Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 13, 2005
When New York Times best-selling author Steve Alten set out to write a novel about Loch NessÂs famous inhabitant, he never realized heÂd be caught in a battle between angry scientists and the Scottish government. The LOCH, AltenÂs latest thriller about one manÂs hunt to find the Loch Ness Monster contains cutting-edge science that has received praise from book reviewers and scientists alike. Loren Coleman, the worldÂs leading cryptozoologist, calls The LOCH, Âthe best work of fiction since King Kong and The Lost World.
So why all the controversy?
Alten spent years researching The Loch, separating science from myth. Then just a few weeks before he was due to turn in the manuscript he was contacted by Forensics Investigator William McDonald, who had been researching Loch Ness since 1993. McDonald convinced the author he knew exactly what the creature was, but lacked funding to return to Loch Ness to investigate recent rare land sightings. A deal was struck to fund McDonaldÂs trip in return for the exclusive on his research. McDonald came back with enough evidence to convince Alten to delay publication of The LOCH for two months to re-edit the story!
But it was a discovery in March that may have blown the lid off the entire mystery, making The LOCH more non-fiction than fiction.
Two American students on Spring Break in the U.K. and their local boat tour operator were shocked to discover a half-eaten deer carcass and a shed tooth from its attacker, lodged in the animalÂs ribcage! Photos and video footage can be found at http://www.LochNessTooth.com Unfortunately, a water bailiff confiscated the tooth and now the Highland Government refuses to cooperate in expediting its return.
Outraged members of the scientific community were convinced enough to raise a $100,000 reward for the toothÂs return. And the author? ÂI canÂt imagine this being a hoax, but I donÂt think the Highland Council will release the evidence. If tourists really knew what this creature was, theyÂd never take a boat ride on Loch Ness again.Â
Of course they can always read about it in The LOCH!
Steve Alten can be contacted at [email protected]