by Steve Alten
Prequel novella in the Meg thriller series (2011)
Written 14 years after the series debut novel, Meg, Origins brings back commander Jonas Taylor, who is given the task of piloting the DSV Sea Cliff, the US Navy’s most advanced submersible, to the bottom of Challenger Deep. This is 36,000 feet below the surface and is what we call undiscovered territory.
Taylor, with a a PhD in paleontology, has once met Meg, but that was many years ago. Ever since, he tried to prove that the extinct Carcharodon megalodon actually exists, but he never could. And now, he’s back once again in those deep waters, coming face to face with Meg for the second time.
The book is a prequel to the popular Meg series, but it can be also read as a quick standalone action adventure story.