Hello Gemmies! I have an entertaining audiobook review to share with you today. I absolutely love sharks so I decided to give MEGA by Jake Bible a try. Man am I glad I did! This book took me by complete surprise! Jake has seamlessly blended the military thriller, science fiction, action, humor, and horror, genres into one roller coaster thrill ride! MEGA was a lot of fun to read!
MEGA is the first book in the MEGA series. We follow a privately funded elite combat team made up of mostly ex navy seals to find and hunt down an impossible monster in the Indian Ocean. The action starts right from the first chapter and it is quickly evident that not all is as it seems and there are plots within plots. At times you are left wondering, who's the bigger monster? Man or Beast? Jake Bible has created a unique story full of pulse pounding action, including a band of unlikely hero's, cheeky humor, and an array of character's you just root for the shark to eat! The character development is where I think this book really shines. You will fall in love with this group of misfits. They are flawed, funny, and brave.
The world building is also very well done. There is a lot of military and weaponry details added in that make the story feel authentic. There are a few light science facts sprinkled in as well. Now I must put a disclaimer in, I would have liked a lot more science and shark carnage, but that is the fake marine biologist in me LOL. It does not take away from the story at all.
MEGA is narrated by one person, Neil Hellegers. Neil did a brilliant job bringing all of these characters to life. He is able to add enough differentiation to his voice to give each character a unique personality. The pacing was perfect and the story never felt rushed. Neil also gave just the right amount of snark to convey the sarcastic humor sprinkled throughout the book.
If you love killer sharks, military action, weapons, flawed characters, dark humor, marine biology nerd fiction, and deep sea adventures go read this book! Published by Severed Press, MEGA is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give MEGA 4 out of 5 gems. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. Happy Reading!