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The Anomaly, by Michael Rutger (Zaffre July 2018)

The Anomaly is a thriller, and a very good one, that combines elements of Indiana Jones, Michael Crichton and The X Files. A TV crew, led by Nolan Moore, an amateur archaeologist and conspiracy theorist, arrives at The Grand Canyon in search of a hidden cave full of great treasure which was referred to in a historical report by an explorer at the beginning of the 20th Century. They become trapped underground, and from that moment the book never lets up. There are betrayals, horrors, weird stuff galore, but Nolan as narrator has an excellent, self-effacing humour.

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On The Trail of Genghis Khan, by Tim Cope (Bloomsbury 2013)

I heard Tim Cope interviewed by Kim Hill on National Radio a while ago, and he spoke with such charm and confidence for such a young man, and about such an extraordinary journey, that I had to read it. Tim Cope was in his 20s when he decided to retrace the journey of Genghis Khan by riding on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary - 10,000 km over 3 years. As he travels, he learns about the traditions and history of the people of the steppe, and what they have lost of their way of life over the centuries. He's a very engaging and modest narrator, well read and informative.