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Meg: Nightstalkers

The Meg Series, Book 5
Written by: Steve Alten
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Series: Meg, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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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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Series is taking a turn

This book was less about the Meg's and more about the Liopleurodon's, as well we start to see the plot shift from Jonas Taylor to his son, David Taylor. There is almost no mention of his daughter this entire book. Nonetheless it's quite interesting to listen to, and I look forward to the 6th book in the series. Again, I prefer the narrator in the first 2 novels instead of this one, but his accents are getting better as he does more.

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nightstalker

awesome well worth listening to. none stop excitement. the narrator really brings the characters to life.

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  • Brian
  • 2018-04-01

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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  • Charles B. Cain
  • 2016-10-24

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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  • David
  • 2018-09-04

Love this series.

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

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  • Matthew Saunders
  • 2018-08-07

Another brilliant entry!

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

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  • Shane M. Bowler
  • 2018-07-12

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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  • Meaghan
  • 2018-06-08

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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  • Matthew J. Fitzgerald
  • 2018-05-15

Gotta read them all

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

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  • Tyberius Masterson
  • 2020-01-30

Great cheesy fun

Giant sharks, prehistoric creatures, and a time loop? What more do you need? Very entertaining addition to the series.

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  • Kihra A. Kohler
  • 2020-01-09

Another Steve Alten Masterpiece

So far I have listened to the first 5 Meg books and both Loche books. I love them and this book is no exception. I am completely enamored with the sci-blend. He is able to make you forget the stories you are hearing are fictional.

If you haven't already, listen to this series. You won't regret it.

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  • NITSUD!
  • 2019-09-24

Fun book

Fun book! The Vostok carryover dragged it down a bit but ultimately I enjoyed it. The audiobook itself is well done. If you like the Meg series check it out!