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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.

Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub.

Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined, and what he finds could turn the tides bloody red until the end of time. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.

©1997, 2011 Steve Alten (P)2014 Tantor

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Let's pretend Sex Trafficking is funny

I had to stop reading this book when I got to Jonas' reunion with his good ole buddy Mac, who is now a sex trafficker in Saipan, only the author would have us believe that Mac isn't exploiting his "girls". Unlike all the other traffickers in Saipan, Mac is a genuine employer, presumably paying a living wage, and no doubt also offering paid holidays and a pension plan. We are told they have families to support. How he competes with the other traffickers who infest the CNMI and don't pay wages, selling young women until they can be thrown away I have no idea, but hey, this is a work of fiction, isn't it? Let's pretend there are good brothel keepers and go along with this and ignore it, along with all the other deeply troubling red flags that keep cropping up. Except of course when he has Mac say about some women he was exchanging with another trafficker, "Girls, Philippe: you sent me livestock. The fat broad weighed more than me, and the older one had no teeth." In other words, you cease being a human being when you gain weight and lose your teeth? If you still think referring to trafficked human beings as livestock is funny, visit the "Unheard no more" website and read about the reality of buying and selling people for sex in the CNMI from people who escaped. This one passage in the book is far more nauseating than the previous description of a shark attack. At least that wasn't played for laughs.

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Meg-nificent! 🦈

Absolutely loved this gripped from start to finish I can't wait to listen to the rest of them, sadly it seem The Trench (book 2) is missing from Audible so I'm gonna have to stop being lazy and actual read a book.

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Simply Brilliant

I had this book on paperback in the early 2003, it got me hooked, and much to my delight it turned into a series.

I have been waiting extremely patiently for this to come to audible, now if we could just have The Trench, and for Meg Generations to stop being pushed back and back and back I would be really impressed.

As for this Book it’s a true modern day epic, the new jaws, and yes, the film is coming out this year, so only 5 years later than was suggested!!

I love the effort that Steve puts into the research of the different elements, from marine life, to minerals and vegetation. The characters are nicely built up, with just the right amount of action and dialogue.

I have now bought all of Steve Allen’s books on audible except 2012 as I don’t speak German.

Many thanks for a great series, and really can’t wait for Generations

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Fantastical fun to listen to on holiday

I loved listening to this on holiday, it was perfect poolside listening though I will admit I was a bit nervous when snorkling !! If you loved Jaws or any sea creature thrillers then its for you.

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Painful narration

The book is as you'd expect - lots of teeth. Great idea for a story and enjoyable enough. The narration however was terrible. So monotonous that it was actually hard to follow what he was saying as there was no expression at all. And a weird timbre which was most distracting. Ruined the book for us unfortunately.

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Decent story, questionable narrator

The narrator was not the right choice here, he barely sounded interested, was quite off putting in comparison to the narrator who does all the sequels.

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No sMeg

I absolutely loved this audiobooks from beginning to end. And I even learned a thing or two about sharks. Never get into the boat or submersible for that matter. Loved the narration too.

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amazing story

it was a really good listen and loved the detail put in to this 👏

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Great for the dark hours in between sleep and dawn

Shark silliness, we should all have it, if you have seen a megaladon your dead already,

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Good book to get you're teeth into

If you like Jaws but need a bigger fish. Then this the book for you.