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Origins (Meg Series #0)
     

Origins (Meg Series #0)

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by Steve Alten
 
Commander Jonas Taylor is tasked with piloting the US Navy's most advanced submersible, the DSV Sea Cliff, to the bottom of Challenger Deep -- 36,000 feet below the surface -- into what is very much an undiscovered country. What he finds there -- a remnant population of luminous, prehistoric Megalodons -- will change the course of the rest of his life.

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Commander Jonas Taylor is tasked with piloting the US Navy's most advanced submersible, the DSV Sea Cliff, to the bottom of Challenger Deep -- 36,000 feet below the surface -- into what is very much an undiscovered country. What he finds there -- a remnant population of luminous, prehistoric Megalodons -- will change the course of the rest of his life.

In this prequel to his New York Times Bestseller, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, Alten sets the stage for the popular suspense series to follow. Fans of Meg will find it a must for offering insight into key characters' backstories, but the novella-length work also stands alone as a bite-sized tale of deep-sea suspense.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013138025
Publisher:
Gere Donovan Press
Publication date:
08/17/2011
Series:
Meg Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
61,522
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia and has several degrees, including a Doctorate of Education from Temple University. His first novel—Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror—was written over many late nights and weekends while Alten worked a “real job” to support his family. On Friday the 13th, he lost his “real job,” but four days later landed a two-book publishing deal.

Meg would eventually be sold in more than twenty countries, hit every major best-seller list (#19 on the New York Times) and even become a popular radio series in Japan. Since then, Alten has written several more books in the Meg series, as well as novels and screen plays across a variety of genres and topics.

Visit www.SteveAlten.com to personally contact the author or learn more about his novels.

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2Meg: Origins (Meg Series Prequel) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like many fans of the MEG series, I have been interested in the background of the failed mission that started it all. I was excited when it came out, although admittedly did not have high hopes as the novels have become more ridiculous with each one. One of the first things you will notice is that the novel is not very long, only 74 pages. However, a good chunk of that is taken up by a preview of the first MEG novel. The story itself is not very meaty. You will meet many characters that show up in the novels- Heller, Maren, Bud, etc. Many of them have small parts that are not well fleshed out. The story moves along at a fast pace which holds the reader's attention, but lacks many of the details that fans of his previous novels will expect. If you have not read or are not planning to read the other novels, you probably will not enjoy this book as much as it assumes some level of background knowledge on the characters. Overall it is a fun read and fans will enjoy learning the background story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight into the beginning and definetly worth a buck. Fans will love it and new readers will want more! The great thing is now we have MEG so they can start! Great job Steve as usual!
Sketch11 More than 1 year ago
Excellently written, just as the rest of his novels. Gives great insight into Jonas Taylor's mind. I wish it could have been longer.
FirePony More than 1 year ago
A must have for any Meg series Fan. To be able to read the series from the beginning and how it all started is just awesome. Highly recommend. If you have never read the series start here. How can you not at .99 cents.
Hyperion8 More than 1 year ago
Steve provides a great prequel to his oitstanding book, "Meg". If you are not famliar with any of the "Meg" books, this novella is so well crafted that itis also a standalone story. On the eBook itself, it is masterfully formatted to look amazing on a Nook Color with its wonderfully detailed illustrations. Absolutely worth the 99 cents! If you like this novella, purchase the full length novel, "Meg". You won't be disappointed! From: (Jerry, the USAF guy that Steve recently had a great aviation joke for)
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
Meg: Origins By: Steve Alten Meg: Origins is another awesome book by Steve Alten. If you haven't read any of the Meg books by Steve Alten, start with this one. Meg: Origins gives you the background of Jonas Taylor 7 years before the first book, Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. I would recommend reading the books in order so you don't miss anything, but just picking up a book and starting anywhere will work, too. Steve Alten does a superb job of weaving a story about Megalodons and Jonas Taylor's association with them. By reading this book, you understand Jonas's fears of the Megalodon, and get to witness his first run-in with one. This book also explains the relationship Jonas has with Mac and how that came about. The research that goes into these books will astound you. The details depicted help you to see what is going on as it happens, and helps you feel connected to the characters. Images are placed at the beginning of each chapter. These will take your breath away. You will want to spend time examining the photos. How deep is the Marianna Trench and what strange life forms could it conceal? Jonas Taylor finds out. Steve Alten's depiction of the submersible going down into the Marianna Trench, and the life forms encountered along the way, make this book a must read. You can see the fish glowing, the Meg's blue-gray eyes, and the volcanic plume that keeps the water warmer in the Trench. The Megalodon is an ancient sea monster that attacks the submersible Jonas has driven to collect manganese nodules in the Trench-which is the lowest point on Earth at 7 miles deep, 1550 miles long, and 40 miles wide formed by a volcanic subduction zone. The depictions of what the descent is like, what animals are seen, and how the submersible operates are realistic and described in intricate detail. You can see exactly what Jonas sees as he descends-even the Meg as she comes for his submersible! Jonas is falling asleep, since this is his fourth dive in 8 days. The Meg attacking the ship worked better than the caffeine pills Jonas was taking to stay awake. You feel his fear and awe of the shark. You want to get away from the Meg as quickly as Jonas does. When the submersible ascends, two people die and Jonas is marked as a man who lost it when the pressure got to be too much. Mac becomes his new best friend and helps him escape from the Naval Medical Center. This helps explain their close relationship in the later books. Meg: Origins also opens the door for another Meg book. Wonder what happens to Gustav Maren's son Michael? Gustav is pocketing manganese nodules to sell to Benedict Singer for a huge fee to pay for his child's future education. Does Michael go to an Ivy League school and show up later to impact future Megs? We'll have to wait and see. I highly recommend this Meg book to anyone who loves Steve Alten's books, loves reading about sharks, or just wants a great book to read. You will not want to stop reading until the last page is turned!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Alten needs to grow up. I can't believe I paid good money to read about breast size and idiots calling intelligent people eggheads. If i did not know any better I woukd think this book was written by an oversexed teenage boy who judges a woman based on her bra size and a man by how big a stud he is. I gave this two stars instead of one because without the sexist comments and characterization of the female characters as fit only to be objects and ignorant comments about "nerds" and "eggheads" it would have been a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series so good i could not stop
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Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
I read the prequel with the intention of then reading the full series. I have to say that I thought the prequel was a bit lacking. Too many characters without character development. Scenes kept shifting back and forth without much explanation which made it somewhat confusing. I think the prequel would actually make more sense if you had already read the full series which is kind of ridiculous if you think about it. A prequel is supposed to spark your interest to read the next book. If based on the prequel alone, I would not read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve Alten isn't the best writer, in fact the books have a tendency to be formulated, repeat unnecessary information, and can be a bit tedious in spots. However, if you are just looking for a fun read, something to break up reading more informative and well-written books, you could do worse than this.
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I really like the idea, the story was a bit of nothing thou. My expectations where probely too high about it going in. Its a fine short story. Just fine
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Meg books never disappoint
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Love it as I love all of Steve Alten's work. My only complaint is it was too short! Really looking forward to the next book release in the Meg series that is supposed to coincide with the Meg movie (if it ever comes out).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great prequel. Can't wait to see the Meg movie if/when it comes out. Love the series. :)