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The Anomaly

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,593 Ratings  ·  346 Reviews
Not all secrets are meant to be found.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore -- a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the "real" experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a myster
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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Michael here's the thing. You're about to become absurdly famous. People are going to be badgering you to be on their talk shows. Saturday Night Live will do a spoof on you. David Letterman will come out of retirement just to do a top ten list with you on it. There will be fan fiction. So much fan fiction.

Everyone is going to know who you are. You're going to have some clout. Power to get things done. Or to stop things from happening as the case may be. So with that in mind...

Please, for the lo
Liz Barnsley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Lord this was brilliant. Creepy as all heck, a brilliant main protagonist, a hugely engaging wider cast and a horrifically addictive plot. I finished it late last night, bleary eyed, hugely satisfied with the entire read including the heart stopping finale. Also loved that the explanation made a fantastic kind of sense and wasn't pulled out of the ass end of nowhere in an attempt to be clever as so often happens with this type of adventure book.

Indiana Jones on acid with added HORROR. Also
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Why I Love It
by Siobhan Jones

One reason I love thrillers is because the diversity of the genre continuously delights me. You’ve got your British domestic suspense à la The Child, your blue-collar detective novels like Two Girls Down, psychological mindwreckery like Behind Her Eyes … I could go on and on. Is it a stretch to posit that if you grouped and mapped thrillers as Darwin once mapped earth’s species on a “tree of life,” you’d find an array of fiction as copious as the animal kingdom its
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of the best science fiction thrillers i’ve read in AGES. If you like Mathew Reilly or James Rollins, this is very much for you.

Opening with a horror movie/Indiana Jones moment that sets the scene with terrifying screams in the dark, it then switches to a more chatty, diary style narrative related directly to the reader by amateur archaeologist, Nolan Moore. He walks the fine line of being both cocky and amusing, managing to be genuinely appealing by acknowledging his foibles and worl
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sometimes my son watches a TV programme where a group of, very strange, men, wander the backwoods of America looking for, and yet, never finding, strange creatures. This novel is cleverly based around a similar show – The Anomaly Files – a low budget, online show, with a similar theme of exploring conspiracy theories and, false history stories. The narrator of this novel, Nolan Moore, is the presenter, and he and the producer/director, Ken, have a new sponsor and the chance of a jump to cable TV ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
"...And step one of that is getting out of this crevice. Because it sucks in here. This is the place and point and time from which the rest of our lives start. There is a path from here. And so we need to move along it. We have to go on, and keep going. Okay?"
"Okay," she said, very quietly. Then, a little more strongly, "Okay. Sorry."
"Don't be sorry.....I'm not enjoying this process either, and that's because it's shit. So let's go."
I started to shuffle forward. After a moment, I felt her follo
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nolan Moore leads a team of four TV web series production crew members in an effort to retrace the path of an explorer from 1909 who made an important but mysterious discovery of a cave high up in the rock strata of the Grand Canyon. Nolan’s crew hopes to ramp up their reputation of chasing after strange conspiracy theory anomalies and turn this potential find into ratings gold and hopefully an actual TV network program. Thus, they allow a journalist and a rep for their corporate sponsor along f ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads, horror
The Anomaly is just the kind of James Rollins novel I love - an action-packed tale full of quippy characters in exotic locales that takes two facts and turns them into something that skirts the edges of both science fiction and horror. Except Anomaly isn't Rollins, it's Rutger - a pseudonym for a California-based screenwriter - who lacks Rollins' ability to slow boil a reader in how implausibly nuts his plots are until it's too late to care.

To his credit, Rutger starts out with a killer premise:
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this at night
I couldn't sleep
I was transfixed by those mountains, that Canyon, that cavern
What an adventure!
I've been trekking in the Grand Canyon but nothing like this! It's thrilling and horrific beyond belief
Very clever, atmospheric and deliciously dark
"The Beach" for the trekkers and trailers of the travel world
Full review once I've recovered
Jessica Diatalevi
Jun 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh. Dear. Lord. I could NOT wait for this one to end. Many, many, many times I thought about calling it quits but I read so many reviews saying how “horrifying” and “scary” it was so I kept pushing through waiting...hoping for something scary—even remotely good to happen. It wasn’t until after page 200 that it got somewhat (and I use the term lightly) interesting. But I can assure you, at that point I went from pure boredom to “what the hell is this?!” SPOILER- unicorns, giant beasts with horns, ...more
As has been said, there is something of the Indiana Jones about this magnificent thriller. It delivers on every level from start to finish and is extremely well-written and brilliantly imagined. Caves and I are done with each other..... if I should see one again, I'm walking the other way. This is most definitely worth a pre-order.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a fast-paced Indiana Jones/Dan Brown kind of adventure, this is it! A conspiracy theory YouTuber and his crew discover something real and dangerous while filming for an episode.

I loved the overall plot. It was creepy, exciting, edge-of-my-seat material, but still intelligent and interesting. There was some clumsiness in establishing characters and their personalities, but overall it was a great read. I couldn't put the book down, and the ending was surprisingly satisfying.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-previous
"But your soul knows. Your soul most likely had an inkling long before the events you're struggling to comprehend had even occurred, sensitive as it is to currents and changes too subtle for the conscious mind to observe, and responsive as it can be to the futures shaping themselves in front of you.

And so your soul sits waiting for you to catch up."
- Michael Rutger, The Anomaly


Due to the fact that I haven't read science fiction in years, I don't have much to gauge The
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a belter of a book. Chillingly entertaining and a thundering good read.

Allow me to offer five reasons why this plucky amateurs’ quest into the unknown kept me glued to my seat:

• Its sheer originality.
• Re-invents why you should be afraid of the dark.
• Genius conversational volleys.
• Commendable application of ominous and unpredictable circumstances
• A sterling cast that’s impressively relatable, especially when there’s cause for concern – which is something they experience A LOT.

The Anomal
Rachel Emily
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so crazy! And Good! And ridiculous! And I just loved it!

I really enjoyed the writing - great voice for the main character, Nolan - loved his sarcasm, his wit, and dryness to the narration. Great supporting cast of characters as well. This is like...sci-fi/horror/suspense, and I thought that it was done very well.

The suspense was done very well - I was SO nervous for these people, and I can't imagine being in those caves in the dark, facing what they did. Great book! This author mi
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Skeptical to the Scientific Community's dismissal of myths, the protagonist, Nolan investigates various myths & legends with his crew for his YouTube show. As he & his crew search for the mysterious & ultimately unconfirmed Kincaid cavern within the Grand Canyon, they soon all realize that they may have bitten off more than they can chew. They encounter villains, giant rolling stones, and strange dangerous creatures, all of which may trigger major repercussions throughout the world. ...more
Beverley Albright
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I won this book on the goodreads giveaway. I would, actually, give this book 3.5 stars.

At first, I thought this book was hokum. It had every Indiana Jones movie, every Destination Truth and Expedition Unknown episode reference or recreation imaginable. Even the author was making fun of this fact. I kept thinking, this guy can write so why doesn't me make up his own stuff?

But once he got all that out of his system, the story began in earnest. It turned out to be really worthwhile. I didn't unders
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Argh. This book could have been 5 stars. The first two parts of the book, holy hell...amazing. It builds you up with humor and leads you into scary, in a way of the unknown. I had to stop reading it at night because it was just creepy. I loved the first half of this book..and then...Meh.

The big reveal fell flat for me. Once the unknown was taken away, the book lost the scary factor for me and I think that's why it was so disappointing. Still creepy, but somewhat less... believable? It was well
Stephanie Mills
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oh my lord!!!! I loved this book and will be reading anything they put out!!! I can not wait for this to become a movie!!!
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm going to disagree slightly with the blurb, and say I think it's a little more the National Treasure gang mashing up with X-Files. Our protagonist Nolan does pointedly mention not being an archaeologist a couple of times, after all, making him a little less Indy-like. This was a quick light read, one that didn't ask me to think too much. After turning the last page and seeing that the author is also a screenwriter, I realized why. I definitely sensed a just-slightly-superficial quality, the o ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Anomaly, which begins with a spine-tingling prologue and for which film rights have already been acquired, strongly resembles an Indiana Jones script. The author, mindful of this, even mentions Indiana Jones at one point. As much as I liked the Indiana Jones movies, I was rolling my eyes at some of the inane scenes and dialogue in this book, especially in the beginning chapters. I knew I should stop reading after this blatantly misogynistic description of one the characters, Molly, an associ ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably one of the best thrillers I've read in a while! Rutger's writing is phenomenal. The way he weaves words and sentences together is beautiful. The way he laid out the story and each of the characters was perfect. Each character had a personality and I easily became invested in them.

The main character, Nolan, was fantastic. A wannabe Indiana Jones type researching the unexplored and the unexplained. He was cliche enough that you almost felt like you knew the guy, but he was still full of
Shayne Bauer
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is somewhere between The DaVinci Code and The Descent; however, it is not as complex as the former and not as scary as the latter. Therefore, I think I was a bit disappointed in the read.

It took me some time to digest Rutger's style. He uses high-level vocabulary and lengthy sentences. This paired with the content made for a read that is no easy task--but I liked that part. What I didn't like was that the plot took WAY too long to get going, but I did enjoy the cliffhangers at the end
Julia Cardamone
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Uhg, I'm absolutely torn here, so ultimately going with a solid 3 stars.

First and foremost, I could not and did not put this down. I finished it all in one sitting and don't regret that at all.

The first 3/4ths or maybe even 4/5ths of this book are completely spell binding. I was taken away and swallowed whole by the premise from page 1. And then, geez, so many amazing, unexpected plot twists. I spent my entire read with my nose dug into the pages and completely on my toes.

Not to mention, I love
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018, fiction
Oh, this was a huge amount of fun. A film crew head off to the Grand Canyon to investigate a mysterious cavern found (and lost) decades earlier, reportedly filled with treasures galore.

Look, this was never going to end well, was it? A bunch of amateur explorers wandering around ancient dark caves? What could *possibly* go wrong?

Lots. Lots of things could go wrong. And boy, do they go wrong.

The Anomaly could easily be written off as yet another summer blockbuster thriller, the kind that Michael C
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Unfortunately the payoff is more like Kingdom of the Crystal Skull than Raiders of the Lost Ark or Last Crusade...
Neville Townsend
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent thriller good character's plenty of twist and turns. Highly recommended
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Indiana Jones meets X-Files" could not be a better description. This was so much fun to read. Like reading a found-footage horror movie, and I mean that in the best way! I hope to read more from this author and this gets picked up to be made into a movie.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Around 3.5-4 stars. This was one of those books where you just kept wanting to read it. Almost every chapter left off with somewhat of a cliff hanger leaving you wanting more. Definitely some creepy moments.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Here is what I didn't like:
The fact that it was written in first person seemed odd to me and I felt that it took away from the story by making it obvious that the main character would be safe no matter what.
I also didn't like the tremendous amount of foul language in the book. The language itself doesn't bother me, but I never once felt that it was necessary or added positively to the story.

Beyond these two items the concept of the story was good. It was nothing like I had read before. I could d
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Michael Rutger is a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in California with his wife and son.

Michael Rutger is a pen name for internationally bestselling author Michael Marshall.
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“That's nice."

"It is. And so I did not tell her that I'd written most of it while taking a shit. My point is neither you nor I know what will matter to the audience in the long run. The truth? Who gives a fuck? The Bible's full of utter cock and there are ten thousand wankers out there using it as an excuse to behave like total fucking arseholes. Same as the Koran and the Talmud and probably whatever the fuck it is that Buddhists get their spells out of. But on the other hand there's been millions of people, over thousand of years, who've got through the day because of that bullshit, or had their heart lifted, or looked at the world differently for ten minutes.”
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