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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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By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 09-01-15

Couldn't Put It Down

This is book 2 of the series and being a history, metaphysical but, I loved it. Mystery, adventure, bad guys keep you guessing and Turner is growing up with his abilities. I really like the depth of all the characters and twists and turns.

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By Marci on 04-10-14

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.


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By Amazon Customer on 05-27-17

far too long

the ending should have come at least an hour sooner and the characters seemed to all have personality transplants for the last third of the book. enjoyed the dig, this was mediocre and only just made sense. i didnt care about the opal characters at all either.

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