The Anomaly wasn’t what I thought it was going to be…

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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? (From Goodreads)

What was enjoyable about this book was it could be a movie. Imagery in the book was pictured clearly and the plot was good enough to make you think ‘This should be a movie’

The plot was all right. It’s enjoyable and makes for quick reading. It’s not overly complicated and the action scenes provide a good thrill here and there. It flowed and kept things interesting, however around the midway mark of the book things slow down and not much happens. Things do pick up quickly in the latter half. I didn’t expect the outcome to turn out as it is. I was looking forward to more of a plot like the movie “The Descent” with more thrills and horror. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

The characters on the other hand, don’t have much to them. They’re pretty much flat and are just there to keep the story going. Although I admit I rather liked Ken throughout the book. He was brash and hotheaded. Everything was either a complaint or an insult which made him stand out from the others. Although Nolan was the ‘leader’ in this group there really wasn’t much to him. There was a small background story to Nolan to give him more substance but it really isn’t much.

There’s a lot of intrigue and some bits of thrilling scenes to enjoy, some mystery in the end but overall I can’t really say it’s something I would gush about. Perhaps because I was expecting this to be more of a horror than anything else. Which is too bad, it had potential to be better but it fell short. I’d say take it or leave it. There’s no regrets reading it but don’t expect it to be gripping and exciting. It’s…meh.

I give it a 6 out of 10.

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Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard

voices of the deadThe year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges – he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him. (From Amazon.ca)

This was filled with suspense and action it was hard to put down once you start reading. It’s a pretty fast read surprisingly enough, and the characters were memorable and likable. I found it difficult to picture, only because I rarely read books taking place in 1971. Sometimes I would forget that it was set in this year, and I’m wondering why the characters haven’t reached for their cell phone or googled anything for extra information. Then I remember, ah, 1971, yes, forgot about that. So it took a little longer for me to get used to this setting.

The characters in this book are very well done. I loved Cordell Sims. He was the one who gave you a laugh when you needed it, was there when you needed that extra hand, he was overall a very loyal sidekick and entertaining to read. I liked how Sims and Harry met. It was also nearly comical how he always managed to be with Harry when things got out of hand.

The plot was very well done, it’s fast paced, and quick. The only thing that I had trouble with was the writing style of the author. It was almost blunt, and quick to the point. The descriptions did not really flow, and instead it felt like he was just making a list of their characteristics and then moving onto the story. It just seemed a little haphazard sometimes. Nevertheless after several pages, you do get used to the book and the reading flows later on.

It’s a good book and worth the read. I definitely recommend this. Actually, if you liked Ted Dekker’s Obsession, you will like this book. Both stories aren’t the same but it runs along the same subject matter. It was a pleasure reading this book and if there is going to be a sequel in the works, I’ll be on it.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Thanks to Partners In Crime Book Tours for letting me host this book tour!