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Hell's Aquarium (MEG #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,871 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
The Philippine Sea Plate: — The most unexplored realm on the planet. Surrounded by subduction zones and no less than six abyssal gorges -- including the seven-mile-deep, 1,500 mile long Mariana Trench -- the sea is also home to an incredibly anomaly, for hidden beneath its primordial crust lies the remains of the Phantalassa, an ocean that dates back 220 million years. vas ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Variance Publishing LLC
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Renee If you're like me, fascinated with sharks, but also terrified of them then yes, the book is scary at times.

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Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2011-reads
I'm not going to try and justify myself with this series by Steve Alten. These books are my guilty pleasure, my equivalent of a really, really raunchy, smutty romance with little plot but much "bang" for your buck (pun intended).

Alten is never going to set the literary world afire with his command of prose. His female characters generally have a bigger rack then a brain. His male characters are cocky, heroic in stupidly brazen ways, and use their little head too often in life or death situations
Heather Clawson
Dec 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
It doesn’t seem possible that a book about some of the most bad-assed predators ever to stalk the planet could be so utterly boring but Alten's proven me wrong. It wouldn't have been so bad if the man hadn't insisted on describing, IN DETAIL, the weight, size, lifting power, construction and tensile strength of every. Piece. Of equipment. In. The. Book. I didn't know whether to get goosebumps or to start taking lecture notes. On top of that, all of Alten's major female characters are either (a) ...more
Aug 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Now, really this might be unfair, since it's the fourth in the series, and really maybe I should have started with previous ones. I should be charitable and give it two stars because of this, but can't bring myself to do that.

Maybe it helps to grow acquainted with the characters slowly, because I 100% HATED everyone in this book. Rooted for the sharks for the entire time. A higher death count would definitely have improved this book, which is a little sad, since it's already pretty laden with g
Taylor Ward
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The Meg series has always been a guilty pleasure. No one will mistake these as high quality American literature, but lets be honest, it's the summer popcorn action movies that make all the money, while the December dramas garner the Oscars. That's what I equate Steve Alten's Meg series too, a string of popcorn entertainment summer novels, and really, they never tried to be anything more. I mean the idea of a 70ft shark on the prowl has never been easy to swallow, and now that a gigantic ancient ...more
Jun 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
#4 MEG thriller/adventure series

This is OK if you're looking for a thriller featuring GIGANTIC (75 feet long, 100,000 lb., heads "as big as a garbage truck") sharks that survived since prehistoric times. If you like blood, mayhem, and graphic shark attacks, you'll like this book. BUT don't expect the details to make much sense! There are so many crazy "this makes NO sense" moments that it's laughable and totally takes the reader out of the story.

OK, so these HUGE fierce bad-ass uber sharks have
Anne Fontaine
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a girl just needs the good old-fashioned mayhem that only prehistoric biologicals on a rampage can provide. This is the fourth of Steve Alten's 'Meg' books, the action centered between the Tanaka Institute where Angel, a captured megaladon shark, is resident with her pups and the deep ocean environment where several new and ancient playmates reside. Jonas Taylor and his family are again faced with multiple crises on several fronts, their expertise with prehistoric sharks now being expl ...more
Katherine Coble
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
The entire thing is ridiculous. Written in a lurching, overly anxious present-tense style, the book has a grating voice. It seems lije it was researched entirely on Wikipedia and is full of rumours-masquerading-as-facts. I want to introduce the author to, so that he can let go of the urban legends he has peppered throughout the text.

But really, the worst part is that we have officially passed the point where the Taylors were any kind of sympathetic characters. I liked the first book,
Jan 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Didn't make it a quarter of the way through this stinker. I enjoyed the first few books in this series, but this went just went off the deep end. Silly convoluted plot (and that's saying something), way too many characters, and those that are there are either cardboard cutouts or stereotypical, and one too many contrived action scenes.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading the first three books in the series, I was not sure I wanted to read this one. What drew me to the book was the cover - it has a freaky-awesome picture of a child looking at the Meg [with a toy stuffed shark lying on the ground] and the Meg is looking back. On the hardback cover both individuals are facing each other. Much better effect! Best cover in the hardbound series so far!

After the first book, this was the best in holding my interest through the entire book. It was crazy! A
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the previous two. This one got back to the things I really enjoyed about the first book. I did again listen to a majority of this in audiobook, but I also picked up a physical copy from my library. The physical copy included pictures of the other animals mentioned in this installment, which were very interesting. Looking forward to the next one!
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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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“that, instead of being fused to the skull, hangs loosely beneath the brain case. This enables the upper jaw to push forward and hyperextend open—wide enough to engulf, and crush, an adult bull elephant. As if the size and voraciousness of its feeding orifice were not enough, nature has endowed this monster with a predatory intelligence, honed by 400 million years of evolution. Six distinct senses expose every geological feature, every current, every temperature gradient … and every creature occupying its domain. The predator’s eyes contain a reflective layer of tissue situated behind the retina. When moving through the darkness of the depths, light is reflected off this layer, allowing the creature to see. In sunlight, the reflective plate is covered by a layer of pigment, which functions like a built-in pair of sunglasses. While black in normally pigmented members of the species, this particular male’s eyes are a cataract-blue—a trait found in albinos. As large as basketballs, the sight organs reflexively roll back into the skull as the creature launches its attack on its prey, protecting the eyeball from being damaged. Forward of the eyes, just beneath the snout, are a pair of directional nostrils so sensitive that they can detect one drop of blood or urine in a million gallons of water. The tongue and snout provide a sense of taste and touch, while two labyrinths within the skull function as ears. But it is two other receptor organs that make this predator the master of its liquid domain. The first of these mid-to-long-range detection systems is the lateral line, a hollow tube that runs along either flank just beneath the skin. Microscopic pores open these tubes to the sea. When another animal creates a vibration or turbulence in the water, the reverberations stimulate tiny hairs within these sensory cells that alert the predator to the source of the disturbance—miles away! Even more sensitive are the hunter’s long-range receptor cells, located along the top and underside” 0 likes
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