The Anomaly

The Anomaly : The blockbuster thriller that will take you back to our darker origins . . .

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An utterly gripping thriller perfect for fans of Dan Brown, Michael Crichton and Stephen King. The Anomaly will leave you breathless until the final page has been turned . . .


A team of explorers seek ancient treasures, hidden in a secret cave.

At first it seems they will return empty handed. Then their luck turns.

But the team's elation is short-lived as they become trapped there in the dark, with little possibility of escape.

Then events take an even more terrifying turn.

For not all secrets are meant to be found . . .

'Gripping, exciting, page-turning fun. I suspect Michael Crichton would have been happy to put his name to it' John Connolly

'Crackles with claustrophobic tension that had me holding my breath. Sharp dialogue, a dizzying central plot, and a real sense of dread throughout, I couldn't sleep until I'd finished reading, and then I couldn't sleep just thinking about it. I loved it' Sarah Pinborough, bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES

'Brilliant. Thrilling, tense, dark, funny. Michael Crichton meets Indiana Jones' C. J. Tudor, author of THE CHALK MAN

'Smart, scary and beautifully written - a thriller filled equally with shivers and real heart. I absolutely loved it' Steve Mosby

'This is my kind of book. The suspense mounts slowly... slowly... Then the horror lingers for a long, long time' R. L. Stine

'Strap in for a break-neck, claustrophobic ride - The Anomaly is dark and deadly' James Swallow

'If you enjoy being scared witless, this is the book for you. A deftly written thriller that will give you second thoughts about turning out the lights' David Jackson

'A taut, take-no-prisoners thriller, lean and fast as an express train. Make no mistake: The Anomaly is the real deal' Lincoln Child, Number 1 New York Times Bestseller

'I LOVED The Anomaly. The most exciting, unputdownable book I've read in a long time' Mark Edwards

'Brilliant. A thrilling, horrifying, gripping page turner that you want to race through but at the same time don't want to end because you're enjoying it so much. Like Michael Crichton had written The Descent' Martyn Waites

'Michael Crichton meets Stephen King' is what was promised - and boy, does it deliver' Simon Lelic, author of RUPTURE and THE HOUSE
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 241 x 35mm | 576g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1785763989
  • 9781785763984
  • 40,191

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Michael Rutger adds depth to his characters from the start - we're as much drawn in to finding out what's going to happen to them as we are to learning what exactly they're going to discover. There are some truly horrific moments that Rutger communicates vividly without his point of view narrator needing to break character, and moments where you'll be seriously wondering how the team are going to get out of the situations they're in. And underpinning all this are some serious thoughts about conspiracies and the nature of faith * Sci Fi Bulletin * Rutger has crafted an intriguing and, at times, somewhat graphic tale that's never predictable and will appeal to fans of exploration and survival, as well as the X Files crowd * The NZ Herald * I loved everything about The Anomaly but if I had to pick something that particularly appealed - except for the brilliant plot - it would be this. The atmosphere is so frightening, claustrophobic and intense. Thriller and horror co-exist here and I found myself longing for fresh air, light and space. The Anomaly delivers on every level from start to finish and is extremely well-written, brilliantly imagined and such fun to read * For Winter Nights * Moore is a complex and likeable figure... an adventure thriller of the Michael Crichton variety * SFX Magazine * The definition of a page turner... packed full of the kind of dread and mystery that lingers long after the final page * Sci Fi Now * An exciting, intriguing and often distinctly frightening story * Nudge Books * An action-packed underground romp straight out of the Lara Croft school of archaeology * Crime Review * At times addictively bizarre, and at others displaying an unexpected emotional depth, this is an unmissable adventure from first to last * Lancashire Evening Post * If you like your sci-fi intertwined with a bit of horror and a bit of knowledge, you will definitely love this. (Did I just describe the Da Vinci Code?) But also if you like a captivating read and don't mind a bit of gore * Booker Than You * Rutger writes with such vivacious energy - blurring the line between historical fact and fiction so deftly...Rest assured, you'll struggle to find a more thrilling page-turner this year * Alternative Magazine Online * The Anomaly is chokingly good stuff. It's a book that grips the reader from the first page, a doomy and ominous prelude to what's to come, and Rutger wastes no time introducing his small cast of relatable, believable characters and pitches them into the living Hell of the almost unbearable situation they find themselves in pretty damned quickly * Starburst Magazine * A great set of characters, a super plot and clever dialogue, this book is a ton of fun * Sunday Sport * Absolutely loving this terrifying Creature Feature * Mark Hill * Rutger produces a work that can drill down to a character level with the skill of King, making us know and care about the people with ease, and then zoom right out. These personal moments followed by the big picture make this book truly cinematic * The Bookbag * Head and shoulders ahead of the competition. It zips along (I polished it off over the course of a day - which should tell you enough about how gripping the plot was!), the characters are ace, the dark tunnels sufficiently dark *and* scary, and it bounces along to an entirely satisfying conclusion. Someone said it was like the X-Files meets Indiana Jones, and they'd be entirely correct * Espresso Coco * If you're happy to suspend your disbelief from a well-rigged belay and some sturdy 10mm rope then The Anomaly provides an action-packed underground romp straight out of the Lara Croft school of archaeology * Darkness Below *
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About Michael Rutger

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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4,296 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
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4 43% (1,863)
3 25% (1,082)
2 6% (260)
1 1% (56)
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