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4.5 out of 5 stars
Honestly, I can't write a better synopsis than the one that was already written. There is something in the deep. Something large. Something hungry. Something prehistoric. And Team Grendel must find it, fight it, and kill it. Kinsey Thorne, the first female US Navy SEAL candidate has hit rock bottom. Having washed out of the Navy, she turned to every drink and drug she could get her hands on. Until her father and cousins, all ex-Navy SEALS themselves, offer her a way back into the life: as part of a private, elite combat Team being put together to find and hunt down an impossible monster in the Indian Ocean. Kinsey has a second chance, but can she live through it?
The narration for Mega was done by Lee Strayer who does a really nice job. He gave each character a slightly different voice while still making it easy to listen to and follow along. Strayer provides the perfect pacing and speed to move this fast deep sea thriller along.
Mega wasn't just about a shark or sharks. It was definitely an introduction to characters and premises that I think will be continued through the next books in the series. There is nothing at all wrong with that because Bible sprinkles in more than enough action to make this a thrilling book.
The characters in Mega are extremely well thought out. They are all there for a reason, all have some sort of backstory that makes sense to the story. I love when an author can do that without taking up hundreds of pages at the same time.
Overall, Mega was really great. I've read other books in this genre and this follows the same pacing and storytelling but still feeling a little different and new. MEG by Steve Alten was one of my all-time favorite books and I was worried this would be too close, but it took a totally different direction with the same type of shark.
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Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will, at the most inconvinent time.
That seems to be the theme of “Mega: Deep Sea Thriller. From the first page to nearly the last that is what happens.
Ex-SEAL, Darren Chambers, hoped he had his financial problems in hand. OOPS, the bank repos his ship and leaves him and his crew high and dry.
Here comes Mr. Balentine, corporate money man with his own agenda, and his bodyguard Darby(female ex-Mosad).
Balentine hires Darren and his men to aid in the rescue of kidnapped sailors from Somali pirates. Then they would search for the monster whale that Darren has been looking for. He even makes Darren the captain of his new, larger, research ship named “Beowolf II”. Which BTW also has all the equipment and files from Darren’s old ship. (Don’t ask what happened to Beowolf I)
Balentine has also hired a team of ex-Seals, named them his Team Grendel, to run the rescue operation. Yup, Murphy’s Law.
At least none of them got killed, this time
This book is so filled with corporate intrigue, backstabbing, lies, and bickering you might think you were in a session of Congress.
The banter among the crew and Seals is quite funny at times. I liked the twins best.
There are so many people to try to keep track of it is almost a relief when some of them are taken out.
Oh yes, there is a really big shark too and don’t forget the really big whale that Darren is searching for, and when they find them, it’s action,adventure, blood, and terror.
This book has it all and it is also fun to read, in this case listen too. The narrator was fantastic. He really got into it bringing the characters to life. I like it so much I kept repeating parts. The production of the audio was flawless. I’m going to get Bible’s other books.
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