The Trench by Steve Alten

The TrenchThe second book in Steve Alten’s Meg series, The Trench, is good fun, but it is not what I expected it to be. The prehistoric Great White Shark, the Megalodon, is an antagonist in this book, but it is not the antagonist like it was in the first book. Did that take away from my enjoyment of it? The jury is still out on that one. I’ll explain more below.

I was excited to read this book after finishing the first one, as it kind of set me off on a Meg kick. I did watch The Meg, by the way. It was just okay. I loved the shark, and it had some creepy moments, but I don’t think the producers, director, and actor got Jonas right, and that was a big deal to me. I just didn’t care about him; it didn’t matter to me whether he lived or died, and I wasn’t rooting for him like I have been in the books. This story needs a hero the audience cares about. The books have one. This book has two.

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Meg by Steve Alten

MegI love sharks. I will read anything with a shark on the cover. A book about the Megalodon, ancestor of the Great White Shark? Yes, please. I picked up and read this book around 2010. I still have the physical copy I read on my bookshelf. I didn’t remember much of it, but I remember enjoying it a lot, and I want to read the sequels, so I gave it a reread. It’s as good as I remember.

This book is a whirlwind of a read. It starts heavy and it keeps up its intensity to the end. I read huge chunks of the book in a sitting because I found it so difficult to put down. It reads like a movie, carefully plotted, with excitement at every turn. I hear this book has been made into a movie, and I kind of want to watch it, but I doubt it will be as good as this book.

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