Review: MEG: Nightstalkers by Steve Alten + Giveaway!

***The giveaway is now over, thanks to everyone who entered!***

A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Mogsy’s Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller

Series: Book 5 of MEG

Publisher: Tor (June 14, 2016)

Length: 368 pages

Author Information: Website | Twitter

Oh boy, this was exactly the kind of book I needed in my life.

Not that my current to-read list is lacking by any means, being well stocked with all kinds of offerings from mind-blowing cerebral science fiction to sweeping epic fantasies. But sometimes you just gotta kick back with some giant rampaging shark action, you know?

Hence, the Meg, short for Megalodon or Carcharodon megalodon, a species of prehistoric shark that lived more than 2.6 million years ago and makes its extant cousin the Great White look like a precious little baby.

Megalodon vs Great White

Thank all that is good and holy that these guys are extinct.

Steve Alten’s MEG series, the first book of which is soon to be adapted into a movie, follows the exciting and oftentimes terrifying underwater adventures of former US Navy deep sea diver Jonas Taylor and his family. Meg: Nightstalkers is the fifth novel of the sequence, though like all the other books it can be read perfectly fine on its own as a standalone. Being new to the series, I was grateful for the plentiful background information provided by the author which gently eased me back into this next chapter of the story. The first part technically began in the previous installment Meg: Hell’s Aquarium, and considering that it was published a little more than seven years ago, I am likely not the only reader who would appreciate all the recap details. Regardless, whether you’re a newcomer or just continuing the series, you shouldn’t have any problems at all.

The book starts off following a nightmare situation already underway, with Lizzy and Bela, the two massive Megalodon sisters, having been set loose from the marine facility owned by the Taylor and Tanaka families. They’ve been storming up the coast ever since, ultimately winding up in the Salish Sea off British Columbia. But while Jonas has his hands full trying to figure out how to recapture or kill the Megs, his son David is also dealing with some prehistoric sea monster problems of his own. After witnessing his girlfriend die in a gruesome attack, David has agreed to join the hunt for the creature responsible—a 120-foot, hundred-ton Liopleurodon which had escaped from its refuge in the Panthalassa Sea.

Liopleurodon

Because giant sharks obviously aren’t enough.

I’m not even going to try and pretend these books are anything more than they appear to be, nor will I deny the fact I read this simply out of pure guilty pleasure. The writing isn’t going to be raking in any awards. The plot is laughably absurd. The violence and gore is flagrantly gratuitous, the science lacks any kind of logic or credibility, and most of the characters are stupid arrogant blowhards with more balls than brains (plenty of shark fodder, yay!)

But man, did I have a helluva fun time with this one.

I’ll be the first to admit a weakness for the kinds of creature features made popular during the 70s and 80s, or those cheesy made-for-TV horror films featuring animals running amok or going on killing sprees. Meg: Nightstalkers felt a lot like the book version of that, and to be honest, I wasn’t about to pass up a chance to read about gigantic prehistoric sea monsters swimming around wreaking havoc on quaint seaside properties, sinking a bunch of boats, and devouring a crap ton of people.

Every once in a while I’ll find myself in a mood for an unassuming and shamelessly pulpy novel like this one, just to let loose and have fun. And I have to say, I was extremely satisfied to get my five hours of guts-splattering, blood-spewing terror and entertainment out of this book. From its fascinating intro to that explosive ending worthy of Jurassic World, I enjoyed every moment. Will it be for everyone? Probably not. But as the old saying goes, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. With books like these, what you see is what you get, which can be unbelievably refreshing and cathartic. I feel that my reading routine is made much richer by mixing in light and fun offerings on occasion, the sort of stuff that doesn’t take itself too seriously. When I get the chance to sneak them in between my longer heavier reads, they can be a real treat. After my experience with Nightstalkers, I would definitely read more MEG books. In fact, I’ve already placed a hold on the first one at my library.

So, when you’re heading out to the beach this summer, to hell with the other beach-goers who’ll probably give you and this book funny looks! Consider packing along a copy in your day bag. You’ll have a great time…even if you’ll want to stay out of the water.

4-stars

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MEG: Nightstalkers Book and Cover Poster
Giveaway

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Look at it, you know you want it. Well, good news! The novel can be read as a standalone, and Tor Books has very generously offered The BiblioSanctum an opportunity to host a giveaway for a physical copy of the book MEG: Nightstalkers plus a poster of that badass cover you see there. This giveaway is open to residents in the US and Canada. To enter, all you have to do is send an email to bibliosanctum@gmail.com with your Name and valid Mailing Address using the subject line “MEGALODON MADNESS” by 11:59pm Eastern time on Friday, June 24,  2016. 

Only one entry per household, please. The winner will be randomly selected when the giveaway ends and then be notified by email. All information will only be used for the purposes of contacting the winner and sending them their prize. Once the giveaway ends all entry emails will be deleted.

So what are you waiting for? Enter to win! Good luck!

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18 Comments on “Review: MEG: Nightstalkers by Steve Alten + Giveaway!

  1. I can’t imagine ever reading a book like this yet for some reason, I really want to pick it up. I guess we all have those books that are guilty pleasures, just like some TV shows. I am loving that cover and I have decided I want to read Jaws before the year is out so maybe I am on to a new trend.

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    • Yeah, being in open water creeps me out! I don’t even know how I managed to get my scuba diving certification years ago, nowadays I prefer staying in the shallows no further than five feet from the shore thank you very much! 🙂

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  2. “five hours of guts-splattering, blood-spewing terror and entertainment ” heh …. I have to confess, I don’t know if I’ve ever read a horror book that could be described like that ( I tend to go for the more psychological/emotional ones…. I think. It’s either that or my perspective is crazy out of whack). Glad you enjoyed it!

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    • I love horror novels of all kinds, from the psychological thrillers to the cheesy campy variety…I have to say creature thrillers have a special place in my heart though 🙂 I can’t do them all the time, but they are a nice treat once in a while!

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    • Haha, I don’t know what’s worse, giant sharks or giant spiders. Well, I guess spiders are worse since to avoid sharks all you have to do is stay out of the water. It’s funny that you mention it though, one of the books I’ll be reading and reviewing soon is The Hatching…which is about, yep you guessed it, giant spiders….

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  3. Ha ha, I completely understand. I read a Steve Alten book called Vostok a couple of years ago for a blog tour, and it was (honestly) ridiculous, but I couldn’t put it down! Super entertaining, a popcorn read for sure:-)

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  4. “I’m not even going to try and pretend these books are anything more than they appear to be, nor will I deny the fact I read this simply out of pure guilty pleasure. The writing isn’t going to be raking in any awards. The plot is laughably absurd. The violence and gore is flagrantly gratuitous, the science lacks any kind of logic or credibility, and most of the characters are stupid arrogant blowhards with more balls than brains (plenty of shark fodder, yay!)”

    You had me at hello.

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  5. I had no idea that Tor published Steve Alten. Impressive! I’ve still only read Loch by, but how I felt about it was essentially the same as how you describe for Meg. And that good! Because based off of only reading Loch, since then, I’ve wanted to check out all of his series.

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    • I think they bought the series and have been publishing re-editions of books 1 to 4 and then this fifth novel finally hit this summer after being delayed for a long time. I heard they’d wanted it s release to coincide with the movie, but I guess they couldn’t push it back any further (the movie will be out in 2017 or 2018 last I checked). And I’ve heard about The Loch, I want to check that out now too!

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