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The Trench by Steve Alten
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Oct 01, 07

Recommended for: Thriller readers, low-science fiction readers
Read in June, 2007

The plot of the original was easier and more fun; wait for the giant shark to show up, then "Holy crap, there's a giant shark!" and finally chasing and trying to stop it. This time Alten tries a more convoluted plot with more intriguing sexual politics and political politics, as well as (almost randomly) throwing us another prehistoric beast near the end. Mostly, The Trench is convoluted and only worth following for the characters you already liked or for some beast-on-technology action. Along the way, though, Alten creates his best character to date, in a villain who is twisted and exciting, and eventually both despicable and sympathetic at the same time. She winds up being more interesting than the monsters he dredges from the depths of history.
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