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Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror Paperback – 1 Apr 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Apelles Publishing (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599551691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599551692
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Alten holds a master's degree in sports medicine and has a Ph.D from Temple University. An avid oceanographer, Alten has been studying Megalodons for over ten years. He lives with his wife and three children in South Florida and is the author of the bestselling MEG. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Paperback
I brought this book when it was first released all those many moons ago! And I am half way through reading it for the millionth time! When I brought the book in 1997 it was the front cover that attracted me to it. But as I got into the book I was slowly drawn into a world that was so tense I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish!
The characters are introduced well and even the introduction of people that are a few seconds away from death was a welcome change! They are also believeable and most of them you just have to love. Especially Mac the helicoptor pilot and Jonas friend!
This book is brilliant (It must be to draw me back again and again!) even if the cover has changed! But then never judge a book by its cover!
This is a must buy by everyone that has read Jaws as this book beats it hands down!
Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!
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When I first picked up 'Meg' I must admit I was kind of wary. The main reason for this was that I felt most of the shark thrillers available would be vastly overshadowed by the Jaws book and film of twenty years ago, how wrong I was! 'Meg' is a superb thriller from front cover to back cover. It was only one of a few books I can admit to not wanting to put down. The book itself is a must for anyone remotely interested with the ocean and sharks and a definate for any reader who wants a superb thriller. A brilliant book by a fantastic new author!
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One of the most exciting books I have ever read. The way the author describes the action scenes and how the Megladon moves through the water hunting out its prey makes this a definate page turner which I could not put down. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good action thriller with a touch of impending terror.
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I have always been a fan of this type of story, Jaws is one of my all time favourite books and movies. When I came across this book, I started to read a few pages, and then that became a few chapters and then before I knew it I had read the book. It takes a good story to capture me in such a way that I read or follow a whole story in one sitting.
Rather then write another 'Jaws' story using the cliche shark either a Great White or a Tiger Shark, Steve Alten did his research and brought us Carcharodon Megalodon, a close relation of the modern day Great White that dated back to the time of the Dinosaurs, a shark that reached a massive 60 feet in length and was rightfully top of the food chain. Alten did his research well to point out this creature was very much real and has existed and did a great story to explain how it still came to exist today without ever being seen. This is what sold the story for me the realistic setting and factful information, at times it read more like a biology book then a fiction story.
The story pretty much centres around one Jonas Taylor, a retired Naval Submersible Diver, who after a tragic accident in the Mariana Trench the deepest part of the ocean some 35,000 feet below the ocean surface. Retired from the Navy due to the guilt of being responsible for the death of two scientists aboard the craft he was piloting in the trench. Jonas's story was that he was attacked by a huge creature the Megalodon, but of course no one believed him. He turned his life to Paleo-Biology and began studying about Megalodons, the creature consuming his life.
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I first found this book in a shop in Corfu years ago while looking for something to read on the beach, I loved it. I left it at the hotel but purchased it again a year later, then read the sequel, I have now read the third and forth book in the series and have loved them all. I was excited to hear that they were making a film but horrified to hear that Jason Statham was going to play the lead.....think I will steer clear. I realise that I haven't given a review of the book itself but if you like a well written book and the ocean then read it. It is the only book that I have read more than once and I love to read.
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Meg is pretty much what you'd expect from a book about a giant shark threatening to eat everyone in sight. It's like Jaws only the shark is 3 times the size. What I was impressed with is the science and reasoning behind it all. It may not be accurate or true, but it really helps sell the concept. Great fun, and I hope the film gets made!
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This novel is the first in a series about a giant killer shark left over from prehistoric times that rises from the deep to wreak havoc. A Jaws rip-off, one might say, and indeed there are other similar novels. However, the scientific background in this is rather more prominent, with plausible reasons advanced for how such a creature might have survived in the depths of the ocean in the layers kept warm through vents in the ocean floor sustaining the necessary conditions for life to flourish there; though I must admit I am yet to be convinced how a creature so vast as the prehistoric Megalodon could have done so. I did learn a fair bit about the ocean depths and the habits of sharks from this book. In any case, this is a good page turner with a very tense and quite horrifying final section (don't read this while you're eating!). The characters are mostly fairly one-dimensional, though the main character, Dr Jonas Taylor, and one or two others are a bit better drawn. Pretty good overall.
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