Hello Gemmies! It's Creature Feature Friday and today I am highlighting the first book in my all time favorite creature feature series by Steve Alten.....MEG A Tale Of Deep Terror. That's right, I am a Meg Head! It's always sea monster reading season, but there is nothing better than sitting on the beach reading a great sea monster tale. I absolutely love sharks so of course I became immediately obsessed with MEG A Tale of Deep Terror. This scientific horror fiction was a lot of fun to read!
MEG A Tale of Deep Terror is the first book in a series about Carcharodon Megalodon (aka The MEG) a prehistoric relative of the Great White Shark. Once thought extinct, a group of scientists exploring the Mariana Trench unwittingly release one of these Behemoth's from the ocean's depth's to terrorize the surface world. Steve Alten has created a unique story full of fun science facts, pulse pounding action, an unlikely hero, a cheeky best friend, and an array of character's you just root for The MEG to eat! Now I must put a disclaimer in, this story was originally published in 1997. I found the portrayal of women to be extremely sexist and the descriptions of the Asian characters to be a bit cringe worthy. I'm hoping that is due to the time of when it was originally published and will not continue as the series progresses. That's the only thing keeping this for being a full 5 star review for me.
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. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds.
Written off as a crackpot suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Taylor refuses to forget the depths that nearly cost him his life. With a Ph.D. in paleontology under his belt, Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. 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 A tale Of Deep Terror was recently made into a movie and a sequel is currently being worked on. If you did not enjoy the first movie I urge you to give the book a try. The book storyline is very different and even more action packed! If you love killer sharks, marine biology nerd fiction, and deep sea adventures go read this book! Published by Doubleday, MEG a Tale of Deep Terror is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give MEG a Tale of Deep Terror 4 out of 5 gems. I hope you will give this creature feature classic a try! Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!