Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat.
My Teaser for this week is from
by Charles Wilson
My Teaser from the paperback.
The wide head exploded up through the surface. The mouth gaped toward them. The body rose ten feet into the air. Howard’s eyes widened.
Read on if you want to know more.
I was still reading this when I prepared my draft post, but since I finished it before publishing this, I figured I’d add my review. I hope you don’t mind.
I loved this one. I’m a huge fan of horror and especially ones featuring monsters of the deep.
The author gives us the Megalodon, a giant prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark. I watch Shark Week and tons of documentaries about sharks. This isn’t a made up creature. It really existed a long time ago. Some believe it still does, deep in the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the ocean. I may be skeptical about that as subs have visited the bottom and come up with no evidence. But, you never know, and that makes for some good fiction.
This is horror so I knew better than to get attached to the characters, but I couldn’t help myself. They were so genuine, and even the ones with small cameos had a lasting impact.
As for the monster of the deep. It’s huge, it’s hungry, and it’s almost supernaturally cunning.
One scene where the meg periscopes to pick off it’s victim from a beaver dam was horrifying. The author’s writing put me there, a witness to the carnage.
The suspense was intense. My mind kept jumping ahead, thinking about what might happen to who and where the beast would strike next. What made it feel real was that the author didn’t always let the shark get its intended victim. And sometimes, when you anticipated the creatures attack, it didn’t come. At least not when and where you thought it would.
Great writing, a terrifying plot, and genuine characters had me rubbing my hands together in fiendish glee.
A quick note. I never found a movie based upon this book, as is mentioned on the cover. With today’s CG and technology, what a terrifying movie it could be.
Charles Wilson has received the highest praise from authors such as John Grisham and from reviewers, including being termed “Wizard Plotter” by the Los Angeles Times. Now, he has created his most chilling story yet– a fast-paced thriller so realistic it will take your breath away and keep you riveted to the page.
From the Gulf of Mexico’s warm shallow waters…to the deepest parts of the Pacific…terror comes to the surface…
Six-year-old Paul Haines watches as two older boys dive into a coastal river…and don’t come up. His mother, Carolyn, a charter boat captain on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, finds herself embroiled in the tragedy to an extent she could never have imagined.
Carolyn joins the marine biologist Alan Freeman in the hunt for a creature that is terrorizing the waters along the Gulf Coast. But neither of them could have envisioned exactly what kind of danger they are facing.
Yet one man, Admiral Vandiver, does know what this creature is, and how it has come into the shallows. And his secret obsession with it will force him, as well as Paul, Carolyn and Alan, into a race against time…and a race toward death.
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