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The Anomaly

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  95 Ratings  ·  54 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
Expected publication: 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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    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
    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
    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 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 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.
    Diane Maxwell
    Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The story started off a little bit slow but once I got into it, I didn't want to stop reading it.
    Jun 01, 2018 marked it as audio-tbr  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: audio, coming-soon
    BOTM June 2018
    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!!!
    Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I won this book on Goodreads first reads.

    Does anyone remember that old show on Syfy called Destination Truth on Syfy (which has since been moved to Travel Channel and renamed "Expedition Unknown")?

    Nolan Moore, our main character, is a lot like Josh Gates. He and his group travel around the world trying to prove or disprove things that are otherwise dismissed as "myth" or "legend". They don't enjoy quite the same status as Mr. Gates and co however.

    Nolan, a former screenwriter, hit a roadblock in
    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
    Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This is a doozy of a thriller. It had me up in the wee hours of the morning even though I really didn't w2ant to be reading it while I was alone. It really had that much of a kick. Even though I'm not exactly sure who was the author of all the mystery, it provided all the elements of a really good rousing science fiction/supernatural thriller/adventure action model. It has characters that are well flushed out and interesting, great conflicts between those characters, and absolutely bone-chilling ...more
    Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I have to admit I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning finishing this one. It was a rapid fire sci-fi thriller that had me engaged from start to finish. I loved all the characters and thought the dialogue was great ... a bit of humor along with all the terror and suspense. A really great read that I recommend whole heartedly.
    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
    Sarah  Perry
    May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    As soon as I read the description of this book, I knew right away I would enjoy it. I was eagerly anticipating it's arrival after winning a copy through a Goodreads giveaway.

    Rutger sends his characters on an intense adventure exploring a cave that they never actually expected to find, only to find the true horror that lies inside. I was so surprised by a few parts of the storyline, which was nice because it's hard to do that and each one kept me more and more on my toes.

    I liked the characters
    Thank you to Michael Rutger and the publisher for the free advance copy!

    What a thrill-ride! Nolan Moore is a quasi-celebrity with a YouTube show where he investigates a variety of conspiracy theories with the aim of "seeking the truth" along with his trusty production team. They hit their big break when a heretofore unheard of foundation offers to fund them, enabling them to make the jump from YouTube to cable.

    Their first big episode is looking for Kincaid's cavern - a cave in the Grand Canyon d
    Susan Chow-Dukhan
    Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
    n 1909, the Phoenix Gazette carried a story about a cave of interconnecting tunnels and rooms discovered by G.E. Kincaid in the Grand Canyon containing artifacts of an Asian or Egyptian nature. The cave was subsequently closed off and that section of the canyon was designated off-limits to the public by the government. The artifacts extracted by G.E. Kincaid disappeared, leaving people to believe that the story was a publicity hoax (since the Smithsonian had no record of Mr. Kincaid), or that th ...more
    Heather Warner
    May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: giveaway
    I really liked this book-the storyline was addictive! The fact that Michael Rutger based this book on a news report from the early 1900’s made it even more fascinating. The ending of the story made perfect sense based on the mystery of the cavern. I do wish there was a little more depth/story to the foundation but that is really just my curiosity. I found all of the characters especially Nolan and Ken very interesting and I want to get to know all of them in real life! I think all the character ...more
    May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    so i was pretty impressed by this book. it was heavily reminscent of the arcadian series by greig beck, less the military aspect. the entire first third of the book was a setting up of the scene. i gotta hand it to the author for not making a single part, even this one, dull. there were some great ideas put forth, and really, the whole premise of a podcast/webshow made for a perfect way to keep those ideas from sounding too fantastical. the very guy who came up with out-of-the-box theories, was ...more
    May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, fiction
    This was a chore to read, really. I received it through Amazon Vine, expecting it to be a claustrophobic thriller about a team of amateurish explorers trying to locate a hidden cave within the Grand Canyon. The tag-line to this book's promotional material asks if you would dare to put this book down. My answer to this was, yes, I would dare. The question was, would I dare pick it back up again?! Well, I did manage to slog through it, it truly feels as though it has taken me ages to finish it; I ...more
    Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: giveaways
    A horror blockbuster of a novel primed to be adapted for the large screen (or maybe Netflix's next foray into big budget horror ...), which will take you on one hell of an adventure. It reminded me of a cross between Devil's Pass (or really any documentary filming gone horribly wrong horror movie), The Descent, and Tomb Raider.

    I simply couldn't put the novel down!!! I was riveted by the action, entertained by the dialog which was snarky yet not malicious, and engrossed by the overall mythology.
    May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I give this book kudos (and 4 1/2 stars) for getting me to read and enjoy something outside my normal genre! I won the book in a Goodreads giveaway and really wasn't sure what to expect but the story had me captivated from the second chapter. I read in bed until my eyes were sore because I couldn't put the book down.
    Michael Rutger did a wonderful job of bringing all the senses into play when the characters were inside the caverns (I'm not giving anything away here). I was feeling claustrophobic
    Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: giveaways
    I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book but was not compensated for this review in any way.

    An impressive effort and exciting story! The description of "Indiana Jones meets X Files" made me roll my eyes, but it's not a bad way to describe the book, looking back. The momentum of the story really builds and I couldn't wait to finish it, in a good way. I would definitely read more books by this author. Worth your time if you like suspense, sci fi and the unknown!
    Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This book reminded me of the spirit of The Da Vinci Code- it had plot flaws and required me to suspend my disbelief, but it was unputdownable; I read the last 125 pages in one sitting. The characters are not stereotypes for the various roles; the dialogue is smart and a bit snarky, but not mean; the backstories for the various mythologies are interesting. I also appreciated that while it kept me on the edge of my seat for much of it, it wasn't gory or graphic. This was a fun and fast read.
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