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  • Mass Market Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Apelles Publishing (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599551691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599551692
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2002
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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 By Archie on 6 Mar. 2004
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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 By Graeme Loveridge on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Lowe on 19 Feb. 2004
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I first came across this book in 1996/1997 in a small book shop and was drawn to its outstanding cover. I sat up all night and read it, till i'd finished it at about 5 in the morning. Amazed at how good it was I lent it to my friends. But I lost track of who had it, and was totally shocked when I couldn't find it anywhere.
8 years later it is still a hard book to find but well worth the search. Steve Alten's excellent tale of Dr. Jonas Taylor and his search for the prehistoric Meg shark. The set pieces just fly off the pages and why this hasn't been made into a big budget movie beggars belief. The characters are very well written and the page turning plot speed towards its epic climax. Leaves you begging for more.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Watmore on 6 Aug. 2004
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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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