The Loch

The Loch

by Steve Alten
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Overview

The Loch by Steve Alten

Marine biologist Zachary Wallace once suffered a near-drowning experience in legendary Loch Ness, and now, long-forgotten memories of that experience have begun haunting him. The truth surrounding these memories lies with Zachary's estranged father, Angus Wallace, a wily Highlander on trial for murder. Together the two plunge into a world where the legend of Loch Ness shows its true face.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765363022
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 159,782
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 7.52(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Steve Alten is the best-selling author of the Meg series, including Meg: Hell's Aquarium. A native of Philadelphia, he earned a Bachelor's degree from Penn State, a Masters from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate from Temple University. He is the founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a free nationwide teen reading program used in thousands of secondary school classrooms across the country to excite reluctant readers.

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The Loch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Steve Alten's book since I came across his first book, 'MEG' when it was first published. I have read eevry one of his books since. Simply put, 'The Loch' is his best novel to date. This is NOT merely a Loch Ness monster book - it is much more than that. It's mystery, thriller, adventure and scary - all in one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok people, You want the real deal? Here it is. This is Steve Alten's greatest achievement to date. Plain and simple. He is maturing as a writer, tremendously. This is by far the most vivid and character-led story he's ever dished out. This latest effort from his seemingly limitless imagination is full of twists, turns, spirals, betrayals, you name it. Combining centuries of legend and folklore with his own take on what really resides at the bottom of Loch Ness, he weaves a tale of family feuds, industrial espionage, and one scary as heck monster. This thing flat out gave me chills. Just as Meg scared me outta the salt water, this scared me outta the fresh water. With this outing, Mr. Alten has truly given us his best. Going so far as holding two contests for his readers; one where they got a chance to cast their vote on his next book (the loch ness monster won by far)and another where the winners got to be characters in the book. I personally guaruntee this has everything you want for a good summer read. Fast-paced action, heart-stopping thrills, a tremendous lineup of characters with true depth and background, and a roller coaster of an ending. NOW GET OUT THERE AND GO READ!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I debated for a long time whether to buy this book or not but I am glad that I did. Not the typical type of book that I read but I couldn't put the book down. The story line is very suspenseful and you keep wanting to know more. I was kind of disappointed with the ending but up until then the book was great. The only other thing that I didn't like about the novel was that there were bits of history put in between chapters every so often and I found myself skipping over those and didn't find it necessary. Overall, a great read and will make you think twice about going in the lake!
Darthliquidator More than 1 year ago
This book is all over the map in terms of quality...but overall, I had a great time with it and couldn't stop reading. Storyline, plot twists and characterizations are fairly ridiculous....but hey, it's a monster tale and it carries you along. Amazingly, it moves fast in spite of having the Scottish characters all speak like they're in the dinner theatre production of "Brigadoon".....and our Hero seems made of 10 percent Indiana Jones and 90 percent Inspector Clouseau....but when it counts, he's stout-hearted for the task, One huge plus...this author obviously did his Dan Brown-type homework on Scottish history, geology, topography and of course, Nessie-lore. For Loch Ness Monster lovers and anyone who craves pure action-packed escapism...I'd recommend it. You want common sense and reality in your thrillers? Not the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. For a book supposedly so well researched, there are a lot of flaws in logic. For instance, to test the device that summons giant squids, a sub large enough to fit three people and stand up in is used, despite the fact that it is very likely that the squid will attack, especially since the lure bring squids looking to eat. The logical idea, the plan actual scientists would use, would be to send in an unmanned submersible with a camera on it. Since most of the plot hinges on events occurring in the sub, and since the whole implausibility of the trip stuck out so sharply in my mind, I found it even continue reading the rest of the story at all. It wasn't very good, anyway. What humor there was in the book was forced, and not very witty, though meant to be. The characters were not very believable. I do not recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not an avid reader (heck the last book I read too me 3 years to read) and I managed to read this book in 2 weeks. I was into it and it had such great descriptions that I could actually see it being played out. I even stayed up till 2am just to finish it. Comepletely riviting. A MUST read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i wasnt for sure, but chaper hooked me in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was engaging, and a fun book to read, however I gave 21st as because I think Steve Alten could have made the details clearer .
Sarakiel More than 1 year ago
Steve Alten's Meg series about finding prehistoric monster sharks are fun books and this one fits right in with the world he created. The ending is a surprise. My only complaint about the book is that the Scottish dialogue got a bit old after a while. A very fun read.
SaltyDog156 More than 1 year ago
Exciting page turner and an interesting idea about Loch Ness and the monster. This story is a lot more believable than the trapped dinosaur theory. I liked how the author jumped back in time to explain how the "monster" came to be in the loch and why. Interesting twists and turns, with an ending I didn't see coming. A good read for Nessie enthusists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nessie could be a prehistoric whale called basilosaurus or a unknown species
papursley48 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book in both the author's writing style and the story line. It was well put together and very cohesive. I will be looking to read more from Steve Alten.
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Great book!
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Dont listen to the bad reviews. I asumme this book will be great.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
This book is full of clichés - the dialogue, the narration, and the plethora of borrowed plot lines from "Jaws". You know the good characters from the bad. You can predict which ones will die violently (and deservedly so), and you know which bad guys will turn out to be good guys. But you know what, I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I found myself staying up through the wee hours to get through "just one more chapter". At first I felt a little embarrassment at enjoying it so much. But ultimately I gave in and just went with it. Now, it's a fact that I was a hardcore Loch Ness Monster fanatic growing up in the 70's. I'm pretty sure I was the only kid in my school that kept checking out the thin "Mystery of Loch Ness" from our school library, as I'd pour over those images of what couldn't be anything OTHER than a huge dinosaur that was alive and well. So maybe I’m a little bit biased towards the whole Loch Ness Monster “thing”. But be that as it may, I just enjoyed this story. I had to overlook the melodramatic romantic interest. I flew by the stilted conversations with nary a grimace, because I wanted to find out more about the monster in the lake. I wanted to see who was going to die next and by what monster-ific means. And I was even engaged in the way that Alten integrated a Template-theme subplot in a (mostly) seamless way. Alten writes smoothly and he keeps the story moving at a rapid pace, so that even the most modest-paced reader will have no trouble flying through its 500+ pages. I highly recommend this fantastic thriller. It’s not literature. It’s great for the beach. And it’s just a lot of fun.
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