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Steve Alten

Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University.


The Loch: Like pizza: You know it’s bad for you, but you can’t help but enjoy it

The Loch by Steve Alten

Steve Alten’s The Loch is full of clichés — the dialogue, the narration, and the plethora of borrowed plot lines from Jaws. You know the good characters from the bad. You can predict which ones will die violently (and deservedly so), and you know which bad guys will turn out to be good guys. But you know what, I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I found myself staying up through the wee hours to get through "just one more chapter." At first I felt a little embarrassment at enjoying it so much. But ultimately I gave in and just went with it.


Now, it's a fact that I was a hardcore Loch Ness Monster fanatic growing up in the 1970's. I'm pretty sure I was the only kid in my school that kept checking out the thin Mystery of Loch Ness from our scho... Read More