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MEG: Primal Waters Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2005
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When the top-rated reality TV show Daredevils offers Jonas a chance to provide expert commentary on a contest in the South Pacific, he leaps at the opportunity. Taking his daughter with him, Jonas joins the TV show.
Meanwhile Terry investigates whale beachings off Vancouver Island. Neither of the spouses is aware that they have entered the latest feeding zone of "Megs" and will soon be battling for their lives as they did before (see MEG and THE TRENCH).
The third exciting Prehistoric Jaws vs. humans thriller is fast-paced especially Megs who steal the show once again. Steve Alten refreshes his series through Jonas is aging not so gracefully as he wonders how two decades have almost past since he had his fifteen minutes of fame and now has a chance to recapture somewhat his glorious past. Much of the action is similar to the previous novels with the shark feeding, man vs. man disputing, and shark vs. hero/heroine scenes, but the aging cast makes it seem new leading to a swimmingly fine time for the Megsters.
Meg was very interesting and fun and the Trench was absolutely fantastic in my opinion because it raised the stakes of the first book and introduced much more tension and, most importantly, it rounded out the characters and had a tight plot. But, because I didn't believe the story for once in this book the tension and horror was gone for me. It just seemed to be like one of those "paint by numbers." I bought this book as soon as it came out because I enjoyed the first one and loved the second. I'm sad to say I was sorely disappointed in this one. It's a shame because no one writes about the Meg shark the same way that Steve Alten does.
I knew Reality TV's influence stretched far...but when it pops up in a book, I know things are going to Hell. In my opinion stick with the first two, vastly superior novels and don't read this one. Oh, and catch the Meg movie that is finally being made because it will be exciting.
Primal Waters starts some 18 years after the The Trench, with Jonas and his wife playing flustered parents to a couple of kids right out of cliché' central: The sexy teen tramp, and the too-smart for his own good son with a hankering for adventure. The fun begins when Jonas is propositioned to appear on a reality show called Daredevils, which is, in reality (pun intended.....), an elaborate ruse to lure Taylor to his death at the jaws of yet another Megalodon. Meanwhile Jonas wife, Terry, is off on an adventure of her own, trying to recapture the escaped Angel, the Antagonist of the previous book. In case two Megs weren't enough, Angel is being pursued by her amorous son. Me so horny!! And speaking of horny, Mr. & Mrs. Taylor each engage in a dry-humping almost-affair, and I suppose the fact that neither one consummates the relationship is supposed to be reassuring and sweet, but I just found the casual manner they adopt to be kind of creepy and off-putting. Not exactly the way to endear readers to your characters, Mr. Alten.
Alten isn't much of a prose stylist, and his characters have always been extremely two-dimensional and Primal Waters is no exception.Read more ›
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