The Loch

The Loch

Book - 2005
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Incorporating the latest research that leads to real answers concerning the Loch Ness monster's identity, the bestselling author of MEG weaves a tale of horror about the most publicized and controversial creature ever imagined. Available in a tall Premium Edition.
Publisher: Mayfield Heights, Ohio : Tsunami, c2005
ISBN: 9780976165903
0976165902
9780765363022
Branch Call Number: ALT
Characteristics: 487 p. :,map ;,25 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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