In this fifth installment of Steve Alten's New York Times bestselling MEG series--the basis for the feature film The Meg, starring Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor--Nighstalkers 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's 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, while battling his own suicidal demons.
Steve Alten weaves these storylines together in a page-turning thriller that culminates in a final showdown between the most dangerous predators ever to inhabit the planet.
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Alten's fifth Meg novel (after 2009's Meg: Hell's Aquarium) demonstrates the limits of centering a series on surviving prehistoric sharks devouring human victims, the first of whom is chomped in half while kayaking in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off British Columbia. The culprit is a Carcharodon megalodon, a gigantic ancestor of the great white shark, and one of a pair named Bela and Lizzy, who were freed from an aquarium by animal rights activists. But Bela and Lizzy aren't the only underwater threats to humanity. Alten tosses in a menagerie of monstrous relics, including a ferocious sperm whale and multiple dinosaur-era aquatic reptiles. One creature, a liopleurodon, has eaten the love interest of one of the main characters, David Taylor, whose quest for revenge is aided by an attractive female marine biologist who was once a professional dancer. Alten continues to be less than careful about scientific details (centipedes aren't insects) and usage (the liopleurodon at one point sweeps prey into its "vacuous gullet"). Still, Jaws fans will have fun.