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Dig (Matt Turner #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,260 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
A mysterious woven metal artifact is found at a paleontological dig in Africa. Mystified experts, confounded by the impossible timeline they get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn nineteen-year-old with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those wh ...more
Nook, 851 pages
Published January 7th 2011 by Fantome (first published October 4th 2010)
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Oct 25, 2011 Superstromb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 like...why the hell don't grown-up books get to have pictures? Are we so mature and sophisticated that we don't ever need them anymore?" 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 more throughout the book so I was real happy. Now I am going to start some kind
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
Rachell Coe
May 07, 2012 Rachell Coe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 f
May 29, 2012 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I read "The Dig" on a Kindle...if 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...alas, 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 more...never a bad thing. In fact, Siemsen left it in such a way that practically begs for a sequel.

The story (i
Richard Hein
Finding myself in need of something quick to read, I browsed through Amazon’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-y ...more
Dec 07, 2015 AudioBookReviewer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish
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 arch
Mike J
Apr 06, 2012 Mike J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, more 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 more three-dimensional protagon
Mar 26, 2012 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2012-read
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 h
May 17, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pam Hendricks
Jun 13, 2015 Pam Hendricks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, an ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 we ...more
Perrin Pring
Dec 31, 2015 Perrin Pring rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I bought The Dig several years ago, back when it and Wool were the top sci-fi e-books on Amazon. 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 so
Michael Long
In The Dig, a young man named Matthew Turner has a unique gift and ability to be able to read imprints (memories) left on inanimate objects. He is called to read a man-made artifact from millions ago. The readings reveal an ancient, advanced culture fleeing their home before an asteroid hit.

I found these ancient memories to be fascinating, except for some occasional lulls. There was quite a bit of imagination used here and it really paid off. However, the modern day scenes did tend to be way too
May 27, 2015 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not a bad story but neither was it completely satisfying. I like the idea of Matt's ability and clearly see how this could lead to some killer adventures, but I have a lot of questions concerning the plausibility of it--that is, living with it in the "real" world. The romance felt a bit hard to accept. I was rather surprised that the main character was nearly 27; he seemed more of a teenager than an adult. It seems to me that a man with his particular background and experience would be a bit wis ...more
Paige Ellen Stone
Tossing aside suspension of disbelief; I admit to just loving this book. It has a great plot, a troubled lead character who has to deal with a skill that neither he nor anyone else understands. He is sought out by all sorts of characters to take advantage of his skill, so he tries to remain anonymous, trusting very few people. Of course, some of those who would like to utilize his skill are quite nefarious in nature and do not bear him good will.
The plot has interesting characters caught up in a
John Carter McKnight
A crooked archaeologist has just unearthed an artifact from a 150 million year old pre-human civilization. A troubled young man with the power to read memories from objects is shipped off to Kenya, where he begins the tale of the civilization's brush with extinction.

The Dig could've been a 5-star book with a bit more editing. The villain is over the top, and his storyline is something of a distraction, that the author abandons just before its climax. Initial POV shifts are a bit dizzying, but se
Feb 25, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book and it clearly is wide open for sequels. I will not be reading them because I prefer my scifi/paranormal/fantasy background to be a more integral part of the story.

Matt's talents are solitary in nature since he is the only one. This brings in mind books like Jumper in that his children could eventually inherit the talents of the father. I enjoyed Jumper, but it is very telling that I was mostly meh on the sequel and couldn't get through the third book.

Finally, if Siemsen had
KL Caley
Jun 11, 2015 KL Caley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. A slight stray from the usual archaeology/historical fiction genre, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The description was unusual and after reading a few chapters I soon found out why. This is an eclectic mix of historical fiction and fantasy with an intriguing dual timeline that has a fast action-filled pace.
The story is told from a multi-character perspective with Matt Turner taking the role of main character. The plot is based around Matt’s unusual abili
Apr 28, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was enjoyable. I have not read a story like this in a while but I really enjoyed it. The main chaacter, Matt, was a little hard to believe at first. He can relive part of a person's past that pertains to the object he is holding. Now that just seemed silly until I realized that it is really no different then reading about vampires or wizards and such. The concept that some ancient artifact is found and Matt reads it to discover if the scientific analysis is correct struck me as funny. ...more
Decent enough, written like a Dan Brown, I finished it in less than 2 days. The premise intrigued me. I'm into anything involving ancient aliens or Indiana Jones-type stuff. Overall the fantastic story element is what kept me reading. The characters are flimsy; some of the women are terrible, sexist stereotypes which I found insulting. There's not as much pay-off for your investment in the fantastic element though (and I don't mean the main character's powers, I mean the prehistoric story line o ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Alisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, 2014, mystery
I got offered this book as a free read or a Kindle deal. I can’t remember which. Either way, I figured why not try it? It combines some of my favorite things: science fiction, psychic abilities, archaeology, mystery, and new cultures.

Most of the reviews I’ve read call it a page-turner, and it is that. But it’s also disjointed, and not only because of the split storylines. The quasi-omniscient POV reads more like head-hopping, making it hard to follow who is thinking what from time to time. Beyon
Elizabeth Young
Feb 11, 2012 Elizabeth Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Sep 09, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
This is the first book by this author and I really was not aware that it was. The story of Matt Turner having an extraordinary gift is both astonishing and depressing. He wants to help with archaeology and "carbon" dating objects, but he also dislikes what it does to him. He also hates that he can't touch anything without seeing it's history.

This story was superbly written and I could not put it down. It was a very gripping read and I really got into the story. I was so impressed with the writi
Apr 01, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating sci-fi novel about Matt Turner, who has the psychic ability to experience whatever the people who touched a given object were thinking, doing, saying, etc. Matt's father had exploited his son's ability when it emerged -- he was a detective, and Matt was able to help him solve many cases and rescue some victims. However, this took a heavy toll, because Matt was experiencing all that the victims experienced, and he left home as soon as he could to make his fortune finding sunken treasu ...more
Shawn Dvorak
An entertaining science fantasy novel centered on the world's only legitimate psychic. Matt Turner's ability to relive emotional times in another person's life whenever he touches something that person possessed is both a blessing and a serious curse. A blessing since he has amassed quite a fortune by helping discover a number of lost treasures by seeing through the eyes of the people who hid them away, but a curse since he has no control over the effect and has to spend his life carefully avoid ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Vicki Elia
Feb 07, 2015 Vicki Elia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook Review

Within the first few chapters, you may be put off from DIG, believing that it's fantasy hog-wash, or young adult fiction. But just pause for a few minutes and open your mind to far-fetched possibilities, where people like Matt Turner, a very young ultra-rich self-made archaeologic psychic, and 'see' the past by touching an artifact. Anyone who's ever dabbled in archeology has some basic sense of the 'feel' of things past. Matt goes past that to actually being able to visualize ev
Dec 13, 2014 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of potential. Our main character has the ability to read objects, allowing him to view the lives of people who've interacted with it. Classic psychometry. An artifact is discovered that predates mankind, and he's called in to investigate. All very interesting so far.

The problem is that the book is written in 3rd person omniscient. You get the thoughts and feelings of every character in any given scene. The point of view changes paragraph to paragraph, and it makes for very di
Jul 08, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story opens with a character whose racist remarks are so offensive that I almost stopped reading. I`m glad I kept reading, That character continues to be repugnant but he is rewarded appropriately. The story itself is interesting but the story within a story is enthralling. The characters in the main story can`t wait for the S-W-A-S to continue and neither could I. The main character is oddly endearing, possibly because of his unusual affliction. I enjoyed the archaeological setting even th ...more
Garrett Alley
Jun 03, 2014 Garrett Alley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dig was a fun adventure story. I had somehow expected it to be more Sci-Fi-ish, but I was certainly not disappointed.

The story follows a young man, Matt, who can sense an object's history just by touching it. Working with a museum and various archeologists, Matt is led to Africa where a fantastic artifact is discovered. What will Matt's power tell him about its history?

It was a fast read, pulling me into the story within a story and keeping me engaged and entertained throughout. The villain
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