Narrator: P.J. Ochlan
Series: Matt Turner #3
Published by Self Published / Indie on 14 July 2015
Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Submitted, Author
Matt Turner's psychic ability has granted him a window into the entirety of Earth's intelligent beings - past and present - but this gift has also been his heaviest burden. A talent like Matt's can only be kept secret for so long, and ruthless individuals desiring lost and rare items viewed him only as a prized tool.
Now, there is no more secret. Despite living a reclusive existence - unseen in five years - Matthew Turner is among the most recognized names on the planet, and wealthy collectors aren't alone in seeking the only confirmed, undisputed psychic the world has ever seen. Most people simply want his help tracking down a missing loved one. But it's something else that lures Matt out of hiding, and he knows it will offer more than mere lost treasure or a priceless artifact.
For more than five centuries, Egypt's great Library of Alexandria housed all the collected knowledge of the known world. In the Third century AD, its estimated 700,000 scrolls were forever lost to fire - a loss so great, it has since come to symbolize, worldwide, the destruction of cultural knowledge.
A small length of stone engraved with seemingly random symbols may reveal an alternative ending to the Library's collection, but only in the able hands of Matt Turner. At only 32, he's seen and experienced more of life and death than any person alive, and with this unique talent and perspective, he's now ready to set right the wrongs of both yesterday and today.
©2015 Michael Siemsen (P)2015 Michael Siemsen/Fantome Publishing
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Return by Michael Siemsen is the third novel in the Matt Turner series. Matt Turner has a gift that allows him to read imprints from objects. All people leave an emotional and mental imprint on objects. Matt has finally figured out how to master his ability and unlike in previous novels can interact with the world normally. This came with the cost of a lot of time. For the most part, Matt is now a hermit legend who may or may not have died, according the media. From his past experiences, Matt has also grown considerably. When a message slowly makes his way to him, relaying that Tuni is in danger and needs his help, Matt uses all of his connections to develop a rescue mission. While he mounts his rescue, a new artifact has been brought to his attention and he must read it to be able to save his now ex-girlfriend from her dangerous predicament.
This third novel had a completely different feel from the first two and was as well written for the most part as the first novel. The Matt Turner of this novel has changed a lot. Throughout the novel, the reader can surmise that he has suffered and also learned a lot from many ancient artifacts and is now in a zen state. The knowledge from the artifacts that he has studied has made him into a different, grown man. I love the relationship between Matt and his sister and the normal world they have created for themselves. A new character is introduced in this novel, Joss, who is Matt’s assistant. I mostly found her to be incredibly irritating. She seems much younger than she is supposed to be and naïve. But I think her character is supposed to be in contrast to Matt’s somber character. As before there are two storylines: one in present time and one in the artifact’s time. Both stories are extremely well done and I enjoyed them a lot. They were exciting and engaging and ended well. The integration between the two story lines is also well done.
There is a different narrator for this third installment. P.J. Ochlan does is pretty good job overall. I’m not sure if Joss’ voice is her natural voice in the novel or if I didn’t like her more because of the voicing. My biggest gripe with this novel is a character that has been present from the first novel, Pete Sharma. In the first novel, he is American, and in this novel he is British. Whether his is Michael Siemsen’s fault or the fault of one of the narrators is unclear, but it drove me crazy. The voicing, accent aside, was very different as well and this came off to me as amateur writing or poor narration of either Chris Patton’s (narrator for first two novels) or P.J. Ochlan’s part. The production quality was good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys history and action, and following an enigmatic main character and trying to figure out his actions.