Seven years ago, and seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Jonas Taylor encountered something that changed the course of his life. Once a Navy deep-sea submersible pilot, now a marine paleontologist, Taylor is convinced that a remnant population of Carcharodon megalodon -- prehistoric sharks growing up to 70 feet long, that subsisted on whales -- lurks at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. When offered the opportunity to return to those crushing depths in search of the Megs, Taylor leaps at the chance... but the quest for scientific knowledge (and personal vindication) becomes a desperate fight for survival, when the most vicious predator that the earth has ever known is freed to once-again hunt the surface.
About the Author
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, Steve has written several more books in the Meg series, as well as novels and screen plays across a variety of genres and topics.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Meg, Revised and Expanded Edition is a re-release that includes the prequel Meg: Origins. This deep sea adventure novel is written by Steve Alten. This is a typical sea monster novel, starring a megalodon. We have the broken hero, Jonas, who has to get back in the water to defeat his demons and the heroine, Terry, who helps to save the hero. We also have the “bad guys” and the obligatory surfer dude, who are eaten. We also have the misguided thoughts on conservation of an “endangered species” which leads to many deaths. Oh, and the meg, she’s pregnant. The characters are believable and true to stereotypes that we love to see in this type of story. The personal stories that drive the characters’ need to eliminate the monster are believable. I really didn’t like Danielson and Maggie. It’s OK, we aren’t supposed to. Jonas is very focused on resolving the issue, that being a megalodon on the loose. He continually runs into opposition, but perseveres. He is talked into trying to capture the meg and house it in a new facility on the coast. Of course, this proves to be very problematic. They have to tag, track and somehow capture the meg. I like that Jonas has integrity and holds onto it throughout the adventure. Even though he has problems and issues, he is still able to have a few good friends who help him. His friends Mac and Masao have faith in him even as everyone else thinks he’s off his rocker. This is admirable and helps Jonas heal. It’s interesting that the main character, the hero, is named Jonas. Nothing biblical in the story. In fact, there is a lot of evolution theory discussed. However, he does get eaten by the meg and survives, similar to the Jonas story in the Bible. There is a lot of interesting science. Descriptions of the Mariana trench and the sea life at the bottom are fascinating. All in all, this is a great edition to the shark culture. If you like shark movies and other stories of a similar style, you will like this story. The great thing is that this is the start of the series and you can continue on with Jonas and megalodons in the other books. I know I’m continuing.
FR: Steve Alten (author) About a year ago, I decided to create a 20th anniversary expanded edition of the original MEG to include MEG: Origins, a prequel that had been written a few years ago only as an eBook. When I added the prequel, the two stories didn’t mesh as the quality of my writing had evolved over the last 20 years. So I took four months to completely rewrite the original story, expanding chapters and scenes, developing characters and changing dialogue. I also included 17 original images I had commissioned over the years. The result is a completely different reading experience that is far beyond the original. I hope you enjoy it. www.SteveAlten.com