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(Loch #2)

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East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice int

Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Rebel Press (first published September 23rd 2014)
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May 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
VOSTOK is the latest addition to an ever-growing list of Steve Alten novels ruined by the author's insistence on cramming his nutty political and religious viewpoints down readers' throats.
Worst of all, he saves this crap for the second half, after you're already invested in the story and can't just put the book down and walk away. The first half of VOSTOK is actually quite excellent. Not just good... Excellent. Like something Michael Crichton might have written. There're all kinds of exciting r
Bob Milne
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alien-ufo
Steve Alten's Vostok is an odd book, a science fiction themed adventure that dabbles in several different genres, teasing the reader with multiple scenarios and plot lines, before making a major leap in theme that demands a little patience and trust on the part of the reader. It pays off, if you stick through to the end, but there's no doubt that the transition is a little jarring.

Really, this is a book that has it all - good old fashioned monster horror, Jurrasic Park style science fiction, Los
Paul Wilkerson
First half is a great example of what I like about the majority of Alten's books. Last half was terrible. It ruined the theme, tone, and direction.
Paul E. Morph
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok

I have a lot of time for Steve Alten. He writes the pulpy kind of b-movie creature feature I absolutely adore. This book, though? Ugh...

The first third of this one is fine; just the sort of thing I come to Alten's books for. I can only assume, however, that at the end of the first act, Alten suffered a severe blow to the head because at this point the book makes a screeching left turn into wibbly-wobbly-cuckoo-town-pseudoscience-conspiracy-theory territo
Mia Michalek
*spoiler alert!!!!!*
what in the world did I just read? I was so excited about reading this book, because I love Steve Alten's books. The story kicked off very well and seemed to be leading to a strong middle, then BOOM!!! He throws in space aliens, quantum physics, time travel, mind reading and tons of things that make absolutely zero sense! I'm still confused....
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this, as I love this author's books, but the plot was just too far out and all over the place for me. I was hoping for something more like Meg and far less Ancient Alien Theory.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not fans expecting a true sequel of his other books.
2.5 stars

I need to explain this rating....I really enjoy the MEG series, and I LOVED The LOCH. The combination of the two takes place after Meg 4: Hell's Aquarium, and The Loch. We start out with our main character, Zach Wallace, and his family (from the Loch); the plot moves along rapidly at this point. The first 200-250 pages were exactly what I was expecting from this novel--a combination of underwater creatures and new technology to get to some "unexplored" areas in the depths.

Katherine Coble
Jun 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Such a HAWT mess. Seriously. All I wanted was a "there's a scary sea monster" summer read. I didn't in any way want the acid trip of spiritual gobbledegook that this book turned into. It was a chore to get through.

ETA: The more I think about it the more I wonder what on earth compelled me to give this two stars. So I knocked it down to 1.
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read many Steve Alten novels and have really enjoyed them, however this novel went too far into the realm of craziness! This book had so much potential and I truly loved the first half of the book with the characters truly trying to solve the mysteries and the science of Lake Vostok. The second half of the novel took a strange turn into more science fiction and less science. I really enjoy the characters and the humor Mr. Alten interjected into the story, but the plot line went to far for ...more
Stewart Tame
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sequel to Alten’s previous book, The Loch. It also ties in with the Meg series. It is not absolutely essential to have read those five books, though, to enjoy this one. Alten does a nice job of summarizing them at the appropriate times without getting too exposition-y.

Marine biologist Zachary Wallace is going through a rough patch. The local tourism industry took a nosedive after he was responsible for the demise of the Loch Ness Monster. Financial pressures have put a strain on h
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
I received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review and as part of a blog tour. My thanks to iRead Book Tours for contacting me.

This has been a truly weird reading experience, because what started with certain premises transformed, around the midway point, into something else - into several somethings to be precise. But let's proceed with order.

Marine biologist Zachary Wallace, a man who had several brushes with death and as a consequence has developed a serious phobia abou
Feb 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of Steve Alten’s Meg series as well as Loch. That being said, I honestly had to force myself to finish Vostok. It started off fairly well. Zach and Brandi have hit a rough patch in their marriage when an opportunity arises that result in his having to dive into Lake Vostok. If you’ve seen the cover of this book, then it should come as little surprise that once again in an Alten novel, a unique enclave of ancient marine life has managed to thrive. Cool, right? That’s why we bought t ...more
No sir, I didn't like it.

Meh. Once again Alten ruins another decent sci-fi premise with his unhinged kabbalist technospiritualism. I wish he would just write a "NON" fiction book espousing all of his beliefs & get it out his system for good & all. The dude has been bonkers ever since "Shell Game".

It's not that I disagree or agree with any of this, it's just that I'm sick of being tricked into reading something I didn't sign up for. I wanted to read a decent sea monster follow-up to "The
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book that start as well that ended as badly. What started out as a science fiction adventure, which is why I like Alten in the first place, ended with a lot of metaphysical clap trap, and talking. It even took the cheap way in the end and altered probability so that nothing ever happened. That being said I will still read the upcoming MEG book because I still like that series. Hopefully it will be better than VOSTOK.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first introduction to author, Steve Alten. While this book does feature characters from his prior novel, The Loch, you don't have to have read The Loch to read this book.

When the first discovery was found with the preserved beasts I was interested and the story lit up the light in my head. Yet, when Zach, Ming, and Ben plunged into the depths of Lake Vostok and encountered all that the lake had to offer, I was hooked and could not stop reading. It was like I was with the crew as they
Hayden Stewart
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Well that was interesting...

I started this novel looking to lose myself in another great marine thriller with Zachary Wallace. The first 1/3 of the book was just that. But then it got (spoiler alert) alien weird. But I stuck with it and the remaining 2/3 of the novel was interesting but at times hard to follow. Some characters didn't seem three dimensional and the jumping back and forth between story arcs could have been handled better. But overall it was at least an interesting rea
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I am looking for a story that I know I am going to enjoy, I always find myself drawn to fiction featuring monsters. There is something insanely entertaining about humanity going up against creatures that they haven’t seen before, and are totally unprepared for. The Loch by Steve Alten had exactly that premise, and I enjoyed that for the most part, so when the opportunity to read the sequel came along I was powerless to resist.

When you have uncovered the truth behind an age-old legend that i
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I want to know who kidnapped Steve Alten and forced him to write this very weird book. It starts out wonderfully. I have read 2 of his "Meg" books and The Loch. I loved the adventures in those 3 books, but this Vostok just gets really weird and ends up being extremely disappointing.
It starts out very exciting, but then goes back to the story in The Loch with characters I hated. And then it gets very weird SciFi-ish and spiritual which is NOT what I thought it would be.
If he'd just stuck
L.M. Mountford
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to this when i heard about it. I loved The Lock, and I loved the first three Meg Books, however i thought the fourth was pushing it abit. However this one i had to put down part way. Firstly I hate crossover sequels, I hate particulary in this case. It's obvious Meg and The Lock wern't intended to cross paths, otherwise the Lock would have worked out very differently. Then to top it off, Vostock stumbles well into the realm of science fiction. The Lock was a believab ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After much waiting, the book I have desired has finally appeared in my grasp...well, browser. To say that I was looking forward to the said literary jewel would be an understatement. It was good, even very good but not brilliant. Why? Without giving away any of the story, Zachary has experienced what I expected in Vostok and much more. However, it was too much of the unexpected (those who read it will know) and too little of the expected that I came to associate Steve Alten with. There appeared ...more
Angela Crawford
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

With VOSTOK Steve Alten has combined two of my favorite worlds. The sequel to The Loch also includes Jonas Taylor and the Tanaka Institute from the Meg series. Filled with the action and terror that comes from mankind meeting creatures from the Mesozoic era, aliens, and a shadow government with it's own secret agenda. This book carries you from Scotland to the Antarctic and places beyond in a non-stop thrill ride. You won't want to put it down. A fast paced, super fun read! Do yourself a favor
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I was really looking forward to this book.
The sequel to The Loch (A story about a giant aquatic beast) and the prequel to the next in the
excellent Meg series (Also about giant aquatic beasts).
Unfortunately about half way through Vostok the author decided to try something new and takes the
story in a vastly different direction.
Without going into details the problem is that the 'new' direction is very clichéd and has
been done far too many times in just about every medium there is.
May 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Never thought I'd give Alten lower than four stars.
This one changed my mind.
I signed up for a creature feature, and the croc on the cover was something I was really looking forward to.
I got the croc for about fifty pages.
I also got a multitude of other beasties, but never for long enough.
Then, about halfway through, I got an entirely new theme of wise old aliens and the decimation of our planet by Big Oil Republicans.
I'm happy to read alien conspiracy theory books, but I like to know they ARE a
Danitza Hamilton
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book will bend your mind

I have always been a fan of Steve Allen and expected this to be a Meg style book. About half way through it took a sharp left turn that had me going Huh? was Steve trying to crowd two totally different books into one? Luckily I held on for the ride and ended up in Stranger In A Strange Land territory. great book.
Lesley Alstrand
I enjoyed the first part of this book , but then it took a left turn. This is nothing like The Loch other than featuring some of the same characters. Without totally ruining the story I can say I didn't like it because it veered off into a primer on the author's religious views rather than telling a great story.
Mar 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I honestly cannot give this book a fair review, as a friend of mine is reading it at this moment so I do not want to spoil it.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a
This rating is very much one to take with a grain of salt. This just didn't suit me, but I don't think I'm the right audience for it. I was all onboard for a B-SF movie about scientists discovering that there is a thriving prehistoric ecosystem underneath Antarctica, but then Alten threw in (view spoiler), and he didn't just throw it in, he shoves it down your throat with a heavy helping of science exposition to wash it down with. And then it doesn't matter because (view s ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I came for giant man-eating crocodiles... I left feeling like I read a manifesto written on the walls of a padded cell.
A girl has no name
Cover leads you to believe that this is a croc version of the Meg series & The Loch. More like aliens, alternate realities & quantum mechanics. Really disappointed.
Matthew Baker
I purchased my first Steve Alten novel as a spur-of-the-moment decision in an airport. I had a three hour flight and needed to kill time, so I put my hands on THE LOCH. The cover looked intriguing and the plot was interesting, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Before I realized what had happened, our plane was landing; the book yanked me in from the start, and three hours passed without my knowing. As a result, I tore through the book in two days. So when I heard VOSTOK was a sorta sequel to THE ...more
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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. Struggling to support his family of five, he decided to pen a novel he had been thinking about for years. Working late nights and on weekends, he eventually finished ...more

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