a shark that weighs over 45 tons. Imagine a shark that was over
80 feet long. Imagine a shark with razor sharp 8 inch teeth. Now
imagine if that shark was alive and swimming earths oceans
today. Oh yeah, imagine it was really hungry.
A Novel of Deep Terror is the first book by author Steve Alten
and if you havent guessed, it deals with a huge shark. Not
just an imaginary shark, but an actual shark that may have existed
up until 100,000 years ago. The forerunner of the great white
shark Carcharodon Megalodon, or Meg if its easier to say.
follows the story of Jonas Taylor, a deep sea submersible pilot
who has a close encounter with something unimaginable on a routine
later, in one of the deepest ocean trenches in the earths
crust, Jonas once again comes face to face with the creature that
has been plaguing his dreams the last few years. Unfortunately
for him and many others, it is a creature of pure nightmare.
your like me and are a huge shark buff and a fan of Peter Benchleys
novel Jaws, then Meg is a must read. The book is chock full of
shark facts, boat smashing and most importantly: people munching,
which to me is what Im looking for in a book about a giant
can tell that Alten has done his homework on the Megalodon as
each page and aspect of the story is rooted in believable occurrences,
the best being how the thought to be extinct Meg has survived
the last few centuries or so. I loved this aspect of the book
and the opening chapter which describes how the Meg may have fed
on dinosaurs at one time, was a great piece of bait to dangle
in front of a reader to get them to take a bite!
flaws the book is that you can tell it is Altens first,
only a few characters get deep development and you can pretty
much guess what is going to happen on the next page, but its
all good and fairly entertaining. I enjoyed the 300 page book
quite thoroughly until the ending however, and this is where the
fact and fiction run afoul of one another in a truly unbelievable
and quite frankly horrible way. Although I did like the book,
the final confrontation nearly made me hate it, its terrible
and in no way on par with the rest of the story in any fashion.
is set to be a feature film in 2007 and has Jan DeBont attached
to direct, so Im glad I read the novel first, I just hope
they change the ending a bit from that of the book. But still
if youre a giant shark fan then Meg will surely satisfy.