The MEG delivers underwater terror

It was the most fearsome creature ever to have existed – a 70-foot, 100,000 pound, prehistoric great white shark. Its jaws could swallow an elephant in two bites, its senses could track a beating heart from miles away, and unlike the dinosaurs in Jurassic World, it only disappeared recently … and it could actually still be alive, inhabiting the deepest waters on our planet!

Courtesy: Warner Bros.

On August 10, carcharodon megalodon surfaces in theaters across the world in Warner Bros. long-awaited blockbuster, The MEG, starring Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose. The movie is based on New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten’s novel, MEG, which tells the story of Jonas Taylor, a navy deep-sea submersible pilot who seven years earlier found himself on a top-secret dive in the Mariana Trench, the deepest, most unexplored realm in the ocean, where he crossed paths with one of these monsters.

To celebrate the movie’s release, Alten’s publisher, A&M Publishing, is releasing an all-new trade paperback of the novel, along with a special bonus prequel. Just as fascinating is Alten’s personal story about how MEG finally came to the big screen after having been optioned and cancelled by two studios while Alten fought over multiple scripts, wrote five sequels, and endured 20 years of frustration.

Alten is the New York Times bestselling author of 18 thrillers, including the MEG series. He is also the founder and director of the nonprofit Adopt-an-Author teen reading program. MEG is being used in thousands of high schools across the country.

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Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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