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The Loch Audiobook

The Loch: The Loch Series, Book 1

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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.

©2016 Steve Alten (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-26-17
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-26-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "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.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Dark Despot 02-02-17
    Dark Despot 02-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Good Journey Into the Mind of the author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Loch to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I enjoyed the fluid changes in the narrators voice and accent throughout the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was a roller-coaster ride, times of calm hit by sudden plunges into excitement and thrill...


    What about P. J. Ochlan’s performance did you like?

    His ability to jostle his voice and personality making the characters come alive.


    If you could rename The Loch, what would you call it?

    I believe the name to very appropriate


    Any additional comments?

    The book was amazing. I purchased the book on a whim needing something to read but really enjoying the Meg Series from Mr. Alten. I am glad I took the chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susannah French 01-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cntry120crgvr 01-11-17
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    "The Loch"

    Not as good as it sounds. Very disappointed. Although nice, the constant history was unnecessary and there are way too many quotes. Won't listen to another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cowgirlblue 12-28-16
    cowgirlblue 12-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "it was a great adventure."

    it was a great adventure story. it pulled me in and didn't let me go in till the last page.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    britishbob Tx USA 05-15-17
    britishbob Tx USA 05-15-17 Member Since 2007

    A legend in my own tea cup

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    "A Monsterously Fishy Tale."

    I am guessing this author went for a vacation in Scotland and got captured by the myth of Nessie, what we have here is a story so obviously of a foreign land by an American.

    Stories (especially audio) rely very heavily on a suspension of disbelief and this one fails spectacularly as the listener is constantly dragged out of that state time and time again with very obvious mistakes.

    Firstly, why would anyone have a story based largely in Scotland relying heavily on regional accents choose an American for their narrator unless that narrator was especially gifted? And of course....This one isn't!
    Not that he does a bad job, it's just that the material is unsuited.

    Now for the author!

    I thought that this book must have been written by the comedian "Steve Allen;" so laughably flawed is the execution of the story. Time and time again disbelief is suspended by the most basic of errors which shows that all of the research went into Nessie rather than constructing a story.

    I hope the author made money from this book because it's obvious from that research that none was done into life in the British Isles, let alone Scotland.
    Obviously I have a small advantage as I was raised in these isles but I say small as I have never been lucky enough to visit Scotland.


    So let's dissect some of these flaws and I promise to try not to spoil.....

    In the court room scenes the American practice of "Objection and Sustained" are not any part of any U.K. courtroom.

    Later the "flawed hero" travels to see a vet on a Harley Davidson which apparently was "magiced" out of his backside!

    We are (by this time) two thirds of the way into the book and there has been no previous mention of the hero being able to ride, let alone having access to such a machine.

    This aside from the fact that Harley's in the U.K. are as rare as (here it comes....) Nessie droppings. I lived in an area where exotic vehicles were an every day sight but the number of Harley's....... I wouldn't have had to take my socks off to count..... In my life!

    At the end of this journey on this American iconic stallion we find that the vet is (what a surprise...) American.

    The hero then goes through a song and dance with the vet involving some question of legality where upon he declares that he was bitten by Pit Bull dogs.

    Dear Mr. Allen,

    Her Majesties Government specifically outlawed Pit Bulls in the year of our lord 1991 under what was introduced as the "Dangerous Dogs Act."

    Under this act (after a number of attacks by Pit Bull dogs) the breed was specifically neutered so that it would die out and living Pit Bulls were required to be muzzled while outside.
    If any vet questioning the possible legality of what they were about to assist the hero with had been told this story klaxons would have been sounding and the police would have been called.

    The area of Loch Ness has so many Americans inhabiting it there would be no room for locals.

    Has there ever been a good book where the ever so mysterious (and ever popular stage villains) Knights Templar are involved?

    And those are just the flaws that come easily to mind.

    I think if anyone is still reading this klaxons will be sounding for them too.

    Don't waste a credit, don't waste any money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Plantation, FL, United States 05-10-17
    Anthony Plantation, FL, United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2016

    Software engineer and Syfy author (attempting).

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    "Clasis Alten"

    Great story, had all the elements of a classic!!! Hopefully it will get picked up for a movie lime Meg.

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    Dolce M 04-20-17
    Dolce M 04-20-17
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    "Fantastic Book, Great Characters, Great Narration"
    Where does The Loch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I believe that The Loch may have just moved to the top of my list. P.J. Ochlan did a wonderful job with all the character voices and really made me feel that I was listening to the characters. Was very happy to see the P.J. also performed the next book, Vostok as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While True was a great character for so many reasons, Zachary Wallace was still a great protagonist and kept me entertained the entire time. Great character. Angus, gotta love him though. His one liners are amazing :)


    Have you listened to any of P. J. Ochlan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book with PJ but I am now on Vostok and very happy to hear his narration once again. I love the continuity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole store is great, not much more I can say.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Meg series and really love this one. I hope to listen to more of the great tales. These characters are great and loved the crossover that is happening in Vostok and Meg 5. Steve Alten is a wonderful story teller. Keep up the great work! The education you learn on Scotland is quite amazing as well. At first I was like what is this all about, but as the story went on, I found myself looking forward to those parts quite a bit.

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    Curt Vancouver, WA 03-20-17
    Curt Vancouver, WA 03-20-17 Member Since 2005

    I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.

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    "An interesting tale"
    Would you listen to The Loch again? Why?

    Probably not. A book has to be extremely spellbinding to listen to again. And this book although good, not spellbinding


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's about the Loch Ness monster


    Which character – as performed by P. J. Ochlan – was your favorite?

    Zachary


    If you could take any character from The Loch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Angus. He seems to have a lot to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen

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    gabrielle 01-29-17
    gabrielle 01-29-17 Member Since 2014
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    "omg"

    I loved this story... the science and the plot had me at go. I recommend this book to science lovers everywhere

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