Saturday, December 1, 2018

Review: The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

Author: Michael Rutger
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date of publication: June 2018

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, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

Nolan's story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever?

I didn't know much about The Anomaly going into this audiobook.  The basic set up is a group explorers who make of YouTube style documentaries.  They investigate X-files type happenings and lore.  Nolan, the star of the show thinks he has found a lost cave in the Grand Canyon.  He and the crew set out to find it.

I ended up really enjoying this book.  The beginning was a bit slow. But once they get into the cave, things really get going.  I'm not usually claustrophobic or afraid of the dark.  But, I felt it reading this.  The author did a great job of creating a closed in and really creepy atmosphere.  You really get a sense of hopelessness and the reality of the dire circumstances that the group experiences when they realize they are trapped.   This is why you don't go exploring caves, people! 

I won't spoil what the anomaly is for you.  I will say that I thought it was a pretty cool concept.  There were a few twists that kept me guessing.   I'm not sure if this is a stand alone or if there will be more adventures with the group that is left over at the end. The ending kind of leaves it open for a second book.  If there is one, I will definitely be picking it up.  

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