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The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

The Anomaly

by Michael Rutger

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If Dan Brown played Tomb Raider in a cave while hallucinating about evolution ... he might write something like this.

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Why I love it

Siobhan Jones
BOTM Editorial Team

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 itself? I think not :)

This month, BOTM is proud to feature a book unlike anything we’ve ever offered: a paranormal thriller that takes place in the pitch-black depths of the Grand Canyon. When a ragtag group of YouTube-famous archaeologists goes searching for a hidden cavern they assume is mere myth, they don’t expect to stumble upon the greatest revelation to ever surface about mankind. But not all of the team is working together to connect an eon’s worth of biological dots. Truths emerge, fingers are pointed, and ancient secrets are discovered … secrets, it seems, that not everyone wants found out.

In my humble opinion, we’ve offered a few good thrillers this year, but this one—which is rich in both evolutionary freakiness and eerie conspiracy theories—takes the cake. If you’re looking for smoking guns, a handful of F-bombs, and Jurassic Park-esque chase scenes, look no further than this fast-paced adventure with serious Lara Croft vibes.

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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?

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  • Davie, FL

    Do yourself a favor and don’t take a break halfway through the book like I did! The book has a slow start, but it’s important to the plot. The quick take was spot on! Great adventure and mystery book.

  • Savannah, GA

    I loved loved LOVED this book. It’s suspenseful, scary, and really makes you think and consider what being human means in the grand scheme of things. I’d love to see a movie adaptation pull this off.

  • New Haven, CT

    3.5/5 ????s! This was such a fun read - though it dragged on at the end, I appreciated the funny dialogue between the characters and that there was no smut! It wasn’t perfect but it was fun + different!

  • Boston, MA

    The most unique, mind-bending, what the $&@% just happened book I’ve read in a while, maybe ever. Please open the front cover with no expectations - you’re in for the claustrophobic ride of your life.

  • Blanchard , OK

    This book was so different from anything else I’d ever read. There was drama, suspense, science, and so much more! This book had me thinking about things long after I had finished. It is a great read!

  • Philadelphia, PA

    This was my 1st Book of the Month so I wanted to pick something I wouldn’t normally read, and the Anomaly did not disappoint! I liked that it was a mystery but not too confusing. Definitely recommend!

  • Raleigh , NC

    This thriller not only kept you on your toes but definitely elicited a laugh or two. If you’re looking for a read that makes you think, and takes you on journey into the supernatural, get this book!

  • Uniontown, PA

    I loved this book. Somewhat felt like a Dan Brown book, but with a darker, more natural and unbound suspense to it. I started and finished it in a day and couldn’t put it down. Would highly recommend!

  • Yelm, WA

    This book had my heart pounding! I really loved the concept! The main charecter was perfectly sarcastic it was such a good book.Very intriguing. I can see it being a movie. I’d so read more from him.

  • Cleveland Heights, OH

    I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down!!! Easy quick read that was definitely up there with some of my favorite horror movies. And for some reason I really want to go hiking I the Grand Canyon now.

  • La Verne, CA

    One word to sum this book up...WOW! I was hooked immediately and read it all in 1 sitting! I read almost all the way through the night and was exhausted at work the next day but I couldn’t get enough!

  • San Diego, CA

    I absolutely loved this book! So much intrigue and other-ness about this place that I couldn’t put it down. This creepy vibe left traces in my own life where going outside at night made my skin crawl.

  • Kansas City, MO

    I’ll admit the beginning of the story was slow but once they got to the cavern I was hooked, the plot and character development is great. This is a scary movie I would definitely watch. Amazing read.

  • Greenfield, WI

    This book took me ages to pick up & when I did it was a bit slow to start, but I’m so glad I pushed through because it became hard to put down! It took a direction I didn’t see coming & I loved it.

  • Madison, WI

    LOVE. I keep trying to get everyone I know to read it. Don't let the paranormal element turn you off (Idk if I'd ever read something like this). Indiana Jones-esque character on reality show adventure

  • Spencer, MA

    This book was a mix of sci-fi, history, and thriller all into one book. I flew through this book, dying to know if they would make it out alive. Had me thinking what if something like this existed? Ah

  • Goose Creek, SC

    This book is action packed. I felt as though I were watching an Indiana Jones type film. However, this book took a I was NOT expecting. I literally gasped and laughed out loud more than once. Love it!

  • Dandridge, TN

    This book was very good. I loved the scientific aspect of it. Such a creative and imaginitive book.The Anomaly is generally a book I would not read. In this case, I am glad I decided to give it a try.

  • Cincinnati, OH

    This book kept me up all night--reading & worrying what lurked in the shadows. I really appreciated Rutger's research and attention to detail. This is one you could learn more from with each reread.

  • Los Angeles, CA

    This ended up being pretty cool. It was sufficiently creepy, but not overly "horror", and it has a good level of weird mysteriousness combined with history, which I liked. At times, also pretty funny.

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