Review: Megalodon In Paradise by Hunter Shea

Megalodon In Paradise
By Hunter Shea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hunter Shea is a bit of an old reliable when it comes to fixing up some fun, good ol' fashioned horror fixes. Megalodon In Paradise is no different, and if this beach read doesn't make you want to kick back in the shade with an ice cold Corona, I don't know what will.

So, here's the skinny. Ollie is a regular old nobody - so much of a nobody, in fact, that his corporate job was saved from layoffs mostly because none of his superiors even remembered him. He's kept a low-profile, with much of his life revolving around movies, reminiscing about his college glory days with his buddies, and playing the lottery nightly. Eventually, his gambling pays off and he strikes it rich. Super rich. Like, mega rich. Rich enough to buy his own private island, reunite with his college buddies, and build each of them their own home on the island where they can all escape into the lap of luxury together and never work another day in their life.

You know what they say about if it sounds too good to be true, right?

Well, this island has a bit of a secret history... and a rather large problem resting near the bottom of the ocean, which Ollie and his friends accidentally awaken.

Shea takes the simple concept of a shark story and manages to complicate it a bit further, throwing in a handful of other threats aside from the titular, and very bloodthirsty, megalodon. It's not particularly groundbreaking, but (as I've come to expect from Shea's work) it is a heck of a lot of fun and has enough action to keep the pages turning. If you didn't get your fill during this year's recently wrapped Shark Week, Megalodon In Paradise should help smooth you over while you hit up the beach and enjoy a cold one. Jimmy Buffett tunes are entirely optional, of course.

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Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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