After reading Steve Alten's first novel 'Meg', I waited for the certainty of the next book with baited breath... I wasn't disappointed. Set several years later, it seems that Jonas, the reluctant hero of the original book, has fallen on 'hard times'. Having been blamed for all the deaths attributed to the original shark, he has faced a number of lawsuits, causing him to declare bankrupcy and even his promising marriage, that was set as a premise from the previous novel, seems to be floundering. Add to this, secret government plots, a ruthless millionaire/entrepreneur with his own secret agenda involving the deep waters of the trench, several familiar faces and let's not forget 'Angel', the newly escaped Megalodon who's size and potential outweigh even that of her parent, and you have an impressive story worthy of it's predecessor. All in all, I'd say that this story matches the strength of the previous book. Without the general 'newness' and 'surprise' elements of the original, Alten has had to create much more depth to the story and to the characters, which lends credibility to his skill as a writer and to his eye for detail. Hopefully, the success of this book will either persuade the film companies to take the chance, or Steve Alten that he should again put pen to paper.