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review 2019-09-12 04:17
Book Review: Earthcore by Scott Sigler
Earthcore - Scott Sigler

Earthcore by Scott Sigler

Published: May 20, 2017 by Empty Set Entertainment





Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lies 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 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.



Rating: 5 out of 5 stars




Just a small disclaimer, I LOVE Scott Sigler. Like really love Scott Sigler. I’ve read everything he’s ever produced and enjoyed almost all of it. When Earthcore was first released all the way back in 2005ish I was skeptical, it was okay but I didn’t think that it was his best work. Now, all these years later, he rewrote the entire thing and re-released it. And WOW! It is so fantastic. The writing structure is a lot cleaner and the characters are a lot more fleshed out. In the first reading I didn’t really care about many of the characters because they didn’t strike me as real people but they did this time.


Connell Kirkland is a tragic figure, I found myself rooting for him, cursing him, and crying for him throughout the course of the book. A few of the side characters didn’t do much for me, like Veronica. I thought she was a whiny bitch and needed to go away. I wish we had seen more of Sonny but the story largely demanded his absence so I understand it.

The premise of this is an interesting one. A mining company stumbles on a lot more than they bargained for and aren’t sure what it is until it’s too late. Could it be claimjumpers trying to steal their find? Other miners that beat them to it? A lost tribe that has lived underground for a few thousand years? Or is it sabotage? Unfortunately for almost all the characters, it’s much much too late before they figure it out.


While I was listening to the audiobook, I found that the narrator distracted me a little for the first few chapters and I was skeptical that I would continue. But I stuck through it and was rewarded, he got a lot better and it was much more enjoyable.


I will stop before I am tempted to spoil the whole thing, all I will say is that it’s time to prepare. Prepare for Mount Fitzroy.

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review 2017-07-24 00:00
Earthcore - Scott Sigler Earthcore is an interesting, much more foul-mouthed take on Journey to the Center of the Earth in my opinion. Except, in Sigler's version, it's not dinosaurs you come across, but something much more shiny and squishy. Once things get rolling (it takes a while), it's an action-packed adventure. There's one flight from danger after another, and several surprises await you.

And that's about all that I can say that's nice about Earthcore .

One of the things that annoyed me about Earthcore was the sob-story given to the human villain. I see this a lot in books, and I just don't understand it. Am I supposed to feel sorry for the character because s/he had a bad life growing up? Because I don't. I had a rough life growing up myself and I didn't grow up to be a bad person. I grew up still understanding the differences between right and wrong. Making the choice to be a good person. The villain is the villain. They chose to do the wrong things, and, especially when they're geniuses, they do it with full understanding that what they're doing is wrong. I don't care about their life growing up, and telling me about it in some effort to flesh them out only serves to annoy me and detract from the story.

And Scott Sigler does the sob-story not once but twice in Earthcore .  I could almost understand it for the guy, because of the whole 'redeem during the course of the story' factor but the true 'villain'? No. That character is pretty much an evil archetype and trying to redeem them at all was just a waste of page space. Apparently Earthcore started as a much shorter book that was expanded on recently to please the fans. I can't help but think I probably would have preferred it in it's shorter form.

Unfortunately, a trend within Earthcore was that few of the characters were likable. If you spend half the book being annoyed by the mere presence of certain characters on the page, it inevitably detracts from your overall enjoyment.  The only character I actually liked in the whole book was the prospector who finds the platinum to begin with. Well, I liked Sanjay as well, but he was a very minor character. Towards the end of the book, the main scientist, Angus, grated on my nerves so badly that simply listening to the book made me want to reach through my phone and smack the crap out of him. The only way I was able to force myself to go on was to tell myself that he had to die a very horrible death very soon, right?

I like most of Sigler's work that I've read/listened to. Infected was a fantastic audio experience that he narrated himself. However, Earthcore just wasn't something I dug, pardon the pun. In fact, by the end of the book, I truly disliked the book. Ray Porter is the only thing that kept me listening to the audio book at all. The plot had a few definite interesting twists to it, but not enough to save me from wanting to chuck it through the nearest window. 

Can't recommend it, but I know I seem to be in the minority with that opinion, so take my review with a grain of salt. 
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review 2017-07-05 00:00
Earthcore - Scott Sigler 4.5 stars - Listened to audio
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review 2016-11-11 15:56
Contagious (book #2)
Contagious - Scott Sigler

They’re back and they’re more determined to set up a base in the U.S but time is running out. This series takes right off where Infected left off with Perry hearing the triangles conversing; only something is different this time. The chatter is different this time and there is one voice which is dominating the conversation. Perry doesn’t want to confront this voice and the feeling is mutual as Chelsea is told to stay away from this powerful force who is trying to track her down. This is not the only struggle as there is a fight between saving the lives of the individuals who are infected and trying to preserve the modified triangles emerging out on infected individuals, around the country.   They can’t save both. Just how is this new strain of the virus being passed and how can they stop the bodies from piling up? With a young child leading the group, they seem to be winning this assault on the U.S., as Margaret and her team run from city to city, always one step behind.


Just like Infected, Scott Sigler produced a novel that had me racing through the paging just wondering if Margaret and her team were ever going to get the upper hand on the virus which was plaguing the country.   I felt that this novel was not as gory or shocking as the first novel in the series but it was more scientific and technical in explaining what was occurring. Margaret tried to take charge of the situation yet the virus had the upper hand. I enjoyed the tension, the excitement of the novel and having the return of some the same characters from Infected.  You could read this as a standalone novel as the author provides a brief intro of book one at the beginning but to get the full effect, I suggest reading the first book in the series.

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review 2016-10-21 19:35
Infected - Scott Sigler

The flies are swarming, the bodies decomposing right before their eyes, the room before them is a horror scene more grisly than they have ever witnessed before, yet the team stands in awe, grasping at what lies before them. There is an urgency set in motion the second they arrived at the scene yet the team is afraid to touch anything for fear of contaminating what is left of the victims whose bodies are scattered throughout the scene. What was causing this destruction? Why were individuals taking the lives of others for no apparent reason?


Perry started out with an itch which he scratched but soon he was digging at these itchy spots with his nails until he bled. His friend became concerned about his itching and suggested a doctor but Perry thought his itching would go away. It didn’t and soon Perry was digging at himself with a fork as he sees something down in his skin where these itchy spots are. He’s prying at his skin, digging and digging deeper and deeper trying to dislodge whatever is stuck inside him. I was so deep into this novel, I couldn’t put it down. Between Perry and his obsession with his skin and the investigation into the killings, I thought this novel was incredible! I don’t want to spoil the novel but goodness sakes, this author had me in his grips! Perry is relentless in his attempts to get to the mystery of his itch and the pain, oh the pain he was putting himself through to accomplish his goal was amazing. I was squirming as I read but I kept reading, I was lost in their world. As the investigation team tries to piece together why normal individuals are taking the lives of others, they must work fast because the bodies are decomposing at a rapid pace. How does Perry fit in all of this?


This novel never slowed down and I felt that Scott did a terrific job of tying it all together in the end. I loved the timeline aspect of the story and the Triangles, wow what a great storyline. I highly recommend this novel, if it is a genre that you enjoy but just be warned, you will not be able to put it down. Onto book #2….I hope it’s just as good.

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