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Publisher's Summary

In this fifth installment of the New York Times best-selling Meg series, Meg: Nightstalkers picks up where Meg: Hell's Aquarium left off.

Bela and Lizzy, the dominant megalodon siblings from Angel's brood, have escaped the Tanaka Institute to roam the Salish Sea in British Columbia. While Jonas Taylor and his friend Mac attempt to either recapture or kill the "sisters," Jonas' son, David, embarks on his own adventure, motivated by revenge.

Having witnessed his girlfriend's gruesome death, David has joined a Dubai prince's ocean expedition, tracking the 120-foot, hundred-ton Liopleurodon that escaped from the Panthalassa Sea. Haunted by night terrors, David repeatedly risks his life to lure the Lio and other prehistoric sea creatures into the fleet's nets, all while battling his own suicidal demons.

Steve Alten weaves these storylines together in a thriller that culminates in a final showdown between the most dangerous predators ever to inhabit the planet.

©2016 Steve Alten (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A bit of a mess

I have no words for how desperately I wanted to love this book. I've been a faithful fan for probably twenty years but unfortunately Night Stalkers is a convoluted mess. Too many characters, subplots and far too much time without prehistoric sharks. And don't get me started about space time continuum / butterfly effect. I only stuck with this book because I've been reading the series from day one.

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Alten Knows How To Bring The Action

I've been a reader of the MEG series for quite some time.  I remember picking the first MEG book out at the local library in my hometown and thinking "what the heck is this?" I was enthralled. I grew up loving dinosaurs and sharks and this felt like the perfect combination of the two.  Fast-forward probably 10-15 years and you have me now - I still love dinosaurs and sharks and now the MEG series.  Alten has been writing these for years now and I've enjoyed each one of them in their own way. In book four (Hell's Aquarium) Alten introduces not only a new character but a whole new group of them from an underwater lake. Nightstalkers picks up where that left off (with a slight intro that got me back up to speed).  And just goes pedal to the metal from that point on.

Nightstalkers is right on par with the other MEG books along with Alten's non-MEG books.  There was even a small scene that would end up being a hint to his newer book Undisclosed (zero-point energy).  Alten knows how to weave ancient history (old dinos/sharks/animals/fish) and technology into a seamless and entertaining joyride of a book.

Nightstalkers is full of action and a lot of "breath-holding" scenes where you're really not sure how anyone is going to make it out alive. I like books like that.  Sure, sometimes they can be mindless, but every time Nightstalkers would slip into that Alten would throw a curveball with some new science or technology.

I also particularly liked that one of the characters had Parkinson's - since Alten himself also has this ailment.  It just felt like a nice inclusion and a way to write about it without shoving it in your face (it wasn't the main character or anything like that).

Overall, MEG: Nightstalkers was an action-past, slightly mindless, entertaining piece of fiction.  What more would you expect featuring prehistoric sharks!?

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So bad it is offensive. *MINOR SPOILERS*

What a mess. Alten has never been a good writer, but the previous books in this series were entertaining. This book is a moronic chaos of sharks, whales, dinosaurs and time travel(!!!). The time travel plotline comes out of the blue, but is then more or less forgotten later. Alten gets lost in his own story. Women has always been tits with legs in the series, but this book is even worse. Alten seems to view all women as prositutes. It is, frankly, revolting.
Keith Szarabajka is a great narrator, but he can't make a scottish accent. It sounds horrible when he tries.
This will be my last Alten book.

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Love this series.

Love this series. Keeps getting better with each book. Keep up the great work Steve.

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Another brilliant entry!

As for the 5th story of the meg series by steve Alten excellent installment awesome!

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Meg and Co

The MEG series is getting a little long in the tooth. I feel a MEGs in space story around the corner. If they do it though, I will read it. I’ve loved all of Steve’s books since the first. I’m a disciple. It is getting tough to make these MEG books fresh though. If you enjoyed the others you’ll enjoy this. Chomp.

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Not my favorite of the series

I have loved each book leading up to book 5; however this book was a tad difficult to follow as there were multiple stories lines finally ending the final 10 minutes of the book where it all tied together. Not my favorite, but not horrible. Looking forward to book 6 this July.

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Gotta read them all

Great series! Recommend it to anyone enjoying Jaws type books . Can't wait for the movie!

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Giant sharks and more. what more do you want?

I just love the meg series. So I am a little bias here.
I will say I'm getting a little tired of old man superman Jonas, since they will reference his aging body and then have that no impede him ever again in the story. Still, its a fun read.

I am a little annoyed with the accents being given characters though. Mac and Zach didn't have Scottish accents since they are both born and raised Americans. However, I suppose you could say Zach built his accent up from his wife and moving back to the highlands. Still weird though. I listened to a whole book where he spoke like full on American.

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Should have stopped at book 2

The book starts with David (Jonas' son) recuperating from attempted suicide after losing his girlfriend (Dubai prince sent her to keep tabs on David) of 1 week at the end of the last book. David and his friend immediately jump on a plane to Dubai so he can hunt for and get revenge on the Liopleurodon that killed said girlfriend. I guess he really wasn't that broke up over the previous girlfriend's death because once he gets to Dubai he meets a new love interest that he jumps straight into bed with and falls in love with (Dubai prince sent her to keep tabs on David, again).

Then we have mention of Angel's 2 megalodon children that were released by bad guys into the wild in the last book. They go on a rampage and kill some more people then, just for fun, a 60 year woman gets thrown into the story and just for kicks decides she wants to swimming with the 2 female megalodons. She has a photographer there to show the world that the megs aren't dangerous. The photographer gets pictures of the woman holding on to he dorsal fin of one of he Meg's swimming with it and in the next shot the woman is in the jaws of the Meg waving at the photographer. Of course she got eaten and the photographer decides to get in the water so he can get underwater pictures of the Megs. I shouldn't have to tell you, but he got eaten too.

Then we go to whales chasing David and his new love interest while they are in their super fast mini-sub, to the liopleurodon chasing the sub and the whale. The liopleurodon ends up getting killed... we think.

At the end of the book, everyone is back at the Tanaka Institute where everything and everyone comes together, even the liopleurodon. Jonas has decided to get out of the Meg business by selling the Tanaka Institute. The problem is he has made deals with two different buyers. One of he buyers shows up with one of the Meg sisters captured and the other sister following. Jonas and the Dubai prince (the other buyer) have brought a liopleurodon pup and a Miocene whale to store in the institutes aquarium. Then all hell breaks loose. The big liopleurodon (that was supposed to be dead) shows up and attacks the captive Meg and her sister which makes David angry because he raised the sisters since they were pups in the aquarium and of course he hates the liopleurodon because it ate his 1st girlfriend. David jumps in one of the super mini-subs and discovers the batteries are almost dead but he remembers the sub has hydrogen fuel tanks. His inner monolog tells him he could use an 8 second burn from the fuel tanks to escape the charging liopleurodon "but it would probably launch him buried nose first into the 7th row of the bleachers killing himself and God knows how many innocent people but he has no choice." Just as he ignites the fuel tanks the big liopleurodon appears in front of him with hyper-extended jaws and the sub is launched into the mouth of the monster through its gullet out the other side opening up a 2nd anus.....DONE. I can't take anymore of his.

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  • Nicholas facer
  • 04-27-18

amazing ending

not the best build up and there were moments where it went a little "out there" with the science fiction. the ending however was surprising and very satisfying.

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  • Steph H
  • 07-31-21

Fun

I enjoyed relistening to this series, still got issues with the constant push of evolution. But if you can turn that off it's quite enjoyable.

The narrator has some annoying habits, mispronunciation of archipelago and a few other words. Later in the series his accents end up all over the place, especially when he's swapping between Scottish and Arabic accented English.

Will come back to it as and when I want a mindless listen.

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  • Daniel James Edward Baldwin
  • 08-12-19

extinction isnt forever

the book I loved and made me sad when the sisters died but the fact it links with the loch means there is a shared universe. I mean I want to see a Megalodon fight the loch ness monster

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  • john
  • 02-23-19

excellent

as all the Steve Alten books I've listened to quality reads that give an excellent understanding of the story

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  • Alex Pritchard
  • 10-19-18

cool story, gets a bit trippy in the middle though

great story, however (spolier) the time dreams and time travel theme was a bit odd

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  • Craig D
  • 07-07-18

**SPOILER ALERT**

First the non-spoiler part:
It's a typical 'Meg' book in that 90% of the action happens in the last 5 chapters, which the reviews on all the books in the series show.

*SPOILER ALERT - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!*
OK so I've read book 1 (almost 20 years ago!) and 4 recently which I really enjoyed so carried on with the series. Book 5 very much starts off in the same vein as 4, and I enjoyed it as such, until something happens in the final third which just seemed so out of nowhere and quite frankly ridiculous - time travel.
I know this is a sci fi novel and it's a bit rich saying time travel is ridiculous in a sci fi novel, but bear with me here - this is a sci fi novel about giant sea monsters, you accept that level of 'ridiculousness' is normal in this universe when you decide to pick up the book, but to randomly throw in a time travel sub plot practically out of nowhere in book 5 of a series that for 4.5 books has been exclusively about giant sea monsters feels more like a convenient plot point than anything else. It's not very well explained how it happens, and the other characters seem to accept the fact that time travel is possible practically immediately.
I still enjoyed it and basically ignored this sub plot point for the rest of the book, as the rest of the concept is great. I'm going to read book 6 too because I do like this series, but if they try and continue this time travel malarkey if a book 7 ever comes out I won't be reading it!

Oh and on a final note - the narrators attempts at accents, particularly his Scottish one, are comically bad, but just grin and bear it, its still a good book! :)

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  • Lara and dave
  • 06-03-17

intresting

i found this a mòst intresting knolageable
a very enjoyable even griping
a good series
well worth it

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  • Dan
  • 10-18-16

Superb, one small problem

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a fantastic addition to the Meg Series, the story is extremely well written as you would expect from Steve Alten. The only draw back to this audiobook is the fact that the rest of the Meg series is not available on audiobook here, also the inclusion of Vostok and the Loch would also be a great addition as it would tie in characters from Nightstalkers. Well worth the investment A+++

What other book might you compare Meg: Nightstalkers to, and why?

The Meg Series, Jaws etc

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The original Meg, is being made into a film, just hope it stays true to the book

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  • luke leglise
  • 03-29-19

great book

loved it awesome book for a great series can't wait to see what happens next

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 04-13-18

Terrible DNF

Couldn’t finish this one. Three hours to go and I couldn’t take any more.

It went off on a ridiculous tangent that had absolutely nothing to do with recapturing or killing the Megs.





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Time travel. WTF.