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Meg: Origins
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2011
I have not read any of the Meg series so this served as a useful introduction to the series and enabled me to decide if I would read any of the others.
I quite enjoyed this short story; it was free when I downloaded it. The characters particularly the hero were believable and the underwater descriptions very good, however I found it quite jumpy with the threads not quite coming together. It did however contain enough original ideas that I shall at least read the first in the series proper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2011
Brilliant ! Mr Alten this is amazing and has made me want to read thru the series again ~ again ! Thank you . Anyone reading this who hasn't read Meg yet then you are in for such a treat you wont want to put it down except to move swiftly onto the next volume. Put the kettle on , turn off the phone , put your feet up and prepare to be transported to sheer and high quality escapism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2011
The author, Steve Alten, wrote this short novel as a thank you to his fans.
For those of you that have not read any Meg books, read this first. Its a great introduction and will have you hooked. The next one (Meg: A novel of deep terror) is a great book.
Enjoy......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2013
Origins is short and sweet. I came to it having read the first two Meg books, and although that isn't a requirement to enjoy or understand it, it does add an extra level of closure to them. By itself, it tells the story of how several different factors came together at the same time to trigger the fateful encounter between the fatally tired Jonas Taylor and the original Megalodon on his youthful Navy dive, all those years ago.

It brings back some familiar faces and fleshes out the characters of the two scientists travelling with Jonas at the time. The whole thing lends incredible emotional impact, and a lot of fill-in-the-gaps understanding, to the original story. Plus, the scenes with Mac and Jonas are absolutely classic.

You absolutely must read Origins, and if you've never read a Meg book before, start here. If you have - read it and start again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Reading this short prequel makes me want to start reading the Meg series all over again. Steve Alten manages to grip a reader form the beginning, though the endings of Meg: A Novel of Deep terror and the Trench made me go 'yeah right', the ending of this isn't too bad.

I would highly recommend this book, even if you haven't read any of the Meg series. It's well worth it just for the best line in the book "I think I crapped an alien," which made me laugh out loud.

Can't wait for Meg 5: Night Stalkers, which apparently will be the last of the Meg series. I also hope that Meg Movie will be out soon too!
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on 18 February 2014
I only bought myself a Kindle a few days ago, but for years now I've had the Meg series of books sitting on a shelf (Hard backs, great prints). All of them read, of course. However the first story I treated myself to was indeed free, Meg: Origins.

A great prequel to the events of MEG, as well as expanding on events within the first book and characters within the second book THE TRENCH.

The story follows Jonas Taylors ill fated foray into the Challenger deep to collect Manganese Nodules for the US Navy. I wont spoil the story if you haven't read MEG.

Jonas after making successive dives into the Mariana Trench is a spent force. Physically he needs sleep and is not up to the task of diving 30,000ft below sea level again, but Washington informs the Naval research vessel that they want them to go down again before a typhoon arrives in the region and so Jonas is forced against his better judgement to descend into the Trench.

The story builds at good pace, allowing you to experience a bit more of the back story of characters only fleetingly mentioned in the MEG series of books.

For a price of nothing, you'd be hard pressed to persuade yourself not to pick up this 80 page introduction to the MEG series. Alten's very engaging writing is very hard to put down, I recommend this to anyone looking for a new series of books which is both action packed and a deep sea thriller!

(A quick note, sometimes with prequels you'll find that the writer puts in events from other books in the series. This contains only references to characters featured in other books and is a prequel which doesn't require you to have read any of the other novels- ALSO I recommend 'The Loch', if you enjoy these books, Steve Alten's 'The Loch', is a fantastic adventure set in Loch Ness')
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on 27 May 2014
I have read the first Meg book on Kindle, and just purchased the second book in the series. However, when I saw this prequel novella available for free I decided to download and read it first. It's been about 2 years since I read the first Meg book so I didn't really remember any of the characters of the first book, who also appear in this one, but it was a great introduction to the series. It's a vary easy read without getting bogged down with huge amounts of descriptions for one scene.Though, the Meg series was inspired by Peter Benchley's "Jaws", these are no rip offs or re-tellings of that original shark story; these are fresh original material, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

A note on the Kindle version: No proplems at all on my Kindle Fire HDX. Oh, and I liked the little pictures at the start of each chapter, which I was able to click on for a larger view.

I note that this prequel, the first, second and fourth books in the series are availble on Amazon UK Kindle, but not the third ("Primal Waters" I think it is called); why is this?
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Steve Alten has obviously done his research with this novel and its subjects which include controversial theories that some Marine Biologists have put forward to their respective peers. The theory is that there are surviving prehistoric marine animals living in the deepest parts of our oceans that have escaped extinction because their habitats were isolated from severe earth and climate changes. The hero of our story is a submarine pilot named Jonas Taylor who sees something terrifying whilst piloting two Navy scientists in the Mariana Trench off the coast of Guam. Jonas panics and surfaces too quickly which causes the two scientists to die from rapid decompression. The Navy investigates his claims but find no proof of what his is saying and in short order ruin his future career. If you loved Jaws then this is really going to float your boat, it is well written, complex and moves at a fair clip. There are plenty of thrills and spills with a tapestry of human relationships that are completely relatable and believable. Anyone who loves thriller or horror novels will love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 August 2013
This is meant to be a prequel to Steve Alten's original "MEG" and to build up a detailed back story on the central characters.
While it's not a bad short read it is not as involved as Meg.
I would recommend this if you're a fan of the Meg series. The price for Kindle version is very good so you can't really go wrong.
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on 6 September 2011
I was looking forward to the next installment when I got the email about this one :D

I think if you haven't read any of the series this is a great place to start as for me because I have read the other books and they are quite action packed with lots of appearances from the Meg. This one was still good but because it is the start of the story there is more time dedicated to the characters and the build up for the following books. A short quick read as I finished it in one day.

The other thing I loved is when I get books to review from authors it is almost always .pdf files so you don't get any pictures. This was my first book with pictures and there was one at the start of each chapter, a small thing but I really appreciated it :D

I liked it anyway and think for you shark lovers you will love it, I am just greedy and wanted more (to hear about the other sharks down there and more of Meg). 4/5 for me and waiting patiently for number 5
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