The Opal

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Matt Turner grew up witnessing first-hand the worst crimes imaginable. At age 9, he discovered his special ability to "read" the emotional imprints people leave on objects. Against better judgment, his police detective father used his son's talent to help him solve crimes. Now, at 26, Matt tries to keep to himself, but an enemy he thought long gone interrupts his tropical vacation, flying him all over the globe to help track a 3500-year-old Egyptian opal found sealed in a Cuban tree trunk. In Cuba, Matt finds not...
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Overview

Matt Turner grew up witnessing first-hand the worst crimes imaginable. At age 9, he discovered his special ability to "read" the emotional imprints people leave on objects. Against better judgment, his police detective father used his son's talent to help him solve crimes. Now, at 26, Matt tries to keep to himself, but an enemy he thought long gone interrupts his tropical vacation, flying him all over the globe to help track a 3500-year-old Egyptian opal found sealed in a Cuban tree trunk. In Cuba, Matt finds not riches but even deadlier foes, and the secrets of a long-dead explorer who will forever alter Matt's life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983446927
  • Publisher: Fantome, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 1,321,285
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Siemsen grew up in Venice, California, the second son of a Vietnam veteran turned policeman. Initially focusing on performing arts, Michael attended the prestigious Alexander Hamilton Academy in Los Angeles.

After serving in the U.S. Army as a tracked vehicle operator, he returned to civilian life and began writing short stories and screenplays, and directing short films and music videos.

Moving to Northern California in the late '90's, Michael met his future wife, Ana. The two now live near the San Joaquin River Delta, with their three equally-adventurous children and Brody, the ever-gaping Lab.

Michael is currently at work on a new novel, unrelated to the Matt Turner series. It should be released some time in 2013, depending upon Brody's seemingly endless need to urinate or engage in exercise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Another page turner!!!

    Another great read! Once again from the time I picked this up I could hardly put it down. I would force myself to go to bed at 2am.

    This author has such a great imagination. A few twists that I did not expect to happen.


    Now to patiently wait for the third book.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    I was anxiously awaiting this book! I was on pins and needles a

    I was anxiously awaiting this book! I was on pins and needles and the edge of my seat and every other cliche that you can think of!! I HOUNDED Michael Siemsen on Facebook (actually I think it might have been more of a semi-stalking thing) about it. I was so excited for this book and I can tell you, it was worth the wait! I liked how the story progressed and I really hope that Mr Siemsen revisits Matthew Turner as his story is very intriguing and unique. The book hints at maybe the series is over, but you never know. There could be some prequels!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Confusing and very different from "The Dig"

    I really enjoyed "The Dig" but there was little similarity in this new novel. Yes, Matthew still had his "gift" but it was really not the center of attention in this novel. Instead it was a series of poorly explained chase scenes which did not seem to have a purpose. The charachters were not well developed and there was little plot except running around more or less aimlessly.

    I hate to give the novel such a poor review, but I had much higher hopes for it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    Every so often a new author will hit the scene that grabs your a

    Every so often a new author will hit the scene that grabs your attention. Michael Siemsen did with his first offering of The Dig. Now we are treated us with his second offerring -- The Opal, and I have definitely decided that he will be on my permanent reading list.
    The proponent in The Opal, Matt Turner, put a whole new twist on psychics. Matthew cannot communicate with the dead, he can "read" the actual lives of any person who has come in contact with an object --- while they were in contact with that object. This is not just another "who dun it" book, but, instead Michael Siemsen has successfully melded historical fiction and the criminal thriller outside the Romance genre. The plot was ingenious. We had the criminal thriller story that kept me turning the pages happening at a rapid pace in the present plane, while Matt (the hero) kept being hurled back into the past to encounter the enthralling and violent history of the Opal that was the central focus of the book. Each story could have easily stood alone and been a fascinating novel, but the weaving of the two made for a level of reading enjoyment you don't expect from a new author.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Stunk

    A shame. After The Dig I expected a decent read but The Opal truely stunk. Cant even finish...

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Very good.

    Nice follow up to THE DIG. It will definitely keep your attention. I was a bit dissapointed at the ending. It was great , just not how i'd i wanted it to end. Thats just me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Not great Very disappointing

    I really enjoyed The Dig and looked forward to this sequal. Unfortunately, I found this book confusing with different stories and characters going on all over the place. I agree with another reviewer that said this book seemed to be written by a different author than The Dig it seemed a totally different voice narrating the story By the time I finished this book i didn't particularly care about any of the characters and was just glad to finish it and it definately didn't leave me wanting more. The premise of the book of being able touch an object and live it's different owners experiences back through history is such a great idea and could be expanded into an awesome series of treasure adventures and discoveries (like The Dig was) but too many unlikeable characters in too many different eras and places at once with storylines jumping all over the place between past and present just became confusing. None of the characters had many redeeming qualities and there was a lot of excess bloody violence and gore that really added nothing to the story. I don't think I will be taking any more trips into the past or present with Matt. Sorry

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Michael Siemsen has crafted a wonderful story line that was int

    Michael Siemsen has crafted a wonderful story line that was interesting, informative and just plain enjoyable. Mystery and history combined perfectly. Now I can't wait for the next adventure with Michael whether it is with Matt Turner or a new character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    If you're looking for something different, this is the book!

    Although sometimes difficult to follow, this book was a very different mystery. I especially liked the fact that I was totally wrong about how the book would end - something I'm usually pretty good at. I will be sure to read another of Mr. Siemsen books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    Fantastic read - you have to check it out!!!

    The continued story of young Matt and his ability to read objects is put through more suspence and intrigue and a trip around the globe while he has been abducted to aide his abductors in their pursuit of wealth!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Shocked, yes. Disappointed, definitely not. Love these character

    Shocked, yes. Disappointed, definitely not. Love these characters, and now officially love this author. [secretly hoping the Ukrainian billionaire man appears in future story]

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Definitely grittier than The Dig, deeper characters, more meanin

    Definitely grittier than The Dig, deeper characters, more meaning, higher stakes. Hope the next book has more historical stuff, but I liked the second story in this (what there was of it). Do not go into this book expecting The Dig Part 2!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Not In League wth The Dig

    Let me preface this review by saying that I was completely enchanted with The Dig. That being said, I just wanted this book to end. The focus completely got away from Matthew and his gift. It was about his abduction and ridiculously long rescue/escape. The feel is completely different from the first in the series, almost as if authored by someone else completely. The characters had no depth or imagination whatsoever. I am not sure what the goal of the author was, except maybe that Matthew's gift cost him dearly this time around. I do not recommend.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    Continued the first story without missing a beat. Fast paced and

    Continued the first story without missing a beat. Fast paced and kept your interest all the way to the end. Enjoyed the read as much the first one. Looking forward to see what this author turns out next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

    This book was great , keep me on the edge of my seat. Can't wai

    This book was great , keep me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait for another.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    I waited patiently, okay. maybe I wasn't that patient, for this

    I waited patiently, okay. maybe I wasn't that patient, for this book to be released and I wasn't disappointed. I love how Michael Siesmsen weaves the stories together. I can't wait for thoreopipere 3rd book to see what happens to Matt Turner next.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

    Outstanding! A Must Read!

    When I ran across Michael Siemsen’s first book, ‘The Dig’, I became entranced by the premise and was rewarded by the execution. For a first time novelist, Michael has a rare talent to draw you into the story and hold you captive until the end.

    I was eager to read his second book 'The Opal' and when it became available I immediately snapped it up. I was not disappointed. Although ‘The Opal’ is a continuation of the characters and events from ‘The Dig’, I found the storyline much deeper and sometimes darker. The background on each character played out wonderfully and gave more depth and understanding to the storyline. I will anxiously await the next installment and see what the future holds for Matt Turner.

    If you are looking for a breakthrough novelist, I highly recommend anything written by Michael Siemsen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Not what i was expecting

    The Dig was a great book. This book was a fail*in my opinion*. Seems that author was trying to get an action movie deal out of this.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Recommended for fans of all genres.

    This is an interesting premise. Sort of "remote viewing"...REALLY remote! A little scifi, a little action/adventure, even a little romance thrown in. Something for everyone. I'll be looking for more from Michael Siemsen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Excellent

    I would like to know what happens next. Sequal perhaps.

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