Earthcore by Scott Sigler

Posted June 6, 2018 by Jay Magidson in Reviews / 0 Comments

Earthcore by Scott SiglerEarthcore by Scott Sigler
Narrator: Ray Porter
Published by Empty Set Entertainment on 30 May 2017
Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
Genres: Horror
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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).

About Ray Porter

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I grew up in a small town in Indiana, got my B.F.A. in acting from CalArts and in 1990 went to work for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

I told my L.A. friends I’d be back in six months after I did “this theatre job”. I moved back to L.A. in 2008.

In the off seasons at OSF I would come to L.A. to do TV and Films. I started narrating at Blackstone Audio in 2007/2008. Since then I have been narrating for various audiobook publishers and love it.

My amazing wife is a costume designer for movies (I can’t tell you anything about her current project as assistant designer but Batman and Superman look great)and a six year old son who is brilliant (he’s doing his tutoring homework here at the table next to me and I needed to say that).

About Scott Sigler

New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books.

In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes.

He has been covered in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher’s Weekly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, io9, Wired, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria.

Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League YA series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his tiny dog Reesie, a.k.a. “The Dog of Doom,” a.k.a. “Little Bag of Rage,” a.k.a. “Beautimus Minimus,” a.k.a. “Whole Lotta Nicknames.”

About Jay Magidson

Lover of books, Sci-Fi, 19th Century literature, young adult, and more, as long as it's good, I'll read or listen. I'm a writer as well, my weekly art column was published for years in the Aspen Daily News, Roaring Fork Sunday and Aspen Sojourner Magazine. I have 5 books in print, all pretty entertaining if you'd like to check them out. And my Sci-Fi novel, "Threshold of the Mind" was recently produced into an audiobook, read by award winning actor: Jeff Clarke (Chicago, Mad Men).

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