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Dig (Matt Turner #1)

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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
ebook, 851 pages
Published January 7th 2011 by Fantome (first published October 4th 2010)
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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...more
Rachell Coe
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Mike J
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Elizabeth Young
"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.
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...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
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
Kim Moyer
I really enjoyed the story within a story aspect of this book and actually wish that there was more information about the pre-historic people of Pwin-T. I thought the author did a good job creating this ancient and long-lost world along with its language.

I did think the side-story (if you could call it that) with "Gray" and his thugs was pointless and really didn't add anything to the story. And there were multiple characters that we met and were made to seem important but that we hardly got to...more
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
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...more
Matt Turner (25) tiene el don de conocer la historia de cualquier objeto que tome contacto con su piel. Logra una pequeña fortuna encontrando tesoros a partir de una simple moneda.
Una misteriosa pieza de metal tejido es encontrada en Africa con una antiguedad de 115 millones de años. Es posiblemente la más antigua civilizacion humana que se conozca o esta encubriendo las verdaderas razones de la excavacion?

Y despues de encontrar la respuesta, justo en el epilogo, se topa con un libro antiguo......more
J. Else
After reading the plot of the book I instantly hit purchase. Discovering the secrets of the past by a simple touch? Extremely exciting concept for someone like me who loves ancient history. However about midway through I began to get bored with the plot and the characters, especially those in the ancient past who I felt were not consistent in thought and language.

I liked the idea of exploring a very distant past culture. But this culture was so far fetched that I had hard time picturing the peop...more
I am torn on whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars. If I could I'd settle for a 3 1/2. This story of present day archaeologists and the past they uncover, as well as the unconvential "assistant" they use who can "read" objects by touching them held my interest all the way though. I was often left wondering 'what's going to happen next'?

I felt more involved with the story of what was happening in the past than I did with the present day, but I think that has to do with the fact that I am usually more...more
I won this book as a goodreads giveaway, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The Dig is about Matthew Turner, a 19 year with a psychic ability. Every time Matthew touches something he goes into a trance and views the most powerful experiences of the people that have touched that objects, the "imprints" left behind. Matthew is contacted by a the museum he occasionally consults with to go to Africa to "read" a metal piece of clothing found on a dig site. Matthew is accompanied...more
This was my first goodreads giveaway that I won. Obviously since I'd put my name down for the giveaway I was intrigued by the premise. A young man with the gift for "reading" history's imprints. An ancient object linked to an undiscovered past. A shattering revelation which could alter humankind's entire knowledge of earth's history. Some pretty good stuff right there. Throw in an international cast of characters, an unscrupulous bad guy and a little romance and you're really good to go.

Greg Watts
I've been let down by a lot of my favorite authors lately. No names mentioned, but their initials are Dean Koontz and James Patterson. I don't know if it's because I had no expectations before digging into this archeology thriller, or because the author has a cool, unique style of telling a story like a chat with a friend over dinner. Whatever it was, I enjoyed the humor, the surprises, and the story within the story that makes you think long after you put the book (or Nook, in this case) down....more
Not terrible. On Goodreads, two stars means "it was ok," and it was. The Dig is a story inside a story, and Siemsen alternates chapters between the two.

I love reading about lost cultures, and to that end I found the story interesting. Actually I was never bored, even though at times I was tempted to skip chapters in order to find out what happened next. Siemsen did a good job however, of pulling your attention to the current story and keeping it there. In the end, I never did skip a chapter.

I think I'll go with 3.5 stars on this one. An interesting book. The author has a wonderful imagination. In this book the author switches between several narrators and does a pretty good job of making it seamless. The main person you follow is Matt. Matt is 19 and has a gift/curse. When he touches an object, he is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. He has to set a timer to give him a jolt to bring him back to reality, otherwise he will stay trapped until t...more
Paul Anderson
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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 audienc...more
Joshua Silverman
The Dig is actually two stories in one. It starts off with a mysterious find in Kenya, a piece of clothing unlike any ever found before. Enter Matthew Turner, an arrogant, selfish, twenty something with the power to "read" emotional imprints left on objects. Because of his power, he has an out-of-body experience that allows him to live as the person who had the emotional tie to the object.

The plot starts with young Mr. Turner being bribed into helping on a museum's excavation for the artifact in...more
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