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The Loch

The Loch, by Steve Alten.  This is one of the best monster-type scary stories I’ve read in years.  I found it at the Goodwill and it was worth the entirety of the 69 cents I paid for it, and then some.  I had read MEG, also by Steve Alten a number of years ago, and though I was already creeped out from wanting to do more than wade in any ocean from Jaws (both the movie and the book by Peter Benchley), MEG sufficiently reinforced that creepedoutedness to a point where I doubt I’m going to wade much deeper than the tops of my feet.  And now there are great white sharks off the eastern seaboard.  Go figure.  Anyway….

This was a good book and very worth reading.  Here’s the back-of-the-book:  “Loch Ness holds secrets, ancient and deadly.  Does a monster inhabit its depths, or is it just a 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 has 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 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.”

***1/2 stars.  Very good story.  I don’t usually read scary things, but since I’m never planning to swim in Loch Ness, it’s not likely to be something that haunts me personally.

Happy Reading Everybody!

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August 9, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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