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Steve Alten
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2 Dec 1999
They thought it was over. Meg, the prehistoric 60-foot great white shark is dead and her female pup is imprisoned within the Tanaka Lagoon. But outside hundreds of male great whites are gathering, drawn by the scent of a mature female. The pup is now grown to 72 foot - and she's ready to breed.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New edition edition (2 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747263035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747263036
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,452,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Terror and temptation in the deep' Taupo Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A note from the author...
Hi, U.K. readers: I'm excited to be back with the great people at HEADLINE, publishers of MEG, and now the new sequel, The TRENCH.

The storyline of The TRENCH picks up four years after MEG. The captured female pup (Angel) has grown to a monstrous 72-feet and is threatening to break out of her lagoon. Meanwhile, Jonas Taylor is haunted by nightmares of his encounters with these prehistoric Great White sharks, and soon finds his destiny drawing him back to the depths of the Mariana Trench where he first discovered the creatures. Readers should find the novel to be a page-turner, with plenty of juicy shark scenes and a few extra surprises thrown in.

I'm also really excited about DOMAIN (my third book) which involves the Mayan calendar's 3000 year old prophecy that states humanity will end on Dec. 21, 2012. The plot includes the "true" secrets of the Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, Tiahuanaco, and the Kukulcan pyramid. The novel begins 65 million years ago when an asteroid struck the Earth, off what would eventually become the Yucatan coastline, wiping out the dinsosaurs. Only the object wasn't an asteroid...

Wish I could say more, but you'll have to wait.

I love staying in touch with my readers, and I ALWAYS write back. If you'd like to reach me, contact me at MEG82159 on aol. There will soon be a MEG website featuring all sorts of goodies. And if you'd like to see your name and character in a future book, send me a brief description about yourself. (At least 15 readers made it into DOMAIN.

Thanks again, and I promise I'll continue to work hard to earn your support.

Steve Alten --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
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! 19 Sep 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more, more more! 22 Sep 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
man, this book really was a page turner! if u like books on cryptozooloical discovories this is a book to get! up there with lincoln and preston, peter benchley and james byron huggins, this book reads like a movie...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant follow up 28 Jan 2001
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This is a wonderfull follow up. Jonas Taylor Once again must fight his fears and return to the Trench. The question is Who is the bigger monster Angel or her captors? If you havent read this, you really need to its a non-stop thrill ride.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Steve Alten returns with the second chapter in the Meg saga. The story begins with our hero from first book Jonas Taylor in a right mess. After successfully killing the Megalodon that was on a muderous rampage, he captured one of her offspring a female pup to go on display in the Tanaka Ocean Institute. Jonas married his friend Masao Tanaka's daughter Terry. Everything seemed to be going great. Then the lawsuits rolled in, the families and friends of all the Megs victims began looking for compensation. Jonas and Masao were easy targets their bold attempt to capture the Meg instead of just killing allowed the body count to rise. Jonas now is trapped working at the institute displaying the nearly fully grown Megalodon named Angel to the public with nearly every penny received going straight into another compansation settlement. Jonas feels the strain and is haunted by the Megalodon, having re-occurring nightmares of how he dies in the jaws of the beast. This puts great strain on his marriage to the beautiful Terry.
Further disaster strikes when as Jonas has predicted Angel becomes to big to imprison at nearly 75 feet she is much larger then her mother and smashes free from the Lagoon and enters the open ocean. Jonas is obligated by the Institutes owners to go after the shark and re-capture it, but all is not quite as it seems.
The institutes owner Benedict Singer is actually working on developing fusion technology to create an unlimited energy source that would make him an even wealthier man and the most powerful man in the world. Linked with several terroist outfits he is trying to locate a vital component for the technology a very rare inert gas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 19 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent story and attention to detail, couldn't put it down. Only one problem, there are six books in the Meg series by Steve Alton. I have read four of them, but there are two missing from the series, Meg Primal Waters and Meg Night Stalkers. Whenis Amazon going to put them in the library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 18 Nov 2013
By Moofo
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After reading and enjoying Meg-Origins and Meg-Novel of Deep Terror I had to wait months for The Trench to come out on Kindle format, I even harrassed the author :)
The wait was worthwhile and another great book in the Meg series.
The conclusion to the story at the end was jaw dropping.
I now have to badger the author again to get Meg-Primal Waters on Kindle before I read Meg-Hells Aquarium whis IS on Kindle.
Good Read....
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Follow-Up! 29 Sep 2013
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Second stories (or sequels, if you like) are often a tough thing to get right. Can the second installment of a beloved film or book recapture the magic of the first, and still be fresh? And stand on its own if you don't know the first? Will it be an Empire Strikes Back or a Sting II?

Fortunately, Steve Alten's second outing in Meg's waters does everything right. You get more of what was brilliant about the first book - the characters, the little marine biology lessons, the spectacular set-pieces of shark-on-human action - as well as a general upping of stakes across the board - as well as some exciting new ideas and concepts, some of which survive to take their place in the Meg universe, and some of which are devoured by the queen of the seas by book's end.

If you thought the first book was a nice idea that had run its course after 400-odd pages, think again. The Trench still has some (very large) surprises for you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I've become a huge Meg fan recently, especially because the author really knows his stuff before he puts pen to paper like submarines and boats, deep sea trench layout, aquarium... Read more
Published 16 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 18 months ago by Laura Seward
5.0 out of 5 stars The trench
the trench is a great read for someone who enjoyed meg but i would advise that you should read this before you read meg or the plot will be far to obvious and then you won't enjoy... Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Grabinar
4.0 out of 5 stars shark-tastic
Satisfactory continuation of a great story. If you liked Meg and haven't read The Trench - what are you waiting for ?
Everyone else - start with Meg. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Ian H
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
The seller contacted me and told me how long i would have to wait as the book was coming from Amercia. Arrived sooner than expected.

I have read this bood before. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by Pinklady
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
With a book like 'Meg' I am always doubtful as to how good a sequel is going to be but this knocked my socks off! Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by Gizmo
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Disappointing
After reading 'Meg' I was pretty excited about reading this one but, almost immediately found myself somewhat dissatisfied. Read more
Published on 13 July 2009 by D. Lockwoodini
4.0 out of 5 stars Meg is back!
After I read the first five pages of the trench I could not put it down again!
It was as if I was magnetized with amazement!
This book chilled me, In a good way! Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by lukesterator
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I Enjoyed this sequel. A well written book, the shark attack scence's are excellent. The only drawback was the Kronosaurs, just found that a little far fetched. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2006 by "smeghead1978"
5.0 out of 5 stars Meg-tastic!
I think I like this one even better than the first! Plenty of Meg-action to get your teeth into.
Published on 3 Jan 2006 by Mss H. J. Owen
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