In the frozen, dark and deep…VOSTOK ~ Review and Giveaway

Posted: April 3, 2015 in Blog Tour, giveaways, reviews, Science Fiction, thriller
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I remember the day I spotted Steve Alten’s book Meg at my favorite book store. A prehistoric megalodon shark leaps off the cover. I was in love before I even read a word. From there I read his Dominion series and then The Loch.

I couldn’t wait to read the sequel, Vostok. To reconnect with some old characters and meet new ones.

I can’t wait to share with you!

Enjoy my review.

Have fun with Steve’s short interview.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

New York Times best-selling author and screenwriter Steve Alten’s latest novel VOSTOK, the sequel to his popular novel THE LOCH, finds two major Steve Alten characters meeting up—Dr. Jonas Taylor from MEG and Dr. Zachary Wallace from THE LOCH.
Vostok by Steve Alten

Book Details:

Book Title: Vostok by Steve Alten
Category: Adult Fiction, 416 pages
Genre: Science fiction thriller
Publisher: Rebel Press
Published: February 17, 2015
Available in: Print or PDF
Will send print books to: USA and Canada
Will send ebooks: International
Tour dates:  March 16 to April 10, 2015
Content Rating: PG

Enjoy this quick interview with Steve Alten!

How did you do research for your book?

You begin with a concept and hit the Internet.


Your book is set in East Antarctica. Have you ever been there?

Hell, no.


What genre do you write and why?

Fictional thrillers… and a comedy.


Do you write every day?



If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?

Playboy, a book on survival, and the Encyclopedia Brittanica to use as toilet paper.

LOL Thanks for sharing, Steve!


My Review

I loved Steve’s Meg series. Who wouldn’t love a prehistoric shark loose in today’s oceans. I’ve read the complete series and then moved on to The Loch. Another winner with a prehistoric creature lurking in Loch Ness.

Steve has brought two amazing characters together from these books. Marine biologist Zachary Wallace and Dr. Jonas Taylor. Both of these men have drowned and come back from meetings with giant terrors of the deep seas. Neither ever thought they would enter primal waters again, but here they go.

From the village of Drumnadrochit, Scotland,  to America, and back to Scotland to battle and defeat the beast of Loch Ness,  Zachary is now about to jump down the rabbit hole into the coldest place on earth. Antarctica. But not on the surface. H he’s going two and a half miles below the ice cap to an undersea lake called Vostok.

No man has ever gone there before and Vostok has been undisturbed for over 15 million years. Here be monsters. Behemoths of unimaginable size and voracious appetite.

Imagine it if you can. Lasers burn the way, forming a narrow tube for the sub to pass through the ice cap. You break through and fall, plunging into a vast undersea lake over a thousand feet deep. A beast rises, mouth gaping wide, teeth taller than you, so huge you can’t grasp it.

When things go wrong, which they do, who do you call for help? How long will it take for them to get there, if they even can?

And what if there is another reason for sending you down there? Something ancient, powerful, non terrestrial that you have to retrieve. Big brother has their sticky fingers in this expedition. They want what’s down there. No one knows what they are up to. You get it or die trying. Sounds like a conspiracy doesn’t it?

The cast of characters is diverse and many. Some were old favorites and some were new to me. I crossed my fingers the good guys would survive, but you never know with Steve. He’s not above killing some off. And the bad guys. Some were just annoying, and some I’d drop through the tunnel myself.

By the time I reached the third part of the book, I was feeling the terror, the frustration, the courage of these characters. And then the author took the story in yet another direction. I stumbled  a bit. Partly because it was hard for me to grasp how it worked at first. And partly because I didn’t want it to go in that direction. I was dragged kicking and screaming away from my beasts. I went with it though, and soon was engrossed and into it.

Vostok is the crossover book that brings The Loch and The Meg series together for the upcoming release of Meg 5: Nightstalkers. The title alone has me imaging all types of monsters.

 I follow Steve’s newsletter and have been waiting years for his Meg book to be made into a movie. It will be coming soon and I’m sure it will be a huge hit. From there, maybe we’ll be meeting these beasties on the big screen.

Thanks so much to Steve Alten and Rebel Press for gifting me a Limited Edition Hardcover copy for my honest review.

What a strange, terrifying, spectacular ride it’s been from the first Meg book to Vostok and beyond!

5 Stars


Book Description:

East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life forms long believed extinct – and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

In this sequel to The Loch and prequel to the upcoming MEG 5: Nightstalkers, New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten offers readers a crossover novel that combines characters from two of his most popular series.

Watch this intense trailer!


Author Steve Alten

Steve Alten

Steve Alten is the New York Times and International bestselling author of fourteen novels, including the MEG series about Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 100,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark and Domain trilogy, a series about the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 doomsday prophecy. His work has been published in over 30 countries and is being used in thousands of middle and high school curriculum as part of Adopt-An-Author, a free teen reading program, which he founded with teachers back in 1999.

Connect with Steve:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter


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  1. Red Iza says:

    It’s the second time I’m reading an enthusiastic review about this book – I’m tempted to read it :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      It was awesome. I’ve been reading his books for years and am always waiting for the next one! Great giveaway too!

  2. Midu Hadi says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love winning books but you already knew that.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Hi Midu! I’m glad to share one you like! You are like me. You only enter if you really want the book!

  3. Ty Wilson says:

    I’ve enjoyed his writing before and I’d love to read this one, too. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  4. Loving it! Fantastic review! I want more!

  5. Marianne Houghtaling says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! This book sounds intriguing!

  6. Mae Clair says:

    Ooh, I didn’t realize this had been released. I loved both MEG and THE LOCH and will definitely be picking this one up whether I win a print copy or not. Can’t wait to see what Steve Alten has in store this time around!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      You are in for something else! I love how he’s brought both series with their characters together in this one. Can’t wait for his Meg movie too!

  7. Gregg Bowington says:

    Have read Meg books & Domain. About to start The Loch, and can’t wait to read Vostok! Mr. Alten is not only a talented storyteller, but a great researcher of plausible explanations too!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I know what you mean about his research and I love his newsletter. I have a feeling his Domain series may be blended into these other two. That would be something! You’ll love The Loch. More great research!

  8. babyblue7299 says:

    OMG! I love the cover, love the video, and I am off to check out The Loch! Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Emily-Ann says:

    Thank you for the great review

  10. Infantina says:

    Thanks for the giveaway .

  11. I want to him a copy because large man-eating things are my favorite.

  12. ljennison says:

    Seems like a good book to me from your review. I love monster books.Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I’m actually new to this author and I just recently read The Loch. Excellent book and I’m very excited to read this one! Thank you for this opportunity!