Steve Alten
AUTHOR

Steve Alten

Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University. Struggling to support his family of five, he decided to pen a novel he had been thinking about for years. Working late nights and on weekends, he eventually finished MEG; A Novel of Deep Terror. Steve sold his car to pay for editing fees. On September (Friday) the 13th, 1996, Steve lost his general manager's job at a wholesale meat plant. Four days later his agent had a two-book deal with Bantam Doubleday.

MEG would go on to become the book of the 1996 Frankfurt book fair, where it eventually sold to more than a twenty countries. MEG hit every major best-seller list, including #19 on the New York Times list (#7 audio), and became a popular radio series in Japan.

Steve's second release, The TRENCH (Meg sequel) was published by Kensington/Pinnacle in 1999 where it also hit best-seller status. His next novel, DOMAIN and its sequel, RESURRECTION were published by St. Martin's Press/Tor Books and were runaway best-sellers in Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Italy, with the rights selling to more than a dozen countries.

Steve's fourth novel, GOLIATH, received rave reviews and was a big hit in Germany. It is being considered for a TV series. MEG: Primal Waters was published in the summer of 2004. A year later his seventh novel, The LOCH, hit stores -- a modern-day thriller about the Loch Ness Monster. Steve's eighth novel, The SHELL GAME, is about the end of oil and the next 9/11 event. The book was another NY Times best-seller, but the stress of penning this real-life story affected Steve's health, and three months after he finished the manuscript he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Steve's ninth novel, MEG: Hell's Aquarium, is considered to be the best of the best-selling MEG series. Steve says his best novel is GRIM REAPER: End of Days. The story, a modern-day Dante's Inferno, takes place in New York when a man-made plague strikes Manhattan. The release date was 10-10-10. His eleventh novel. PHOBOS: Mayan Fear is the third in the Domain series and will debut in the Fall of 2011 (Tor/Forge).

Steve's novels are action-packed and very visual. He has optioned DOMAIN, MEG and The LOCH to film producers. Steve has written six original screenplays. His comedy, HARLEM SHUFFLE was a semi-finalist in the LA screenwriting contest, his psychological thriller, STRANGLEHOLD, was selected as a finalist at the Philadelphia film festival and his reality series, HOUSE OF BABEL won at Scriptapalooza. He has also created a TV Drama, PAPA JOHN, based on his years coaching basketball with hall of Fame coach John Chaney.

Over the years, Steve has been inundated with e-mail from teens who hated reading ...until they read his novels. When he learned high school teachers were actually using his books in the classroom (MEG had been rated #1 book for reluctant readers) Steve launched Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read. Teachers who register for the program (it's free) receive giant shark posters, free curriculum materials, student-author correspondence, an interactive website, and classroom conference calls/visits with the author. To date, over 10,000 teachers have registered, and the success rate in getting teens to read has been unprecedented. Steve now spends half his work week working with high schools. For more information click on www.AdoptAnAuthor.com

As an author, Steve has two goals. First, to continue to work hard to become a better storyteller and create exciting page turning thrillers. Second, to remain accessible to his readers. Steve reads and answers all e-mails, uses the names and descriptions of his loyal fans as characters in all his novels, and even hires readers as editors, depending on their particular expertise.

For more information, contact the author at Meg82159@aol.com
or go to www.SteveAlten.com


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Best Sellers

    • Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror with Meg: Origins

    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

    On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great read!

    • By Max on 05-19-17

    Regular price: $20.72

    • The Trench

    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Bruce Reizen
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 639
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 570
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 568

    Its appetite is ravenous. Its teeth scalpel-sharp. Its power unstoppable....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good!

    • By Nathan on 04-25-11

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Meg: Generations

    • The Meg Series, Book 6
    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    Book six in the best-selling Meg series picks up after Meg: Nightstalkers with David Taylor in the Salish sea, attempting to locate and rescue any surviving Megalodon pups....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not horrible

    • By Heather L Andersen on 08-08-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Meg: Primal Waters

    • The Meg Series, Book 3
    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 320

    Eighteen years have passed since Jonas Taylor last crossed paths with Carcharodon megalodon. Now a middle-aged father of two, he is overwhelmed by mountains of bills....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok, but not the best of this series

    • By Julia on 02-05-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Meg: Nightstalkers

    • The Meg Series, Book 5
    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295

    Bela and Lizzy, the dominant megalodon siblings from Angel's brood, have escaped the Tanaka Institute to roam the Salish Sea in British Columbia....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Alten Knows How To Bring The Action

    • By Brian on 04-01-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Meg: Hell’s Aquarium

    • The Meg Series, Book 4
    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260

    Tanaka Institute, Monterey, CA: Angel, the recaptured 76-foot, 100,000-pound Megalodon, has birthed a litter of pups - five females - far too numerous and aggressive to keep in one pen....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • MOVIE

    • By Marsha on 12-19-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Loch

    • The Loch Series, Book 1
    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 585
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 585

    Loch Ness holds secrets, ancient and deadly. Does a monster inhabit its depths, or is it just myth? Why, after thousands of reported sightings and dozens of expeditions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Susannah French on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Vostok

    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 250
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 223

    Marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice to discover Mesozoic life-forms long believed extinct....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Id have to say I was greatly disappointed

    • By Stevie Havoc on 01-26-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Sharkman

    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 732
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 684
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 679

    Kwan Wilson was a high school basketball star living in San Diego when a tragic accident changed his life in ways no one could predict. He only looked at his phone for a few seconds....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • There are a lot of fantastic books in the world,

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Grim Reaper

    • End of Days
    • By: Steve Alten
    • Narrated by: Michael Braun
    • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Dante's Inferno, his depiction of hell, was written while Europe was suffering through war, famine, the corruption of the Church, and the evils of the pogrom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great

    • By Lisa on 08-22-18

    Regular price: $27.97

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