- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (19 Jun. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1538761858
- ISBN-13: 978-1538761854
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
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"This is my kind of book. The suspense mounts slowly... slowly... Then the horror lingers for a long, long time."--R. L. Stine, New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series
"With witty writing, sharp characterizations and a killer premise, THE ANOMALY is escapist fun perfectly tuned to our age of conspiracy theories and alternative facts."--Thomas Mullen, author of DARKTOWN
"THE ANOMALY crackles with claustrophobic tension that had me holding my breath. I couldn't sleep until I'd finished reading, and then I couldn't sleep just thinking about it. I loved it. Michael Rutger is here to stay."--Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES
"Gripping, exciting, page-turning fun."--John Connolly, #1 internationally bestselling author
"THE ANOMALY is my type of story -- terrific writing from a confident storyteller. What more could you want? Sure to be in the mix with the best thrillers of the year, it's a thrilling and haunting read from first page to last."--Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of HOW IT HAPPENED and THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD
"Make no mistake: THE ANOMALY is the real deal."--Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the Pendergast series
"Fans of the paranormal thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will relish this superior debut from screenwriter Rutger, who makes the fantastic seem less so by dint of his self-aware, flawed lead and his ability to inject gallows humor into tense situations. Rutger milks every ounce of suspense from his plot."--Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)
"Mixing a brisk and engaging narrative with strongly developed characters, Rutger deftly depicts the claustrophobic depths explored by the endangered expedition. The Anomaly should appeal to fans of The X-Files or Fringe as well as anyone looking for an enjoyable tale."--Booklist
"THE ANOMALY simmers... Intriguing [and] never predictable.... will appeal to fans of exploration and survival along with 'The X-Files' crowd."--Associated Press
About the Author
Michael Rutger is a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in California with his wife and son.
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Heading the expedition to the cave is Nolan Moore, an intellectual and former screenwriter turned presenter - he has ambitions of being an investigative reporter but is fully aware of mostly being a presenter cleverly wording and acting out blurbs in front of a camera. He leads his audiences to various locations in the search for mysteries, the search for the truth...the problem is Nolan and his team have something of a reputation of being on wild goose chases, never having really uncovered a real mystery. Down on his luck, divorced, and teamed up with a crew of misfits including an alcoholic but delightfully honest and likeable director, a young and pretty busy-body assistant producer, the athletic pretty boy camera man, a new-age delightfully cheerful hippie who is there for the ride along, and a direct and investigative journalist there to write a fluff piece on Nolan’s unsuccessful career.
The exposition to find Kincaid’s lost cavern begins well but the group quickly lose hope on day two and are about to give up when they finally happen upon their quarry. For the first time, Nolan might have actually uncovered a real mystery but things begin to go quickly awry when the exploration turns into a nightmare they can’t escape easily from.
The story is written in third person from Nolan’s perspective and it gives us an immediate connection to a likeable but slightly jaded character who has seen better days. A few of the other characters are written superbly, the dialogue well-constructed enough to make it obvious who is talking, what their character is like without needing to go too much into detail. Ken is especially well written and was given some of the best dialogue I think.
The entire story I could easily see as a movie. As a Hollywood blockbuster, maybe not but definitely as a straight to DVD horror that would probably star some C and D listers.
The story that this episode is planned around, focuses on the story of an 1909 expedition, prospecting for minerals in the Grand Canyon. What did the hunter and explorer, G.E. Kincaid find in a cave, which was said to house great wonders, but also something very dangerous? Hopi legends suggest the cave was home to Maasaw, the ‘keeper of death,’ and Nolan, Ken, and the crew, plan to film a show about their attempts to locate the cavern. Actually, though, they never really anticipate that they will find anything, which makes it even more unbelievable, when it appears that they might actually have discovered more than they bargained for…
What made this book work for me was the characters. I loved the way that Nolan, recently separated and a little vulnerable, is always on the defensive about his job, but clearly has a real interest in the show he is making. The other characters help flesh out the plot and there are a good number of interesting female, and male, characters. Where the novel falls apart a little for me was near the end, as the plot is a little bizarre, to say the least. However, great fun and very well written. I would certainly read more by this author, who is very talented, and this certainly has a fabulous first half, even if it didn’t quite live up to its promise.
With the level of detail I actually did feel like I was there and could picture what was going on. This is the part that actually scared me so much. The dea of being trapped in a cave is frightening to me and ended up reading into the early hours to find out what happened to them.
The novel introduced me to some evolutionary theories and conspiracy theories that I hadn't encountered before and everything was explained clearly. I would definitely look out for morebooks by Michael Rutger.
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