Watery but not quite grave, it’s Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror that we’re sinking our rows of nine-inch teeth into this time around. Giant prehistoric sharks known as megalodons butt themselves into ships throughout, making them, we guess, megs of ram, and oh boy do our heroes have a hard drive escaping these mighty predators.
It’s a classic monster story, with all the trimmings: sad hero, back-stabbing friends—and enemies!—things going wrong one after the other, and terrible threats gaining a taste for the best blood of all, human blood! In the finest tradition, it includes the phrase “gouts of gore” and more jawsplaining than anyone could have expected. Grab your spyglass and prepare to shout “Hark! It’s a shark!” This shark week, it’s time … for the brine.