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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  7,215 ratings  ·  407 reviews
Revised and Expanded. On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Tsunami Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Meg by Steve AltenTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules VerneSphere by Michael CrichtonA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le GuinCries from the Deep by Anthony Hulse
Oceanic/marine science fiction
1st out of 80 books — 87 voters
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest HemingwayJaws by Peter BenchleyOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. SeussMoby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman MelvilleSo Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
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TK421
****HERE THERE BE SPOILERS****


Do you like reading about monsters?

More specifically, do you like to read about monsters of the deep that have been thought dead for millions of years?

If you do, search no further -- Steve Alten's MEG will not disappoint.

From the epic beginning of a T-Rex getting its terrible-lizard ass handed to itself to the absurd gastronomic defeat of the Megalodon, this book keeps the action flowing at a constant rate throughout.

There is a really lame extramarital affair su...more
Waffles
This book/series deserves 529 stars! Seriously! Any book with a jacket blurb stating "I have just two words for you: JURASSIC SHARK!" deserves the Nobel Prize for first class airport literature.

This is what pulpy, guilty-pleasure reading is all about. You've got action, sex, and PREHISTORIC SHARKS!

Dan Brown's book (I've only read one and that was too much) seriously insulted my intelligence - I recognized the Fibonacci numbers from a high school class - THAT I FLUNKED! Steve Alten does not insul...more
Eric
I agree with every single review I've read about this book. Wooden characters, cheap motivations, ridiculous set ups so people can be eaten by the shark, ridiculous climax, but the book was fantastic - in the same way SyFy's recent movie Mongollion Death Worms was fantastic: it has no pretenses that it is anything other than what it is. Some other reviewer described this as Sharknerdporn. I have to agree. I was up to three last night finishing it. I can't get through a Dan Brown book because the...more
Jim Cherry
At the risk of sounding like the comic book guy from The Simpsons, Meg is my candidate for the worst book EVER. It has the most laughable motivation I’ve ever seen in a novel, much less a novel put out by a major publisher!

Jonas Taylor is an oceanographer who had a terrifying experience in a deep dive in the Marianas Trench with a creature that is supposed to be extinct, a Carcharodon Megalodon or “Meg,” a long lost relative of the great white shark. The shark attacked his bathyscape from which...more
Neil
A to Z Project, Book 11
Wow, I know that thrillers are for fun and excitement, but this book is just so relentlessly dumb that I couldn't suspend disbelief for a minute.

I'm not sure if it's the he-man/author stand-in lead character, the comically cardboard villains, the tsunami of cliches, or the ridiculous contortions that the author goes through to put all of his characters in exactly the right place in ALL OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN for his unbelievable big shark to attack them as opposed to all of...more
Lee
If you drew up a checklist of the necessary components of a B-movie creature-feature, then Meg would tick pretty much every box.

Imperfect hero haunted by his past? Check ☑
Beautiful heroine who loathes the hero with every fibre of her being right up to the point where she realises that she's never loved anyone more in her life? Check ☑
Outrageous monster that no-one except the hero believes exists until it starts eating everyone? Check ☑
Comedy deaths of unlikeable characters introduced two minutes...more
Stefani
Aug 27, 2013 Stefani rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: B Horror Movies
God how I loved this book, I loved it like a fat kid loves ice cream. We have all seen a horror movie that we thought “Oh man, this is just so awful! I love it!” That’s what this book was for me, a made for tv horror movie. But that’s also what made me hesitate to give it four stars. Based on the technical merits of the writing it would probably be a three, based on the story alone maybe a two, but based on how much I absolutely adored it a five would be appropriate. So in the end a 3.5 to 4 see...more
Robjr73
I don't give many five star reviews. I had to give a five to this one. I read a lot of horror and when I buy a horror novel, I do so hoping that maybe...just maybe...that book will scare me. I mean that's the point right? Well I'll start by saying that sharks scare the hell outta me. Ever since Jaws, I refuse to go anywhere near an ocean. So I knew what I was getting myself into when I bought this book. A killer prehistoric 60,000lb shark...I still get chills from some of the visuals I have in m...more
R.W. Ridley
Most writers in the late 90s trying to secure a publishing deal probably ran out and bought this book because of the story behind it's publication. Alten broke a cardinal rule and paid an agent to represent him. He sold his car to do it. Paying an agent is a huge no-no. But, it worked for Alten because he got a seven figure deal.

I had to read it for that reason alone. It is a good book. Parts of it are little too on the nose. I mean, the main characters name is Jonas and he gets swallowed by a...more
Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. Great concept for a story. Ever since reading Jurassic Park, I have wanted to reads a good story about a Megalodon which I have always thought was the most interesting prehistoric creature. This book was right up my alley and I thought it was pulled off very well. A fun, enjoyable read. Will definitely read the sequel.
Megan Pearson
The following things are very clear about MEG and Steve Alten

1. The "research" Alten did for this book was clearly all taken from shark week. From page one you can tell that Alten doesn't know ANYTHING about sharks

2. Alten either nows NOTHING about relationships or has NO clue how to write about them... He really shouldn't touch them

3. The comparisons between Alten and Crichton were either made by people who a) have never read a Crichton book or b) can't stand the science/sometimes dryness in Cr...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 04, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
This is proof that bigger is not better. "Meg" is short for megalodon--a Jurassic Age shark four times as large as the Great White. This novel isn't anywhere near as good as Jaws though. That book and film generated its terror because it gave us a real, extant creature stalking people where we all play during the summer--in the surf off the beach, allowing us to easily imagine we could be a victim. Jaws's Chief Brody is an everyman. Meg's Jonas Taylor? A flat Marty Stu--and the style is flat too...more
Leslie
Well, I think I'd give it 2.5 stars. It wasn't all that great, but it wasn't so bad either. I enjoyed it a tiny bit more than an "ok" rating. Steve Alten does tell a good shark attack tale. This one was perhaps a little better than the syfy channel B movies you won't admit you've actually seen. It's no Jaws though.

The ending sequence is quite a bit beyond belief, but still had me turning pages to get to the end. (To be fair, Mythbusters have disproved the notion that a bullet fired into a scuba...more
Kristen Pfaff
Two of my favorite things in life are dreaming about what would happen if a megalodon really existed and watching movies about sharks - no matter how bad they are. My boyfriend bought me this book as it seemed like a dream come true for me. The front cover even pictures a megalodon fighting a tyrannosaurus!

I liked the book for what it was, but I'm not sure I will ever revisit it. The characters were lacking and I thought the story dragged in a few places. Other than that, it read as a novelizat...more
Laura
*kazoo tuning*

MEG the shark
MEG's a SHARK
SHARK IS NIGH IMPOSSIBLE
PLOT IS JUST IMPLAUSIBLE
I WAS ROOTING FOR
THE
SHAAAAARK

~fin!~
Andrea
I read this book for the first time years ago, perhaps around 2004 or so. I felt like reading it again to celebrate 2014 Shark Week. This is basically an equivalent of Sharknado in book form, if you must ask. Meaning that it was exactly the trashy, exaggerated, airport-type of book that makes Dan Brown's novels look like Pulitzer Prize winners in comparison. So why am I reading it? Because of the awesome 60ft dino-shark, that's why!

The premise of the story is quite fun. Deep sea scientists acci...more
Inseok Chang
The Meg: A Novel of Deep Horror, by Steve Alten is a great scientific fiction novel published in 1997. This novel talks about an ancient monster, the Megalodon. It starts during a Jurassic period when a Tyrannosaurus chases its prey into the ocean only to find itself under attack by the Megalodon. Then the setting of the story quickly switches to a deep sea, during the present day with the main character, Jonas Taylor experiences an attack by the Megalodon in the Mariana Trench. Taylor, being th...more
Blake Bowen
Action packed to the very end. Jonas Taylor is an ex-underwater Marine, one day in the Mariana Trench, he sees a giant white object. And he gets scared by the object and ends up killing two men on his way up to the surface. He believes the object he saw was a Meglodon shark, a prehistoric shark that is at least 40 feet long weighing in at 20 tons.

Jonas is then sent away for a couple of years and given mental help. The Tanaka Institute then offers Jonas some redemption, so they ask Jonas if wants...more
Kara Jorges
I devoured this book as quick as a megalodon snacking on a surfer because it’s just plain good. It’s also a pretty quick read, a fast adrenaline ride across the Pacific in under 300 pages. Though it lacks the intricacies and depth of a Crichton novel, I think the LA Times summed it up nicely with “Jurassic Shark.”

Jonas Taylor’s career as a submersible pilot ended abruptly one day in the Mariana Trench when he panicked and shot his sub to the surface, killing two crewmen. Nobody believed Jonas sa...more
Matti Karjalainen
Steve Altenin "Meg - syvyyksien kauhu" (Otava, 1998) on merellistä kauhua ja jännitystä yhdistelevä romaani, jossa seitsemän vuoden takaisesta tragediasta toipuva sukellusaluksen kippari joutuu palaamaan takaisin mereen selvittääkseen mikä on mahtanut rikkoa Mariaanien hautaan lasketut tieteelliset kapineet. Pahimmat pelot osoittautuvat todeksi, sillä kaksikymmentä metriä pitkä esihistoriallinen haikalahan siellä syvyyksissä luuraa. Ja sitten ei kenelläkään ole enää kivaa.

Steve Altenin bestselle...more
Mia Darien
There's this guy at the only B-A-M in my state who I just adore. That store took over the site of the old Borders, so I was glad not to lose the bookstore. While I adore ebooks, I will never give up on paperbacks and visiting bookstores entirely.

Anyways, I was on a quest and I knew that if any employee could help me, it would be him. I was looking for a new author to fill my Crichton void. I said as much and he asked what I thought of Jurassic Park. I said I liked giant animals eating people and...more
Chris
Having watched the movie classic, JAWS, just over a week or so ago, and realizing how well it has stood the test of time, I was on a shark kick. I had picked up this Alten series a while back, and had yet to start them...say no more!

While not a very long book (this says 438 paperback, maybe), I have the hardback, and it was 273 pages. It was a pretty quick read too. There could have been more character development to allow you to care more for these characters, especially the ones that are no lo...more
Kate
I didn't know this book existed until a library patron requested it. I had to laugh at the title: MEG, like some scary little girl. Meg is short for Megalodon, and since I loved both Jurassic Park and Jaws, I had to give it a try (even if just to get to Meg: Hell's Aquarium because that is possibly the most awesome title ever). In fact, the LA Times summarized the book in two words on the back cover: "Jurassic Shark." Yep, that's about it.

Jonas Taylor was once one of the most respected deep sea...more
Theresa
I would have thought it literally impossible to write a book about a giant shark which I did not love, let alone one that says JURASSIC SHARK on the back. A shark biting a t-rex is basically my dream book cover. Unfortunately, I do not love it. I do not even like it. I actively hate it. I shudder when I see it on my shelf, perhaps in some combination of disappointment and an instinctive defense against accidentally picking it up again.

I could probably look past Alten's attitude towards women if...more
Rebecca
Meg is exactly what you are expecting it to be. A highly improbable plot where a megalodon has survived and is now terrorizing the oceans. You have all the usual characters: the save the shark crew, the kill the shark crew, the expert no one listens to until it’s too late. There aren’t too many surprises. You are not going to be blown away by the great writing or intricate plotting. But if you are picking up the book in the first place I don’t really think that’s what you’re looking for. It was...more
Scott
An exploitation book if ever there was such a thing, this book has it all--flesh munching, science, blood, romance, guts, action, gore, technology, bone crunching, sinister antagonists and heroic protagonists. More or less every living thing in the Pacific Ocean--human and nonhuman alike--gets swallowed whole in a two week period.

Last night, after staying up until about 1:30am to finish reading MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror, I can say that while I am almost certainly dumber than I was before readi...more
Dayna Smith
Yes it's predictable and cliched, but it is still a fun read. There is enough blood and guts for adventure and horror fans and enough real science to snag the more nerdy among us. Ex-sub pilot, and now paleontologist, Jonas Taylor thought he saw a shark, a really BIG shark, in the Mariana Trench. He's spent the years since trying to prove the megalodon might still exist in deep waters. Back in the Challenger Deep Trench to help a friend discover why his earthquake sensors have stopped working he...more
Cassie
This was really kind of awesome, and way better than I expected it to be. It's right up there with Jaws, Jurrasic Park, and Raptor Red.

This is by no means a serious work of fiction meant to provoke intellectual discourse. It's junk food for your brain. It's pure guilty-pleasure, ridiculous, over-the-top insanity. But it's perfect for those of us who watch Shark Week on The Discovery Channel for the shark attacks; it's ideal of those of us who simply adore SyFy's Monster-of-the-Week movies (Mega...more
Angela Crawford
On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.

Written off as a crackpot sufferi...more
Daphne
I loved this book and read it years ago. I remember that I had just gotten AOL email and Steve Alten had an email to send him emails inside the book. Not only did he send me an email back but he also sent me an autographed book plate and sent me a quarterly newsletter that he published.
I will always remember how gracious he was and appreciative of my compliments. Thank you Goodreads because now I can complement writers through this medium and almost all of them have very kindly responded back!
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Steve Alten (born August 21, 1959, Philadelphia) is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his Meg series, a set of novels around the fictitious survival of the Megalodon, a giant prehistoric shark. Alten holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University, a master's in sports medicine from the University of Delaware and a doctorate in sports administration from Temple...more
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