The Loch

The Loch 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 thes

  • Title: The Loch
  • Author: Steve Alten
  • ISBN: 9780765363022
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 showMarine 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.

    The Loch TV Mini Series Apr , When reporters come to the loch tour boats to interview Alan Redford, Leighton Thomas is seen very clearly walking away along the dock wanting nothing to do with the cameras, yet when the interview of Alan is televised, Leighton is on the boat in the background in order for Oliver Tench to recognize him See The Loch TV series The Loch Steve Alten Books Jul , At it s heart, THE LOCH is a creature feature monster yarn, in the same vein as JURASSIC PARK KING KONG The hunt for the creature, the science behind her, the Nessie attacksthey all have incredible page turning power. The Loch by Steve Alten The loch is Loch Ness and as you can guess the main character is Nessie the Loch Ness monster Zack Wallace find the roots of his migraines and night terrors by returning to his roots while simultaneously solving multiple mysteries. The Loch Rotten Tomatoes Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies TV The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets The Loch The Loch Central Park Conservancy Jan , The Loch is one of several man made water bodies integral to Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux s naturalistic vision for the Park It is an outlier, however, in that is partially fed by a natural watercourse formerly known as Montayne s Rivulet. The Loch Steve Alten The Loch 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 The Loch TV Mini Series Full Cast Crew The Loch TV Mini Series cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and Menu Movies Showtimes Tickets Showtimes Tickets Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon DVD Blu ray Releases Release Calendar Movie News India Movie Spotlight.

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    • Steve Alten

      Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University Struggling to support his family of five, he decided to pen a novel he had been thinking about for years Working late nights and on weekends, he eventually finished MEG A Novel of Deep Terror Steve sold his car to pay for editing fees On September Friday the 13th, 1996, Steve lost his general manager s job at a wholesale meat plant Four days later his agent had a two book, seven figure deal with Bantam DoubledayG would go on to become the book of the 1996 Frankfurt book fair, where it eventually sold to than a twenty countries MEG hit every major best seller list, including 19 on the New York Times list 7 audio , and became a popular radio series in Japan.Steve s second release, The TRENCH Meg sequel was published by Kensington Pinnacle in 1999 where it also hit best seller status His next novel, DOMAIN and its sequel, RESURRECTION were published by St Martin s Press Tor Books and were runaway best sellers in Spain, Mexico, Germany, and Italy, with the rights selling to than a dozen countries.Steve s fourth novel, GOLIATH, received rave reviews and was a big hit in Germany It is being considered for a TV series MEG Primal Waters was published in the summer of 2004 A year later his seventh novel, The LOCH, hit stores a modern day thriller about the Loch Ness Monster Steve s eighth novel, The SHELL GAME, is about the end of oil and the next 9 11 event The book was another NY Times best seller, but the stress of penning this real life story affected Steve s health, and three months after he finished the manuscript he was diagnosed with Parkinson s Disease Steve s ninth novel, MEG Hell s Aquarium, is considered to be the best of the best selling MEG series Steve says his best novel is GRIM REAPER End of Days The story, a modern day Dante s Inferno, takes place in New York when a man made plague strikes Manhattan.Steve s novels are action packed and very visual He has optioned DOMAIN, MEG and The LOCH to film producers Steve has written six original screenplays His comedy, HARLEM SHUFFLE was a semi finalist in the LA screenwriting contest, his comedy MINTZ MEATS was selected as a finalist at the Philadelphia film festival as was his psychological thriller, STRANGLEHOLD Steve s reality series, HOUSE OF BABEL won at Scriptapalooza He has also created a TV Drama, PAPA JOHN, based on his years coaching basketball with Hall of Fame coach John Chaney.Over the years, Steve has been inundated with e mail from teens who hated readinguntil they read his novels When he learned high school teachers were actually using his books in the classroom MEG had been rated 1 book for reluctant readers Steve launched Adopt An Author, a nationwide non profit program designed to encourage students to read Teachers who register for the program it s free receive giant shark posters, free curriculum materials, student author correspondence, an interactive website, and classroom conference calls visits with the author To date, over 10,000 teachers have registered, and the success rate in getting teens to read has been unprecedented Steve now spends half his work week working with high schools For information click on AdoptAnAuthorAs an author, Steve has two goals First, to continue to work hard to become a better storyteller and create exciting page turning thrillers Second, to remain accessible to his readers Steve reads and answers all e mails, uses the names and descriptions of his loyal fans as characters in all his novels, and even hires readers as editors, depending on their particular expertise.



    989 thoughts on “The Loch

    • DNF. Made it 76 pages. Incredibly stupid and sexist and did I mention stupid? Also, it's very stupid. Zero stars.


    • A biological mystery/thriller set in Scotland's Loch Ness. Something in the water is attacking animals and people. Could it be Nessie? And if it is, what kind of creature is it and what's causing it to attack now?The book has alot of quotes from real marine biology, ecology, and evolutionary scientific works interspersed within the fictional plot. The author also tells about the history of Scotland and the Loch Ness area, and quotes actual eyewitness accounts of Nessie sightings at the beginning [...]


    • Steve Alten takes on the legend of Nessie, blending fact with fiction in The Loch. Zach Wallace, a descendant of another legend, William Wallace of Braveheart fame, is a talented yet somewhat hapless marine biologist. His last project, locating the elusive giant squid in the depths of the Sargasso Sea, was both a success and a catastrophe, and now Zach's afraid to go back in the water. When his estranged father, Angus, summons him to Inverness, where he is standing trial for murder, Zach relucta [...]



    • 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 [...]


    • This fast moving novel will take you on underwater adventures in the Sargasso Sea and Loch Ness laced with romance and a murder mystery. The story is amplified with bits of marine biology, Scottish history and quotes of probable monster sightings.It’s hard to tell where fact and fiction separate. For instance, How much about ecology of the Loch is real? Is it an accurate portrayal of how the blasts to build the highway affected the Loch? Is there a deeper cavern? I presume the Nessie sightings [...]


    • This is not great literature but it sure was a fun read. It combines a wee bit of Scottish history, the templar mythology, the origins of nessie and her tenure in the loch all while riding a Harley. With a broken foot. Anyway, I digress. The book is a fun read and I really enjoyed it. For a quick read it intersperses two timelines well and they ties together nicely as you read through the story. The characters are fun, but none of them have much depth they do get the story on its way though. It [...]


    • 2 AND 1/2 STARS. I really enjoyed Meg, author Steve Alten's breakout bestselling novel, and with my fascination regarding the mysteries behind the Loch Ness Monster, I had to pick this one up too. For me, The Loch is a mixed bag. While the main storyline is quite exciting, Alten wedges large chunks of dry historical background that seem to be copied from a middle school book report. These unnecessary facts constantly pulled me out of the story, making it difficult to come back to the main focus, [...]


    • One word -- STUPID!I expect at least vaguely plausable scenarios, and the glaring error/lack of understanding of the physical principles in this book is the most egregious I have ever seen in a book in print. Made me want to throw the book against the wall. I have lost all respect for this author (and for the editor and publisher as well!)


    • This is a highly entertaining adventure from Alten, who is famous for his MEG series. I enjoyed the heck out of the science, story, and characters in this novel. THE LOCH is quite similar to some of the excellent books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, like THUNDERHEAD, THE ICE LIMIT, and RIPTIDE.



    • This story fits the Thriller genre, specifically the Scientific Thriller genre very well. The biology behind the creature shows detailed research and possibly consultation with biologists and cryptozoologists. The pacing could have been a little faster and more exciting. The author provided a lot of Nessie sightings and evolution tidbits that broke up the flow of the story. Fortunately, the effect of the first person narration makes up for some of the pacing issues. The reader learns everything [...]


    • Zach Wallace has spent a lifetime putting his first nine years on the shores of Loch Ness and his emotionally abusive father behind him. He suffers from migraines, but other than those and a few scars he keeps covered, he has completely moved on from the events of his ninth birthday, when a tree overturned his boat and, wrapping him in barbed wire, nearly dragged him to the bottom. At least, that’s what the official report says. He was rescued by a neighbor and his mother left his father after [...]


    • I confess that I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, not when the front cover proclaimed it to be " the best work of fiction since King Kong and The Lost World!", LOL! But the subject matter intrigued me and it turned out to be surprisingly readable.Steve Alten isn't ever going to win any prizes for literature. From a look of the list of other books he has written he would seem to be a writer in the mould of Dan Brown - formulaic plots, one dimensional characters and surprisingly exciting sto [...]


    • I love books with creatures, even better if they're mythological creatures making an appearance in the world of man. The idea of a marine biologist searching for Nessie may not be original, but I figured it was guaranteed to be fun. The Loch isn't quite what I expected.While I enjoyed parts of it, I can't say I loved it as a whole. The main character, Dr. Zachary Wallace, takes a while to warm up to. I kept waffling between disliking and liking him, but maybe that's what the author intended. The [...]


    • Outside of his very popular "Meg" series, The Loch is arguably Steve Alten's most well received book, garnering good reviews from the majority of people who have read it. It certainly has an interesting plot and enough going on to hold your attention but unfortunately there are also quite a few faults with his writing.The plot is obviously based around the Scottish lake called Loch Ness, famous for it's monster lore which also takes centre stage in Alten's story with a Marine biologist tasked to [...]


    • Such a disappointment from Alten. Unlike Meg, or The Trench (both of which I devoured in a few days around the pool one summer), The Loch was a snooze-fest. I kept putting it down, reading other things, and picking it back up just so I could finish it.Alten's usually good at writing about not-so-extinct mega-prehistoric-sharks making chum salads out of hapless humans - great beach stuff! Unfortunately, Alten's foray into the domain of Nessie, the Loch-Ness monster, fails miserably IMO. The chara [...]


    • What is it about Alten and dark water? Doesn't matter whether its an ocean or deep lake, he manages to create a sense of menace and downright fear from being out there alone in the dark. Alten is able to pull the legend of the Loch into today's world, and blends the ancient with the modern. There was a fair bit of backgrounding and character building going on in the middle of the book, and was looking like a 3.5 rating. However it's worth hanging in there, as within a few pages it picked up spee [...]


    • Having nearly drowned in his youth on the fabled Loch Ness, and whisked away after his parents divorce, Zachary Wallace, now a famous and well known marine biologist, suffers another near fatal accident while researching in the Sargasso Sea, trouble by nightmares and a phobia of water, not a good thing for a marine biologist,his father Angus Wallace is being tried for murder back in Scotland, so Zach once again is back in the highlands of Scotland and faceing his fears and nightmares, both his f [...]


    • The Loch could be a Fox Mulder "I ( want to) Believe." I don't remember when I first heard about the Loch Ness monster -- Nessie, but I do remember the excitement of a prehistoric animal inhabiting the lake. I BELIEVE!!The Loch grabbed my attention from the first page and kept me interested through out the entire book. I like the tie in with the Templers, and the diary from 1330, as well as the writings of those who had seen Nessie surface in the lake. The characters were well written and believ [...]


    • I liked this one a lot. Some interesting theories and twists mixed with Scottish lore. There were a couple character similarities to the first MEG book that bugged me: a hero with PTSD that's bordering a little too much on self pity, and the love interest who is very bitchy for the first half. But it wasn't so bad, and I liked the rest of the story.


    • This book was delicious. A plausible scientific explanation for the Loch Ness monster tied up in a thriller that's part mystery, part love story, and part tale of an underdog. Steve Alten is a PhD marine biologist, but don't let that fool you into thinking he can't weave a good tale. And yes, this fueled my desire to tour Scotland.


    • I would have given three and a half stars but that is impossible.You learn a lot about Scotland and especially Loch Ness combined with action and scientific background.Read my full review


    • The waters are thick, dark as night, and icy cold. They writhe and lap, crashing against the rocks and the cliffs that surround the lake, fighting to be free. Down in the depths of the lake, a creature writhes in fury. Raging through the waters, it fights its confines. Rising upon the surface, crawling upon land, it feeds. We all know the story of the Loch Ness Monster. We've grown up equating it with Bigfoot, up there in the world of "probably not real, but fun to think about." Zachary Wallace, [...]


    • Man, these books are so hard to rate. For me, this was a 4 star book because it was a blast of fun, but at the same time, on a critical level the writing was bad, the characters were hilariously hackneyed, every attempt at romance or emotional dialog was LOL funny, and it just overall is probably a 2 star book in quality.ButFor me, Steve Alten books are like really great trash movies - You don't read them for piercing insights into the soul or thoughtful revelations on life, you read them for th [...]


    • The Loch by Steve Alten. This is an excellent action adventure novel. The loch is Loch Ness and as you can guess the main character is Nessie the Loch Ness monster. Zack Wallace find the roots of his migraines and night terrors by returning to his roots while simultaneously solving multiple mysteries. Zack is a believable character in his coping with his night terrors. An over achiever he must face his deep rooted fears. The popularity of the Loch Ness monster practically guarantees a successful [...]


    • I have stood within the ruins of Urquhart Castle in the Scottish Highlands peering into a dark Loch Ness in an attempt to glimpse that elusive creature of the deep, "Nessie." The secrets of the Loch date back to 565 AD and after hundreds of years, thousands of reported sightings, expeditions and theories does a prehistoric creature really live within those depths? From the Castle to the Loch's 23 mile length all I can claim is that I didn't see Nessie that day. Over the years reports of sighting [...]


    • Steve Alten has written a few books involving long-dead creatures (notably Carcharodon Megalodon, the protagonist of his 'Meg' series) but here he tackles the subject of cryptozoology, that is, creatures that might exist but presumably don't, and he succeeds mightily at convincing readers that there is a creature inhabiting the famous Scottish lake. With the 'Meg' books, there were subplots that went nowhere and slowed the book down a bit, but here Alten's writing is at full throttle at all time [...]


    • I really enjoyed this read as a kind of fluffy suspense novel with sci-fi aspirationsIt actually grabbed my attention a lost faster than I expected, and then held onto it for the rest of the book. The suspense was palpable, the horror was minor, but memorable, and the characters were fun and interesting. I liked the intertwining threads of story (the murder case, the monster-chase, the templar knights, and the main character's childhood memories) and how they fit together. There was a little com [...]


    • Liked the use of mobile tech (phones, internet on laptops) with realistic and spotty coverage.The book felt rather long but it was worth it, if even for the main setting, Loch Ness, alone!The science felt sound and the devastating deaths and fight scenes well describes.Warrants still not really 5 stars, but as I write this now (3 months later, sorry) I do not care.In my childhood I read some real-world (-ocean) books like Hans Hass, Costeau and others, having an interest in Ocean-Life, so this i [...]


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