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Sharkman

Written by: Steve Alten
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Kwan Wilson was a high school basketball star living in San Diego when a tragic accident changed his life in ways no one could predict. He only looked at his phone for a few seconds, but that was all the time it took to crash his car into a telephone pole, killing his mother and paralyzing him from the waist down.

After the accident, his father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sent him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida. Kwan's new principal, anticipating his depression and isolation, tells him about an internship at a genetics lab in Miami that is testing shark stem cells on rats in an effort to cure cancer and repair spinal injuries. Kwan declines, until he learns the beautiful Anya Patel is an intern at the lab. When Kwan takes the internship, he learns that the good news is that the stem cells are curing their rat subjects; the bad news is it alters their DNA so much, it kills them. But after a promising breakthrough is made, Kwan risks his life and injects himself with the experimental stem cells, forever altering his destiny and the lives of millions in the process.

©2016 Steve Alten (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-18

There are a lot of fantastic books in the world,

this is not one of them. The story was uninspired, the characters were so unrelatable, the whole shark analogy was shoved down your throat before you even get to any major plot. I wanted to strangle the main character more than half the time, because no one in real life acts like that. This was obviously written by someone who enjoyed basketball because any part having to do with it was overly detailed, absurd, and just didn't need to be added. The conclusion was very lack luster, this book leaves so many things to be desired. I got it when it was on sale for 3.00$ and it wasn't even worth that. Get it if you want to have a laugh at how ridiculous and bad it is.

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  • Sheila
  • 25-07-18

Uhh... not for me

I didn't care for this book. It's as if it couldn't decide what it wanted to be. Kind of Science Fictiony but not. There were (fairly mild) descriptions of sex scenes that might have appealed to teenagers yet some of the language was flowery and poetic, inconsistent with that genre. It threw in random political tirades yet wasn't a political thriller. It was anti-religion but pro God. It was anti-military throughout so it was consistent on that front.

I'm not a literary expert but frankly I didn't think the writing was great either.

On the other hand, the narrator did a great job.

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  • Dolce M
  • 31-07-17

Absolutely Loved This Book

Would you listen to Sharkman again? Why?

It was a great performance by Andrew Eiden. Loved the story and action. Characters were great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharkman?

Learning the true feelings of the father.

What about Andrew Eiden’s performance did you like?

Overall tone of the read was great. Very easy to listen to. Just a great job overall.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well that would be great, but never get a chance to sit there for that long of a period.

Any additional comments?

While I know it is all summed up for now, it would be interesting to see more stories come where he can use his abilities to help. I think there is an opportunity to make a series. Really loved the book, if you are a fan of Steve, give it a whirl. I think you will really enjoy it.

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  • Marsha
  • 20-12-16

hope there's a part 2 coming

great story line, fast listen, couldn't stop listening and the narrator was great..highly recommended book

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  • Anthony
  • 15-05-17

Another winner!

This book leaves you wanting a sequel. thats the worst part I coumd find with the story.

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  • David
  • 20-07-17

Too sudden an ending

I felt that the ending seemed rushed, otherwise good overall. Thought maybe the package going back to the abyss, with the Tigress taking care of the Admiral and friends might have been a more deserving fate.

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  • Marie
  • 16-08-18

Suited for teenagers

I'm not sure which was mentioned more, God or basketball. It took a long time to get through the story, I kept taking breaks from it. The narrator did an excellent job.

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  • Kindar
  • 05-06-19

the last act added a star

the inconsistent use of PoV change as well as a main character who always seems to know just the right thing at the right time made it difficult to get fully invested in the character. add to that stretching the science just a little too far and I was ready to give this book 2 stars, but the last act managed to get my blood pumping, to get an emotional reaction out of me, and that's rare enough it deserved an extra one.

Mister Alten knows how to write a tight thriller, and this book would have benifited from being handled as such from start to finish, instead of trying to educate us on sharks and genetics.

one of the bigger flaw in the book is the PoV. it's 1st person, but there is no consistency when he switches away from Kwan. sometines, it's Kwan telling us about something he mysteriously found out, that's unclear how he could have. at other times, some unknown narrator takes over.

in the end, this feels like it's targeted at a young audience, one that won't have a pool of varied experience yet that leads to notice inconsistencies in many of points of science the story depends on to work fully.

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  • Paul
  • 27-05-19

excellent read, completed the whole thing at once

I purchased this just as a fill-in for some time and I was totally impressed by the writing and the way the book kept me engrossed. It was one of the best written books and very imaginative that you'll ever find and I hope there is a book 2 coming out. the only thing that could have made it better is having a last sentence saying that Ms Patel wrote Quan and said quote I'm pregnant.

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  • David Burke Grenfell
  • 19-05-19

Ridiculous

This a silly book. It is YA in style but graphic in an adult sexual way. Is it a YA book with a “children should know everything” attitude, or an adult book written for non discriminating readers? The book is fantasy in a sci fi guise, as the sci fi bits are overtly silly. There are times when various characters don’t behave as they would be expected to behave. Either supporting bits were trimmed out, or it is simply a case of the writer forcing things he wants to happen. Not unreadable, but it is pretty much a young male fantasy book.