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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, but that was all the time it took to crash his car into a telephone pole, killing his mother and paralyzing him from the waist down.

After the accident, his father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sent him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida. Kwan's new principal, anticipating his depression and isolation, tells him about an internship at a genetics lab in Miami that is testing shark stem cells on rats in an effort to cure cancer and repair spinal injuries. Kwan declines, until he learns the beautiful Anya Patel is an intern at the lab. When Kwan takes the internship, he learns that the good news is that the stem cells are curing their rat subjects; the bad news is it alters their DNA so much, it kills them. But after a promising breakthrough is made, Kwan risks his life and injects himself with the experimental stem cells, forever altering his destiny and the lives of millions in the process.

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

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There are a lot of fantastic books in the world,

this is not one of them. The story was uninspired, the characters were so unrelatable, the whole shark analogy was shoved down your throat before you even get to any major plot. I wanted to strangle the main character more than half the time, because no one in real life acts like that. This was obviously written by someone who enjoyed basketball because any part having to do with it was overly detailed, absurd, and just didn't need to be added. The conclusion was very lack luster, this book leaves so many things to be desired. I got it when it was on sale for 3.00$ and it wasn't even worth that. Get it if you want to have a laugh at how ridiculous and bad it is.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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hope there's a part 2 coming

great story line, fast listen, couldn't stop listening and the narrator was great..highly recommended book

42 of 47 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Loved This Book

Would you listen to Sharkman again? Why?

It was a great performance by Andrew Eiden. Loved the story and action. Characters were great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharkman?

Learning the true feelings of the father.

What about Andrew Eiden’s performance did you like?

Overall tone of the read was great. Very easy to listen to. Just a great job overall.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well that would be great, but never get a chance to sit there for that long of a period.

Any additional comments?

While I know it is all summed up for now, it would be interesting to see more stories come where he can use his abilities to help. I think there is an opportunity to make a series. Really loved the book, if you are a fan of Steve, give it a whirl. I think you will really enjoy it.

51 of 58 people found this review helpful

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Uhh... not for me

I didn't care for this book. It's as if it couldn't decide what it wanted to be. Kind of Science Fictiony but not. There were (fairly mild) descriptions of sex scenes that might have appealed to teenagers yet some of the language was flowery and poetic, inconsistent with that genre. It threw in random political tirades yet wasn't a political thriller. It was anti-religion but pro God. It was anti-military throughout so it was consistent on that front.

I'm not a literary expert but frankly I didn't think the writing was great either.

On the other hand, the narrator did a great job.

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  • Anthony
  • Plantation, FL, United States
  • 05-15-17

Another winner!

This book leaves you wanting a sequel. thats the worst part I coumd find with the story.

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Too sudden an ending

I felt that the ending seemed rushed, otherwise good overall. Thought maybe the package going back to the abyss, with the Tigress taking care of the Admiral and friends might have been a more deserving fate.

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Suited for teenagers

I'm not sure which was mentioned more, God or basketball. It took a long time to get through the story, I kept taking breaks from it. The narrator did an excellent job.

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Definitely Just for Teens. Would return

This is teen literature, but I didn't know that when it was purchased. I tried to return, but Audible has made it more difficult to return books you don't like- apparently. The button that used to be in my library is gone. The narration is good, but the subject matter is trite, focused on teen-interest. The science isn't quite right either- I just couldn't even have it on in the car during my commute. I think I teen-aged boy might love this.

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Teen Angst Meets Aquaman

Ok, so Aquaman isn't in this story, but the main character (spoiler) does become something similar. Our hero is paralyzed from events happening before the story begins, and is having trouble dealing with life. He tries to reenter his life as a paraplegic, but it doesn't go well..until that is he finds out about new stem cell research using Sharks going on at an nearby institute.

As you may have guessed, our hero gets his hands on some of the serum being developed and takes it, with little thought to how it will eventually affect him. All he wants is to be able to walk again, to be able to play Basketball again, to not be the butt of bullies jokes. At first, it works like a charm, but .... and there is always a but.

Our hero makes mistakes in judgement throughout the book, which is why I have angst in the title. It was his fault he was paralyzed and it is his fault on what happens to his body afterward. But he is a good person, and ultimately works through some very serious trials, especially throughout the last third of this book.

I very much enjoyed this novel and hope there is a follow up.

#TorturedHero #DisabledHero #TeenAngst #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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What would it be to become a shark

Great story of a basketball star that messes with nature to obtain the powers of a shark. #Domestic #Bioterrorism #Suspenseful #Magical #TorturedHero #tagsgiving #sweepstakes