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Prehistoric Beasts and Where to Fight Them

Narrated by: S. W. Salzman
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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In the depths, something waits....

Acclaimed film director Jake Bentneus pilots a custom submersible to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Pacific, the deepest point of any ocean of Earth. But something lurks at the hot hydrothermal vents, a creature - a dinosaur - too big to exist. Gigadon. It not only exists, but it follows him, hungrily, back to the surface. Later, a barely living Bentneus offers a $1 billion prize to anyone who can find and kill the monster. His best bet is renowned ichthyopaleontologist Sean Muir, who had predicted adapted dinosaurs lived at the bottom of the ocean. But Muir is in solitary confinement at a maximum security prison for the death of his wife on a dive meant to confirm his theories. That doesn't matter - Jake Bentneus has the means to get Muir out. He also has the means to put him back in prison forever if he doesn't kill Gigadon. With a mind badly warped by a year in solitary confinement, can Muir solve the mystery of his wife's death while also traveling to the bottom of Challenger Deep to hunt and kill this impossible dinosaur? If he wants to remain a free man, he'll have to do both.

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Entertaining.

When famed film maker Jake Bentneus pilots a custom submersible to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Pacific, he finds that life does adapt and there is a hot hydrothermal vent at the bottom. Swimming in these thermals he discovers things that shouldn't exist. Pre-historic beasts. He sees Megladons but he also sees something that devours the Megladon in one bite. It's ginormous!! He names it Gigadon. In the Submersible Jake decides to get the heck out of there but the Gigadon follows him. Something happens to Jake and he barely survives. Now, a year after the accident, he offers a $1 billion reward to whomever kills Gigadon and brings his head to his hospital in Guam. Can they kill something that has adapted to live in the depths of the ocean?

I really enjoyed this! I went in with no expectations and ended up enjoying the ride. It's the type of book that reminds me of those movies on the sci-fi channel. You know the ones where you think they will be stupid, but you end up watching till the end and find that you enjoyed it. A guilty pleasure!!

Anyway, this was a fun and entertaining read. It's well written (if you suspend disbelief) and well researched. I love a good deep sea adventure, especially if there are prehistoric beasts in them and this one had them in bounds. There is a lot going on apart from the beasts. There is mystery, suspense and science. While the start of the book is slow enough, it plods along at a decent pace. I listened to it in two days!! The characters are varied and well developed. I pretty much liked them all. The descriptive writing was another plus. I could picture the dinosaurs perfectly!! It would make a good movie!!

In all, a good read and I must check out more from this author.

S. W. Salzman sounded like he enjoyed reading this. He was enthusiastic and energetic and it made for a great listen. He had plenty of tones and voices and even did the female voices really well. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance!!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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LOVED THIS BOOK!

Sea creatures! Peril! Action! This was a fun book! Narrator wasn't terrible. Yes I recommend it.

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Full of Easter eggs!!!

Fun, funny, enough (mostly real) science to satisfy nerds, & no unbelievable sappy love story.

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Join the Crew of the Spit

Everyone is on the hunt for gigadon the super huge beast that pretty much killed famed film director Jake Bentneus and who is now offering a one billion dollar prize to the person or team that brings him the head of gigadon, including his own dream team.

Author Navikov has a way with story telling. The non-stop action, suspense, and twists all were awesomely placed, with the horror sprinkled all around. The characters are all well defined and play well off of each other and if you have the audio narrated by S W Salzman than you are really in for a treat, as he has voices for each character and Slip Jack's voice is pretty cool. Salzman can easily suck you into the story like you are on Spit with the team, just by listening, his voice is mesmerizing, and well worth the audiobook.

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Trash

poorly written characters, badly done plot, and just worthless finish.

It got my hopes up with a good start, but quickly spiraled into crap about half way in. Narrator was good, and the idea interesting for a cheap knock off moby dick. But this book is not worth its price. Characters operate on this stupid insane crap ideas. Refund time.

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Good to start out with, devolves considerably

Let me first say that if you're writing a scifi book with completely absurd, nonsensical science, pretending to explain it in a way that makes even less logical sense is not the angle you want to go for. The science in this story is probably the worst I've ever seen bar a couple of outliers.

But, in the beginning, it's interesting enough, and the characters are engaging. I'd say I'd give the story 4 stars if one scene in particular had been removed in editing... but that one scene alone adds a ludicrous dogpile of plotholes that the story never gets around to filling. It's rare to see a single scene that so completely shoots the narrative in the foot.

Anyways, give it a go if you're into the water-monster-horror genre, but not quite the Megalodon subgenre. It's decent, minus one truly horrible scene.

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Disappointing

Had potential but missed, creature descriptions were weak. Story line was good but characters under developed.

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  • jack whittle
  • 10-06-17

Not without flaws but definitely worth a read

Overall a pretty entertaining book, an interesting (if not very well fleshed out) creature, decently written and had me routing for the characters. The premise was overall pretty silly and alot of the science is questionable, however it is acceptably so. Also the title is a little silly and makes the book seem more tacky and naff than it actually is. Skilled voice actor to.