Title: Megalodon: Feeding Frenzy | Author: J.E. Gurley | Publisher: Severed Press | Pub. Date: 2016-9-3 | Pages: 213 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited
Megalodon: Feeding Frenzy
A deep sea fracking operation in the Arctic Ocean breaks through into a world hidden for 15-million years, an undersea cavern from the Pliocene Epoch of the Cenozoic Era. Among the prehistoric terrors unleashed is a giant megalodon, a shark so efficient it had no need to change for 20-million years. Asa Iverson was the only survivor from the Global Kulik incident. Now, the nightmares haunt him. Did he see a colossal shark long thought extinct, or was it a hypothermia-induced hallucination?
Now, he’s back in the Arctic to see for himself, and the deadliest predator the world has ever known is headed in his direction.
Megalodon: Feeding Frenzy Review
Megalodon: Feeding Frenzy seeks to evoke the terror we instinctively have of these ‘larger than life’ creatures, and amp it up to a state of sheer, visceral terror by introducing a group of them in a feeding frenzy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. While I got through the first quarter of the book easily enough, by the time we got to one of the first big battles between shark and man at the halfway point, I wasn’t involved in the book and I didn’t care what happened.
J.E. Gurley gives it a solid effort, and technically Megalodon: Feeding Frenzy is competent enough. It’s just lacking that spark that draws the reader into the story. I think one of the problems is that it doesn’t feel like a group of megalodons doing the attacking, but just a group of sharks. While Gurley does mention the size on several occasions, it’s rarely put in a way that actually makes an impact on the reader. ‘60 inch jaws’ is something that I know is flipping big, but ‘Two thirds the length of a football field’ makes me go all goggle-eyed and “Holy crap!”
There were some other scenes too, not involving the sharks, that should have been attention grabbing, and wonderful to imagine. (I use the term wonderful loosely, there, as the actual thing described was really rather disgusting.) But, they weren’t. Instead the strangeness was bumped aside by the boring scientific jabber. There’s also a problem with unnecessary repetition in phrases such as “pudgy Pillsbury Doughboy”. It would make the author’s writing a bit stronger if he could cut down on that.
It just didn’t work well for a few reasons. The battles mostly involved subs and relatively tiny boats and helicopters. The captain has to give a speech at one point about how “If we don’t eradicate them, we face extinction.” It’s meant to be a battle cry to hearten the troops and up the ante for the reader. Instead, it made me roll my eyes. Given what we already know in the story about the future plans and why certain decisions were made, it just falls flat.
Overall, I just couldn’t enjoy Megalodon: Feeding Frenzy. There were a few scenes that were solid, but for the most part, the book felt like it was written without any real enthusiasm for the subject matter. And, as a result, it was kind of a slog to finish.
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