The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

The Anomaly

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 mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once,...

Details The Anomaly

TitleThe Anomaly
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreHorror, Fiction, Science Fiction

Reviews The Anomaly

  • Sara
    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...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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 b...
  • Susan
    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, h...
  • Emma
    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 genui...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    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 jour...
  • Vanessa
    "...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...
  • Thebooktrail
    I read this at nightI couldn't sleepI was transfixed by those mountains, that Canyon, that cavernWhat an adventure!I've been trekking in the Grand Canyon but nothing like this! It's thrilling and horrific beyond beliefVery clever, atmospheric and deliciously dark"The Beach" for the trekkers and trailers of the travel worldFull review once I've recovered
  • Jennifer
    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 hi...
  • Kate
    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.
  • Wendy
    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 ...
  • Krystle
    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 majo...
  • Beverley Albright
    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 t...
  • Nancy
    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...
  • Raven
    "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.
  • Carol
    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.
  • Kristin
    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 howeve...
  • Stephanie Mills
    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!!!
  • Amy
    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...
  • Diane Maxwell
    The story started off a little bit slow but once I got into it, I didn't want to stop reading it.
  • Hannah
    4.5 stars. Couldn’t stop reading this and breezed through it in 48 hours. Very thrilling! I will definitely look forward to binge reading whatever else he writes in the future!
  • Fred
    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 betw...
  • Liz
    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.
  • Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    The Anomaly starts out by introducing you to the semi-motley crew of The Anomaly Files as they pile out of the producer’s KenMobile. In Arizona to film another episode for their small market YouTube show starring Nolan Moore, the crew is tired, cranky, and desperately in need of a smoke, a drink, and fresh air from one another. They have a big day tomorrow when they will raft through the Grand Canyon in search of Kincaid’s Cavern, a basically...
  • Jen(n)
    ***SPOILER HEAVY REVIEW***Closer to 2.5 stars. This book is kind of a hot mess, but I also couldn’t put it down. You can tell the author is an aspiring screenwriter, as this could make a fantastic film in the right hands. But it would need a few rewrites first. My issues, numbered for your convenience (but in no particular order):1. Nothing significant happens until page 120. 2. Weird cultural appropriation. 3. An antagonist who literally *slow...
  • Sarah Perry
    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...
  • Caitlin
    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 f...
  • Laura Muse
    Adventure books aren't my normal style, though this was advertised as something else, that's what it was at its core. But - and this is a big but - it had so many things which I loved: suspense, horror, a fast pace, some wicked dialogue, and sci-fi level crazy stuff that was (if not perfectly explained) explained enough so that the narrator could put a satisfactory I-don't-know on it.The main five characters were well developed and had believable...
  • Susan Chow-Dukhan
    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 Smi...