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I understand that five books into a series there's going to be some rehashing of similar plot devices but I couldn't help feeling that I'd already read this book. It's been the same for a while now - despite tragedy after tragedy inflicted on the Taylor family by these sharks, they insist on repeating their mistakes. Initially they want to destroy the sharks, but then decide they want to save them and imprison them back in the lagoon/aquarium one more time despite all the failures of previous attempts and countless deaths. The megs are the secondary antagonists at this point, playing second fiddle to some even larger creatures, but the formula is still the same.
By far the worst point of the book is about 75% in where a character is introduced and brings with him an absolutely ludicrous alternate reality/time travel subplot. Yes you read that right, TIME TRAVEL!!. I wish I was making this up. It feels ridiculously out of place and is dropped after a few chapters never to be mentioned again (thankfully). I later discovered that this was a crossover with another series by the same author, and it feels like a cheap ploy to generate sales of his other books. At this point I actually put the book aside for a few weeks feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort but I'd already invested enough to want to see it through to the end. I won't spoil anything, but the door was left open for more sequels to follow.
If you've read the first couple of books of the series then please just stop there. It's sad how terrible this getting.
Still a great action packed novel, but frankly that reoccurring element I could only give him 4 out of 5 stars. This review is coming from a reformed individual and not that I have the habit of dissecting the thoughts of individuals I feel maybe Mr. Alten should put himself out there or if he is already in a relationship maybe he is not happy and should trying a open relationship or leave. I love the ocean, i'am a seasoned diver. Mr. Alten good job now get a life!
I'm not an avid reader. In fact I'm pretty particular about what I read. But this series I'm able to plow through. This one being no exception.
This is the first book I've read on a Kindle [Fire] and I enjoyed the change from paper.
The story is a continuation of what is a somewhat familiar theme at this point. The Taylors are pulled into either catching or killing prehistoric marine animals. I was a little skeptical about the story being so much about David Taylor, but I think I actually enjoyed his part as much if not more than Jonas'.
I didn't realize until after reading this that it's also a crossover into a character (Wallace) from The Loch/Vostok. Knowing that I feel like it might have been an effort to sell books from another series more than anything else. But I do appreciate crossovers and the attempt of creating continuity in a story universe. That said. I'm not biting yet. The summary of those books doesn't have the same appeal for me as giant sharks.
I enjoyed most of this book but the Wallace element seemed to take it in a weird direction with the time-travel/premonition thing. There's always been a very mild theme with dreams being some sort of premonition, but I felt like the addition of "this has happened before" was a little too much .
I was also kind of hoping all of the captured animals would survive... especially the mother Lio.
Hence my 4-star rating instead of 5.
I did appreciate them finally filling in the story of the guy who was actually the reason for Jonas' accident that led to his discharge and new career path. That was a long time coming. I didn't read Meg before the addition of Origins so I don't know if that was added in as an after thought with the expectation of using in a later book. Either way I was glad to see it come full circle.
Overall I enjoyed the book as much as the others and look forward to Generations.
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So, there's a Lio pup, there are Meg pups and the big whale has left his seed around. Presumably we'll meet them again in the final book.
The two things that pissed me off are- firstly, the glaring flaw in the story that all of these beasties trapped in the depths had to evolve from air breathers into gill laden creatures in basically one breath (unless I’m missing something). The other thing is Steve Alten’s Practice of naming characters after people who have bought special editions of the books etc. Every time a new character is mentioned, I am never sure if they are a legitimate character, or someone thrown into the mix just to fulfill the author’s promise of a namecheck. I just feel this belittles the point of the book.
Still, it was an enjoyable read and I shall of course get the next one in the series. I mean- there are bloody big sharks!!!
The story of the Taylors progresses and develops nicely, with great natural elements, making it a more realistic and believable family.
There are several storylines happening simultaneously, but unlike books three and four where it became a little tricky to follow, this one lays everything out clearly - bringing the reader nicely and logically to the exciting story climax.
A few teases in there with regards links with other of Mr. Alten's books, such as The Loch and Vostok; maybe I should read them as soon as I've finished book 6...
Jonas, Terry, and David Taylor returns in this adventure. Not so much of David's sibling. A contest between all pre-historic marine animals from the Saylish seas in Canada to the ice-burden continent Antarctica. A must read to see what happens in the next instalment.
And just when we all thought it was safe to get back in the water, not with this goliath boy im staying about 50 miles inland