To be honest, if I didn't feel obligated to give it a review, I likely would have discarded this to the DNF pile. There was some interesting history behind it, and an impressive amount of detail in some of the excavations, but the narrative itself was painfully dry, and the characters tediously English. I mean, there is some very cool stuff going on here, and some really exciting things being revealed from the mysterious mounds, but there is absolutely no emotion to the book. Everyone in it takes such pains to be prim and proper, and Preston himself seems compelled to similarly reign in his enthusiasm.
I'm sure there are literary merits that I'm glossing over, and I'm sure cultural aficionados could pick apart the words and the sentences to reveal a whole other layer, but as adventures go . . . as archaeological discoveries go . . . The Dig was just a wholly underwhelming read.
Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Other Press (first published May 3rd 2007)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review.