Saturday, 8 March 2008


The official blurb

Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lays the largest platinum deposit ever discovered. A billion-dollar find, it waits for any company that can drill a world's record, three-mile-deep mine shaft.

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure.

But Kirkland and EarthCore are not the first to find this treasure. The mountain's history reveals two centuries of disappearances, murder, and insanity.

The discovery of ancient platinum knives, razor-sharp despite lying untouched for 1,000 years, reveals evidence of an ancient culture. If the artifacts are genuine, they show a pre-historic empire that once spanned from the Southern tip of South America all the way up through the American Southwest.

Wealth and fame lie under that Utah mountain, but at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting ... and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

My Review

This was Scott Sigler's first podcast novel and what a shining Gem it was. Scott's stories usually follow the well trod format of introducing the characters setting the scene and then blasting into the action horror and adventure, with this story he does it oustandingly.

We have a good cast of characters going into extraordinary surroundings. They get well fleshed out and you truely get to feel that they are real people.

Scott does a voice for each character and although they are all still a bit Scott-like you can easily tell who is speaking.

The story is engaging and contains elements enough for the listener who loves thrillers, or horror stories and of course something for the SciFi fan as well.

I really enjoyed listening and was drawn into the adventure, I couldn't wait for each new episode to come out, I was listening to the original weekly podcast. You of course will be able to release all of the episodes at once if you wish at podiobooks.

Reading = 2/3
Production = 2/3
Story = 3/3

Total = 7/9

You can get it at Podiobooks