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MEG: Primal Waters Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2005

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Book 3 of 5 in the Meg Series

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The giant prehistoric shark, carcharadon Megalodon, that put Alten on bestseller lists with his debut novel, Meg (1997), and its follow-up, The Trench, returns in a messy, exuberant, potboiling action thriller. It's 18 years since Angel, spawn of the "meg" in Meg, chomped her way through many humans (as well as through most critics' sensibilities); her nemesis, Jonas Taylor, is now 63—and in financial trouble. For money and perhaps a retaste of youth, Jonas agrees to star in a top-rated reality series, Daredevils, unaware that a meg-lover who's envious of Jonas's fame plans to feed Jonas to a meg lured to the middle of the ocean. Meanwhile, Angel returns to her California hunting grounds and another meg creates havoc on the coast of Washington State. The narrative runs in overdrive from start to finish, as Alten munches on the reality show phenomenon, ocean ecology and family issues (tensions among Jonas, his kids and his wife), but all those are merely the fibers connecting the novel's powerful muscle: the shark attack scenes, which are numerous and exciting and, toward the end, intercut as frantically as an MTV video. This title probably won't sell as well as Alten's first two Meg novels, but the novelty of an aging action hero adds general interest, and the author's many devoted fans should devour it.
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This latest novel in Alten's MEG adventure-thriller series concerns a 57-foot, 64,000-pound prehistoric shark loose in the South Pacific. The "most fearsome creature in the sea," the Megalodon shark has ruled the planet's oceans for millions of years, surviving the cataclysms that wiped out the dinosaurs and adapting to climate changes that devastated other prehistoric marine species. Alten begins with an informative description of the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants, the Monterey Bay off California, and the islands of New Guinea and its surrounding waters. He also offers a brief history of the Ice Age, setting the tone for the fictional narrative that follows. Now enter Jonas Taylor, who joins the crew in filming a TV survival series called Daredevils aboard a replica of a Spanish galleon. Taylor eventually comes face to face with this monster--which, of course, comes as no surprise to readers. Who wins this violent struggle probably won't come as a surprise either, but Alten's imaginative tale will keep readers turning the pages to make certain their guess, intuition, or "readerly" instinct is correct. George Cohen
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Product Details

  • Series: MEG (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765347857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765347855
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Now in his sixties, married to Terry and living in Tampa with her and their two teens, Jonas Taylor feels old and tired as financial sharks surround him demanding payments of past due bills. Jonas nostalgically thinks back to his glory days when he was in his mid forties and captured Angel the prehistoric Megalodon shark that terrorized the Mariana Trench. However, that was the highlight film of his life; now he owes a ton of money and has to deal with a recalcitrant female teen.
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.
Harriet Klausner
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I must be one of the only people who was not as impressed with this novel as the previous two. I couldn't get into it from the very beginning with the Daredevils wanting to take Jonas on their voyage. The whole thing became a story by numbers with people dying in obligatory ways.

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.
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Meg: Primal Waters is the latest Megalodon popcorn-fest from the fertile, albeit somewhat turgid imagination of Steve Alten. Once again, Marine Biologist Jonas Taylor finds himself pitted against Carcharodon Megalodon, the prehistoric ancestor of the Great White Shark. (One would imagine that after his experiences in Meg: A novel of Deep Terror, and The Trench, Taylor would have taken up residence in Iowa, or some other similarly landlocked state, but as my grandmother was fond of saying, some people never learn.)

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.
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Love,love,love this book! Best of the MEG books in my opinion. Keeps your interest, develops the relationship between father/ daughter in he series. Do read these in order for better continuity . Very surprised that a series like this can have this many books and not get bring or stale, and his one does not. Steve Alten delivers! And even more interesting new evidence on Nat Geo Channel on TV that Megalodon Species may still exist in the oceans today! Watch that too if you're interested in Cryptid species, really gets you thinking!
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I know most reviews of this book seem to think this is the weakest of the series and I don't agree with them. I really liked the entire series and there's one more to go so hang in there. I bought the books one at a time over the last few years and I have to say they were kind of hard to come by. I hadn't been using Amazon then so I was looking for them in the book stores. It all started when I was looking for something kind of science fiction to read and I just happened to see the unique cover and thought it looked interesting. I bought and read the books out of order and after I had them all I went back and re-read the entire series. I was really happy when I found out from the author's website that he had also written a prequel. It was only available from Amazon, and only available for the kindle for a whopping 99 cents. I didn't have a kindle and I wrote to the author to kind of complain that I had read all of this series (more than once) and now I wouldn't get to read the prequel. Surprise...he wrote me back and told me how to download a kindle app for my computer. I did just that and now a few years later I'm in the process of buying all of this series for my new kindle that I got for Mother's day this year. Unfortunately not all of the series is available on eBook yet. I can't wait to get the rest of the series. You won't be disappointed if you get this book. It does stretch the imagination, but come on...isn't that what the whole series is about. I've read reviews that complain about how farfetched and contrived some of the situations are. That's kind of laughable isn't it? This is a book about a 76 foot long Megalodon and it's science fiction so you just need to go with the flow. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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