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Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered. A billion-dollar find, it waits for any company that can drill a world's record, three-mile-deep mine shaft. EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing hims ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2005 by Dragon Moon Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Scott Sigler
Dec 13, 2008 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: June 1, 2018
The good folks at Amazon have put the EARTHCORE Kindle version on sale for $1.49 (US only) for the month of June, 2018. If you haven't read it or want it for your Kindle library, now is the time!

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UPDATE: March 27, 2018
The EARTHCORE paperback will be in stores on April 3, 2018. Boom! You can pre-order now from Amazon, Barns & Noble, or get autographed copies from Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego (where I live). All of those links are h
Jeremy Hawthorne
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy Shit Mr. Sigler!! This is the best book I've read this year!! You are one of my favorite authors and Earthcore is now firmly in my top five favorite thrillers of all time, along with Infected! That makes you the only author with more than one title in any of my top five lists! I've been reading 3-4 novels a week for the past 35 years so shining brighter than all the rest is no small achievement sir! ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I did it, you have to read one I choose for you!
Sci-Fi & Scary
Earthcore is an interesting, much more foul-mouthed take on Journey to the Center of the Earth in my opinion. Except, in Sigler's version, it's not dinosaurs you come across, but something much more shiny and squishy. Once things get rolling (it takes a while), it's an action-packed adventure. There's one flight from danger after another, and several surprises await you.

And that's about all that I can say that's nice about Earthcore .

One of the things that annoyed me about Earthcore was the sob-
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This book felt like an epic race to the finish line!

Earthcore is one of those books that you enjoy reading because of the thrill and mysteries. It was like watching a movie unfold, complete with mad scientists, an ambitious misguided businessman, an assassin and bizarre creatures! LOTS AND LOTS OF BIZARRE CREATURES!!!

The story revolves around a mining area which is supposed to give off a lot of money. It was a great vision and everyone felt excited for it. However, it turned out to be the cause
O.S. Prime
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Starts out as clash of stereotypical characters. Never stops being a big bore, partly because none of the paper-thin characters is the least bit likable. Even when the action and gore was at its fastest and most furious, I didn't care whether any survived. ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, sci-fi

Book Summary:
Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered. A billion-dollar find, it waits for any company that can drill a world's record, three-mile-deep mine shaft. EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the r
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billions of dollars worth of platinum, 3 miles below the surface is up for grabs. A ruthless mining company is staking its claim, but first a group of EarthCore employees and scientists will need to find a way to survive the night and quite possibly save the planet in the process.

I really enjoy Scott Siglers work. The guy can definitely tell a story. This may not have been my favorite so far, but it was fast, fun and entertaining. There were some genuinely likeable, as well as, (signature Sigle
5 awesome anther discovered favorite narrator stars audio!

4 stars story. Everything about this story was awesome especially the wonderful cast of characters. My only issue was the length. It was too damned long. Some parts could've been shortened or taken out completely.
Karen’s Library
Scott Sigler added another 50% to his original EarthCore book and re-released it this month. I bought both the Kindle and Audible versions because I like to read or listen without interruption no matter what I'm doing and will switch back and forth. In fact, I became so obsessed with EarthCore, I couldn't put it down for 3 minutes to get a snack or drink and would have to switch to the audio so I wouldn't miss anything!

And Sigler...! I spent 2 nights ago having nightmares ALL. NIGHT. LONG. What
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My fans and anyone who likes a fast-paced, fun thriller
Recommended to Jeremy by: The Author, Scott Sigler
Man, I'm glad I snagged a copy of this book before it became unavailable. Scott Sigler is a friend and Crown recently scooped all of his books, including this gem. The good news there is that we'll probably see it again, the bad news is that it's no longer in print...for now.

BUT, when it comes back in print, it's well worth reading. It's a subterrainean thriller, which I'm, for some reason, drawn to (my favorite novel is The Descent). Earthcore is fun, inteligent and scary. Three nights in a ro
David Estes
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Corrupt miners. Murderous AIs. ALIENS! This book had it all and kept me turning the pages late into the night. Trust me, you will not be able to predict who survives and who does not. A great read.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
First of all I am sure that Scott Sigler has poured his heartblood into this novel especially concerning the scientific background. The man has definitely done his homework (though he takes quite some liberties here and there which I am sure he is perfectly aware of).

However the novel suffers from several weak spots that I think could have been avoided if Sigler had been as meticulously with his writing as he has been with his research.

To begin with the plot needed some serious tightening: After
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is possibly one of the unexpected hit thrillers of 2017, a cross-genre combo of sci-fi, horror, thriller, and paranormal. It behooves one to reveal too much in a review, and I recommend reading without doing too much research into the actual storyline in order to maximize the surprise. Let's just say that the feel of the book, and the scale, definitely changes as it progresses, and takes you into some very strangely cool and unexpected places. Aside from the prologue, the book feels like a ...more
Wing Kee
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Long winded, paint by numbers SF horror.

World: The world building is fairly solid, it takes it time (boy does it take it’s time...) to explain the locale the history and the pieces of the story. The design of the world on the other hand is a bit unappealing to me, especially the villains of this book their descriptions don’t sound cool, they sound campy in a bad way so instead of cringing from disgust or fearful cause of their description I was giggling cause they sounded stupid.

Story: A fairly
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm not joking either- I've yet to read or listen to a Sigler story that has disappointed me. Sure, there's some that I don't like as well as others, but overall I've enjoyed all of Sigler's works in either a book or podcast format.

Earthcore surrounds a group of the world's best & brightest in mining, run by the ruthless Connell Kirkland. Reeling from his own personal losses years earlier, Kirkland thinks only of the bottom line & what profits he can get for his company. When an enormous amount
This is not by first book by Sigler and, in a way, it has some similarities with the other one that i`ve read.

But i have to warn you, like the book by Laymon that i`ve recently read, the true action starts only after some one hundred pages.

When all the characters are presented and put in their place, only then we will sit calmly in our seats and have a hell of a ride.

i liked that the whole ideea wasn`t something usual and conventional and, in fact, it really worked good for this kind of a book.

J.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book was great, Sigler's books are always fun to listen to. According to his blog this one is out of print, but you can still find it in it's original podcast form with a bit of searching. As with all of Sigler's original podcast books, he narrated this one himself. I think he is one of the few authors that does a great job narrating his own work.

Update: Did a relisten. Sigler put this book out in 2005, but if I recall correctly he wanted it to fit into his universe better, so he made a few
Shawn Deal
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is the novel that put Scott Sigler on the map. This particular version is the 10th anniversary version of the novel. Scott Sigler has come back and rewritten the novel, adding lots more detail and trimming here and there to make it flow much better. This is the novel that most people got hooked with and really launched Scott Sigler into writing on a full time basis. This version of the novel is great and better in many ways than the original. This is a great jumping on point if you have nev ...more
Oct 06, 2009 added it
Set in Utah, very cool! A real page-turner! I think it'd make a great movie. ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, sci-fi
I’m giving this book three stars only because Ray Porter was the narrator and because the beginning was pretty good. It could have been really good with the entire middle cut out.
Joe Kraus
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
A couple things first: I’m not a thriller guy, and I generally have little patience for flat, unrealized characters – especially when some of those characters’ personalities are pivotal for the plot points.

Also, I picked this one up because it was on sale and because one review I saw ticked me off: someone complained that this was a bad book because, since some of the characters in it were supposed to be affiliated with Brigham Young University, they would never use the profane language that man
Indy Quillen
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to purchase the revised and newly released version of this book at the author's signing. I'd read all three of his books in the Generations Trilogy and enjoyed them so I decided to try this one. Sigler did not disappoint. Stick with the well written but slower paced beginning and set up of characters and you'll be rewarded with plenty of action and tension later. More than a few times I found my heart racing while I read. I quickly discovered that some sections were not go ...more
Robert Mingee
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Really waffled between 3 and 4 on this. Very creative story, probably a bit longer than it really needed to be, but still entertaining.

My biggest issue was that while having some REALLY unlikable characters can be a good thing, nearly every character in the book was a selfish, arrogant prick I was hoping would get eaten, even before I knew what the monster was. In some cases it was so extreme it was almost comical.

Still, I did enjoy it, and plan to read more of Scott Sigler's work, as I've heard
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book I wasn’t sure I liked it. I really disliked a few of the characters, one who stabs someone in the back and one who is an arrogant asshole.

But the story got good and stayed steady, keeping me interested fir the whole ride.

In the end, it was a great book.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, audio-books
The 2017 rewrite of Earthcore is a behemoth that gives readers more meat to the original story. There’s tons of additional information that manifests as character development, making the overall story much stronger.

The story itself is one most fans of Scott Sigler are quite familiar with; after all, this is the one that started it all. The basic structure is the same, but the entire story has been shaped and molded into a more mature telling, reflecting Sigler’s own matured writing style. The b
Todd Oliver
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! As always, Scott Sigler does not disappoint! I listened to the original podcast version of this a few years ago. This has been updated and narrated by a great narrator, Ray Porter. Sigler is one of my favorite authors and Porter is one of my favorite narrators, so of course I loved this book! Ray Porter does a great job with each of the characters. I'm very happy that his book ends with the possibility of a sequel! ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was an OK read. It would have benefited a lot from a more aggressive editor, who was willing to chop off unnecessary lines like the monsters were willing to cut off limbs. For example, if someone calls someone else a “Son of a bitch” I don't need to be told they are angry, I know this from what they said. The only time I need to know how they feel is, if it is the opposite of what one would expect. If you cut such obvious lines from the narrative not only will the book shrink by 1/3 but the n ...more
David Graham
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'd never heard of the author before picking up this book. He clearly has quite a following in the USA who I'm sure admire his macho, all guns blazin', gore-splattered approach to story-telling. Earthcore was his first novel and originally written in 2001. The version I read is 50% longer but I can't quite see why he bothered. Characters are typically stereotypic and blatantly homophobic. It's rather an old style of writing that doesn't sit well in 2017. The story itself is fine, although suspen ...more
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