The Dig

The Dig By Michael Siemsen, The Dig A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa Mystified experts confounded by the impossible timeline they receive from traditional dating methods call upon a stubbor
  • Title: The Dig
  • Author: Michael Siemsen
  • ISBN: 9781940757087
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Dig By Michael Siemsen, A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they receive from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn twenty something with a unique talent Matthew Turner s gift is also his curse whenever he touches an object, his consciousness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings oA mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they receive from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn twenty something with a unique talent Matthew Turner s gift is also his curse whenever he touches an object, his consciousness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him, be it last week or centuries ago It s a talent that many covet, some fear, and almost no one understands Despite being exploited as a child and tormented by the unpleasant experiences imprinted on him from the various items he s read, Matt agrees to travel from New York to the forests of Kenya There, threatened by unknown enemies, and helped by a beautiful but prickly ally who begins to understand his strange ability, his mind journeys back in geological time to make a discovery so shocking that it forces us to rewrite all human history.
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    1. Michael Siemsen

      USA Today and bestselling author of Exigency 2014 , the Matt Turner series The Dig, 2011 The Opal, 2012 Return, 2015 , and the Demon s Story series A Warm Place to Call Home, and The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp, 2013 , Michael Siemsen has sold than 175,000 books Michael grew up in Venice, California, the second son of a Vietnam veteran who was the first son of a Korean War veteran who was the first son of a World War I veteran Like Lieutenant Dan, Michael carried on the family tradition and joined the Army, though the only wars he fought in involved blank ammunition, laser tag gear, and were kinda fun.After a decade working various soul sucking IT jobs, he independently released THE DIG in early 2011, and, 14 months later, the quirky sci fi story rocketed to 1 on and Barnes Noble, remaining in the top 10 for the rest of the year He quit his job a few months into THE DIG s initial surge, and has released five novels since.Michael is currently at work on the next books in his popular serieseses.

    132 thoughts on “The Dig”

    1. The premise of this story intrigued me The protagonist is a young man with a remarkable ability He can read imprints off of inanimate objects simply by touching them He goes into a trance in which he relives the history of the object.What doesn t make sense is that he is so sensitive, that he must have everything brand new so that he doesn t pick up impressions of people who may have handled the object Staying in a hotel is out of the question unless it is a brand new resort and he is the first [...]


    2. Funny story I m reading this book and super into it but thinking to myself damn, I wish I could picture what these people and places look likewhy the hell don t grown up books get to have pictures Are we so mature and sophisticated that we don t ever need them any And a few pages later is this illustration on my kindle filling up the screen Completely satisfied my questions I think there were 2 or 3 throughout the book so I was real happy Now I am going to start some kind of activist group to d [...]


    3. Finding myself in need of something quick to read, I browsed through s Kindle books and let myself be pulled along with the crowd Having done enough Fantasy for a bit, I slogged through the Science Fiction list, and found The Dig by Michael Siemsen It had high reviews and an interesting premise discovery of an anachronistic item in pre historic geological strata Let me be pretty blunt I eat this sort of stuff up I can t really offer up a reason why, but the idea of uncovering as yet undiscovered [...]


    4. I can hardly find words to express how captivated I was by this unique and wonderful story It had my attention from beginning to end and wouldn t let it go until I d spent a sleepless night reading the whole thing Normally, I HATE reading books that follow two timelines I like to focus on one thing at a time I also don t like my peas and carrots to touch But the stories from both the present and the past had me riveted When it was time to move on from one to the other, I constantly found myself [...]


    5. I read The Dig on a Kindleif I d had a paper copy, I would have realized I was getting near the end of the book and been prepared for it to be over I was not Suddenly there was an epilogue and I was not ready for the story to just end the way it did So, if you look at it one way, I felt the ending was too abrupt, but looking at it another way, I guess I was left wanting .r a bad thing In fact, Siemsen left it in such a way that practically begs for a sequel.The story if you can suspend disbelief [...]


    6. Couldn t read it fast enough Great protagonist with an interesting power weakness Drama, tension, light romance Great world building, VERY inventive Devourit


    7. My original The Dig audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.The Dig by Michael Siemsen is the first novel in the Matt Turner series Matt Turner has a unique gift that allows him to read emotional and mental imprints that people leave behind on objects when they touch them and everyone leaves behind an imprint This leaves Matt Turner nearly incapable of touching any objects that other humans have interacted with This 25 year old, however, works on occasion with archaeo [...]


    8. The premise is intriguing teen can touch things and know what previous people touching it were thinking Basically he knows the history of an object Cool, right Except the author goes to great pains to tell us how this kid has to wear gloves all the time sort of like Rogue and how he has to have everything BRAND NEW so the items don t have a history But I couldn t get past the glaring omission of how new things are NOT the same as untouched things You think that car with zero miles on it has neve [...]


    9. I bought The Dig several years ago, back when it and Wool were the top sci fi e books on I finally got around to reading it, and I have to say, it wasn t nearly as good as I was hoping Following Matt Turner, a mid twenty something male who can read object imprints just by touching them, the story moves to Africa where he works on a mysterious archeological dig There a strange metal fabric is found, and Turner is called into read it and hopefully date it.As I type this, such a plot sounds pretty [...]


    10. When evaluating scifi I don t apply the same expectations as I do when reading fine literature I suppose that would be like comparing mud wrestling to the ballet I don t expect complex characters nor plots within plots, nor even much in the way of character development, there is comfort in knowing that people who are evil are all evil and good people are really good people.I do expect a well written story that grabs me and holds me and makes me wonder what is coming next Think Indiana Jones not [...]


    11. In The Dig, Siemsen manages to keep the reader engaged in two completely distinct stories There s a modern, paranormal, story that he uses to weave in a second, science fiction, story that s easily as compelling It s a great feat And I found myself happily transitioning between the two worlds.Likewise, he s developed some great characters A few reviewers have complained that they didn t find anyone truly likable But, I think the problem is actually a three dimensional protagonist Unfortunately [...]


    12. Still reading this book and absolutely loving it The character can read items by just holding them and is creating a stir in the archeology field when he is commissioned to date an item found on a recent dig This is the part of the book write up that hooked me Despite being exploited as a child and tormented by the unpleasant experiences imprinted on him from the various items he s read, Matt agrees to travel from New York to the forests of Kenya There, threatened by unknown enemies, and helped [...]


    13. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book The concept of someone being able to touch an item and get an imprint from it that could tell them a story was very well done I loved having a story within a story The characters were well fleshed out and very believable over all In fact even before I got to the end of the book I was thinking of at least 4 or 5 other stories that could be told based on the main character Hopefully considering the way the book ended the author is thinking so as well If [...]


    14. I despised this book The characters were shallow, the plot thin, and the pacing glacial.It read like a entry about a book that I actually wanted to read The book ends just as the story finally gets interesting The main character is whiny and unlikeble and his supporting cast are all one dimensional at best I hated Matt, found no reason why Tuni would be at all attracted to him, and Hank, the most interesting character in the book, is in it for a criminally short period of time.I enjoy the premis [...]


    15. I thought this was a really great book, I can t figure out why the rating isn t higher.Ok, just glanced at other people s reviews and apparently some of them have really poor reading comprehension Only emotional moments left imprints on the objects in the book, thus the reason that a new bed, car, anything wouldn t have the same effect as an old one.I do agree that the last three sentences or so felt tacked on and unnecessary.Still, the narration was well done and the story captivating.Update Se [...]


    16. The Dig provides a provocative plot, lots of action, memorable characters I Rin is one of the most compelling heroes I have come across in a long time The action moves seamlessly between the present and a very ancient past just how ancient is key to the story I would recommend this for any and all readers, and it would make an excellent book club selection.


    17. Since archaeology is and paranormal fiction are two of my favorite genres, this book was right up my alley And I read it in two sittings I enjoyed it immensely The author balanced the characters and their points of view very well Teresa Reasor


    18. Review from indiebookclub.wordpress Plot A young man, plagued from an early age by a mysterious power, is taken to the heart of Africa to touch an object of almost unimaginable antiquity As he closes on his target, we discover there are many people who do not wish this to occur and they try desperately and sometimes in a comedic fashion to prevent him from reaching his goal.Once touched, the artefact transports our hero back to a time almost before time, and into the audience of the alien who fi [...]


    19. This is a fascinating book combining the paranormal psychometry , archeology, a pre human civilization and an ultra nasty, crooked archaeologist who is willing to kill to get what he wants.Matt is the guy who has the psychometric ability that is, he can touch things and tell about their past, who held it and so on In this case an artifact is found which he is able to determine comes from a pre human civilization some 150 million years in the past They were much like humans but with three fingers [...]


    20. Based purely on concept and imagination this book deserves five stars Based on the writing and execution of the concept it deserves two or three stars so I compromised on four, but then as an author myself I m biased against dinging another writer too hard especially if it s their first book.Discovering and exploring a civilization that is 150 million years old was a fantastic idea, but like many first time authors, there was entirely too much telling and too little showing This doesn t mean it [...]


    21. Matt Turner has an unusual ability he reads imprints off objects whether he likes it or not When any part of his unprotected skin touches an object, he goes into a trance and relives the emotional life of whoever previously held that object His father, a retired police officer, used his ability when he was a child to help solve cases Now, he is paid handsomely to read things, and museums find him particularly beneficial in determining provenance and like things He is given the task of finding ou [...]


    22. Disappointing An interesting setup, and the outer story wasn t bad, though little choppy in places But the inner story the one discovered by Matthew s psychometric abilities I found profoundly dull and dismal Everyone in the book hangs on Matthew s words and can t wait for the next instalment but I couldn t wait for those long, boring stretches of narrative to end Possibly this is partly just me prehistoric man, dinosaurs, etc have never interested me I might find the sequels satisfying But cer [...]


    23. The DigI wasn t sure about getting this book as it s not my normal reading material But I m glad I did, the story of Matt and his gift starts slowly but surely It builds with all the other characters and storyline, into a good believable novel A great step into the unknown past, I highly recommend you give it a go Fab


    24. Interesting premise, terrible execution Lazy world building confusing POV management Rife with inconsistencies, thin characters transparently shallow research.Disappointing storytelling given the author s clear grasp of English, a waste of potentially great ideas.The transferred racism was particularly disgusting.


    25. Interesting ReadIt held my interest well enough and moved along nicely Not biblically possible but for a science fiction story it was well presented Recommended for anyone that enjoys a good story with no basis in reality.


    26. Excellent bookDo you believe someone can touch an object and read its entire history including every single person it has been touched by What if those people were millions of years old and NOT like us



    27. I DNF d this book after the first chapter Not only was the first chapter ridiculously racist, the premise was even ludicrous I would not recommend this book to anyone.



    28. Read thisA long book but well worth reading.Any description would give away too much Just read it yourself I plan to read the sequel.


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