Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review: The Dig by Michael Siemsen

Recently I was given the opportunity to review The Dig by Michael Siemsen.

This novel was a fascinating look into the world of archaeology and paleontology, but from a great fictional stand point. The main character, Matthew Turner, can touch any object and tell what has happened to it/with it. If he touches a gun that was used to kill someone, he will see that murder. If he touches an article of clothing that someone wore, he will see the significant events that occurred while the clothing was being worn. And that is where the story really begins.

While on an archaeological dig in Africa, Dr Garrett Rheese comes across a very strange artifact – a small piece of some kind of metal mesh. The sediment around it dates it to 150 million years ago, but how could that possibly be? Humans were not around 150 million years ago – people were not even close to being around 150 million years ago. And yet this artifact is obviously man made. Dating techniques are not coming up with a better time frame, so enter Matt Turner. Matt has worked with some of the people involved on the dig in the past with astounding results, so he is called in (and bribed) to come to Africa and see what he can find out about this strange artifact.

Once in Africa, Dr Rheese is very skeptical of Matt's abilities and rather shady about his whole operation. As the new scientists arrive, they discover that Dr Rheese's dig does not seem right. Where are the proper tools, where are the workers? But eventually Dr Rheese gives in and allows Matt to touch the object. And what Matt learns about this little object will change the world forever.

I really enjoyed this book. I read maybe half of it at home, and finished the other half of it on a flight from Charlotte to Las Vegas and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was immersed in the whole new world that Matt was experiencing and I had to know what was going to happen. I certainly plan to read more from this author in the future.

Michael Siemsen is currently working on 2 new books.

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