Meg: Primal Waters (Meg Series #3)

Meg: Primal Waters (Meg Series #3)

by Steve Alten

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New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten's Meg: Primal Waters continues his thrilling action adventure series—the basis for the feature film The Meg, starring Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor.

It was the apex predator of all time, the most fearsome creature that ever lived — a 70-foot, 70,000 pound Great White shark. Hundreds of 7-inch serrated teeth filled jaws that could swallow an elephant whole. It could sense its prey miles away, inhaling its scent as it registered the beat of its fluttering heart, and if you ever came close enough to see the was already too late.

Eighteen years have passed since Jonas Taylor last crossed paths with carcharodon Megalodon. Now a middle-aged father of two, he is overwhelmed by mountains of bills and the daily strife of raising a family. But life is about to change. A Hollywood television producer wants Jonas to join his new survival series: Daredevils. For the next six weeks, two teams of crazy daredevils on a South Pacific Ocean voyage will try to outperform one another in front of the cameras. Jonas needs the money, and the job of doing the color commentary seems easy enough. But behind the scenes, someone else is pulling the strings. And before it's over, Jonas will again come face to face with the most dangerous creatures ever to stalk the Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765347855
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Meg Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 148,520
Product dimensions: 4.23(w) x 6.96(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)

About the Author

Steve Alten is the best-selling author of the Meg series, including Meg: Hell's Aquarium. A native of Philadelphia, he earned a Bachelor's degree from Penn State, a Masters from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate from Temple University. He is the founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a free nationwide teen reading program used in thousands of secondary school classrooms across the country to excite reluctant readers.

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Primal Waters
By Steve Alten


Copyright © 2004 Steve Alten
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0765308908

Chapter One

Late Cretaceous Period, 70 Million Years Ago The Coast of the Asiamerica-Northern Landmass (Pacific Ocean)

From the moment the early morning fog had begun to lift, they sensed they were being watched. The herd of Shantungosaurus had been grazing along the misty shoreline all morning. Measuring more than forty feet from their duck-billed heads to the end of their tails, these reptiles, the largest of the hadrosaurs, gorged themselves on the abundant supply of kelp and seaweed that continued to wash up along the shoreline with the incoming tide. Every few moments, the hadrosaurs raised their heads nervously like a herd of deer, listening to the noises of the nearby forest. They watched the dark trees and thick vegetation for movement, ready to run at the first sign of approach.

Across the beach, hidden among the tall trees and thick undergrowth, a pair of red reptilian eyes followed the herd. The Tyrannosaurus rex, largest and most lethal of all terrestrial carnivores, stood twenty-two feet above the forest floor. Saliva oozed from its mouth as T. rex watched, quivering with adrenaline. The two largest duckbills had just ventured out into shallow water, lowering their heads to forage among the thick strains of kelp.

The killer crashed from the trees, his eight tons pounding the sand and shaking the earth with every step. The duckbills rose on their hind legs and scattered in both directions along the beach. The two reptiles in the surf turned to see the carnivore closing on them, jaws wide, fangs bared, its bone-chilling roar drowning the crash of the surf. The pair of hadrosaurs turned instinctively, plunging into deeper waters to escape. They strained their long necks forward and began to swim, their legs churning to keep their heads above water.

T. rex plunged in behind them, crashing through the surf and into deeper waters. But as it neared its prey, the T. rex's feet sank into the muddy sea floor. Unlike the buoyant hadrosaurs, the thickly muscled T. rex could not swim and became hopelessly bogged in the mire.

The hadrosaurs now swam in thirty feet of water. But having escaped one predator, they now faced another.

The six-foot gray dorsal fin rose slowly from the sea, gliding silently across their path. The current created by the creature's sheer mass began pulling the hadrosaurs into deeper waters. The duckbills panicked at the sudden change. They would take their chances with the Tyrannosaurus. Within the deep waters lurked certain death. They turned, thrashing and paddling frantically until they once again felt the familiar mud beneath their feet.

T. rex let out a thundering growl. In water to its chest, the predator struggled to keep from sinking farther into the soft sea floor. The duckbills broke in either direction, passing within fifteen yards of the frustrated hunter. The T. rex lunged at them, snapping its terrible jaws, howling in rage at its fleeing prey. The duckbills bounded through the smaller waves and staggered onto the beach. Collapsing on the warm sand, too exhausted to move, the two hadrosaurs looked back once more to face their would-be killer.

The Tyrannosaurus could now hold his huge head only a few feet above water. Insane with rage, it slashed its tail wildly in an attempt to free one of its hind legs. Then, all at once, it stopped struggling and stared out to sea.- From the dark waters, slicing through the gray fog, the great dorsal fin was approaching.

The T. rex cocked its head and stood perfectly still, realizing too late that it had wandered into the domain of a superior hunter. For the first and last time in its life, the Tyrannosaurus felt the icy grip of fear.

If the T. rex was the most terrifying creature ever to walk the earth, then Carcharodon megalodon was easily lord and master of the sea. The red eyes of the Tyrannosaurus followed the gray dorsal fin, feeling the tug of current caused by the unseen mass circling below. The fin disappeared beneath the muddy waters. T. rex growled quietly, searching through the haze. The towering dorsal fin rose again from the mist, now racing directly for him. The T. rex roared and struggled, vainly snapping its jaws in futile protest.

From the beach, the two exhausted hadrosaurs watched as T. rex was slammed backward through the ocean with a great whoosh, its huge head disappearing beneath the waves. In a moment the dinosaur surfaced again, wailing in agony as its rib cage was crushed within the jaws of its hunter, a fountain of blood spouting from its mouth.

The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex vanished beneath the swirling scarlet water. A long moment passed, and the sea remained silent. The hadrosaurs turned and lumbered toward the trees. Suddenly they turned, cowering at an explosion in the water. Clutching T. rex in its gargantuan mouth, the sixty-foot shark, nearly three times the size of its prey, burst from the water, its enormous head and muscular upper torso quivering as it fought to remain suspended above the waves. Then, in an incredible display of raw power, the Meg shook the reptile from side to side between nine-inch serrated teeth, spraying pink froths and gouts of gore in every direction. The twenty-ton Megalodon and its mutilated prey crashed back into the sea, sending a great swell of water high into the air around them.

No other scavengers approached the Megalodon as it fed in the tropical waters. It had no mate to share its kill with, no young to feed. The Meg was a companionless creature, territorial by nature. It mated when it must and killed its young when it could, for the only challenge to its reign came from its own kind. It could adapt and survive the natural catastrophes and climatic changes that caused the mass extinctions of the giant reptiles and countless prehistoric mammals. And while its numbers would eventually dwindle, some members of its species might survive, isolated from the world of man, hunting in the isolated darkness of the ocean depths.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would anyone mind telling me what the second book is called or where to find it? The first was amazing, but I'd rather read the series in chronological order. If it's of any help, I'm using a nook SimpleTouch. Thanks for reading and hopefully helping!!! :)
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SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third in series following the caracharodon Megalodon, the "Jurassic Shark" (Meg and The Trench, being the first two). Primal Waters continues to offer the consistent level of science, human interaction and outstanding adventure that previous Alten books have delivered. So how does Alten keep the story going without rerunning the same ground? More than just Angel (the Meg from the last book) this time around. So with multiple Megs, you get multiple storylines, diversifying the action across the Ocean and across a wider spread of characters, although all the old core characters are present. This book seems more Indiana Jones (and even a little James Bond) than the previous books, yet the plot is well conceived and will keep you interested until the very end. A great read for any adventure fan, although you'll get the most from it by reading the previous books first.
nramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was akin to a movie sequel: trying to be as good as the original, but not nearly. Made it about 5 chapters before callilng it a rest.
PLReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some interesting marine and technical detail. A little heavy handed with the psychological analysis. Altogether, the three volume MEG series was an informative diversion; a real page turner!
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I have completed by hi t
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Excellent Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book is the trench
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To prove it ill send a expidection across the world to do it when im thirty ill try to get a blood sample of it
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If you enjoyed books like "Kronos" and "Jaws", then you'll love this book even more. Meg: Primal Waters, the third installment in the Meg Series, continues with a perfect mix of the thriller and action-based themes. The plot, although not entirely original, incorporates the return of a previous villain in a nefarious scheme to silence the famous paleobiologist Jonas Taylor. In the procees, Jonas, his wife and their children Danielle and David, including many hapless victims, cross the paths of three megalodons in a muti-layered story sure to sate your imagination.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steve Alten isn't the best writer, in fact the books have a tendency to be formulated, repeat unnecessary information, and can be a bit tedious in spots. However, if you are just looking for a fun read, something to break up reading more informative and well-written books, you could do worse than this.
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It was sckary the movie was sckary but i relly loved it
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Alten has done an excellent job of returning back to what made the series great, the Meg. If you are looking for a well written creature feature, this is the one to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series but this one has some dragging slow information parts, but all in all a good book. Pleade start with #1 so U can follow the series.
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Steve alten is one of the best authors ever on the face of the earth. I just started domain a couple of months after i finished meg i love steve hes an awesome author!
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