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In the aftermath of a hurricane, a series of strange events plague the coastal waters off Florida. People go into the water and never return. Corpses of killer whales drift ashore, ravaged from enormous bite marks. A fishing trawler is found adrift, with a mysterious gash in its hull.

Transferred to the coastal town of Merit, police officer Leonard Riker uncovers the horrible reality of an enormous thresher shark lurking off the coast. Forty feet in length, it has taken a territorial claim to the waters near the town harbor. Armed with three-inch teeth, a scythe-like caudal fin, and unmatched aggression, the beast seeks to kill anything sharing the waters.

©2018 Michael Cole; Copyright 2018 by Severed Press (P)2019 Tantor

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Bloody Brilliant!

What a story! I was a little concerned in the first minute or 2 that it would be too vanilla. Just another giant animal story, and it is... but in a great way! The characters are deep and set up well, each with a rewarding back story. It has heroes, villains and anti-heros. There is a good twist and plenty of well paced action. I even got a shiver at one moment, no spoilers, but kids, boat, drone... chills!

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Pretty good.

It sort of grows on the reader as it progresses. Not bad at all although it has many inaccuracies about boats and marine biology.

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Great gory fun

Well read. Well written. Well worth the purchase.
I’m a fan of Jaws.
This is Jaws on steroids. Great characters of which I cared about/disliked/wanted to survive/wanted to be eaten.
Great monster, enough gore to quench my blood thirsty nature, and I’m very happy with my purchase.

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A Jawesome Read

If you love shark related stuff especially Jaws then you'll totally like Thresher. It knows that it's a silly concept but it has fun with it.

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Hmmmm......

Wanted to like this book, I love a creature feature but this book really does not offer anything new that has not been done better many times before. Stereotypical characters much like in a cheesy B movie, clunky dialogue and not enough shark. The story gets a little lost in the problems of the characters and where Benchley cleverly blurs the lines between who is the bigger Shark between his Great White and the greedy profiteers on the land unfortunately this is mess of “Dirty Harry” meets Jaws.

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love Jaws? you'll love this!

Small seaside town, a cover-up, a corrupt mayor, great characters, action, drama - highly recommended.

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Good story

I love a good creature story, and this didn't disappoint. Good story and good characters. Up there with jaws and the meg for me personally

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  • Malissa Williams
  • 26-08-19

WHAT A BRILLIANT SURPRISE!

I want to begin with the fact that even when I love the book, I normally do NOT write a full review! However, I could not stay silent about this!! I LOVE books like this!!
When I was much younger and the book “Meg” first came to the store shelves, I became addicted to this type of book. I honestly gave up on finding any other books that were like “Meg”, the “Loch” by Steve Alten, or like “Below” and “What Lurks Beneath” by Bryan Lockwood.
These books, while fiction, make you think that it actually COULD BE possible for these creatures to exist! These are the best type, in my opinion, and sadly, not every author can make the reader believe it the potential “what if’s”.
To my extreme surprise, Michael Cole and the “Thresher” lives up to Steve Alten, Ryan Lockwood, as well as Greg Beck with “Fathomless”, Paul E. Cooley with “The Black” series! Michael Cole was brilliant writing this book and Matt Godfrey remains one of my favorite narrators! Godfrey even pronounces the scientific terminology correctly! This book is worth the read and in listening!

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  • Joep1
  • 06-07-19

EXCITING....worth the listen.

This is truly a Summer beach read....today even without additives one must wonder what lies beneath in the Abyss...

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  • Jay
  • 25-07-19

Great Book

Story was interesting intriguing narration was flawless.
I recommend this to anyone who likes a good adventure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-19

Amazing

This story kept me hooked at the way to the epilogue. i will listen again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-05-19

chilling

loved it. looking for more from this author. Couldn't put it down today or yesterday

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  • aKc
  • 09-09-19

A rare unable to finish title.

The story might have had some potential. But it's poorly executed. The characters are bland. The situations are cookie cutter. The dialogue is cheesy. And every aspect is highly predictable. The performance doesn't help much either, it's pretty sub-par. I tried to give it a chance I really did but with 4 hours to go I just couldn't do it anymore.

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  • grnlite
  • 16-06-19

Outstanding character development.

I enjoyed this book a great deal. Character development very good. The narrator sounded like Clint Eastwood, which was great. A well done Dirty Harry clone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-19

Good book

I liked the book. It was not the greatest, but it kept my interest and I found myself cheereing for our heroes at the end. I gave 5 stars in each category. Not because it was fantastic, but because I want more from the writer. I see a good continuing storyline. Keep up the good work.

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  • MayBae
  • 24-06-21

Oi, what’s with the character names?

While I’m on my “animals behaving badly” kick (and trying to recover from the awfulness that was Peter Benchley’s Jaws), this seemed like a good pick. While thresher sharks don’t exactly instill fear (whether they are 80 feet long or not), this seemed like a well-fleshed out storyline as long as you can suspend reality a bit. The narrator wasn’t terrible and did at least have a wide repertoire of voices, although some were a bit nasally. The characters had plenty of background, although I struggle to understand the names. It’s obviously meant to be occurring in recent times, so I cannot fathom why the author named such characters as Leonard and Martha or Spud and Spike. The only guess I can make is that these are actual people that the author knows and wanted to pay homage to because finding middle-aged Leonard’s and Martha’s, and teenaged Spuds and Spikes in Present Day society is probably pretty slim. The names were probably the thing that bothered me the most about the story because they just didn’t fit and every time I heard them mentioned, it completely took me out of the story because it was just.so.stinking.unlikely. Other than that, while slower at times, it did keep me engaged for the full length and I will highly recommend over Jaws (the novel) any time someone is looking for a good shark thriller. And yes, I’ve listed to The Meg, and Thresher is far, far better than that one, too. The part of the story that wasn’t fiction was that corrupt politicians and media are motivated by money over truth and seems an especially poignant point during the times we currently live in. Point to Michael Cole for throwing that in there, too.

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  • Greg
  • 12-05-21

Thresher

Great story of human beings tampering with nature to grow bigger fish. In this case a small species of shark ingested some of this super growth hormone and grew to the size of megolodon. A thresher shark that terrorized a beach resort