Thursday, May 17, 2007

Loch

Speaking of bloodlust............ I just finished reading "Loch" by Steve Alten, and I want to read more, more more.

Marine Biologist Zachary Wallace nearly drowned in Loch Ness when he was a child, but blocked out all memories. Now, he is on an expedition in the Sargasso Sea and has another near-death experience, the description of which was enough to make the hair on your arms stand up and cheer. So, after that, he's afraid of the water. He's also having night terrors. Since he can't go back in the water, his career is all but over, so he starts drinking and carousing, blah, blah, blah, the usual behavior of men who can't suck it up and get on with their lives with a change of career paths.

Then, he gets a phone call from Max Rael, a lawyer in Scotland, who is defending Zach's estranged father, Angus, on a murder trial. Max also happens to be Zachary's half-brother. Turns out, Zachary is a direct descendant of William Wallace (Braveheart), which gives the author all kinds of chances to weave some history into the plot. It's pretty interesting, actually, but, as usual in books of this nature, I found myselt impatient to get back to the bloody parts.

And, there are bloody parts aplenty. People have been disappearing into the mists of Loch Ness for the past year or so, and everyone is blaming poor Nessie. So, Angus tells Zach that he is the only person on the face of the earth who can find and kill the beast. Zach isn't likely to lure the monster to the water's edge, so he'll have to get hold of some diving gear and take the plunge. He resists, of course, and wouldn't you?

Then he sees the one thing that can lure him into the water. A beautiful woman in a skimpy swimsuit. Men are so weak.

Along with descriptive attacks of the monster, Scottish history and the love story, there is a subplot concerning the "Black Knights" (see Google.com).

This wasn't as good as "Jaws", but, there are a couple of other books by Alten called "Meg", and "The Trench" which I have ordered and probably won't review, as I expect them to be a lot like this one, and don't want to bore you. They are both about Megalodons (huge sharks, ancestors of the Great White). Oooooooooooo, shiver! I can't wait to read them.

18 comments:

Annie said...

Betty, I just have to ask, "Do you suffer from nightmares after you read in bed?"

Betty said...

Annie: I don't read in bed. I sleep in bed. I read in the living room, in my recliner, with all the lights on. No nightmares. My nightmares spring from my real life. lol

Peggy said...

Our Nessie wouldn't harm a hair on anybody's head!

her indoors said...

hope he didn't kill nessie!!!!

dc said...

Well this book lady had to look on the shelf because I recognized the authors name. I have a couple copies of his book, Domain, about an archealogist and Mayan pyramids. Looks interesting. Now I may have to read it.

Nancy said...

Hi Betty,

I see by your profile that you like to do crossword puzzles. So, maybe you will be interested in a conversation I overheard yesterday on the bus.
A little nun was doing the crossword and you could see her puzzling over one definition. She thought and thought and then wrote her answer in. She looked at it again and still not sure she asked the gentleman sitting next to her, "Sir, What has four letters and is found at the bottom of a birdcage and ends in I T ?" He thought a minute and said, "Grit" She thanked him, smiled and said," Do you have an eraser?"

Newt said...

OK, first, Nancy's story is darling.

Your book review cracked me up. You're too funny. I'm not sure if that is what you intended but all the same.........

Betty said...

Peggy and Her Indoors: Not to worry.

dc: I'll get around to that one some day.

Nancy: Funny story!

Newt: I tried to make it funny. I'm not as serious as I sometimes seem.

Tink said...

I've been wanting to read that book for awhile now. "Meg" was fantastic! I bought several copies of that book because I kept loaning it to friends, and apparently they liked it so much they "forgot" to give it back. You should pick it up. :)

Have a great weekend!

mjd said...

Your book sounds intriguing, maybe summer will bring a few moments to read. Although not bloody, I enjoyed another marine biology book called Highest Tide by Jim Lynch. I found the book strangely spiritual.

Sister--Three said...

I am reading about the life of Jeff Davis' wife, Varina Howell. It
is interesting. I also checked out a book about the Duke Diet. Oh, well, I can't stay with any of those diets. Glad you have something good to entertain you.

Nancy said...

Betty,

Tell sister--three to forget that Duke diet. Go on my new plan. It really works. It's called the Cincinnati Reds diet. You only eat when the Reds WIN!!!!!!!!!

Lorna said...

Betty,
I will continue to read your book reviews on water thingys. LOL I am afraid of water (cannot swim at all!) and books that take me underwater are not on my list if reads. LOLOL Have a great weekend............hugssssssssss

Annie said...

No one can ever call you a librocubicularist, Betty.

Nancy said...

Betty or Annie,

Please,please tell us what LIBROCUBICULARIST means. I have scoured my dictionary to no avail.

Betty said...

mjd: I'll look for that book. Sounds good.

sister-three: Good luck on your diet.

Lorna: I can't swim, either, and I'm afraid of the water. But, I love books about sea life.

Annie: Nope. I don't do anything in bed but sleep, more's the pity.

Nancy: It means "someone who reads in bed".

Arkansas Songbird said...

Wow, this sounds like my kind of book. I will have to check it out!

wordgirl said...

I read mysteries, but usually only in the summer months when I can allow my brain to relax and take it easy. Otherwise, I'm not a big reader of that genre. But I'm learning.