pick it up as I truly love the show. The book itself takes place between season 3.5 and 4, and overall was a quite enjoyable read. Overall the book would have made an excellent two part episode.

If you are familiar with the show than you already know what you are going to get, and in all honesty if you are not a fan I doubt you'll find yourself on this page, but I shall provide a quick synopsis regardless. Sheriff Jack Carter, former US Marshal, finds himself as the Sheriff for a small town in Oregon called Eureka- which is a secret town that houses a goodly portion of all the world's geniuses. Carter is constantly trying to save the town from one science experiment run amok after the other, whilst also trying to raise his teenage daughter and find love. Carter usually saves the town with his good old fashioned common sense, something that is often missing in the big brained scientists that reside in the town. This story involves, as the title suggests, an experiment run amok that begins switching one thing with another, at first it substitutes flowers for weeds, and then people from one side of town to another, but when it starts switching whole buildings, and the scientist that started it all can not be found- it seems imminent disaster is on the horizon.

For fans of the series, all your favorite characters make an appearance, and get plenty of page time. One appearance that I was glad to see is Taggert (played by Matt Frewer on the show), as I find him to be a truly enjoyable character, and we get to see a surprising side of him, when he and Zane are substituted and he ends up at Zane's apartment (with Zane ending up at his house). Zoe is on mid-winter break and she and Fargo end up helping Sheriff Carter out as he must leave Eureka to take care of some of the substitutions. There is also quite a fun substitution involving the multiple Dr. Bakers. As far as continuity with the series, I can say fans over all will be happy, as there are none of those awkward series or movie tie-in moments where the reader says to themselves, "this character would never do that," or "that is not what happened in Episode 6 of Season 1. The only continuity issue that I could pick up on was the fact that, Carter's sister Lexi is in town for a visit, and while Duncan (her fiancee) is mentioned (and even makes an appearance), no mention of their new born twins takes place, which given she was nigh months away from delivery when she left the show in Season 3, this was a rather glaring oversight.

All in all I can state that any fan of the show would greatly enjoy reading this fine first novel tie-in, and would do well to pick it up. If you are reading this review and have never seen Eureka, I would greatly recommend the show, and further recommend this as a good piece of reading material once you have finished Season 3.5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start for Eureka Tie-Ins 15 Nov. 2010
By SciFiChick - Published on
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The small town of Eureka is a top secret installation and home to the greatest scientific minds in the country. Jack Carter is a sheriff of average intelligence, but routinely has to save the town from their own inventions-gone-haywire. What starts off as an almost boring day, soon spirals out of control when cars, homes and even humans start switching places. Sherriff Carter must discover who and what is behind the increasing displacements before the general public finds out too much and before the military steps in.

The first in a new series of tie-ins from the hit Syfy Network show, Substitution Method is set in the time period just prior to the current 4th season. And author Ramsay skillfully depicts the show's entire regular cast, along with the eccentric Aussie tracker Taggert. These fantastic characters are thrown into a crazy situation that feels exactly like the television show, yet without the limits of visual effects. The plot is suspenseful, fast-paced, and creative. Favorite scenes are when Deputy Jo finds herself and the office switched with a gun shop and when Zane and Taggart switch places and find themselves in each other's homes. Awkwardness and hilarity ensue. Loaded with drama, hi-tech peril, mystery, and the ever-present lighthearted humor - fans of the show will love this new tie-in series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Characters, Decent Plot, Could use some Science 16 Sept. 2013
By MJAFL - Published on
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I finished watching every episode of Eureka on Netflix and decided to see what there might be for tie-in novels. I will admit I was hoping for more than 3, but it is a decent start. So I downloaded this first one. It is an enjoyable read, and as a few other reviewers have typed, you can almost hear the character's voices as you read the story, with their responses and phrasing true to character. The concept is decent, reasonable well developed, but as others have said, a bit drawn out. So far, pleased with the story. so why only 3 stars

The reason I can only give this 3 stars is some of the mistakes in the story in what the characters say and do. A few examples:

1) Jo takes the car around a tight right turn, lifting two tires off the pavement, then the author talks how the left hand tires miss the curb because they are in the air... If you go around a right hand turn fast enough to go to two wheels, it would be the right hand tires in the air, not the left.

2) Jo uses a device that stops an internal combustion engine by creating a magnetic field "that affected the carburetor of any vehicle within 250 feet. Ok, I'll go along. The device works great -stopping the car in front of her. But, for some unexplained reason, the field has no impact on the engine of the vehicle she is driving, which continues to work fine.

3) Vincent talks about his backup fusion generator that takes in hydrogen and oxygen and splits them. Splitting atoms is fission, not fusion. A person in Eureka would have known this fact. Even if we buy that Vincent doesn't, (which I don't) the person who made/sold sure would have know the difference.

4) The scientist, whose experiment goes awry, sits around his friends house for half the day in his house without trying to tell anyone, call anyone, get help, get to the lab, nothing. - Gives Jack more to do, but not really justifiable in lines of the plot.

Overall the book is worth a read, and it is an enjoyable time with some television friends, just expect that there are some inconsistencies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive 23 Dec. 2010
By Jorge Frid - Published on
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The plot is good but the problem is how many times can you read about moving homes from one town to another? I agree that every move has its own problems nevertheless you read and read about the same thing and almost the same problems and that will bore you. I finished the book only to see how they solved the problem, and that wasn't worth it either.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, considering what it is. 8 Aug. 2014
By J. Binkerd - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Media tie-ins are a tricky business. They aren’t meant to be great literature–they aren’t even really intended to appeal to a wide audience. They cater to the tiny segment of the populace who watched the original source and wants more. If the book is just a rehash of a popular film, there’s usually little point to giving it the time required to read it. On the other hand, there are times that the book transcends the source material and adds something new. Getting inside Anakin’s head in the Revenge Of The Sith novelization? That story almost made sense after that. Almost. With regards to TV series, a tie-in can offer a chance to do something that the time or effects budget of the show wouldn’t normally allow. In such a case, the highest praise you can offer is that it felt like another episode of the series. That was my experience reading Substitution Method. Though that cover image has nothing to do with anything….

Okay, let me get this out of the way: if you haven’t watched Eureka before, you really should. It’s a great sci-fi comedy series. The basic premise is that Einstein and a bunch of his fellow world-changing scientists founded a town after WWII where they would all be in one place to share ideas, resources, and security measures. The result is a town full of super-geniuses who have a habit of letting their projects get out of hand. Jack Carter is the everyman sheriff of this town, and it certainly keeps him on his toes. If he isn’t trying to shut down some girl’s escaped mini-sun science project before it goes supernova and vaporizes the entire hemisphere, it probably means he’s busy trying to undo the consequences of that latest button Fargo couldn’t resist pushing. For obvious reasons, you need a truly frightening security clearance just to know Eureka exists. Which is why it’s especially troubling when people and buildings in Eureka suddenly start being swapped with people and buildings out in the wider Pacific Northwest….

Like I said, this very well captured the feel of the show. All of your favorite characters show up, even a bunch of the background characters we only met for that one episode when their project threatened the existence of life on the planet. The central gimmick of the novel was something suitably beyond the scope of the show’s effects budget without feeling forced or out of place in this universe, and the mini-subplot of Carter questioning his place in Eureka now that Zoe’s in college was something that you’d never get from a show that eschews inner-thought voice-overs. Oh! And in case you care, this is set between seasons three and four.

CONTENT: Pretty consistent with the show, which maintained a PG equivalent throughout its run. Some mild language. The threat of violence or bodily harm, what a kids’ movie might describe as “mild peril” in its rating description. Mild sexual innuendo, but nothing anywhere nearing explicit.
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