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Meg: Hell's Aquarium [Kindle Edition]

Steve Alten
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Steve Alten's epic fish story continues in Hell's Aquarium, fourth of the MEG novels. The Tanaka Institute's captive Megalodon, Angel, has birthed a litter of pups. Two—Mary Kate and Ashley—are destined for a home in a massive new attraction being built in Dubai, but only if Jonas' son David agrees to serve as their trainer.

And why wouldn't he? For the brash young 20 year-old, it's an opportunity to strike out on his own and prove himself, applying the knowledge he's gained working alongside his father. Once in Dubai, however, the job proves very different from what was described back home, and here…there be dragons. The next generation of Taylor to take up the mantle of deep-ocean submersible pilot may be coming into its own much sooner than expected!

About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Steve Alten earned his Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, his Master’s from the University of Delaware, and his Doctorate from Temple University.  He is the author of the bestselling Meg series, Domain series, Goliath, The Loch, and his most recent bestseller, The Shell Game.  Steve Alten is also the founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a free nationwide teen reading program used in thousands of secondary school classrooms across the country to excite reluctant readers.  For more information, please visit and 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2504 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765365855
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.1 edition (23 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Sea-Park 6 Jan. 2010
The 4th and best of Steve Alten's Meg series.
The main characters from the previous 3 books are back; both human, with Jonas Taylor and the staff at the Tanaka Institute and Lagoon, and animal with Angel and her brood of Megalodon pups. It even features an ex Bond girl in a supporting role.
This book takes us deep into the Pacific with the discovery of an undersea region teeming with life forms that make their prehistoric land living cousins seem fairly mild by comparison. Alten soon ratchets up the action as a rich Arab pursues his dream of creating the world's greatest marine park filled with creatures long thought to be extinct and entices Jonas' son David to assist them in a safari to the deepest depths of the Pacific.
From the outset the book holds nothing back and the savage natures of the beasts is apparent within the first few pages and the body count soon starts to mount leading to confrontation with animal rights activists. There are a series of small black & white drawings throughout that are a nice addition but don't really add that much to the story.
What appealed to me most was the introduction of several different species of marine life, some inquisitive others more menacing and ending in a battle royal between two of the most dangerous creature that have ever swum in Earth's oceans. There's also a nice nod towards Jaws with the discovery of a long lost ship that will be familiar to fans of that book/film.
The last page announcement that The Taylors will return in Meg 5: Night Stalkers will delight all fans of this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS AMAZING BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT !!! 9 July 2009
Having been a fan of Steve Alten's Meg series for some time, I was desperate for the latest book. This is an amazing story. Just when you thought he couldn't top the last book, he completely pulls it out of the bag and comes back with a new story, some interesting plot twists and a whole new set of circumstances that create tension and drama. You simply can't stop turning the pages. I read this in a few hours because I couldn't put it down. If you haven't read his stuff before he writes really easily and each page leads you very nicely to the next. The subject matter is fascinating and he interjects science and facts into the story but it is all about the story and the characters and the drama. I loved this book and it is one I will re-read and re-read. This is definitely the best in the Meg series - bring on No 5 I say!!!!!! BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT! IF YOU LOVE SHARKS OR JAWS YOU'LL LOVE THIS FOR SURE!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MEG gets better and better! 23 Jun. 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read the previous 3 MEG books in order, I couldn't imagine how Steve Alten could take this concept any further. I underestimated him. This is possibly the best book of the lot and keeps the series fresh with the promise of at least one more Megalodon novel to come in the future. An absolutely brilliant story with great set pieces and why the film studios are dragging their heels over the making of the movie I don't know. If I could have given this book six stars I would have. It adds to the experience to have read the previous books but it is not essential and you could quite easily enjoy Hell's Aquarium in it's own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's about time a Meg movie hit our screens 24 Aug. 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book, I read the first Meg and was captivated, the other Meg books were so so. But Steve Alten is on form with Hell's Aquarium, with his words you can really get a visual sense how powerful a fully grown Meg would be, amazing they are extinct....right....!

I think it's about time a Meg movie hit our screens in 3D of course. Looking forward to Steve's next installment also on a kindle eBook format would be good too.

all the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read! 12 July 2014
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I really enjoyed this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 10 Jun. 2014
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best of all four books recommend meg to anyone who love jaws.
meg is hard to beat recommend you read book one first
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm dying for the next Alten masterpiece!! 18 Dec. 2013
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I soo enjoyed reading this on my Kindle, I also thought it was the best of the series, with sooo much going on, many likeable and dislikeable characters, fish, mammal and humanoid! I urge Mr Alten to get going on another similar book about Megaladons, the abyss, etc. Can't wait
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dallas with Sharks! 16 Nov. 2013
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If you think that 3 is the magic number, and that any fourth book or film is going to somehow be weaker than the trilogy that preceded it, you'd only be partly right in the case of the fourth MEG book. The good news is that rather than being a washed-out tack-on, Hell's Aquarium goes in fresh, interesting directions that open up the possibilities for the future, as well as providing an amazing sense of the series' past too.

Book 4 opens a considerable time after the events of Primal Waters, and at this point in the series there's a fantastic sense of dynasty and tradition, continuity of life and the interaction between the generations - on both sides! Fans of the series will have invested a lot of time with the Taylors and their travails with Angel and her brood, and the masterstroke of Hell's Aquarium is in acknowledging that in-between toothsome adventures, time moves on, people change, and life keeps dealing new cards. (Many of which in this book are of the prehistoric, flesh-eating variety!).

Perhaps the best way I can put my experience with this book is by saying that I had similar feelings when I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in '79 - old faces and new faces, doing familiar things in new and interesting ways... And if that doesn't mean anything to you, just rest assured that it's a very, very good book.
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Published 14 days ago by Sue Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripped all the way through!
Couldn't wait to read this one - the last 3 were a gripping read as well as informative!
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Published 4 months ago by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Gonna need to sell my boat
have read all the meg series on my kindle each one as good as the other. would recommend them to anyone who likes the sea and its mysteries.
Published 4 months ago by Cliff Winch
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep Terror Continues
Usually the fourth part to a series is usually the worst; not in this case. Though I don't think the original can be topped; even though I found the finale to Meg: A Novel of Deep... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Donovan Frakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I've become such a massive fan of the Meg series, the author really does know all his fact from sharks, to country landmarks, to submarines and boats and general aquarium setup... Read more
Published 22 months ago by M. WEYMOUTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Shark fanatic's dream!
This book was an excellent find, after having watched and read all the Jaws movies I was delighted to find another shark series! Thoroughly entertaining.
Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by Laura Seward
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure piffle
Steve Alten's "Meg" series started bad and went steadily downhill from there. I tend to read them because (a) I have a fascination for the deep ocean, and (b) I have a morbid... Read more
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 by Teemacs
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