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Dave Freedman , Brian Emerson
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (6 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786144823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786144822
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 10.4 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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"Jaws" meets "Jurassic Park" - origin of the species just went biblical. When a group of marine biologists find dolphins washing up in their nets with huge chunks bitten out of them, they have no idea what terror is about to be unleashed...Evolution makes monsters. It made dinosaurs, it made sharks and it made crocodiles. And now, it's made something...else, something big. Something that is leaving bite marks like no-one has ever seen before in the carcases of mutilated dolphins. A team of marine biologists, fascinated by the unidentifiable debris, begins an aggressive tracking programme. Their search leads them up the coast of California, following what they believe is a school of prehistoric manta rays that have evolved into a massive predatory machine. Finally, they converge on the rays - and discover something that nothing could have prepared them for. A phenomenally dangerous new species is being forced out of its world and into man's for a first violent encounter. It's feeding time... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars TREMENDOUS FUN! 5 Jan 2008
By Jeffrey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book reminded me of the way Crichton used to write: instead of genetically engineered dinosaurs it's about the evolution of a never-been-seen-before predatory species that, get this, is evolving to fly. Brilliant, tremendous research, impossible to put down. I read this cover to cover in literally a day and a half. This is much more than your typical dumb fiction. Like Jurassic, the science here is precise (and real) yet still riveting. Very entertaining stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very silly indeed 6 Aug 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So OK, this is about giant manta rays that learn to fly and start eating people. There is a lot of pseudo science to back up how this happens, but just dwell on that phrase for a bit. A fish the size of a glider learning how to hover and swoop on prey. A flying fish the size of a glider sneaking up on people?????

It reads OK, not a bad page turner. The characters are a bit 2-D but not bad. The plot develops at a reasonable pace. And there are some decent set pieces. So it's not a bad story as such. But at some point I would imagine that most readers will have a reality check moment and realise just how silly this is. It goes too far and you lose faith in the story. Be hey, not bad for what it is.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to thrill 3 Nov 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This novel is essentially a monster movie in book form. The cover blurb draws comparisons with `Jaws' and `Jurassic Park', whilst describing it as a `Michael Crichton style thriller'.

None of those comparisons can be denied, but unfortunately, this book fails to thrill.

The characters are well written and the story develops with credibility, considering the subject matter - giant flying man-eating manta rays. For such an entertaining far fetched concept, it is therefore disappointing, that the novels real focus is the scientific search for the creatures. I had hoped that there would be more attention to the hysteria and destruction that the emergence of such a creature would cause. Adding to the tedium, there is little of any sub-plot to draw attention from the repetitive scientific research passages. Ultimately, the novel reads like a really low budget horror film that promises a lot, but delivers little.
The following dialogue from the book, quoted verbatim, sums it up:

Page 285
"It's not out there" Darryl said the next morning.
"It's still not out there" he said again in the afternoon.
"It's just not out there" he said yet again the next day.
Page 287
"It's still not out there" Darryl announced for what felt like the hundredth time.

I did read the book completely, and it did pick up pace towards the end, but regrettably it was too little too late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift for friend 9 Dec 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ordered this for my friend as it was on his wish list. It arrived promptly and in good condition and I am sure he will love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a good read 12 Jan 2011
By Shaw
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're looking for a specific, factual science based page turner, go away now. However, if you're looking for one of the most well based ridiculous concepts in the history of sci-fi, seriously, buy this book right now. I bought a copy over christmas and I was through it in less than 2 days, it reads so well, and though there are parts where I had to shake my head of some of the less enthralling chapters, altogether it's pretty well done and I enjoyed reaching the end. The characters could have used a little more emotion in some situations, and I wouldn't have minded a less typical set of characters. I think if you want to enjoy this book, you definately have to overlook the madness of the creatures involved, I did this and found it pretty fun to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park Meets Meg 27 July 2010
By Nicky
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an ok read, i selected it purely because it was a reccommendation based on my previous purchases. It was a bit like Jurassic Park meets Meg, just not was well done as either. There was a lot of technical jargon which was a bit distracting from the story and i didn't think the characters were particularly well written to be honest, no way near as good as Jonas Taylor in the Meg series. If you like books like this i'd advise you sticking to Steve Alten, a far better writer in my opinion. This seemed to take ages to progress and i felt it was a slow story, then all of a sudden it came to the climax which was over very quickly, like the writer had ran out of steam? Stick to Steve Alten, far more thrilling, scary and better stories!
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