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Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (MEG #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  12,711 Ratings  ·  832 Reviews
On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with terror. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor remains haunted years later by what he saw. Written off as a crackpot, he insists that the prehistoric shark known as Carcharodon megalodon still swims the deep underwater chasms.

Only an urgent call for help from one of
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Bantam (first published July 1997)
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Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, fantasy
3.5 *If you see her glow, it's too late* stars

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Duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun... duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn.

As you all know by now, I love sharks.

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I love everything related to sharks. Watching shark movies is my guilty pleasure. Deep Blue Sea, The Reef, Open Water, 47 Meters Down, Jaws 2… But there's one more that stands above the rest. Yes, you've guessed it. Jaws, the granddaddy of them all.

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I even watched Sharknado. I watched it and found it de
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

Far-fetched but fun = that's the point of these types of books anyway. There's so much that fascinates man about the creatures of the deep, so many hidden horrors beneath the water. This goes farther than Jaws, to the original beast which grew up to 60 feet, the Carcharodon megalodon, a shark that would swallow today's Great Whites. Clearly these creatures went belly up long ago, but the author takes pains to paint a realistic enough plausibility of how one could survive, break the surface, and
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
You'd think i'd get tired of reading this book after a billion times, but nope, still my favorite <3
(reread again... still love it)

Read it again for the billionth time... still the best.
Has everyone seen the movie trailer yet??? So excited!!!
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was very entertaining, so much better than I expected which is always a nice surprise.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monster-disaster

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
Melissa Chung
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
OMG I don't know why I took so long to read this book. Erika my friend from booktube her channel name ThePerksofBooks, has been trying to convince me and all of her subscribers to pick up MEG and read it for years. I found this handy dandy mass market paperback and at Kauai Habitat Restore for 50 cents and it was the best 50 cents I've ever paid. 5 million stars for being a fun and fast read, full of action, adrenaline and one pissed off megalodon.

Our main character Jonas Taylor took a trip down
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
I really wanted this to be good. I do enjoy a good shark story. This is a decent, sometimes good, shark story. It's the rest of it that drags this story down. The story regarding the Meg is pretty decent and I wished the author had spent more time on the shark. Instead we are treated to a low class soap opera of stupid people. They do stupid things with a 60 foot shark. None of the people are really likeable and I ended up rooting for the Shark. I won't waste more time with this review-the book ...more
I think it's finally time that this gets added to my favorites shelf. Me and my hubby started buddyreading this book during shark week for the past three years, and it seems like I love it more each read.

The writing isn't the best and there's a really cheesy scene towards the end, but I can overlook that.

And this is FINALLY becoming a movie thanks to the so sexy gore master, Eli Roth! About fucking time!! :D

What could be better than a 60 foot shark?

Oct 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-to-z-project
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
Jim Cherry
Dec 31, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Thomas
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t even know how many times I’ve read this book and the rest of the series. It’s one of my go to books when I want to just relax and enjoy the story. Plus, I love anything sharks. Who doesn’t.

Jonas Taylor is one the best in deep sea submersible dives. When he’s sent down on a secret dive into the Marianna Trench, he barely makes it back alive. His claims that a Megalodon almost ended his life are met with derision by his peers and he sinks into depression. After years trying to prove he’s r
I'm sure most of us have heard of or seen one of those trashy films that keep being churned out such as Sharknado or the one I watched recently, the title escapes me, where prehistoric Goblin sharks emerge from an underwater earthquake....crap but fun, right?

Well I expected the same with this book, crap but fun. It wasn't crap and was a hell of a lot of fun!! The shark action scenes where some of the best I've read or seen. I hope this translates well to the upcoming movie and please don't pande
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Just look at that cover! Do you seriously think you read a book with a cover like that if you're wanting something with well-developed characters and a complex plot? NO! You read a book like Meg when you're needing a bit of pulpy fun. When you're wanting to turn on the Syfy channel and tune out the world while you engage in a bit of mindless enjoyment on a high-tension thrill-ride, but you need to do to something quiet instead - that's when you pick up a book like Meg.

This book is purely about s
R.W. Ridley
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What's not to love about a giant great white shark??? MEG is a very engaging and fun adventure offering from Alten.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads

Welcome to the fifth annual Shark Week on Bibliomantics, where I torture myself by reading and reviewing a shark themed novel, all in the name of something that is definitely not science.

I wasn't sure which book I was going to read this year, until the adaptation of Steve Alten's much-praised Meg announced Jason Statham would be joining the soon to be a motion picture as protagonist Jonas Taylor. It also had pretty decent reviews on Good
Christine (KizzieReads)
I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did. I found myself constantly thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. It was very interesting. Pretty much non stop action. A little bit on the over the top unbelievable bits, but it still was a very good read and I will definitely continue on with the series.
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.
Mia Darien
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE! Jason Statham fans: don't read this!
Recommended to Julia by: Sylvia
Shelves: 2017, ebook, for-the-eyes
- so many typos
- everything is racist
- and sexist
- there are two women IN THE WHOLE BOOK (if you don't count the fish)
- one of them dies because two women are too many women
- the other one is 20, super hot, hates the MC and for some reason ends up fucking him because old straight white dude fantasy
- info dumps, info dumps everywhere
- everyone's decisions are the worst
- The Plan is just... I CAN'T with how stupid it is
- for a deepsea creature this shark is spending so much time jumping out of th
Coos Burton
"Jonás había cruzado las puertas del infierno."

Desde el inicio de la novela ya nos metemos en el tema "tiburón prehistórico" a través de una conferencia que da nuestro protagonista. No nos hace esperar hasta la mitad, ni mucho menos al final de la misma para disfrutar de la parte caótica y salvaje de la historia, aunque lo cierto es que todo empieza a salirse de control en el final. Pero desde un comienzo, ya conocemos sobre el estremecedor carcharodón megalodón, sobre la terrible experiencia qu
Althea Ann
Dec 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just downloaded this, along with its sequels, as part of a filling-up-my-ebook-reader megaupload. I just realized that I read it, years and years ago, and really did not like it. I remember it being pretty dumb, not very well written, and pandering to cheap fear-mongering.

It's got that very specific but hard-to-describe contemporary-thriller style that I particularly dislike.

Update - just to be sure, I flipped through a few pages to be sure I'm remembering the right book. Yup. And I'm going to
David Church
Kind of hard to get my head wrapped around a review for this. Aspects of it I dug – the action scenes, the opening prehistoric T-Rex showdown. Other areas I felt “waterlogged” haha had to throw in a pun. The main character was kind of interesting sort of…maybe. For me the characters were either very cliché’ the money grubbing cheating wife for example or they were plain as vanilla ice cream. And the sub-plots of the book were just OK. Many times in the book I wanted to revoke the main character ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good mix up from my normal reads. Tons of fun and really intense. I love sharks and this book was very accurate and detailed in it's descriptions and depictions of the sharks. would recommend to anyone looking for a good thriller/ horror read, or if you just like sharks. I mean it starts out with a Megaladon attack a T-rex!!!!!
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