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 uniue 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

10 thoughts on “The Dig

  1. says:

    An okay book that sees Matt Turner able to get imprint from anything that touches his skin that has once touched another person His mind is transported into their bodies and times and sees what is happening in their lives He is called to an archaeological dig in Kenya where a discovery of a piece of what seems to be metal clothing has been found but normal methods have dated it to 150 million year old When he touches the article he is transported back to a prehistoric but intelligent humanoid settlement during the times of the dinosaurs yeah I knowThe premise is silly but not unenjoyable as we go back in time to try to save the people from an asteroid that's predicted to hit I did find myself invested in the story in both timelines and I had to read on to find out what happened Entertaining but farfetched

  2. says:

    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 uestions 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 demand illustrations in adult fiction books Who's with me???heheeheehaoh and this is a good book aside from the pictures

  3. says:

    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 objectWhat 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 uestion unless it is a brand new resort and he is the first guest to stay in his room sleep in the bed use the towels etc I guess it doesn't matter than workmen have hauled the bed into the room the maid has made the bed with the new linens that a carpet layer sat on his knees on the carpet as he stretched it And how could he eat food prepared by another person Chefs are constantly touching the food with their hands I don't think the author went the distance in making his story plausibleIt was a double mystery Something not uite right was going on at the archeological dig in Kenya There was only one time that I felt anxious enough about the mystery to keep me turning the pagesThe second mystery was embroiled in the past that was revealed with Matthew's reading of a metalic fabric discovered in the digAnother glitch in my mind was the inconsistency of the terminology used in the prehistoric language In one part the prehistoric people talked of a sky stripe that was going to hit the earth Then they called it an asteroid Suddenly changing the word from sky stripe to asteroid should have been caught by an editorI didn't hate this book but it didn't live up to my expectations

  4. says:

    Finding myself in need of something uick 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 societies millions of years before they should exist well that’s sort of my weakness Maybe that’s why I always enjoyed the Stargate TV Franchise all 3 of them This is after all the second such book I’ve read in that vein within the last six monthsSo how does it stack up to the anticipation? Acceptable It delivers on exactly what I thought it would It’s just that everything else is somewhat lacking I’m probably giving it higher marks because this genre is like heroin to me but I can certainly say I enjoyed it It hit the right notes – archaeology ancient and undiscovered civilization anticipation of the reveal For that alone I would recommend it – if you like me enjoy this genreIf you don’t well don’t go in expecting a phenomenal example of exceptional writing There’s zero character progression anywhere really Each introduced player on the page stays very static and rigid as they progress through the book serving only to continue the unveiling of the hidden society The bad guy is mustache twirling in his machinations The main protagonist has a special ability that unveils the plot as the book progresses but really does nothing else except relate the story The love interest exists that’s about the best I can say They fall for each other based entirely on the writer shooing them together without any real growth in the storyThe book jumps perspectives within chapter with no lead in or break leading to varying levels of disorientation The actual story of the anachronistic society isn’t terribly engaging though it serves well enough for my purpose – not every plot need to be wheels within wheels of complexity so I won’t dock it many points here As I said I eat this sort of stuff up uality of prose be damnedThere isn’t much plot – the book is two stories told across 150 million years without much progression beyond “here is the story” There’s no significant twists and the ending is completely written in a way that will bring a seuel Still I enjoyed it I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I don’t need poetic prose or twists within twists to rate a book as good I was entertained for the few hours it took to read it pushed the right buttons and had me reading it in one sitting If this sort of plot is your thing you might certainly enjoy itI’ll give it 35 out of 5 stars

  5. says:

    I can hardly find words to express how captivated I was by this uniue 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 torn between wanting to continue the timeline I was reading or starting the next oneI also loved how the author Michael Siemsen developed Matthew Turners character and abilities At first he wasn't the most likable of protagonists but when you learn what Matthew had to suffer for his powers and what he had gone through you understand Even better Matthew Siemsen explored many of the uestions the average person would raise when learning about this type of ability it drives me nuts when authors don't answer glaring and obvious uestions about their characters that arise while readingMy ONLY complaint is that the second Matthew Turner book hasn't been published yet so I'm going to have to wait to read it

  6. says:

    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 never been touched by anyone? How about those clothes you just bought? Staying in a new hotel? How did the sheets get on the bed? What about buying an orange at the grocery store and all the people who have picked up that orange? Author tries to say well yeah people only leave impressions when they're really emotional And yet we're following an entire story from impressions left on this one tiny piece of clothing They're just really emotional people Keep trying to plug that hole Mr AuthorThere's also Really Bad Dialog between Matt and Tuni and a pathetic attempt at creating a love interest And there's something that apparently was done wrong at the dig site but I can't really figure out what or why Jackhammers were used when they shouldn't have been And it seems like Rheese was intending to plant an object as if he found it there but why? Why dig up genuine artifacts from other sites then pretend you found it somewhere else? That seems like a lot of work for absolutely no reason UPDATE the author gives a reason but I still think it's lame to spend time digging up ACTUAL artifacts and then moving them elsewhere How did he come across all these artifacts he can plant?Also the ending was LAME and hurried What? I only have 20 pages to write? The end happily ever after but wait out of place cliff hanger in case I decide to write a seuelAnd what was with the police officer who began every sentence with ha ha ha?? I couldn't parse any of his dialog into rational real life intonationsOther uestionsview spoilerHow did the dig team find the Pwin T's new home if the artifact was planted by Rheese at the wrong dig site? How did Rheese find Matt in the tropical resort and get into his room and sneak up on him? hide spoiler

  7. says:

    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 overalas 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 never a bad thing In fact Siemsen left it in such a way that practically begs for a seuelThe story if you can suspend disbelief was exciting and interesting Due to the main character's ability to experience the emotions imprinted on physical objects we switch back and forth between characters in the present and those in the prehistoric past evolutionarily speaking pre human in a way that often left me on the edge of my seat because cliff hangers were occurring in both timelines There were parts where the dialog felt a little forced otherwise the writing style reminded me of early Michael Crichton the good stuff If you're looking for a fast paced read and don't feel the need to nit pic the scientific details I think you'll really enjoy The Dig Can't wait for the next one

  8. says:

    now i am hooked This was such a great easy and creative book i was hooked after the first page The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow along with the story the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so reali would highly recommend this author and this book

  9. says:

    I’m not typically a fan of a lot of sci fi because there’s often do much arcane technology geography language etc involved that I feel smothered and overwhelmed by it Nevertheless I enjoyed this book very much The main character Matt can psychically “read” objects as if he were the person they once belonged to This amazing gift powers the story of an archeological dig in Kenya Africa and helps uncover a previously unknown race of people that existed a long long time ago Their story and the contemporary story of the archeological team run parallel with Matt bridging them Both stories were complicated and interesting One was a journey into the unknown and the other was a mystery story I was pulled deeply into both stories and glad to follow them to their conclusions

  10. says:

    I was pretty disappointed with this book It was definitely an intriguing idea for a novel with a lot of potential but sadly that potential wasn’t realized If I were the kind of person who can just stop reading I would have I just kept hoping it would get better The characterization is weak which doesn’t help with the plot There just wasn’t any one character who made me get invested There are two seuels to this book I won’t be reading either one