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The Opal: Matt Turner, Book 2 | [Michael Siemsen]

The Opal: Matt Turner, Book 2

Matt Turner grew up witnessing firsthand the worst crimes imaginable. At age nine, 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 3,500-year-old Egyptian opal found sealed in a Cuban tree trunk.
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Publisher's Summary

Matt Turner grew up witnessing firsthand the worst crimes imaginable. At age nine, 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 3,500-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.

©2013 Michael Siemsen (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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    Marci portland, OR, United States 04-10-14
    Marci portland, OR, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow this book is bad"

    Ugh.
    I chose this book because I just finished "A Warm Place to Call Home" by Siemsen. That book was amazing. I recommended it to several people. I was ready to read (listen to) anything that Siemsen wrote.
    Wow, "The Opal" is bad.
    Where to begin...
    The very initial premise of this book is a good one, seems fun, seems like it could go places. But the implementation is terrible. The reader/listener ends up in strange worlds meeting strange people and needing to follow along with strange stories that have nothing to do with the actual story and Siemsen never brings the two together or gives any reason why you should care about these other worlds.
    The worst part of this story for me was the relationship and what happens between the main character and his wife. I'm not sure what I was supposed to feel about the wife, but I hated her and blamed her for a bunch of what ends up happening, and I don't think that's what Siemsen had in mind.
    At the end, I said "oh, you've got to be kidding me." The ending was so bad. The story just limped to a pathetic halt.
    The one tiny interesting thing about the story was the question around if one of the bad guys is actually a bad guy--it made me think "hmmmmm" for a minute. I liked that particular story line.
    The narrator was fine, no complaints.

    I will not be buying any more of this series. I really hope Siemsen writes more books outside this series--I would give those a shot.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. A. Sutphin Manassas, Virginia United States 04-16-14
    S. A. Sutphin Manassas, Virginia United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great 2nd book in series!"
    If you could sum up The Opal in three words, what would they be?

    Action, history, and emotional


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt, because I love his whole personality


    What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Does such an amazing job!! He brings all the people to life!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Siemsen is great. I am so glad I came across his books and I am now a loyal follower.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-09-14
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a big let down.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Siemsen again?

    One more chance.


    What aspect of Chris Patton’s performance would you have changed?

    He's a little smoother. His accents are inconsistent.


    Was The Opal worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so eager since the Dig was innovative and exciting. This felt like a lot of somewhat irrelevant filler was used to increase page count. It was depressing, tedious, meandering, repetitive, and full of logic holes. It wasn't any fun, and there were too many nasty people, illogical behavior and decisions, and gratuitous deaths. The biggest part of the fun and fascination in the first book was the past history. In this book, even that was disjointed and dull. Also there were far too many pointless chases and fights and shuffling from place to place. Not to mention the utter downer of an ending.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Aylett, VA, United States 04-15-14
    Daniel Aylett, VA, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2010

    I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi.

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    "Good but really fell apart at the end."
    What disappointed you about The Opal?

    People not acting right, I know it may sound like nit picking or I just didn't like the way the story went. After they were brought back together Matt and Tuni did not act as they have up to that point. Both became unreasonable and seemed to be looking for a fight.


    What could Michael Siemsen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Every thing was great with the story until he (the author) tried making the police and army parts late in the book. They were wholly unbelievable and killed the story. If any common sense research or just watch some TV you'd know that no military (not even Cuban) would allow armed unsanctioned US law enforcement to wonder around a crime zone. And the police should know this and wonder why they were allowed to do so.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only other book from Chis was the first book in this series so it's on par.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Opal?

    All of Cuba, felt to far fetched and rushed.


    Any additional comments?

    ***Spoiler Warning***

    From everyone landing in Cuba on the story felt to rushed and contrived for the sole purpose of witch was to kill off daddy and brake up Matt and Tudi, hook up Tudi and Mr evil overlord so in book 3 there will be some tension and eventually getting back together. I could be wrong but it seems awfully transparent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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