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?
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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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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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Before reading this, I had read Jake's Z-Burbia and Blood Cruise, so I knew to expect a rollicking wild ride with quirky characters and some snark to offset the serious nature of the situation. This one doesn't disappoint. It has all the elements of a wild ride, with Giant sharks and whales, Somali Pirates, Ex-Navy SEALS, a Mysterious boss and his deadly, ex-Mossad assistant, and a boatload of corporate intrigue. Oh, did I mention GIANT SHARKS? A wild snarky ride, ably narrated by Lee Strayer, who nailed the characters and brought the story to life. Any fan of Jake's, or fans of books like MEG or Sahara should really enjoy this one.
For me the characters outshone the plot in this book. I really enjoyed their interactions and banter.
I felt the ending was a little drawn out compared to the pacing of the rest of the book. I almost wish it were the beginning of the next book, but I may change my mind when I start listening to the actual beginning.
There is a torture scene that ranks up there in my top 10 nastiest villain moments. I
There were a couple very human moments for the normally ultra-badass characters that really brought them home for me. I am really starting to see the depth of the authors fetish for special forces types, and since I do not really share it it is nice to have other handles into the story as well.
This book did not grab me as fast or as hard as Dead Mech or Z-Burbia did, and if it were my introduction to Jake Bible I might not have read much further. That being said it is still a lot of fun and I am intrigued to see where it goes. I do not read a lot of military thriller type books, but of what I have read in that genre this is my favorite, probably because of the authors slightly skewed sense of the fantastic.
super fast thrill ride plot from action packed fighting to drama of hardknock family love to surviving a battle against ocean pirates and MEGA enhanced killer sharks. and everyone Jonesing to do it again ....maybe
I wouldn't call it a deep sea thriller. They didn't really use a sub much. Great action points and overall a good book, but if you are looking for huge sharks with tons of action and deep in the depths of the sea I highly recommend the Meg: series.
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