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
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.
Action, history, and emotional
Matt, because I love his whole personality
Does such an amazing job!! He brings all the people to life!
Yes it was
Michael Siemsen is great. I am so glad I came across his books and I am now a loyal follower.
It was a big let down.
One more chance.
He's a little smoother. His accents are inconsistent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only other book from Chis was the first book in this series so it's on par.
All of Cuba, felt to far fetched and rushed.
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.
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