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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 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.
©2016 Steve Alten (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-26-17

FRINGE SCIENCE

SCOTT FREE
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.

MIGRAINES
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.

Alten
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.

OCHLAN
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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By Susannah French on 01-28-17

Wonderful

This is a wonderful blend of fact and fiction. Quick to lure me in and held my attention the whole way. The story beautifully incorporates a concise history of Scotland and geology and biology facts. Overall it was as educational as entertaining. It was also well narrated, and was easy for me to discern which character was speaking due in part to the well performed accents.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-28-17

Believable......definitely not

Scottish accents were mostly quite poor. People with Scottish accents using America pronunciation .
Plot feeble. Would not recommend

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By Matthew W. on 01-10-18

Unutterable trash

Would you try another book written by Steve Alten or narrated by P. J. Ochlan?

Absolutely not, this story is badly written, unbelievable (apart from the obvious aquatic monster element) and irritating. The characters are two-dimensional, unlikely and impossible to relate to. The female characters are portrayed as shallow and stupid, and the principal character (and no doubt the author) is a misogynist. Much of the detail relating to Scotland is inaccurate. Added to this the book is lacking in pace and altogether boring.

Has The Loch put you off other books in this genre?

I like the genre, but this book isn't a good example of it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The 'Scottish' accents are duff and distinctly Russian sounding.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I assume the end of it, but I didn't get that far.

Any additional comments?

Don't read it.

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By Kindle Customer on 03-05-17

Good listen

Only drawback was it made me miss being in the Highlands.
Narration was very good and the description of Drumnadrochit and surrounds was spot on.

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By Lauren on 02-17-17

possibly written by the monster

The story is passable but the characters are like how someone who has never met a human in real life would write humans. avoid this title

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