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Awful, there are so many others books more deserving of your $s
on February 9, 2008
Having seen the other two reviews I'm worried I have made a terrible mistake and read a different book but sadly, not so. I read "Meg" years and years ago and remember it being entertaining in a high tech, underwater monster sort of way and thought I would give "The Loch" a try. I ignored the fact that the only quotes they could rustle up are from Loren Coleman.."the world's leading cryptozoologist" and another from TV Guide Online, and even they describe it as an "engossing beach read, as if that is any kind of recommendation. I checked, no New York Times, Telegraph..Pickering advertiser..maybe it is on their "to do lists", however I suspect not.
I'm sorry to say that "The Loch" has almost nothing to recommend it, it lurches at breakneck pace (not in a good way) from scene to scene, the characters are paper thin composites of every cliche out there...the tortured young genius with a dark past...the corporate parasite riding our hero's skills to glory, honestly it was as if someone had fed a thousand Crichtons, Grishams, Clancys etc into a large computer and asked it to spew out the characters ready formed.
At one point, our tortured hero is in hospital after an underwater mishap and his fiancee visits him...without going into too much details our hero says "Risa, rye rove roo"...Steve, I think Scooby Doo has dibs on this voice. I'm wracking my memory to see if I can recall a single thing to recommend this book but sorry, nothing springs to mind. Every day, there are a lot of great books written and a great many more bad ones, this is very much towards the bottom of the latter group. If you are looking for an underwater thriller, read "Shadow Divers", it has more atmosphere, excitement and drama in one paragraph than this book has in its 461 dreadful pages.