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 ...more
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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...
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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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
To his credit, Rutger starts out with a killer premise: ...more
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 ...more
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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!