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The Anomaly

(The Anomaly Files #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  8,757 ratings  ·  1,456 reviews
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 myster
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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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 may be. So with that in mind...

Please, for the lo
Kylie D
I don't normally read a lot of horror stories, but gee I'm glad I read this one. We follow a team of documentary makers, their show "The Anomaly Files" is a bit of a hit on YouTube, even though they don't usually find anything. The episode they are about to film takes place in a cave hidden in the Grand Canyon, but nobody is really sure where. This time the team actually gets lucky and finds the cave, but when they start to explore it they become trapped, and then the nightmare unleashes...

I fou
Justin Tate
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A non-stop thrill ride that reminded me of one of my all-time favorites, The Ruins.

I was hesitant to start The Anomaly, since some reviews indicated it began strong and went downhill fast. I did not have that experience. In my opinion it starts strong and gets better and better and better. The premise is actually somewhat original, the twists are numerous, and the scares are a'plenty. Not a single dull moment. Can't wait for the movie and to read the next book in the series!
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Anomaly is claustrophobic and horrifying.

I was so excited when I first read the synopsis. With comparisons to The X-Files and Indiana Jones, how could you not be?

This story follows rogue archaeologist, Nolan Moore, whose main profession is hosting an obscure web docuseries called, The Anomaly Files.

Mostly watched by conspiracy theorists, Nolan holds fast to his belief that the truth is out there.

When we meet Nolan and his rag-tag crew, they are following in the steps of an intrepid explorer
Liz Barnsley
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 book.

Indiana Jones on acid with added HORROR. Also
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The Anomaly tells the story of a television crew’s adventure into the Grand Canyon, on a quest to find ancient treasures hidden in a cave, whose existence dates back to articles written over a hundred years ago about explorer G E Kincaid. Nolan Moore is the leader of the expedition. He is a wannabe television/movie star, previously presenting online content about conspiracy theories, archaeology, mysteries etc; think low-budget X-Files and you w
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
I have to agree that I was completely hooked on the promise of fight and adventure! I still believe that this story could have been delivered so much better, and not just in terms of how it was told, but the story and its details itself. Tell anyone this premise and they'll tell you "this should be a movie, NOW". That's no coincidence – the author happens to be a screenwriter, and I actually wondered if he was before I read the acknowledgements, where it's confirmed that he was. Unfortunately fo ...more
Dannii Elle
The online and vaguely successful archaeological docuseries, The Anomaly Files, has been given its chance at network fame. Face of the operation, Nolan Moore, is thrilled at the potential career reboot this could entail. Director, Ken, is only concerned at how long the earnings from the show will keep him in chilled vodka. Manager Mom, Molly, is the individual who keeps this disparate group running in a smooth and timely manner. And cameraman, Pierre, is just along for the journey.

Their latest e
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Things that certainly go bump in the night......

Michael Rutger begins this wired one in an unknown cave in the Grand Canyon in 1909. Sam and George have come upon something unearthly in this dark inner sanctum. Something that seems to be following them as they scramble toward the light. But peace and safety will never reside within these two men ever again.

Time switches on rapid spin to the present day and we meet Nolan Moore. Nolan is an archaeologist composite of Indiana Jones and the X-Files
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 07, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ 20% because the main character was insufferably pretentious. BLEH.
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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 i
Natalie M
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Think Indiana Jones meets Da Vinci Code meets Hunger Games...then be prepared to freak out! Highly recommend not reading this one before bed.
The Anomaly by screenwriter Michael Rutger (pseudonym) is unique, fast-paced, thought-provoking with a brilliant plot, and unbelievable location descriptions.
Characters- can absolutely see this as a movie and all I could picture was Hugh Jackman as Nolan (would be interesting to hear what others think). The Anomaly team is quirky, endearing, authentic and
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book, and its successor, The Possession, together on instagram. My thoughts: I found each book creepy, gripping, fast-paced, a touch campy, and completely original. There’s adventure and tons of interest. Nolan Moore, one of the main characters, is an archaeologist with a docuseries, which always fascinates me. There’s tons of atmosphere, and overall, both books are compelling and so vividly real I thought it all was truly happening all around me. Reading these two books was an e ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
5 stars

CAVES. A close-knit group of people. A documentary in progress. Supernatural spooks. Lots of humor, laughs, and horror. I loved this so much.

Concept: ★★★
Cave factor: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Overall enjoyment: ★★★★★

Don't let the meh reviews fool you. If you're a fan of caves, you'll love this. If you're a fan of documentary-based horror films, you'll love this. If you're a fan of closed-in groups of people experiencing some tough stuff, yeah you'll love this too.

The Anomaly follows a down-on-th
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 genuinely appealing by acknowledging his foibles and worl
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Y’all hear that? That’s the sound of this book slapping.
Donna Backshall
After reading the reviews and finding this book compared to The Ruins and Indiana Jones, I thought, "Well crap, why has this book been sitting untouched in my Audible library for over a year?" I promptly moved it to the top of the list, and am so glad I did, because it gave me all the action, adventure, horror and comic relief I was craving, with tasty tidbits of science thrown in for dessert.

The Anomaly reads more like a movie script than a novel, and in this case that's not a bad thing. Sure,
Rachel Bea
4.5 stars, but rounded up to 5.

To begin with, the title is so good. It's intriguing, and it makes sense after you finish the novel. I love it when the title of a book creeps into the dialogue or inner monologue.

The book is written in first-person, from the point of view of Nolan. Nolan is a "rogue archaeologist" who explores myths and history that most people dismiss as nonsense. He's moving on up from a web series creator to a potential television TV series, and him and his small crew go check
No Rating. DNF. Will not be included in my 2018 reading challenge.

Spelunking? Lost in a cave system? Hidden dangers lurking? Sign me up! Caves terrify me, I'm claustrophobic, so the very idea of spelunking is enough to set me on edge.


At 10% in and I can already tell that, sadly, this isn't a book for me. I decided to read a "spoiler" review and I'm thankful that I did because if I continued to read only to find "this" out I would of wanted all of my time back. Better for me to just mov
Jessica Diatalevi
Jun 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh. Dear. Lord. I could NOT wait for this one to end. Many, many, many times I thought about calling it quits but I read so many reviews saying how “horrifying” and “scary” it was so I kept pushing through waiting...hoping for something scary—even remotely good to happen. It wasn’t until after page 200 that it got somewhat (and I use the term lightly) interesting. But I can assure you, at that point I went from pure boredom to “what the hell is this?!” SPOILER- unicorns, giant beasts with horns, ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Finding that I needed a change of pace after reading a string of heavier sci-fi and fantasy books, I decided to check out The Anomaly Files by Michael Rutger, the pen name of screenwriter and suspense/horror/sci-fi novelist Michael Marshall. The second volume The Possession recently came out this summer which was what originally drew me to the series, but of course, being a stickler for reading in order, I wanted to start
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, have a new sponsor and the chance of a jump to cable TV ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
nolan Moore and his team are YouTube sensations with dreams of becoming mainstream television hosts of their show the anomaly files. nolan believes a cavern in the Grand Canyon is the key to that.

everything goes to shit...

I loved the first person narration as the reader got to know nolan and his team. although the 1st person spoiled fact there was 99% chance nolan at least came out of this adventure alive that was balanced by Michael creating tension and suspense through other means, and he mad
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
"...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 shuffle forward. After a moment, I felt her follo
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 journalist and a rep for their corporate sponsor along f ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I knew I needed to read this book when the blurb stated that the main characters would be like a modern version of Indiana Jones in an X-Files era. I LOVE Indiana Jones!

Nolan Moore is a YoutTube celebrity, hosting his own web show where he's trying to find if the truth is out there ... Nolan loves mysteries, although he's not a true archaeologist. He used to be in the movies, well he was a screenwriter. But, he's very passionate when it comes to his show.

This time he's retracing the step of an e
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favs-2019
4.5* I started THE ANOMALY FILES without knowing exactly what to expect. Although I usually watch adventure and sci-fi films, I don't think I've ever read a book like this. The comparison to Indiana Jones and X-Files sounded intriguing, so I decided to give it a go. I felt like reading something different and I thought it could be a fun summer read.

After reading the prologue, I thought for a minute that this wouldn't be for me. But then I began chapter one and Nolan's narration and the quirky di
T/W- Death, Swearing, Violence

Readers, this is honestly a thriller novel that you need to add to your TBR lists, like right this second. I don't think I've ever felt so spooked about an adventurous thriller in all of my life! I would highly recommend The Anomaly to fans of Indiana Jones, Dan Brown's novels and even Stephen King's novels. A creepy read that will stick with me for a very long time!

The main character Nolan is a host on a famous conspiracy theory show and one theory about a cave has
Renee Godding
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Blake Crouch
Shelves: horror
4/5 stars

Horror-thrillers are usually something a little out of my comfort zone, but if you’re going to pitch a book as “Indiana Jones meets the X-files” you can bet your bottoms I’m going to be all over that! Sprinkle in a dash of Buzzfeed Unsolved (a personal guilty pleasure of mine) and the result, indeed, is about as close as you can get to The Anomaly.

We follow a filmcrew of 7 on their journey to find a long hidden cave that is rumored to exist in the Grand Canyon for their web-show “The
This has to be one of my favourite reads of the year... It hooked me in right from the start and did not let go until the end...

I loved the MC and his journey as a character.. My favourite interactions were between him (Nolan) and another character Ken... Just two very likable characters..

The Anomaly would not of been something I would normally pick up, but I am so happy I took a chance on this.. Was a brilliant adventure story, a great light read for me between harder hitting plot lines I've re
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Michael Rutger is a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in California with his wife and son.

Michael Rutger is a pen name for internationally bestselling author Michael Marshall.

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