The Dig

The Dig

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by Michael Siemsen

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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 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…  See more details below


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 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.

Editorial Reviews - Jason Weisberger
"The Dig was a page turner and I kept reading long past when I should have knocked off and gone to bed." --boingboing - Charlaine Harris
"I was compelled to finish this book, which argues for Michael Siemsen's storytelling ability."
-Charlaine Harris - NY Times Bestselling Author (True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse) - Mike Krahulik
"...a great read that reminded me a lot of Michael Crichton's better stuff."

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The Dig 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 540 reviews.
Reading-Pro-Randall More than 1 year ago
This was the second book I read on my new Nook (the first being Under the Dome). What's funny is that I only found out about The Dig because it was the book displayed on the demo Nook at my local B&N. I believe this is the first book from this author, so I was impressed to find I actually enjoyed it more than King's new book (which was still great, by the way). I fancy myself a professional reader, never without a book at any given time, so I'd like to point out a few things I appreciate about this author without giving away too much about the book (I think it's better to read this one without knowing what you're in for). 1. Keen ability to create and portray real characters. I suspect the main characters in this book were modeled after real people, because of the great nuances that make you believe in them. 2. Surprises! Every other chapter had me saying wait, whoah, I wasn't expecting that! And in a good way. That's why I say it's better to go into this one blind. 3. Coming through. There's a lot of build up in this book in the multiple story lines going on, and to be honest I was worried I would be disappointed (because any serial reader has this happen to them all the time), but definitely wasn't. Again, without revealing too much, the author brings everything together and pulls through in the end. Looking forward to the next book, which is hinted at in the epilogue, so I think a series is in the works. -RS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having never heard of Michael Siemsen or The Dig, I bought this book strictly from the synopsis and great reviews. I don't often review books, but after finishing it this morning I went back and read the reviews. There were a couple things I thought were overlooked (or just not mentioned in the existing reviews) that I especially liked. First, this book has a lot of good humor in it that keeps the story fun throughout, even when the narrative gets a bit dark. I think that aspect adds to the overall enjoyment. Second, others mentioned that there are great characters, but I have to emphasize that Dr. Rheese is a great love-to-hate bad guy. He's now in my top 10 favorite villains. I agree with most everything that the other reviews say and I'll leave it at that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Dig keeps you caught up in its web from beginning to end. There's always a bit of levity thrown in, perhaps to keep the reader from being dragged too deep into the story's dark caverns. A very satisfying read. Halfway through I said I need to do a review of this book because I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was I liked so much. In reading some of the Amazon and BN reviews, I realized what it is and I hope it doesn't sound stupid, but it is the "fun" aspect. Not to take away from the writing or characters or skill of the author, if anyone takes it that way, but I'm curious how many other people notice this about The Dig. It's like watching Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time. You just have a good time with it. While not suggesting this book is YA at all, it is definitely appropriate for I'd say 12+, so I'm buying a hard copy for my daughter (because I'll be damned if I'm going to hand her my Nook for a week!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are 2 totally different things going on in this book, so I guess the story within a story thing happening. Really great concept and I liked all of the interesting people in the book. Kind of hard keeping some of the names straight, and some who-knows-how-the-heck-to-pronounce-this names and words in parts of the book, but that didn't really take away from the enjoyment. I just had to go back a few times, saying that the clothes or the fruit or the carrying thing? Besides those parts (which are only here and there): Very funny. Very fun. Weird names. Nuff said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has 845 pages and I read 300 pages on the first day! I just could not put this down. He just keeps you wondering whats going to happen next but still gives you what you want, its hard to explain, but if your into this type of books buy it now, you will not be disapointed accept you'll want more right away!!
pmorrison More than 1 year ago
This novel was a very satisfying read, with lots of twists and turns composed with an elegant pen. It is definitely along the lines of popular fiction, but with greater depth of character and storyline than one usually finds. It seems to be thoroughly researched - much like a Crichton book - wherein the implausible somehow finds a scientific basis and has the reader accepting it wholesale. It is quite an easy read with what I consider "high-quality" humor. No cheesy Michael Bay film one-liners. From this beginning, I can foresee a decent series joining the ranks of well-seasoned favorites such as Koontz's Odd Thomas, King's Dark Tower, and Larsson's Millennium series. I give it 4 stars for strength of storyline and 5 stars for characters. I'll round the overall to a 5 because I cannot actually think of anything I disliked about it.
LovesBooks28 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down! Stayed up late to see how it ended. Can't wait to see more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Michael Siemsen or The Dig, but the synopsis was intriguing so I bought it. This story was fresh, sharp, exciting, and thoroughly inticing. I found myself putting off chores I really should have done with the 'just-one-more-chapter' vows that I make only when reading a truly captivating book. The characters were well portrayed and their individual personalities strongly enhanced by their specific speach patterns. It is, obviously, two main stories, each equally enthralling and I was sad to actually finish it because I wanted it to go on. Upon finishing this book, I immediately looked for anything more from Michael Siemsen - most particularly a sequel - and was supremely disappointed to find none (yet). I would add that I read voraciously and across a wide variety of gendres, so my kudos on this book are well-earned. - A definate Must Read!
DinahTG More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. It's not as sci-fi/fantasy as I expected, much more real-world kind of stuff but with elements of what I would call supernatural powers (meaning the main character's ability to read people's imprints on inanimate objects), but that was sort of just the vehicle by which the story was told. I loved this book and now have another auther in my "fan-of" list!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! I was constantly thinking about the characters and wondering what will happen next. A great bargain at only 2.99!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apart from the love story between Matt and Tuni, which seemed kind of forced and unbelievable, I definitely enjoyed the rest of the book and got swept along with the clever plot of the main story.
Denora More than 1 year ago
Wow...this book was a page turner from the beginning, I love how the author takes me through the stories! I can't wait for the next book...what happens next? I want to know!
silversliverunder More than 1 year ago
I just read this book in record time (8 hours, limited toilet breaks) and I now I wish I'd taken my time because it's over and I want more. Its funny, shocking, fun and a nail biter at parts. I want Matt Turner for my boyfriend despite of his OCD and weirdness, or maybe because of it! Watch out Tuni.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was awesome! I bought it for a light read to keep me occupied at work down time and gor hooked. Funny, smart and well thought out. I was really impressed with the timing and charecter development. You start out thinking matt is an ass and fall in love by the end. I cant wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a surprisingly good novel. The modern day characters are a bit flat and predictable, but interesting enough. Importantly, they have just enough plot surrounding them to keep those sections alive. The pre-history component though is really well done. The world is revealed slowly and mysteriously, bringing you in. The two main characters are actually great, roundly conceived and at several points take actions warranting real thought about them. The pre-history ending is also fantastic. Definite page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were interesting and storyline was original. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I read it,then read it again. Amazing plot and ideas that are ridiculously creative. I got this book when it was on sale in the store and spent like .99 on it. Probably the best dollar I've ever spent. Plus the author leaves room for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok so this isn't really a review of the book but more of a political statement on the travesty/robbery that is e-books. This is a good book from an author I may not have heard of before, but thoroughly liked reading. I got it for $3.99. No one had to cut down a tree and make it into paper and print on it and make a cover and glue it and all that stuff that costs money. This is what an e-book should cost to pay the writer and I guess whatever bit the seller gets. Screw all the people selling a FILE for $12.99, 14.99 and up. That is total bull$#!+. Anyway, I will be buying only books priced at 3.99 or below if the quality of The Dig is what I can expect. It's real good (I guess that's my review.)
TheHumph More than 1 year ago
New author on my reading list. Definitely want to see more from this lad. The characters read real, the story original, the mysteries mysterious...what can I say? It didn't let me down!
JoesPenName More than 1 year ago
Very good book! First fictional book I've read in many years. The appealing characters, story within a story, and interesting concepts made for an effortless read.
Teachermom85 More than 1 year ago
Once in a while a book comes along that is unique, exciting, and leaves you wanting for more. That sums up Michael Siemsen's book The Dig. At first I thought it was just another archeologist mystery, but the twist of going back in time, and to a time, we never heard about hooked me. Now I was intrigued by the present day story and by the story of the past. At the end of the book, I was left wanting to know what happens next to Matthew. I will look forward to future books by Michael Siemsen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loaned this to me from his Nook Library, told me it was an extremely good read, and then said it was over 800 pages to which I groaned. But I loved it and was surprised how fast I read it, held my attention from beginning to end. This author is definitely going onto my favorites list and I will probably go out and buy my own copy so I can read it again, slower. I will be watching for his next book and only hope it is soon. He definitely has that "leave them wanting more" down pat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I loved the plot, characters, and romance between Tuni and Matt. BUY THIS BOOK!!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first books I read on y nook. Loved it! I hope there will be a sequel or at least another novel by this new writer.