by Steve Alten


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Sharkman by Steve Alten

Kwan Wilson was a high school basketball star living in San Diego when a tragic accident changed his life in ways no one could predict. He only looked at his phone for a few seconds, but that was all the time it took to crash his car into a telephone pole, killing his mother and paralyzing him from the waist down.

After the accident his father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sent him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida. Kwan’s new principal, anticipating his depression and isolation, tells him about an internship at a genetics lab in Miami that’s testing shark stem cells on rats in an effort to cure cancer and repair spinal injuries. Kwan declines—until he learns the beautiful Anya Patel is an intern at the lab. The good news is that the stem cells are curing their rat subjects; the bad news is it alters their DNA so much it kills them. When a promising breakthrough is made, Kwan risks his life and injects himself with the experimental stem cells—altering his destiny and the lives of millions in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630760199
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 558,709
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Steve Alten, a native of Philadelphia, is a New York Times and international bestselling author of the MEG series, the Domain series, Goliath, The Loch, The Shell Game, and The Omega Project. Steve is also founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a free nationwide teen reading program used in thousands of secondary school classrooms across the country to entice reluctant readers to read. For more information, go to and

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Sharkman 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time following this story because I thought the explanation of the characters was way too detail. The book did not get  interesting to me until about half way through. The story picked up momentum, but it was not intense enough for me. There was a point in the story that I thought this book was starting to sound like a prequel to Steve Alten's MEG. Boy, was I wrong.  To me, this book was a big letdown for me, and I know this book was not Steve's best work. I know he can do better. With this book under 350 pages was very disappointing.
LaScrabbler More than 1 year ago
Definitely not a teen only book. This 62 year old loved it. Easy read. Hard to put down. Exciting, quick moving. Typical Alten book-great. Get it in hardback or eread but get it. Some surprises, likable characters, villains, and more. If there is a 2nd one, I'll be on the list.
Jeffster More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoy Steve Alten's books. Sharkman was fun, and campy. A little different than his serious works like THE LOCH and GOLIATH. I enjoyed it though, it was a quick read with some light hearted imagination behind it. I got the feeling there will be a sequel.
bumblebeerose More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. I had high expectations considering it's Steve Alten (one of my favourite authors) and he did not disappoint. I especially enjoyed the science in the book with the cross-species genetics. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that wants a scfi read that keeps you turning the page. 
deadleague More than 1 year ago
I have become a huge Steve Alten fan over the past couple years. I started it with the book MEG and read that series and loved every second I have spent reading it. I decided to branch out from only reading tthe MEG series so I started with this book "Sharkman". I enjoyed reading this book almost as much as I enjoyed the other ones I read. At first I was a little worried that it was going to be kind of too far out there for even me especially with the run of recent movies that have come out lately like “Sharknado”. Steve Alten does a very good job at making you believe that this is actually possible with the way he describes how everything is happening. He always does a great job at making me think about what if this really was to happen. If you are looking for a good book to read I recommend reading it as well as to check out his MEG series.
fasruninslofeet More than 1 year ago
Steve Alten is one of my favorite authors. I love his Meg series! I ordered this book and started reading it the day I opened the package,  I just could not put it down. He definitely did not disappoint. I highly recommend it to all.
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B4tDreams More than 1 year ago
You won't find a synopsis in this review seeing as how a perfectly good one has already been written prior to this book's release. What you can expect to find here is my honest opinion on the novel. Just as every single one of his books have been so far, Steve Alten's "Sharkman" was incredibly suspenseful in such that I barely stopped for more than two minutes at a time once I picked it up. For five hours straight I explored the well researched plot alongside the very real and very human characters, and dove into a world of possible medical and scientific breakthroughs I've known only to come with Alten's storytelling. This book is perfect for young adults and will most certainly have the reader hooked from the very first page.
watso059 More than 1 year ago
Steve Alten is one of my favorite authors, and his "Meg" series is fantastic. I really enjoyed this book. I have been a comic book fan since childhood, and discovered Alten's Meg series as a freshman in high school. This book is a bit like Spider-Man meets the Meg series, which is right down my alley! There were many twists and turns in this thriller, and it kept me guessing the whole time. The main character was well developed, and one can't help but sympathize with him from the start. I thought the point of view of the story was a bit different from many book I have read, and it really added a lot of introspection and humor to the story as well. Great job Mr. Alten! I look forward to your future releases!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was some grusome stuff that should have not been added and some stuff was not nessecery to put on the book and some stuff was so intense i fainted for 2 hours and its not steve altens best work yet besides when will steve alten make his other meg book