The Opal

The Opal

by Michael Siemsen


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A Cuban logging company discovers an Egyptian opal sealed deep within a downed tree, hidden from the world for at least 1,000 years-centuries before Columbus explored the region. With his gift of psychometry, Matthew Turner seems the obvious choice to extract the gem's history, and an enemy Matt thought long gone isn't giving him any choice in the matter.

In Book Two of the Matt Turner Series, the stakes are raised higher than anything the 26-year-old has previously encountered, and the fallout will change Matt for the rest of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983446927
Publisher: Fantome, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/2013
Series: Matt Turner , #2
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 201,534
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Siemsen is the Bestselling author of 5 novels including The Dig, A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story), and Exigency. He is currently at work on Return, (Book 3 of the Matt Turner series) and Frederick & Samuel, the 3rd book in the (a demon's story) series. He lives in Northern California with "the wife," "the kids," "the dog," "that cat," and he occasionally wears pants. twitter: @michaelsiemsen

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The Opal 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
APratt0414 More than 1 year ago
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!
Mountain_Muse More than 1 year ago
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.
swemar More than 1 year ago
I liked the Dig, but felt this was a much better book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TXcowgirl More than 1 year ago
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.
cindraG More than 1 year ago
This book was great , keep me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait for another.....
Marcompro More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shocked, yes. Disappointed, definitely not. Love these characters, and now officially love this author. [secretly hoping the Ukrainian billionaire man appears in future story]
Matt Atkins More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off slow, but picks up at the end. Looking forward to 3rd book in trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like to know what happens next. Sequal perhaps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the followup to The Dig. I really enjoyed the first book so I bought this one to see what happened to the characters. The Opal takes up right where the Dig ends. That part is satisfying. His method of introducing to many characters and last minute characters to solve plot issues confuses the story for me. Having said this I consider it minor issue and will be buying his future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was more of the fill in for The Dig, but went the extra step to see him grow up. At the end he know what was important.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book two - did not like some of the story lines, but overall, found it compelling. Hope there's another one coming soon.
jbmom2dachs More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this, since it continues the character in "Dig".  It was hard to stop reading this, and I did read it quickly.  I like the concept of holding an artifact, and seeing "history" through someone's eyes, who had held the artifact in the past.  I just saw a comment that there will be a third book - can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A shame. After The Dig I expected a decent read but The Opal truely stunk. Cant even finish...
theftm More than 1 year ago
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!!!