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An underwater luxury hotel on a gorgeous tropical island is set for an extravagant opening weekend with the world watching. The only thing standing in the way of a first-rate experience for the jet-setting VIPs is an unscrupulous businessman and 60 feet of prehistoric shark. As the underwater complex is besieged by a marauding behemoth, newly minted marine biologist Coco Keahi must face off against the ancient predator as it rises from the deep with a vengeance. Meanwhile, a human monster has decided he would be better off if Coco were one of the creature's victims.

©2015 Rick Chesler (P)2016 Rick Chesler

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  • Kathren
  • Dayton, NV, United States
  • 05-06-16

JAWS on steriods!

I enjoyed this book and the concept of the hotel. I would stay there if they got rid of the Megalodon. The idea,story, was believable and the description of island and sea great. The narration was good and characters well developed. I find it hard to believe, though, that a young girl straight out of school was able to pull this off. Her age, experience (or lack of it) and maturity do NOT match the heroine in real life. I just added 10 years to her life and went on to enjoy the story.

I was gifted this book by the author in return for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast. Thanks

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I really enjoyed this book

I really enjoyed this book. At first, it felt a bit clunky because you are starting midway through the story of the hotel, but it quickly becomes an interesting thriller. All the secondary and minor characters (that is, anyone not Coco or White) are extreme versions of cardboard cutouts. There is a very minor romantic plot that seems to have started as a bigger plot line, but was left dangling. You get names occasionally, but more often you get titles/positions or broad descriptions. Doesn't really matter because most of these people will die in horrific ways.

Andrew Tell did a really good job narrating. He has a good voice and pace for thrillers. Even his female voices are pretty good.

One thing I would like to see is a short story about the fallout from this event. Because it was hard to connect to the characters, I really connected to the idea of what was going to happen after the event. It could be told with newspaper articles, news stories, and trial transcripts. Have Tell narrate and I would totally buy it.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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Megalodon Madness

To have a chance at liking this book you have to like campy SF. It’s not quite as ridiculous as Sharknado but it’s close. Sharknado is meant to be tongue-in-cheek silly. This isn’t. But it is. From the marine biologist who can’t recognize a shark when she sees one to the hotel guests who seem pretty calm about their underwater hotel being smashed by a prehistoric shark, nothing was believable. That said, I didn’t stop listening. And I was entertained. Give it a whirl but don’t expect Jaws.

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Sharktastic!

This was so much fun!!! Such a cheesy concept but excellently executed! After listening to this, I went and checked out the authors other works only to see that he wrote another book I thoroughly loved, Jurassic Dead, which involves Zombie Dinosaurs ;) Well this one involves an extinct (well thought to be) giant shark called Megalodon.

I loved the plot and setting of this! A luxury hotel built under water, with lots of supposedly bullet proof glass, sure what could possible go wrong!! Despite planning for all likely scenarios, like storms, earthquakes etc, how is one supposed to plan for a shark over 60 long and intent on getting to the delicious food inside the hotel, and I'm not talking about the canapes!!! What can you do against such a beast? Well, that's the question that Coco, the marine biologist has to answer since her boss is such an a$$hole and only cares about his precious hotel.

The author really brought the shark and ocean to life in his descriptive writing. I had no problem picturing the scenes and even believing them! The explanation about how an extinct shark could possibly survive is plausible (well once you suspend belief that is ;) Lol) and tied into the story really well. I flew through the book and had a hard time unplugging because I needed to see what happened next!

In all, this was an entertaining, engaging and addicting read. With plenty of action and plenty of scenes to have you on the edge of your seat, this is a must read. I so want to see this as a movie!!

This isn't the first book I've listened to that's read by Andrew Tell, and it definitely won't be my last. Even though a lot of this book is told through a female perspective, I never felt that a female narrator would of been better, Andrew Tell did an amazing job of bringing this book to life. He really brought the tenseness to another level and made for effortless listening.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*

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A very disappointing rip-off of Steve Altons' "Meg

with a lead character named Coco, shoulda known, bad purchase. I don't recommend this book

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Meh

The female protagonist is basically an idiot. She's a marine biologist, not a Navy Seal. So I wasn't sure why she kept going back to the hotel to try and save people. Especially, after someone tries to kill her. You would think that after a person tried to off you, you wouldn't keep doing whatever this person tells you to do but this woman does. Honestly, she was so stupid she deserved to die. Her character was so annoyingly stupid that it just ruined the book for me. Also, the ending didn't really resolve the situation for me.

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I've read fanfics written by teenagers that were better than this book. The characters, the dialogue just awful. The only good thing was the narrator. He did a good job for the most part.

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  • LuAnn
  • Clinton, Iowa, United States
  • 10-27-16

Good thing there's a return policy.

What would have made Hotel Megalodon better?

If the characters weren't so idiotic.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Haven't a clue but I doubt anything from this author or narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

The characters are mostly on dimensional. I like books that are sci-fi or contains people in survival situations of any kind so I can go along with a wide variety of plots but this one has me looking at my ipod saying "really?' a lot, it's almost to painful to listen to. I wont even finish it, its going to be returned.

What character would you cut from Hotel Megalodon?

All of them but the shark.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this book. I don't return books very often even if I know I wont listen to them again. This one isn't worth the space it's taking up on my ipod. I usually try to listen to them all the way through but this one isn't worth my time.

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Takes suspension of disbelief to ridiculous level

While the premise is interesting, the plot was so bad I struggled to finish it. I periodically stopped to shout to myself, "This is so stupid!" Ridiculously, the shark had almost nothing to do with how idiotic the plot was.

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decent story. wording is child like and broken.

I had really high hopes the the MEG series. will look for a better suit to my taste.

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  • Graham Coe
  • 03-08-18

A good addition to the Megalodon genre

The story itself is good but feels somewhat like the writer watched Jaws 3 and decided to give it an update. Nothing really wrong with that but it's a little telegraphed in places.
performance is well done and keeps you listening.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 06-14-16

A great idea.

What did you like most about Hotel Megalodon?

I liked the ideas around a floating hotel that's costing so much that they make cuts/ tweaks as they are bringing it online that ultimately leads to problems when things hit the fan. Also the super shark idea. Who knows what lies in the depths?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Easily Coco. Clever and determined.

Have you listened to any of Andrew Tell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I did like the narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Coco having reached safety decides to go back into danger to help others. That takes courage!

Any additional comments?

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