The Loch

The Loch

Book - 2005
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When his estranged father Angus is put on trial for murdering his business partner, marine biologist Zach Wallace returns to the Scotland he left as a boy to help prove that "something" in Loch Ness was the real cause of the man's death.

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Loch Ness holds secrets, ancient and deadly. Does a monster inhabit its depths, or is it just myth? Why, after thousands of reported sightings and dozens of expeditions, is there still no hard evidence? Marine biologist Zachery Wallace knows, but the shock of his near-drowning as a child on Loch Ness have buried all memories of the incident. Now, a near-death experience suffered while on expedition in the Sargasso Sea has caused these long-forgotten memories to re-surface. Haunted by vivid night terrors, stricken by a sudden fear of the water, Zach finds he can no longer function as a scientist. Unable to cope, his career all but over, he stumbles down a path of self-destruction...until he receives contact from his estranged father...a man he has not seen since his parents' divorced and he left Scotland as a boy. Angus Wallace, a wily Highlander who never worked an honest day in his life, is on trial for murdering his business partner. Only Zachary can prove his innocence - if he is innocent, but to do so means confronting the nightmare that nearly killed him seventeen years earlier. Incorporating the latest research and "new evidence," that leads to real answers concerning the monster's identity, best-selling author Steve Alten weaves a tale of horror about the most publicized and controversial creature ever to exist.

Publisher: Mayfield Heights, Ohio : Tsunami Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780976165927
0976165929
Characteristics: 481 p. : map ; 23 cm

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RebelBelle13
Dec 11, 2018

This book really disappointed me. MEG was one of my favorite books of the year, and I really, really thought I had found my new favorite author in Steve Alten. I dove right in (pun intended) to The Loch, hoping that I would love it just as much. Instead of focusing on the Loch Ness monster, as we are led to believe, the novel instead focuses heavily on the history of Scotland and its kings (William Wallace, Robert the Bruce), post-traumatic stress disorder, a murder trial, and an offshoot of the Knights Templar. The novel was so bloated with things that weren't related to the monster at all, that the story really didn't become interesting for me until about halfway through. I seriously considered putting it down, but I figured the monster had to show himself EVENTUALLY. As it finally began to stumble forward, the story was still plagued with Zachary (our protagonist) acting like an idiot and a love triangle was shoved down our throats.
I won't give it away here, but the reveal of the monster and its history seemed a little convoluted to me. There was a little bit of the science that we saw in MEG, but not nearly enough to keep me interested. I do plan on continuing with this series in the hopes that it will get better.

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ryner
Feb 21, 2017

After surviving a submersible disaster while researching elusive giant squid in the Atlantic, marine biologist Zachary Wallace is summoned home to Scotland, where he is not altogether surprised to learn his estranged father is on trial for murder. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that his father's supposed crimes are not the only excitement in town: someone -- or something -- is attacking tourists at Loch Ness.

It feels at times like "Nessie" has been done to death, but I appreciated the ways in which the details in this story deviated from the traditional legend. Because aspects of the plots are so often implausible and I have difficulty with suspension of disbelief, I read thrillers rather infrequently. Still, I enjoyed this one well enough under those circumstances. Definitely a page-turner.

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lynnieoniel
Mar 22, 2014

I normally to not read books that cross into horror but this was a pleasent surprise. It wasn't gore but the thought of the unknown that terrified!!

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agjjball
Dec 23, 2011

I have never read this before

emerald2pac Aug 30, 2011

Very interesting concepts and ideas but all in all a very disappointing ending to any true nessie believers. Or maybe not a disappointing ending but lets just say the mysteries revealed are quite stupid and disappointing.

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linder55
Mar 01, 2010

I thought this was going to be a "Loch Ness Monster" story, and couldn't imagine how it could be made fresh. The story starts quickly, and picks up the pace throughout the book, keeping me up until 2:00am to finish, because I couldn't put it down! It has everything, scientific theory merged with fantasy, and a generous helping of Scottish lore and history. A terrific read!

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