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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Going Mad? maybe. Surviving? Oh yes!

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An imprisoned man awakens to find himself face-to-face with the Indian Red Scorpion, harbinger of the brutal and terrible 3-day death. He hopes in vain for someone to come and help him—a guard, perhaps, though he knows the Turkmen mercenary guards are almost as dangerous as the Scorpion. He knows he wants to live, he knows he has forgotten something—something in his past, perhaps—but he has no recollection of who he is or where he has come from.How far can a man be pushed, before fear becomes an irrelevant to him? What does it mean to truly lose everything? (From Goodreads)

So a couple of things why I said yes to review this book. One, the cover. It’s beautiful yet simple. Second, the plot was catchy and engaging. Third, the book itself is a thin one, and here I was wondering how you are going to write a prison story in this short novel?

So what I liked about this book. It’s to the point! And I love it! Anyone who’s writing this type of book could have gone on about every little detail thus making the plot drag, and adding all sorts of fluff to even make it ‘poetical’ and ‘lyrical’. None of that nonsense here. Yes, there are some parts which are descriptive. However the great thing about it is, it’s descriptive to enhance the plot, and also to move it along. There’s been too many times I’ve read something similar, and it gets stuck at describing every little surrounding, and every little feeling the protagonist is going through. This is where attention span goes down and the book is then put down and forgotten or ends up in the “Did not finish” pile.

So the good thing is, although there’s a dream sequence, and few moments of prolonged description, but because of these moments you learn more about the character and his background. To be frank, you’re pretty much just as lost as he is at the start of the story. It’s the things like that, which immerses the reader into the plot and makes the reading experience more enjoyable.

There’s two  more books after this one, and the first one ends in a semi cliffhanger because of what’s going to happen to our main protagonist. I thought it’s a great light read and it’s quick and it’s to the point. Looking forward to what’s going to happen next to our main guy!

I give it an 8 out of 10.

I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank  you!