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Steve Alten
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The Trench (MEG #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,463 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Published May 6th 1999 by Feature (first published 1996)
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Another great shark tale. The events in this book tie into the first book well. As usual it's not just about a shark eating people but there is an underlying thriller aspect to it too. The scenes with the shark where great there was even another prehistoric creature introduced too....the only let down was that there was no face off ending with destruction of the shark but it finished in an open ended manner....
Sep 01, 2010 Michael rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
This book sucks. I only read 100 pages. You'd think a book about a ravenous prehistoric shark would be exciting, but...guess again. I hope the author gets eaten.
Dan Willimont
2 Stars might be generous.
I normally like 'guilty pleasure' reads where you do not need to think much and the story is about action or relaxation. Having read the first in the series I knew the quality of writing would not be great but this effort was very poor. Misuse of words such as 'literally' (in the narrative, not in dialogue) and describing a character's emotional reaction to a scene as, "Devon freaked out." is so lazy it detracts from what is only an average storyline. The heroes of the
Mar 04, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series was recommended to me by my sister. I'm not one for these thriller types, but since I have a strange fear-fascination with sharks, I couldn't resist.

I haven't yet read the first Meg book. This one came to me in a pile of used books by someone and I thought, oh well, might as well jump right in. I'd already finished Jurassic Park and lived to tell the tale, so why not give Mega go?

Like a lot of authors, Alten wrote this book as a stand-alone. You didn't need to have read the first one
Arvind Yogasundram
The apple has not fallen far from the tree...

The Trench, the sequel to the underwater thriller MEG, is a novel worthy of praise from fans of Steve Alten and new readers alike. I hightailed it through this thrilling narrative in about 3 days or so and wanted more. Some parts do feel a bit cliched and weakly written (i.e. characters, behaviours, dialogue), but that can be overlooked by its informative and engaging story and colourfully descriptive writing. The characters are extensions of their fo
Kelly Bolduc
I'm REALLY enjoying this shark thriller follow up to Meg. You must remember though it's called The Trench, not Angel or Meg 2. It's still just as good although I really (I don't see this opinion changing) hate Celeste (You should), She is a nasty bitch. but here is the thing, she is JUST LIKE Maggie from Meg, Jonas' dead bitch of a wife. Not much of a character difference between them. So I am disappointed that Steve didn't make Celeste more venomous in this book. There were many opportunities t ...more
You know, when I first picked this up, I was expecting a book about a giant shark eating people, and not much more than that. Weirdly enough, that isn't what I got. Instead, I got weirdly dark and rapey subplots that I found myself skipping over in my feverish search for another shark attack. And I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or not.
Brendan Wild
Absolutely amazing. Steve Alten is such a great writer. One of those authors that it is so hard to put the book down. Trench has a mix of everything. Horror suspense and comedy.
Dane Y
May 19, 2016 Dane Y rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Trench” is your particular science fiction creature feature novel, and also a worthy follow up to the first book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror”. The author Steve Alten has written books similar to this like for example “The Loch” in 2005, but he is most known for his “Meg” series in which he has written several sequels including this one. What is interesting about the title “The Trench” is that it stands out from all the other titles in the series because they all start out with the word Meg ...more
May 20, 2016 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tedious and predictable.
Mar 07, 2014 LadyCroft86 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Another good Meg book. If possible, this one was even better than the first book. There are a lot more subtle plot lines to follow in this one and there is more than one villain, including the megalodon. This one has more action and more mindless violence from the shark. Returning to the Trench is a nice touch, to go back to where the whole thing started. I am not sure again of how factual some of the science is on the shark, she seems to be a bit too much mindless machine than I am capable of b ...more
Joe Aguiar
LIke Meg before it, Steve Alten's sequel The Trench is a fun book and a fast enough read. The story picks up about four years after Meg with the Megalodon's offspring "Angel" a full grown 72 feet long and on display in Tanaka's Lagoon for all to see. Jonas Taylor has married Terry Tanaka but, his stressing over a potential escape by Angel is stressing his marriage. Of course Angel does escape and puts Jonas in hot pursuit. Meanwhile, his wife has gone back into the Mariana Trench to investigate ...more
Angela Crawford
Apr 29, 2014 Angela Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's appetite is ravenous. It's teeth, scalpel-sharp. For the first time, the captive twenty-ton Megalodon shark has tasted human blood, and it wants more....

On the other side of the world, in the silent depths of the ocean, lies the Marianas Trench, where the Megalodon has spawned since the dawn of time. Paleobiologist Jonas Taylor once dared to enter this perilous cavern. He alone faced a Megalodon shark and cut its heart out. Now, as the body count rises and the horror of a monster's attack
Dann Todd
3 stars - on my scale, 3 stars was a good read, but not good enough that I would want to read it again.

This book violated Dann's Dictum for authors. Essentially, don't bother writing a series if you can't have all of the books measure up.

While book one, Meg, was a fantastic read, The Trench simply was not that good. It was an enjoyable read. It was time well spent. It simply was no where as ground breaking or engaging as the first book was.

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Mar 16, 2014 Presmach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
only gone through 1/8th of the book, but hear me out.

1. the evil sexy femme fatale has already shot one "look of venom" just like Jonas' ex-wife did in the last book. doesn't have to be prose but could you not simply copy paste your own shtick Steve please ?

2. the villain of the piece has already thrown around 3-4 latin quotes IN SUCCESSION!, seriously, why not just replace him with an Iphone that has Siri quoting a dictionary ? it would have the same comedic effect, only now intentional in this
Charles Isom
Not as enjoyable as the first book in this series (Meg) about a giant prehistoric shark. The best part of the first novel was the sections told from the point of view of the shark. This one had some of that, but not nearly as much, which was disappointing. Also, the characters were pretty flat and one-dimensional, but you don't expect too much development in a book about killer giant sharks.

One very interesting note is that the bad guy in the novel is in league with Osama Bin Laden in 1999, whic
Angela Raye
Aug 29, 2015 Angela Raye rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I made it about 1/3 of the way through and thank my lucky stars that I got this through the library and didn't waste any money.

I liked the first one. It was by no means high literature, but it was a good fluffy thriller (if a blood-thirsty prehistoric monster eating everyone can be called "fluffy"). So right off the bat, my expectation was for action and blood and excitement. I could even brush off the absurdity of the giant hi-tech lab at the bottom of the fucking ocean (that apparently no one
Luke Baldock
Steve Alten's sequel to his smash hit Meg is everything the first book was, to the point that the familiarity sometimes becomes boring. The Trench takes place 4 years after the baby Megalodon was trapped in a sea life centre. Since then it has been a rough ride for the heroes of the previous book. Masao Tanaka and his company were hit with lawsuit upon lawsuit after so many innocents were killed. Jonas and Terry are now married, but once again Jonas is letting his obsession with these prehistori ...more
Book 2 in a loosely 3 part series by Alten. I had read books 1 and 3 already, having found them out of order. Again, his characterizations are horrendously overt, no subtlety at all, but I think that's more the nature of the potboiler set-up, rather than his abilities. But, since he only seems to write potboilers, we'll never really know. I think if I went back and re-read any Dan Brown, I think I would feel exactly the same about his ability at characterization as well. As for the book, meh. It ...more
Kristin Lundgren
This is the 3rd book in the MEG series, about an ancient megaladon (giant great white shark), found in the Mariana Trench, and lured to the surface. In book one, after it savaged a bunch of people, a juvenile was finally caught and brought to a specially built aquarium for research on it. Enter Jonas Tyler, who was in on the first encounter, and nearly lost his life, and did lose the two divers who accompanied him when he made a rapid rise to the surface in a panic over the Meg. They were down i ...more
Eric Pereira
I presume that normally in reviews one is to first give the reader a quick informative paragraph of what the book is about ( or what they believe it is about, although The Trench isn't a hard one to figure out). I on the other hand, just finished reading this lovely chunk of a thriller a little over a week ago, and since then have read and finished the sucessive book (Meg:Primal Waters) and am currenly reading Meg:Hells Aquarium. This creates a festering problem with my objective to review The T ...more
Noah Pelzer
The Trench is Steve Alten's sequel to his book MEG, which was about an ancient species of 60 foot long species of shark that was living in a warm pocket in the Mariana Trench until an submersable accident caused the creature to escape to the surface and cause havoc. It is now 4 years later, and the protagonist, Jonas Taylor, is married to his love intrest from the first book, Terry Taylor(Formally Tanaka). He is involved in the running of Tanaka lagoon, designed to be a whale sanctuary that now ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Guera25 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Story He Meant to Write:

Daring, manly scientist relentlessly pursues prehistoric shark on an all-consuming vengeance quest after evil shark mistakes his noble, spunky brother-in-law for slightly-chewy apertif. Meanwhile his beautiful, feisty wife uncovers world-threatening plot by sociopathic mastermind. Both are imperiled by their brave stands, and their epic love endures many tests as they heroically save the day. Heroically.

The Story He Wrote:

Weedy, emo navel-gazer wallows in self-pity an
Mark Allen
Feb 01, 2013 Mark Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
The direct sequel to Steve Alten's mega-popular "Meg" series pretty much features more of the same, "the same" being boatloads (no pun intended) of action sequences in which a giant prehistoric shark wreaks all sorts of wildly gory havoc on whatever comes within unfortunate reach of its massive, hyper-extendable, scalpel-sharp jaws. Old characters return, a few new ones pop up, and there is even the addition of a new prehistoric creature to give the Meg a run for its money (finding out who wins ...more
I am super happy that I read this book when I did. I love the uniqueness of this series and it is reminiscent of Jurassic Park. While the first one was arguable better, this one was a very logical step in the aftermath of the first book. I liked that about it.

What I didn't like about it was that there were less meaningful deaths and less chaos than the first one. That isn't to say that nobody died and there was no chaos, but when the first book is so full of chaos and death and the second one is
Apr 21, 2008 JacobT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who ever has read MEG 1
Shelves: reviews
The Trench is the second book in the MEG series. Many new characters are introduced in this sequel. After Jonas' second marriage becomes rocky since he has become obsessed over Angel (The original female MEG's daughter) he becomes worried that the shark will escape from Mr. Tanaka's Whale stadium and advises the door be sealed permanently.

Jonas must negotiate this idea with Benedict Singer, an extremely wealthy Russian businessman who now owns the institute after it went into bankruptcy as a res
Jun 04, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, age-adult, 2010
It's been 4 years since the original Meg was destroyed and her offspring, Angel (as in Angel of Death), captured at the Tanaka Institute. Dr. Jonas may have married Terry, Tanaka's daughter, but things are not all peachy keen. Angel has been growing bigger and bigger, and Jonas fears that she is trying to escape her enclosure. More than that, he has nightmares where he returns to the Trench only to watch his wife die and to die himself in the jaws of the Meg.

Enter shady Benedict Singer, who take
Almost gave up on this story of pre-historic sharks and others living in modern world and attacking everything mixed in with conspiracy theory and even a terrorist plot. In the end I stuck with it and there were some good moments but these were spoiled by the cardboard cut out villains and the heroes and heroines who know things are wrong but do nothing about it - like calling the authorities. This was a sequel to an earlier story that I haven't read which maybe set the scenario up.
Jun 02, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, that's right. I read the second one. No, it's not any better. In fact its more ludicrous as the villains become more Bond like - one even strokes his goatee as he monologues his nefarious plans. There's little character development although a couple of them actually get a back story. But this book is about setting up situations where the giant shark eats people and/or boats with people on them and that it does quite well. The highlight of this being the replica of the 18th century tall ship ...more
As a follow up to his Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, Alten is slightly off the mark on this one. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but it was a little heavy handed. The plot needed some streamlining and editing.

Angel, the Meg Pup from the first book, escapes from the Tanaka Institute. While Jonas' wife Terry is dealing with a disreputable billionare at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Jonas takes up the hunt for Angel. Blood and guts soon ensue.
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Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University. Struggling to support his family of five, he decided to pen a novel he had been thinking about for years. Working late nights and on weekends, he eventually finished ...more
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