The Loch : The Loch

  • by Steve Alten
  • Narrated by P. J. Ochlan
  • Series: The Loch
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Zachary 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 resurface. 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 17 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.


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One hour into this book is one of the scariest scenes I have ever read. Alten is a sort of fringe science writer. I happen to be someone who enjoys that sort of escapism. Most of his books involve a lot of research. I like hearing all the science and some of the history, but I think he went to long on the Scottish History this time. I don't want a chronological list of all the kings of England and/or Scotland.

I loved all the talk of Evolution and Mutations. I did not care for the Black Knights of the Templar part of the story. The story would have been better, had he had not insisted on making them part of the conspiracy part of the book.

I liked Zachary, the main character. He showed humility and I could not help having empathy for him. I did feel it unbelievable that a young man, would prefer a young woman think him impotent instead of admitting he was scared of water.

The love story was awful. Brandi is the girl he loves. She dumps him and sleeps with another man, who happens to be a jerk. She does it for money, but she is not a whore? A couple of hours after the jerk drowns, she is back in bed with Zachary and totally in love.

I was entertained about 90% of the time and I did learn a lot, even about migraines, which I did not realize I cared about. I also learned about the Sargasso Sea. I had heard about it, but always figured it was around the Indian Ocean. Wrong, it is in the Atlantic.

I like Alten's writing. He writes about fringe science, while giving you real science. His book Meg is really good, as well as The Omega Project. This book is not as good as those two, but it is still entertaining. I will be getting the sequel.

This guy does a great job. In parts his narration is more acting, than narrating. I think that adds to the atmosphere of the book.
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- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Interesting statistics

I found the data used to write the book very interesting. It interested me enough
that I did a bit of research on the Internet of my own. I learned more about Scotland, Loch Ness, the Sargasso Sea, Conger Eels and the Loch Ness Monster. On the other hand, I found the fictional story surrounding the data to be trite and uninteresting. I didn't care about any of the characters. The narrator did a decent job of the Scottish Brogue, but having never been to Scotland, I might be completely wrong. His accents did get annoying and that might have something to do with the weak dialogue and character development. I completed the book because I found the format interesting, but I'm not sure how it ended since I really stopped listening.
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- Annette

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-13-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.