The Dig (Unabridged)
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 get from traditional dating methods, call upon a stubborn young man with a unique talent. Matthew Turner's gift is also his curse: When he touches any object, his awareness is flooded with the thoughts and feelings of those who touched it before him. It is 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 has "read", Matthew 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, he journeys back in geological time to make a discovery so shocking that it forces us to rewrite all human history.
I enjoyed this uncovensional story. Unlike so many once the simple (but unlikely) premise is accepted it holds together nicely. Even though it takes you into a world of nonhuman people there is none of the Gee Whiz silly of space opera, vampires or magic. I actully hope there is a next book.
Standout Archeology Thriller
This book has everything. Vivid characters, surprises, suspense, and refreshingly: it's ideas are original. On to the next in the series...
Great idea for a story, very unconventional, but just a so-so book. The narrator made a gallant effort to inject some real life into his reading, and succeeded beautifully. Too bad it wasn't much of a story.