Narrator: Ray Porter
Published by Empty Set Entertainment on 30 May 2017
Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
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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.
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Connell Kirkland is haunted by the untimely death of his wife. He’s buried himself in his work and shut off any possibility of human affection, instead of turning into a ruthless businessman and rightly nicknamed “cutthroat.” It has served him well, buying mining claims against bigger companies, using coercion and various unethical tactics to make Earthcore a success. When the world’s largest platinum deposit is discovered he’ll go to any lengths to get there first, trillions of dollars are at stake.
If not for the work of an unstable genius scientist, the mine would take years to develop, instead of taking mere weeks. But nothing is as it seems as they get closer to their goal. Something incredibly evil lives in Earth beneath the millions of tons of rock. The platinum is just the tip of the mystery. And death awaits all who would dare to solve it.
Earthcore is a geological horror/sci-fi thriller, a combination that is pretty rare if not unique. My geological knowledge is next to zero, but everything about the descriptions ring so accurate, the author either really knows his stuff or has done extensive research. It creates a backdrop of reality to an otherworldly plot. The characters are generally well developed and believable, though the mad scientist might be a little too smart by half and the beautiful assassin might be a little too crazy to function in society. Still, it is an imaginative plot that keeps the listener engrossed. A kind of Journey to the Center of the Earth horror mystery. The claustrophobic scenes through the second half of the novel will chill as much as the horror the characters ultimately meet.
Ray Porter performs the story well. He has a great voice and exhibits great versatility with the various accents and characters. You will have no problem telling who is speaking and his voices feel true to their personalities. Top notch with excellent production quality as well.
Earthcore is a unique blend of evil corporate greed meeting the evil beneath the Earth. The action moves along nicely, with the technical descriptions laid out just right. It ends nicely, with maybe a hint of a sequel. Recommended for those who like their sci-fi with a backdrop of geology (that sounds strange, but somehow works).