Review: One of the best aspects of Steve Alten's latest thriller, The Loch, is that he takes a rather preposterous premise and makes it believable.
The blending of factual and fictional material as crafted by Alten for the book is both fascinating and credible. That he is able to seamlessly incorporate all this into an admittedly convoluted plot is all the more astounding. There are several mysteries intertwined here: historical, psychological, physical, and personal. And they are all brought neatly together in a satisfying manner in the final chapters of the book.
Though it is highly unlikely that Alten is planning a series based on Zach Wallace, the central character of The Loch, he should consider it. Zach is an engaging character and there are no doubt many more mysteries of the sea on which he could use his sleuthing abilities.
Acknowledgment: Blanco & Peace provided a copy of The Loch for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
The Shell Game
Sweetwater Books (Hardcover), January 2008
ISBN-13: 9781599550947; ISBN-10: 1599550946
Location(s) referenced in The Loch: Scotland
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The Loch by Steve Alten
Publisher: Tsunami Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: April 2006
List Price: $14.95