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Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror [Kindle Edition]

Steve Alten
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Seven years ago, and seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Jonas Taylor encountered something that changed the course of his life. Once a Navy deep-sea submersible pilot, now a marine paleontologist, Taylor is convinced that a remnant population of Carcharodon megalodon—prehistoric sharks growing up to 70 feet long, that subsisted on whales—lurks at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. When offered the opportunity to return to those crushing depths in search of the Megs, Taylor leaps at the chance… but the quest for scientific knowledge (and personal vindication) becomes a desperate fight for survival, when the most vicious predator that the earth has ever known is freed to once-again hunt the surface.

About the Author

Steve Alten holds a master's degree in sports medicine and has a Ph.D from Temple University. An avid oceanographer, Alten has been studying Megalodons for over ten years. He lives with his wife and three children in South Florida and is the author of the bestselling MEG.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.23 edition (17 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book in my collection! 25 May 2002
By A Customer
I brought this book when it was first released all those many moons ago! And I am half way through reading it for the millionth time! When I brought the book in 1997 it was the front cover that attracted me to it. But as I got into the book I was slowly drawn into a world that was so tense I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish!
The characters are introduced well and even the introduction of people that are a few seconds away from death was a welcome change! They are also believeable and most of them you just have to love. Especially Mac the helicoptor pilot and Jonas friend!
This book is brilliant (It must be to draw me back again and again!) even if the cover has changed! But then never judge a book by its cover!
This is a must buy by everyone that has read Jaws as this book beats it hands down!
Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better then Jaws 11 Feb 2002
By A Customer
When I first picked up 'Meg' I must admit I was kind of wary. The main reason for this was that I felt most of the shark thrillers available would be vastly overshadowed by the Jaws book and film of twenty years ago, how wrong I was! 'Meg' is a superb thriller from front cover to back cover. It was only one of a few books I can admit to not wanting to put down. The book itself is a must for anyone remotely interested with the ocean and sharks and a definate for any reader who wants a superb thriller. A brilliant book by a fantastic new author!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror 6 Mar 2004
By Archie
One of the most exciting books I have ever read. The way the author describes the action scenes and how the Megladon moves through the water hunting out its prey makes this a definate page turner which I could not put down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good action thriller with a touch of impending terror.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exhileratingly fast read, but quite flawed. 4 Nov 2010
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There is something about the ocean and the things that might dwell in its churning, dark depths that terrifies me, and yet I am utterly engrossed by my own fear and so my favourite horror stories are those about sea monsters ... at least when they are done well, which let's face it, is not often (especially when it comes to movies).
I am pleased to say that Steve Alten's 'Meg' thankfully is not awful in any way and anyone looking for a quick and exciting action/adventure with some juicy horror, featuring a giant shark need look no further than this.
Why only three stars then? I hear you ask. Well, there are a few areas which detracted from my over all enjoyment. These are from a literary perspective and I realise that 'Meg' is not essentially meant to be deconstructed in that way, these flaws still niggled at me throughout the read. Anyone just looking for my descripion a few lines up need go no futher and ignore the rant to follow, please enjoy the read, the book is filled with dramatic action sequences, scary moments and edge of seat cliffhangers and is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

Now for my gripes:
When a writer puts a lot of effort into researching his chosen subject it can add to the effectiveness of a fictional story and deepen both narrative and reader involvement. However, the literary world has a saying, "Your research is showing". I think it's great that Mr Alten did so much research into the megalodon, paeleontology and deep sea technology and exploration, but I feel he should have used this more subtly within the novel.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read from start to finish! 6 Aug 2004
I have always been a fan of this type of story, Jaws is one of my all time favourite books and movies. When I came across this book, I started to read a few pages, and then that became a few chapters and then before I knew it I had read the book. It takes a good story to capture me in such a way that I read or follow a whole story in one sitting.
Rather then write another 'Jaws' story using the cliche shark either a Great White or a Tiger Shark, Steve Alten did his research and brought us Carcharodon Megalodon, a close relation of the modern day Great White that dated back to the time of the Dinosaurs, a shark that reached a massive 60 feet in length and was rightfully top of the food chain. Alten did his research well to point out this creature was very much real and has existed and did a great story to explain how it still came to exist today without ever being seen. This is what sold the story for me the realistic setting and factful information, at times it read more like a biology book then a fiction story.
The story pretty much centres around one Jonas Taylor, a retired Naval Submersible Diver, who after a tragic accident in the Mariana Trench the deepest part of the ocean some 35,000 feet below the ocean surface. Retired from the Navy due to the guilt of being responsible for the death of two scientists aboard the craft he was piloting in the trench. Jonas's story was that he was attacked by a huge creature the Megalodon, but of course no one believed him. He turned his life to Paleo-Biology and began studying about Megalodons, the creature consuming his life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good thriller
This novel is the first in a series about a giant killer shark left over from prehistoric times that rises from the deep to wreak havoc. Read more
Published 28 days ago by John Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC
This book is one of the most memorable novels ever written! I have never read a more heart stopping story in my life!
Published 1 month ago by h.m
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting views
A good read and interesting views, most of the characters are likeable, will be reading the others in the series. I'd recommend this to anyone
Published 3 months ago by annabelle king
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read...
This is an entertaining story packed with monster shark action - surfers being swallowed whole, submarines destroyed, helicopters plucked from the air, and just lots of people... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonemonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Meg
Could not put this book down really enjoyed it will definitely buy the next one,s

A great book
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Published 6 months ago by Miss J. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Proves That Books Can Still Trump Films
Let's be honest here. If you're contemplating a purchase of Meg, you may either already be a fan of monsters, zombies and aliens done to a limited budget, or you're just completely... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Guy James Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
As books on giant killer sharks go, this was all right. I liked the characters, they were well written. Would recommend if you like these sort of books.
Published 9 months ago by fiarra
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written...might make a good movie
Jaws the book was actually a pretty awful read, but it made a great movie after Spielberg re-worked the material. Steve Alten's Meg was the same thing for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Nicholas J. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifingly brilliant!!!!
Great story, I read the book about a decade ago, the story line seems to have changed slightly at the end but I can't wait to read the next one.
Published 9 months ago by Ms. O. Garcia
3.0 out of 5 stars Trashy, Short but Awesome
I bought this book along with Meg: Origins (a short story prequel which give life to an event constantly referenced but never explained in full in Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wolfman
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