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Revised and Expanded. On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white Revised and Expanded. On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.


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Revised and Expanded. On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white Revised and Expanded. On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.

30 review for Meg

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Did I stay up way too late last night reading this terrible/ brilliant book? You're damn right I did. It's got everything you need: 1) a misunderstood hero 2) people you REALLY want to die a painful, bloody death 3) a monstrously awesome monster shark I honestly don't read enough like this. It's silly and fun and swims that line between sublimely ridiculous and faintly plausible. Plus, it's got a massive shark in it. Why wouldn't you read it??? Note to self: yes, it's all fun and games now, but wha Did I stay up way too late last night reading this terrible/ brilliant book? You're damn right I did. It's got everything you need: 1) a misunderstood hero 2) people you REALLY want to die a painful, bloody death 3) a monstrously awesome monster shark I honestly don't read enough like this. It's silly and fun and swims that line between sublimely ridiculous and faintly plausible. Plus, it's got a massive shark in it. Why wouldn't you read it??? Note to self: yes, it's all fun and games now, but what happens next time you swim in the sea? or a suspiciously dark pool? Then who's the one hyperventilating... You won't be smiling then, will you? You make bad choices, Emma, BAD choices. Next up: The Trench

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I had some high hopes for Meg. I love a good action/thriller that could be described as a get away from complex literature – i.e. a fun read. For the most part I was satisfied. The concept was cool and original. Any time a book has a “maybe this could really happen” thing going on, and it is freaking scary, I am interested. There were some cool action sequences and definitely a lot of hold your breath moments. The Meg is terrifying! Now, as you are reading my review, you can probably tell there i I had some high hopes for Meg. I love a good action/thriller that could be described as a get away from complex literature – i.e. a fun read. For the most part I was satisfied. The concept was cool and original. Any time a book has a “maybe this could really happen” thing going on, and it is freaking scary, I am interested. There were some cool action sequences and definitely a lot of hold your breath moments. The Meg is terrifying! Now, as you are reading my review, you can probably tell there is a “but” coming up (at this point, by kids would break into gales of laughter because I said “but”). You would be correct, there were many “buts” (again, more laughter). First, I found some of the descriptions of what the Meg is doing to be repetitive to the point of not being interesting. At first, it was cool to learn about the theoretical biology, instincts, hunting patterns, etc. of the Meg. But, after the 20th scene describing all the instincts in play and the thoughts going through the Meg’s head, I started to zone out. NO, NOT THAT MEG! The second issue kind of relates to the book losing my interest after a while. For the first two-thirds, I thought I was listening to a 4 or 5 star book. But, I got to the last third, when the climax of the story gets going, and it started to get really confusing. There were about 10 separate plots all going on at the same time, all of them related to each other, and each with kind of a similar feel. Because of this I started to forget what was happening to who, who was still alive, who was in peril, who was getting close to rescue, who was I supposed to be cheering, who was I supposed to hope would be eaten, etc. I was about as well oriented as good ol’ Left Shark! Finally, the resolution . . . *sigh* . . . so cheesy . . . I will just leave it at that . . . not quite the following gif, but not all that far off! Side note: The version I listened to contains Meg: Origins. I didn’t really need it. It was just more of the shark swimming around and using its instincts. And, it just expands upon a story from the main book that I am not sure needed expanding. In closing, it was kinda fun and if you like action/thriller getaway literature, give it a go. But, expect a lot of repetition and nonsense! I will probably give at least one of Alten’s sequels a chance and see where it goes. But if it is too similar, I am not sure how much farther I am willing to try after that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    I love sharks. They are among the top three of my favourite animals (alongside owls and Komodo dragons). And Great Whites are probably the best ones among them. Naturally, little Trish always loved to see sharks in illustrated childrens books or on television. I cried at the end of Jaws, mourning the poor creature. Thus, I was delighted to see there would be a movie called MEG to hit theatres this summer (and not only because Jason Statham is playing one of the leading roles in it) and as soon as I love sharks. They are among the top three of my favourite animals (alongside owls and Komodo dragons). And Great Whites are probably the best ones among them. Naturally, little Trish always loved to see sharks in illustrated childrens books or on television. I cried at the end of Jaws, mourning the poor creature. Thus, I was delighted to see there would be a movie called MEG to hit theatres this summer (and not only because Jason Statham is playing one of the leading roles in it) and as soon as I saw that it was based on a book, it was only a matter of time until I read it. Apparently, there was another version in the 90s that was updated (partly to include the latest scientific findings, partly to change characters and events as well). I have the updated version and after hearing of some differences, I'm glad. Anyway, this is the story of Jonas Taylor, a dishonorably discharged Navy commander specialized in deep dives, who has believed in the existence of megalodons (basically huge, pre-historic versions of the Great White) ever since that fateful dive a few years ago when two scientists diving with him got killed. The Navy claims it was him losing his marbles, he says they were attacked by a megalodon. Guess who won that argument. He is asked to help an old acquaintance who wants to establish the worlds largest aquarium (an artificial lagoon so huge, whales and other large sea creatures can be studied as if in the wild). He agrees like the imbecile that he is, wanting to overcome his trauma and escape what must be the worst marriage ever - and gets much more than he bargained for. For the monster is real, not imagined, and she found a way to escape the biological confines her kind have lived in for tens of thousands of years. Momma's gotta eat! What follows is a mad romp through the Pacific with lots of gloriously gruesome deaths, claustrophobic underwater scenes and a cast of assholes and bitches. Sorry, but there really only were one or two people who didn't deserve to die here (Mac being chiefly amongst them). I very much enjoyed the mix of accurate scientific detail, believable conjecture and breathtaking action. Some things were less "realistic" than others, but let's be real here: we're not here for realism, we're here for the monster chomping on annoying humans! :D Know that feeling when reading a book or watching a movie and sitting at the edge of your seat, full of suspense about whether or not the hero is gonna be able to save the day? Well, here I sat at the edge of my seat hoping he would NOT be able to save the day because I wanted people to DIEDIEDIE! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And I got what I came for. So much so that I'm considering reading the rest of the series (and soon). *lol* Wonderful creature feature! (First: actual megalodon tooth. Second: Comparison of a megalodon's tooth and a Great White's.) (Size comparison for a better understanding.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I had never even heard of Meg until I took my kids to see my boyfriend Jeff’s new movie, Jurassic Park 47, and this popped up in the preview . . . . Um, yes please. I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. And not just a borrowed copy – I needed to own this and add it to the shark stack. Thanks to discoverbooks.com (no, I’m not affiliated, I’m just poor and this site enables me to add to my hoard on the cheap) I was able to obtain a Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ I had never even heard of Meg until I took my kids to see my boyfriend Jeff’s new movie, Jurassic Park 47, and this popped up in the preview . . . . Um, yes please. I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. And not just a borrowed copy – I needed to own this and add it to the shark stack. Thanks to discoverbooks.com (no, I’m not affiliated, I’m just poor and this site enables me to add to my hoard on the cheap) I was able to obtain a copy just in time for Shark Week. I failed at posting a timely review because I’m now insane and post shitty book pics to Instagram (shameless plug for myself – get over it, I do what I do) and knew EXACTLY the right spot to take a photo worthy of this literary masterpiece. My schedule finally cleared up and I was able to make the trek over the weekend resulting in . . . . #nailedit But back to the book. The story here is about a dude who everyone thinks went cuckoo for cocoa puffs when he insisted the superbadawful that was responsible for a failed mission into the depths of the Pacific resulting in him being the only survivor was none other than Carcharodon megalodon. Fast-forward to the present and a new mission that will make everyone realize . . . . They’re gonna need a bigger boat. If you have ever thought to yourself: “Self, I sure wish Jaws and Sharknado would have a baby” then you need to look no further. Meg is sure to be a winner for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Waffles

    This book/series deserves 529 stars! Seriously! Any book with a jacket blurb stating "I have just two words for you: JURASSIC SHARK!" deserves the Nobel Prize for first class airport literature. This is what pulpy, guilty-pleasure reading is all about. You've got action, sex, and PREHISTORIC SHARKS! Dan Brown's book (I've only read one and that was too much) seriously insulted my intelligence - I recognized the Fibonacci numbers from a high school class - THAT I FLUNKED! Steve Alten does not insul This book/series deserves 529 stars! Seriously! Any book with a jacket blurb stating "I have just two words for you: JURASSIC SHARK!" deserves the Nobel Prize for first class airport literature. This is what pulpy, guilty-pleasure reading is all about. You've got action, sex, and PREHISTORIC SHARKS! Dan Brown's book (I've only read one and that was too much) seriously insulted my intelligence - I recognized the Fibonacci numbers from a high school class - THAT I FLUNKED! Steve Alten does not insult your intelligence. You feel so much smarter after reading his novels. His novels cure impotence - so I've heard. To paraphrase the noted urban 20th centruy philosophe Laurence Tureaud ... "I pity the fool who don't like Jurassic Shark!"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    Far-fetched but fun = that's the point of these types of books anyway. There's so much that fascinates man about the creatures of the deep, so many hidden horrors beneath the water. This goes farther than Jaws, to the original beast which grew up to 60 feet, the Carcharodon megalodon, a shark that would swallow today's Great Whites. Clearly these creatures went belly up long ago, but the author takes pains to paint a realistic enough plausibility of how one could survive, break the surface, and Far-fetched but fun = that's the point of these types of books anyway. There's so much that fascinates man about the creatures of the deep, so many hidden horrors beneath the water. This goes farther than Jaws, to the original beast which grew up to 60 feet, the Carcharodon megalodon, a shark that would swallow today's Great Whites. Clearly these creatures went belly up long ago, but the author takes pains to paint a realistic enough plausibility of how one could survive, break the surface, and become a modern day terror. There's no way this could make a decent movie because of the budget - this shark was huge, and the author takes it on a long ride to destroy many types of vessels, even attack a helicopter, all in the name of giant shark fun. I could have done without some cliche characters like the hard-driven, ambitious, evil wife, but the scene with the shark pod was epic enough to make up for it. Her love interest was unrealistic, though, the weakest character written for the story. Jonas was a main character strong enough to propel this shark-driven story forward - it opens with him lecturing about the legend of the monster, then he's forced to confront his worst fears and make them a new reality. The pacing is swift and this one is hard to put down. Even if a lot of it is unbelievable, especially a certain escape at the end, that doesn't matter. A few times there's a creep factor, especially when exploring the mariana trench and picturing that triangular head that appears to grin...There's enough science driven in it to keep afloat, plenty of action to invest interest, fun moments, tense and narrow escapes, and even a small nudge toward a sequel with the final page. I have the fourth one, but it will have to wait until I track down the second and third first.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Everything in me wanted to either rebel against reading this or just submit to the gleeful horror of a shark who's head is as big as a truck. Obviously, I had to submit. And you know what really caught me off-guard? The plausibility. Yeah, a 65-foot albino shark from the deep trenches, or rather, the ongoing survival of the species, living in the depths, never needing to see sunlight... until they were disturbed by intrepid explorers. :) Yeah, well, there's real talk about Megladon teeth as far back Everything in me wanted to either rebel against reading this or just submit to the gleeful horror of a shark who's head is as big as a truck. Obviously, I had to submit. And you know what really caught me off-guard? The plausibility. Yeah, a 65-foot albino shark from the deep trenches, or rather, the ongoing survival of the species, living in the depths, never needing to see sunlight... until they were disturbed by intrepid explorers. :) Yeah, well, there's real talk about Megladon teeth as far back as 10 thousand years ago. That's not exactly extinct. Enter in the story. Well, this is written well and fun, all horror, then adventure, and then pure action. No wonder it got made into a movie. :) But you know what I like best about it? *spoiler alert* The story of Jonah inside the whale. :) Nooooooo... noooo spoilers!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ✨Bean's Books✨

    Nonstop action! Professor Jonas Taylor is a little obsessed with the idea that a prehistoric monster is lurking in the Mariana Trench. A Carcharodon megalodon. Everyone thinks his crack pot theories are a waste of time and even laughable. But who knows what's really lurking in the dark... in the deep. Jonas is about to find out. Non-stop action packed, does thriller keeps you going from start to finish. Very well written and even reminiscent of works by Michael Crichton. The plot is well-thought-o Nonstop action! Professor Jonas Taylor is a little obsessed with the idea that a prehistoric monster is lurking in the Mariana Trench. A Carcharodon megalodon. Everyone thinks his crack pot theories are a waste of time and even laughable. But who knows what's really lurking in the dark... in the deep. Jonas is about to find out. Non-stop action packed, does thriller keeps you going from start to finish. Very well written and even reminiscent of works by Michael Crichton. The plot is well-thought-out and well-executed and written in a way that's easy to follow from one point to the next. Even the scientific jargon used in the book is easy for the layman to understand. This is a book that I really enjoyed. I enjoy how the author moved swiftly and steadily from one action point to the next and kept you on your toes throughout the entire book. I also enjoyed the characters both sinister and heroic and thought they were well developed and even relatable. This book will definitely make a great film. Let us hope that the movie does not disappoint. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thrill with lots of action and a good, simple plot. Or you can watch my review here: 🦈 https://youtu.be/SN9Q5Vl9gFU 🦈

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    OMG I don't know why I took so long to read this book. Erika my friend from booktube her channel name ThePerksofBooks, has been trying to convince me and all of her subscribers to pick up MEG and read it for years. I found this handy dandy mass market paperback and at Kauai Habitat Restore for 50 cents and it was the best 50 cents I've ever paid. 5 million stars for being a fun and fast read, full of action, adrenaline and one pissed off megalodon. Our main character Jonas Taylor took a trip down OMG I don't know why I took so long to read this book. Erika my friend from booktube her channel name ThePerksofBooks, has been trying to convince me and all of her subscribers to pick up MEG and read it for years. I found this handy dandy mass market paperback and at Kauai Habitat Restore for 50 cents and it was the best 50 cents I've ever paid. 5 million stars for being a fun and fast read, full of action, adrenaline and one pissed off megalodon. Our main character Jonas Taylor took a trip down the Marinas Trench 7 years ago and saw something that caused him to change his career path and become a world famous paleontologist. Jonas is the expert when it comes to the prehistoric Megalodon. He has written books. One night after an interview at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, Ca. his past caught up with him. He might get a big break. Jonas might be able to conquer his fear of the dark deep and maybe just maybe find truth in the abyss. Just from the title alone you know the book is about a Megalodon. A gifreakinggantic shark. You know that the shark is going to go on a murderous rampage. We have all seen Jurassic Park. What else could the book possibly hold then an outcome of epic proportions. What I didn't know was how hooked I'd be in the first few chapters. How awesome it was to have actual facts from the first voyage to the Marinas Trench. I love love love when books contain real science in them. I was also just so in love with the entertainment value this book held. I can not wait to pick up Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I thought I would never read that book and now I want to. I also want to watch every cheesy shark movie that is out. This book had everything a blockbuster movie would have. ACTION ACTION ACTION! Revenge. Overly heroic stunts. A romance. A sunset. It was literally everything I wanted to read this weekend and I did. I read this book in about 16 hours. Just so damn fun. I will definitely be picking up the other books in this series. WHY THE HELL NOT! That ending was a baby cliff hanger ;) edit: New year, new read! I re-read this book in 2018 and this time around I read it to my two boys in anticipation for the movies release. My kids loved it. My 11 year old was kind of like ooh that shark is mean. My 13 year old was like I hope so and so dies! They deserve it! LOL. He is super excited to read/listen to book 2!

  10. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    I don't care if you judge me for giving 5 stars to this one. I absolutely enjoyed this, there is nothing I would like to change. There is correct chemistry between characters (that includes the Meg) and appropriate people are being killed and eaten. What's not to like? Update 6/9/2018- I watched the movie MEG last weekend and only thing to say is - such a disappointment! Book is 100 times better than movie. Not even Jason Statham can save it. I don't care if you judge me for giving 5 stars to this one. I absolutely enjoyed this, there is nothing I would like to change. There is correct chemistry between characters (that includes the Meg) and appropriate people are being killed and eaten. What's not to like? Update 6/9/2018- I watched the movie MEG last weekend and only thing to say is - such a disappointment! Book is 100 times better than movie. Not even Jason Statham can save it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    Mega fun! A very entertaining book about a sixty-foot shark going on a feeding frenzy in the Pacific. Just to make it clear what we are talking about: These creatures actually inhabited the oceans of the Earth. Though this was long before you and I were born. They’re extinct for quite some time now. Or aren’t they? Well, I’m not saying they are still alive. But keep in mind that even though the oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface and contain 99% of its living space, 95% of it remains unexplore Mega fun! A very entertaining book about a sixty-foot shark going on a feeding frenzy in the Pacific. Just to make it clear what we are talking about: These creatures actually inhabited the oceans of the Earth. Though this was long before you and I were born. They’re extinct for quite some time now. Or aren’t they? Well, I’m not saying they are still alive. But keep in mind that even though the oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface and contain 99% of its living space, 95% of it remains unexplored. That’s actually a very nice opportunity for an author to tell a convincing tale about a 42,000 pound shark with a garage-sized head terrorizing stupid people, not quite so stupid people and some poor whales as well. Paleontologist Jonas Taylor doesn’t believe in megalodon’s extinction. He has his theory as to why they might still be alive and he actually believes he has seen one during a traumatic deep sea dive seven years ago. This makes him an easy target for quite some ridicule, and additionally that incident destroyed his career as a deep sea pilot. When his old friend Masao Tanaka asks him for his help in the investigation of a remote sub that got damaged and subsequently lost in the Mariana Trench, Jonas sees this as a chance to face his fears and maybe prove his doubters wrong. Suffice it to say that things go south for a lot of people from there on out. What started as an interesting and entertaining bio-thriller becomes an equally entertaining creature feature after about a third of the book. Alten sets up his popcorn adventure perfectly in the early parts of the book. He makes this whole tale somewhat plausible and then goes into full what-the-fuck-how-cool-is-that-mode, killing off character after character. Their deaths getting decreasingly believable and increasingly enjoyable in equal measures. There are two or three characters most readers will want to see get through this unscathed and there are a lot of characters that readers will want to see dying, and horribly so, for being stupid assholes. So the reader can cheer on the shark and fear for the people, and mostly will be satisfied with the end result. Steve Alten is actually a pretty decent writer. And MEG is a pretty good book that’s sometimes thrilling, sometimes silly, but almost always fun. Almost five star fun. But I deduct one star for a single character that annoyed me tremendously. In books like this people are mostly supposed to be annoying and then (to the reader’s delight) becoming fish fodder in the end. So it may seem a little harsh for me to lower the rating because of one of them. But the one I’m talking about (and will not name) was actually quite important for some of the actions taken by a certain other character. And the dynamic between the two was not plausible at all and in my opinion overall was just badly written. And I’m convinced now that Alten can do better. This was a buddy read with my dear friend Trish, the world’s leading expert in horrendous deaths that actually make people laugh. Who better to read such a book with?! Exactly!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    You'd think i'd get tired of reading this book after a billion times, but nope, still my favorite <3 (reread again... still love it) Read it again for the billionth time... still the best. Has everyone seen the movie trailer yet??? So excited!!! You'd think i'd get tired of reading this book after a billion times, but nope, still my favorite <3 (reread again... still love it) Read it again for the billionth time... still the best. Has everyone seen the movie trailer yet??? So excited!!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    If you drew up a checklist of the necessary components of a B-movie creature-feature, then Meg would tick pretty much every box. Imperfect hero haunted by his past? Check ☑ Beautiful heroine who loathes the hero with every fibre of her being right up to the point where she realises that she's never loved anyone more in her life? Check ☑ Outrageous monster that no-one except the hero believes exists until it starts eating everyone? Check ☑ Comedy deaths of unlikeable characters introduced two minutes If you drew up a checklist of the necessary components of a B-movie creature-feature, then Meg would tick pretty much every box. Imperfect hero haunted by his past? Check ☑ Beautiful heroine who loathes the hero with every fibre of her being right up to the point where she realises that she's never loved anyone more in her life? Check ☑ Outrageous monster that no-one except the hero believes exists until it starts eating everyone? Check ☑ Comedy deaths of unlikeable characters introduced two minutes earlier? Check ☑ The hero surviving a suicide mission to slay the beast? Check ☑ Heck, while reading the book I couldn't help but be reminded of that magnum opus of creature features: Shark Attack 3: Megalodon. Don't misunderstand me, I'm aware that Meg predates Shark Attack 3 by some five or six years, but the presence of a few set pieces common to both works led me to compare the two and wonder why I delight in watching the latter while reading the former was more of a trawl. And I think I figured out why. B-movies tend to be fun because they fall into the "so-bad-they're-good" category. Shark Attack 3 transcends such humdrumness, being so sublimely terrible and ridiculous that it becomes a work of art. The actor's ad-libs are left in the finished film, the human antagonists are bad people and worse actors, there's pretty much only one repeatedly used shot of the Megalodon, which is patently a shot of a great white shark crudely blown up in size. And so when someone rides their jet ski into the shark's mouth you can forgive how silly it is and rejoice in the moment. Meg's greatest failing is, ironically, that it's not quite bad enough. Steve Alten seems to be trying to play the book straight: with pages of dialogue given over to dry scientific discussion of a Megalodon's ampullae of Lorenzini; with relatively minor plot points discussed repeatedly so that the reader knows that some incongruous plot detail was a clever point and not an error; when the protagonist dons a pair of night-vision goggles we have to be told that they work by "improving light amplification by using a coating of gallium arsenide on the photocathode of the intensifier." I get it, Steve, you did your research, and it's impressive, but with all this straight-lacery around, a few pages later when a surfer douchebag surfs straight into the Megalodon's mouth it's somehow not as much fun as the aforementioned jet-ski incident. There are some problems with the writing as well, with Steve Alten apparently going to the same writing school as Matthew Reilly. Exclamations points abound. When someone who isn't expecting to be eaten by a sixty foot shark is unexpectedly eaten by a sixty foot shark I get that it's unexpected. I don't need an exclamation mark to tell me to be surprised. There's also a slew of those annoying line breaks mid-dramatic moment, sometimes two or three in a row, which I've never seen the point of. And my last gripe concerns a moment very early on. The first chapter starts strong, with a T-rex in the Jurassic age hunting a herd of Shantungosaurus. Seriously, if the whole book had been as awesome as a freaking T-rex hunting a pack of honest to goodness Shantungosaurus then it would've been a contender for three stars. But wait, there's more! The T-rex follows its quarry into the shallow coastal water only to get stuck in the loose sand. We're in four star territory now, ladies and gents. A hush descends as the hunter becomes the hunted and a shark the size of Texas shows up not for those pansy Shantungosaurus, but for the mother funking T-rex. A shark eating a T-rex is perhaps the greatest shark related thing ever, with the possible exception of a shark genetically spliced with an octopus, but that'd never happen. What could possibly ruin this moment of perfect literature? Only this: after thrusting us so thoroughly into the Jurassic age that I can almost hear the Procompsognathus chirp outside my window, that I half expect a Stegosaurus to walk through my front door, what simile does Steve Alten use to describe a Megalodon charging into a T-rex? It was, and I quote, "like a freight train striking a disabled SUV." Way to preserve the mood, Steve.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    The book was very entertaining, so much better than I expected which is always a nice surprise.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Shark!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I am not a biologist or any sort of shark expert. Other than avidly watching documentaries -- and Shark Week, of course -- I know very little about the ocean and its inhabitants. But I do know that I LOVE monster movies with one of two things: crazy angry carnivores or unknown humongous cryptids. This book delivers both. I wanted to go see the movie this summer, but when I found out that it was based on a book....I had to follow My Rule -- ALWAYS read the book f Shark!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I am not a biologist or any sort of shark expert. Other than avidly watching documentaries -- and Shark Week, of course -- I know very little about the ocean and its inhabitants. But I do know that I LOVE monster movies with one of two things: crazy angry carnivores or unknown humongous cryptids. This book delivers both. I wanted to go see the movie this summer, but when I found out that it was based on a book....I had to follow My Rule -- ALWAYS read the book first. So I opted to wait until the movie released on DVD to watch it. Netflix has the DVD available now....so I bumped the book to the top of my list and grabbed the audio book from my local library. On the one hand, I do have to say that this story has been done before....many times. Rogue scientist touts unpopular belief...gets mocked, "ruins'' career, gets shunned by academia....UNTIL.... ....that UNTIL is the most important part...... UNTIL (suspense building music stab inserted here)......the cryptid beast, pending doom, crazy idea he was warning everyone about shows up and starts killing/attacking, etc. Then....academia and a whole host of other people come rushing back begging him to help them take care of the situation. Godzilla. Volcanoes. Earthquakes. Global warming. Whales. Giant Octopus/squid. Asteroids. Aliens. Dinosaurs. And....sharks. It's been done. Many times. But I love it! And this time...it's a GIANT shark. Move over Jaws.....The Meg eats Great Whites for a snack.....and whales, giant squid, submersibles, boats, divers....hell anything that will fit in its mouth. SO....old plot. Bigger, badder monster. Bigger. Angrier. Hungrier. Did I say BIGGER?? BIGGER!!!!! Loved this book! I don't care if it's impossible, faux science, old hat.....it makes me happy. This sort of book is my favorite brain candy. I love the premise. I like the characters. And I even like the shark. It's only doing what it was made to do.....and very well for that matter. I like Steve Alten's writing....he mixes a scientific feel with an action/monster plot very well. About the only complaint I have is a bit of an issue with the audio book narration. Sean Runnette reads at a nice pace and his acting is good for the most part. My issue is with his voice. He seems to have a problem pronouncing some consonants, especially S. It sounds like the actor might have poorly fitting dentures or some other speech problem? Or maybe it's just poor quality sound, equipment or editing? Not sure what the exact problem is, but I have partial hearing loss so crisp, quality sound on audio books is essential for me. I had a bit of trouble understanding Runnette's narration. The audio book I listened to from Tantor Audio is 10.5 hours long and includes both The Meg and Origins (a prequel for The Meg). I was surprised to find out that The Meg is actually a series of 5 books! More large shark mayhem! Yay! I will definitely be listening/reading the rest of the series. And now that I've read the book....I can see the movie! Got it at the top of my Netflix list!

  16. 4 out of 5

    TK421

    ****HERE THERE BE SPOILERS**** Do you like reading about monsters? More specifically, do you like to read about monsters of the deep that have been thought dead for millions of years? If you do, search no further -- Steve Alten's MEG will not disappoint. From the epic beginning of a T-Rex getting its terrible-lizard ass handed to itself to the absurd gastronomic defeat of the Megalodon, this book keeps the action flowing at a constant rate throughout. There is a really lame extramarital affair su ****HERE THERE BE SPOILERS**** Do you like reading about monsters? More specifically, do you like to read about monsters of the deep that have been thought dead for millions of years? If you do, search no further -- Steve Alten's MEG will not disappoint. From the epic beginning of a T-Rex getting its terrible-lizard ass handed to itself to the absurd gastronomic defeat of the Megalodon, this book keeps the action flowing at a constant rate throughout. There is a really lame extramarital affair sub-plot, but in the end it works, I guess. Enough about that. To the real story. Jonas Taylor, a deep-sea expert, ex-Navy submersible extraordinaire, and also the world's foremost expert on the extinct Megalodon, is called upon to inspect some sensors that have gone off the grid in the Mariana Trench. Problem is, he has already been to the Trench before; it wasn't a pleasant experience for him. During this previous exploration he freaked out, and it cost the lives of two coworkers. Because of this he is kinda considered a pariah in the deep-sea community. Now, the only place he really explores is the lecture circuit, where his theories of the ancient shark being alive are mocked and derided in glorious fashion. If you're still with me, I'm sure your cheeseometer is probably going crazy. Well, you ain't heard nothing yet. So he decides to help a billionaire (really, who else could afford to fix sensors in the deepest part of the ocean?) and go back down into the abyss in one submersible while the billionaire's son goes down in another. Needless to say, it doesn't work out so well for the son. And so begins a tale of revenge. But don't think MOBY DICK, folks. MEG is nowhere in that class. Think JAWS, on steroids. People begin dying left and right in some gruesome ways. I'll let you experience those for yourself. But I will say that if you like every scene of carnage to include the words: entrails, teeth, entrails some more, some more teeth, and, yes, entrails again, then you'll love how creative Alten is with his descriptions. But the Meg does not only attack humans. Whales and subs (yes, I said subs -- not the Jared kind, but the decommissioned WWII variety) are also its prey. At one point I laughed so hard while reading a battle scene between Meg and sub that I snorted...then farted. Don't ask. I'm still trying to figure that one out myself. But Alten does save the best for last. STOP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW THE ENDING!! When the final battle scene takes place, Jonas finds himself in the belly of the beast. Literally, folks. Alten tries to explain this in some pretty creative ways. None of them really make much sense, but, hey, it's his book. All Jonas can do is start hacking at the best with his knife. I'll let you read the book to find out the rest. Like I said, cheese cheese cheese. But it's summer and this type of book is the perfect beach read. RECOMMENDED

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Chaney

    I read this in the summer of last year but totally forgot to leave my review! Bottom line, this book rocks. It's such a crazy read meant to entertain the heck out of you. I'd give five stars just to the opening chapter alone. Wish they included that scene in the movie. Anyway, read this!! I read this in the summer of last year but totally forgot to leave my review! Bottom line, this book rocks. It's such a crazy read meant to entertain the heck out of you. I'd give five stars just to the opening chapter alone. Wish they included that scene in the movie. Anyway, read this!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    J.K. Grice

    What's not to love about a giant great white shark??? MEG is a very engaging and fun adventure offering from Alten. What's not to love about a giant great white shark??? MEG is a very engaging and fun adventure offering from Alten.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fierce

    The MUST-HAVE edition! The MUST-HAVE edition!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I first heard about The Meg when I saw a trailer for the forthcoming Statham movie. I honestly thought it was a Sharknado inspired Shark film. So I was really surprised to see the movie tie-in edition and instantly had to pick it up. This book certainly delivers on the big dumb cheesy monsterfest. A believed extinct prehistoric Megalodon is terrorises anything that stands in its way... It’s was just the right side of enjoyable for me. I wasn’t fully invested in all the characters and the way the boo I first heard about The Meg when I saw a trailer for the forthcoming Statham movie. I honestly thought it was a Sharknado inspired Shark film. So I was really surprised to see the movie tie-in edition and instantly had to pick it up. This book certainly delivers on the big dumb cheesy monsterfest. A believed extinct prehistoric Megalodon is terrorises anything that stands in its way... It’s was just the right side of enjoyable for me. I wasn’t fully invested in all the characters and the way the book ended, I’m not too desperate to pick up the next instalment. That said I’m more interested in seeing the movie now, so I’m glad that I’d decided to read the book first.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    A to Z Project, Book 11 Wow, I know that thrillers are for fun and excitement, but this book is just so relentlessly dumb that I couldn't suspend disbelief for a minute. I'm not sure if it's the he-man/author stand-in lead character, the comically cardboard villains, the tsunami of cliches, or the ridiculous contortions that the author goes through to put all of his characters in exactly the right place in ALL OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN for his unbelievable big shark to attack them as opposed to all of A to Z Project, Book 11 Wow, I know that thrillers are for fun and excitement, but this book is just so relentlessly dumb that I couldn't suspend disbelief for a minute. I'm not sure if it's the he-man/author stand-in lead character, the comically cardboard villains, the tsunami of cliches, or the ridiculous contortions that the author goes through to put all of his characters in exactly the right place in ALL OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN for his unbelievable big shark to attack them as opposed to all of the other creatures and people in the sea. Also, the author obviously has a problem with women. The only upside is that it is very short, with big print and tiny little chapters, and it's bad in a funny way, so like me, you'll probably finish it despite how jaw-droppingly dumb it is. I won't give away the ending, but you should read the whole book just for it, as it has to be one of the stupidest scenarios ever committed to the page.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)

    BUY THE BOOK Pretty good and kind of cheesy. Just the way I like it. BUY THE BOOK Pretty good and kind of cheesy. Just the way I like it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    I really wanted this to be good. I do enjoy a good shark story. This is a decent, sometimes good, shark story. It's the rest of it that drags this story down. The story regarding the Meg is pretty decent and I wished the author had spent more time on the shark. Instead we are treated to a low class soap opera of stupid people. They do stupid things with a 60 foot shark. None of the people are really likeable and I ended up rooting for the Shark. I won't waste more time with this review-the book I really wanted this to be good. I do enjoy a good shark story. This is a decent, sometimes good, shark story. It's the rest of it that drags this story down. The story regarding the Meg is pretty decent and I wished the author had spent more time on the shark. Instead we are treated to a low class soap opera of stupid people. They do stupid things with a 60 foot shark. None of the people are really likeable and I ended up rooting for the Shark. I won't waste more time with this review-the book itself is not deserving of more time. I might have given it a 1 star rating but the shark parts do save the story-the rest of the characters? Could care less and they drag the story down into a bunch of banal tropes and enormous stupidity. Card-board cut out characters do nothing for the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ☣Lynn☣

    10 years later and I still love this book to pieces. Cannot wait for the movie to premiere soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think it's finally time that this gets added to my favorites shelf. Me and my hubby started buddyreading this book during shark week for the past three years, and it seems like I love it more each read. The writing isn't the best and there's a really cheesy scene towards the end, but I can overlook that. And this is FINALLY becoming a movie thanks to the so sexy gore master, El 10 years later and I still love this book to pieces. Cannot wait for the movie to premiere soon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think it's finally time that this gets added to my favorites shelf. Me and my hubby started buddyreading this book during shark week for the past three years, and it seems like I love it more each read. The writing isn't the best and there's a really cheesy scene towards the end, but I can overlook that. And this is FINALLY becoming a movie thanks to the so sexy gore master, Eli Roth! About fucking time!! :D What could be better than a 60 foot shark?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this book and the rest of the series. It’s one of my go to books when I want to just relax and enjoy the story. Plus, I love anything sharks. Who doesn’t. Jonas Taylor is one the best in deep sea submersible dives. When he’s sent down on a secret dive into the Marianna Trench, he barely makes it back alive. His claims that a Megalodon almost ended his life are met with derision by his peers and he sinks into depression. After years trying to prove he’s r I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this book and the rest of the series. It’s one of my go to books when I want to just relax and enjoy the story. Plus, I love anything sharks. Who doesn’t. Jonas Taylor is one the best in deep sea submersible dives. When he’s sent down on a secret dive into the Marianna Trench, he barely makes it back alive. His claims that a Megalodon almost ended his life are met with derision by his peers and he sinks into depression. After years trying to prove he’s right and waking up screaming from freakish nightmares, Joans is compelled to once again brave the deep, and what happens next is worse than any nightmare he’s ever had. Oh yeah, I loved this book. From the character’s, to the shark, and everything in-between, it was awesome. Steve is a wonderful storyteller and has you believing Megs do still exist. There’s much argument about that, which I won’t go into, but I choose to say, who knows? The ocean is the least explored place on our planet and new species are discovered all the time. I myself, hope they do but, then I don’t. After reading books and seeing movies about Great White Sharks, I think they’re bad enough. For something that could use a 20 footer as a toothpick to arrive in our waters is truly terrifying. Dive into MEG. Meet her up close and personal. Once the action starts, it’s a whole lot of gnashing and blood. If your a fan of sharks and horror, you’ll eat this up. This one is from my bookshelf. My review is voluntarily given.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jim Cherry

    I Re-Read So You Don't Have to... In 1997 I was touring my local Borders Book Store and saw a book titled Meg with a blue cover and what looked like blood in the water. I instantly knew what the novel was about the survival of Carcharodon Megalodon, a prehistoric shark thought to resemble the modern day great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), when I was a teenager I became interested in marine biology because of Jaws and in that exploration I discovered the Carcharodon megalodon, and since it I Re-Read So You Don't Have to... In 1997 I was touring my local Borders Book Store and saw a book titled Meg with a blue cover and what looked like blood in the water. I instantly knew what the novel was about the survival of Carcharodon Megalodon, a prehistoric shark thought to resemble the modern day great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), when I was a teenager I became interested in marine biology because of Jaws and in that exploration I discovered the Carcharodon megalodon, and since it was a larger version of the great white thought there could be made a case for it’s survival into modern times. I immediately sat down with the book and started reading, and being a writer and knowing something of the subject I soon became disappointed. Meg is about submersible pilot Jonas Taylor working out of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute who is working on a Navy project diving into the Mariana Trench reputedly the deepest part of our oceans, in that dive Taylor thinks he sees a Megalodon and blows his tanks in an emergency ascent to the surface killing two researchers. Taylor immediately quits being a submariner, so terrorized by what he saw or what he thought he saw and becomes a paleontologist with an expertise in Megalodons. Five years later he’s lured back to diving in the Mariana Trench by former mentor Masao Tanaka has lost some equipment in the trench that he needs recovered, and a thriller soon Jonas finds himself in a sub back in the Mariana Trench. In the trench Taylor encounters not one but two Megalodons and all questions are gone, but in the ensuing chaos one of the sharks makes it above the thermocline (miles of cold water above the trench) by being enveloped in the warm blood of her mate that is being pulled towards the surface by Tanaka’s ship. Once in the warmer waters off Hawaii the Megalodon soon starts attacking whale’s and then turns east heading for California and attacking ships and humans. In Meg author Steve Alten has the basis for a novel with good characters and plausible action maybe not on the level of Jaws but it could have rivaled a Michael Crichton novel (in fact a Los Angeles Times blurb calls it “Jurassic Shark”). The problem with Meg is that Alten passes up every opportunity to add a little complexity or even the slightest verisimilitude and stacks implausibility upon improbability, upon impossibility leading to disbelief. Characters are cardboard creations there is no real depth to their motivations, plotting is simplistic and chapter ending cliffhangers are awkward. Meg seems like Alten wrote the book with the help of a plot generator, add character here, insert exposition, info dump here, add love interest, need some action here. A perfect example of the problem with Alten’s characters is how Taylor is convinced to return to diving in the Mariana Trench. Meg right from the start has Taylor frightened to the core of his encounter in the trench and what a life altering event it was. How does Tanaka lure Taylor back to diving? He simply says “you have to face your fears” and he’s off! In a thriller you know the hero will confront his fears and embark on the journey or quest he’s asked to, the thing is, for the reader to believe it you have to give the reader a plausible reason and motivation to do it and “you have to face your fear,” “oh, okay,” hardly seems plausible after we’re told how terrorized and afraid he is. Characters motivations are also non-existent or swing wildly from end of the spectrum to the next. Terry Tanaka at first can’t stand Taylor because he got her brother killed, then suddenly with no explanation or reason it seems they’re having an affair but nothing in book develops how that happened! Meg is a fast read, for all the wrong reasons. It’s not a page turner in the sense that the action and or writing is compelling, but because there’s nothing to think about and if you do Meg falls apart in front of you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Gail

    Carcharodon megalodon, the 70-foot, 70,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark. Imagine a shark as big as two Greyhound buses, with a jaw wide enough to eat an African elephant in two gi-normous bites, and you have Meg. Jonas whispered, “We should have left you alone.” SHARKS! Bring the fucking terror! So, I went to see the MEG a few weeks or months or whenever it was out. Sometime between July and now. I know I could easily google, but I'm not going to. Sue me. And it was pret Carcharodon megalodon, the 70-foot, 70,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark. Imagine a shark as big as two Greyhound buses, with a jaw wide enough to eat an African elephant in two gi-normous bites, and you have Meg. Jonas whispered, “We should have left you alone.” SHARKS! Bring the fucking terror! So, I went to see the MEG a few weeks or months or whenever it was out. Sometime between July and now. I know I could easily google, but I'm not going to. Sue me. And it was pretty good! I knew I had signed up for a giant shark movie and I got what I was expecting. So I figured the book would likely be pretty good too. I WAS WRONG! This is better! Yes there was giant sharkalicious fun, but there was a surprising plausibility to it all. I was like, yeah this could totally happen! Not to me though, because I don't do open ocean. And the writing was good, it completely knew when to wait and give the characters time to shine, and when to bring on a prehistoric 60ft albino shark. I also loved when the book would get all sciency and nerdy about nature. I mean, in a story that could easily go "big shark, chomp, chomp" it decided to delve into deep sea ecology. Also read this paragraph and tell me you don't hear David Attenborough narrating it. Reaching lengths of more than fifteen feet and weighing six thousand pounds, the northern elephant seal is the largest pinniped in the world and the most sexually dimorphic, with an alpha male bull mating with as many as four dozen females. Pelagic, they spend most of their time underwater and can hold their breath on a single dive for well over an hour. Winter months are spent onshore at rookeries where they mate, birth, and fight for dominance. But each spring and summer, they return to the Farallons where they lay about the rocky beaches, playing, sleeping, and molting. I want David Attenborough to narrate my life. So Meg brings the terror and fun and blood and science(?) - disclaimer: I don't know science. But I was having such fun reading, I never wanted it to end! I may have made an audible noise of disagreement when the acknowledgements came too soon. The verdict: 4.5 out of 5 shark bites . Better than any book about an enormous shark has any right to be and full of delightful surprises.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Extended and revised edition, containing the prequel Meg Origins. The prequel was an odd mix of National Geographic and embarrassingly bad pulp fiction. One of the earliest sentences was "… we’d need a bigger boat.“ The author really went there. Was that supposed to to be a quote or is he just oblivious? And then we have gems like this: „Fueled by the release of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the luciferase caused the luciferin to oxidize, creating a bioluminescent light.“ Come again? Not a senten Extended and revised edition, containing the prequel Meg Origins. The prequel was an odd mix of National Geographic and embarrassingly bad pulp fiction. One of the earliest sentences was "… we’d need a bigger boat.“ The author really went there. Was that supposed to to be a quote or is he just oblivious? And then we have gems like this: „Fueled by the release of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the luciferase caused the luciferin to oxidize, creating a bioluminescent light.“ Come again? Not a sentence I want to read in an action novella/novel that precedes a blockbuster movie. The scientific info dumps read as if they had been copied straight out of Wikipedia and didn‘t flow well with the narrative. The novel actually got better or maybe I got used to the style. Still clunky info dumps, but the writing seemed a little better. The way women were depicted got on my wick though. They were all beautiful blondes or Asian beauties or voluptuous or had breast like swollen grapefruits, were always tanned, etc. The only women not looking like Hollywood stars were prostitutes. Well, thank you for that. Heaven help. By the time I came across this beauty, I just wanted to bash my own head it: „Neither facts nor logic held any bearing on a woman“. In what century do we live again? Anyway, doing my best to ignore the parts that annoyed me, I actually had a pretty good time. The part towards the end where (view spoiler)[Jonas ends up inside of the Meg and wades around in its stomach (hide spoiler)] was seriously icky and so far out there that I wasn‘t sure if I should scream or laugh my head off. Predictable plot in terms of who dies, who makes it, who ends up with whom, which was to be expected. Fairly one-dimensional cardboard characters, corny dialogues, the usual sidekick for humorous relief, reasonably well executed action sequences. The right kind of stuff for a lazy day out on the balcony with something cold to drink. I watched the trailer of the upcoming movie and I think it will be quite different in some parts. I plan to watch, so I can compare... 3 bioluminescent stars, I seriously can‘t give this more than that... I might be swayed to read the next one in this series... in a while... Bring popcorn! P.S.: For the meticulous people among us: I logged my edition here by ASIN. Different cover on my Kindle, the Amazon page and here. Go figure.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Read because of the movie coming out soon, mainly to see how well it gets adapted. It turns out that I'm hoping that it's not much more than a loose adaptation. Years ago, Dr Jonas Taylor, marine paleontologist and former deep sea explorer, had a disastrous experience in the Mariana Trench that resulted in death and disgrace. Since then Jonas has made a career on speculation that the Megalodon, an extinct giant version of the Great White Shark, still exists in the Trench. (Spoiler: he's right!) W Read because of the movie coming out soon, mainly to see how well it gets adapted. It turns out that I'm hoping that it's not much more than a loose adaptation. Years ago, Dr Jonas Taylor, marine paleontologist and former deep sea explorer, had a disastrous experience in the Mariana Trench that resulted in death and disgrace. Since then Jonas has made a career on speculation that the Megalodon, an extinct giant version of the Great White Shark, still exists in the Trench. (Spoiler: he's right!) When a friend of his begins to lose automated devices planted in the Trench to a series of some sort of attack, he agrees to help investigate, catalyzing a catastrophic series of events that sees a Megalodon return to the surface waters with murderous results. This book is over twenty years old, and in some ways it really shows. In terms of character portrayal, particularly of women, this is about 70's B-Grade horror movie depth. Even for the time, this stuff is staggeringly sexist. But it's hard to pick on that exclusively because most of the characters are incredibly shallow (ironic, given the book's early focus on depth) and caricatures at best. "But wait!", you say. "You're reading this wrong!". Yeah, I probably am. Most of the one-dimensional characters are actually future shark-food for the B-movie action plot. From that point of view, it's much the same as the classic horror movie plot of a group of horrible people entering a haunted house, all of whom are going to get offed in satisfying ways. These are the people who go off by themselves after abusing their friend/partner etc. You're meant to cheer on the monster. I get it, I do, and there's definitely fun to be had here. I do think the movie is going to do a lot of it better, because you just can't get away with a lot of these tropes in 2018. I guess we'll see.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I agree with every single review I've read about this book. Wooden characters, cheap motivations, ridiculous set ups so people can be eaten by the shark, ridiculous climax, but the book was fantastic - in the same way SyFy's recent movie Mongollion Death Worms was fantastic: it has no pretenses that it is anything other than what it is. Some other reviewer described this as Sharknerdporn. I have to agree. I was up to three last night finishing it. I can't get through a Dan Brown book because the I agree with every single review I've read about this book. Wooden characters, cheap motivations, ridiculous set ups so people can be eaten by the shark, ridiculous climax, but the book was fantastic - in the same way SyFy's recent movie Mongollion Death Worms was fantastic: it has no pretenses that it is anything other than what it is. Some other reviewer described this as Sharknerdporn. I have to agree. I was up to three last night finishing it. I can't get through a Dan Brown book because the writing is so bad but I plowed through this in a couple of days. This book is all about setting up ways for a 60' foot shark to kill things. Out to stop it are some one dimensional characters with varying motivations. If this sounds good to you then you'll probably like this book and if not then you'd better avoid it. I've even already bought the sequel in which I've found a major fault without even reading the first page: its too long. I don't want character development in my sharkporn. There'd better not be any either or I'm abandoning it for something that's actually well written.

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