Zoo

Zoo

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By (author) James Patterson

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  • Publisher: CENTURY
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 32mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 27 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846058309
  • ISBN 13: 9781846058301
  • Sales rank: 109,033

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For thirty-six years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. "ZOO" is the thriller he was born to write. All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson's "ZOO" is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride.

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JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James has formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent, UK-based charity that changes lives through literacy. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.

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By Marianne Vincent 30 May 2013 2

Zoo is the 29th stand-alone novel by American author, James Patterson and is co-written by Michael Ledwidge. Something has changed the behaviour of the earth's animals: zoo animals are breaking out and attacking; the number of attacks on humans by wild animals is increasing exponentially; and domestic pets are turning on their owners. And it seems the only person who has noticed is college drop-out, Jackson Oz. A trip to Botswana, where Oz catches the strange wild animal behaviour on film, finally attracts some notice. A good novelist will ask his reader to suspend their disbelief on some critical points, but will back up his story with a consistent, believable background of facts. This novel is set partly in the present and partly some years into the future. The basic premise of the story is a good one, but some of the incidents are rather too far-fetched (the escape from lions and crocs in Botswana, the time taken to figure out the cause of the behaviour and the virtually instant reversal of behaviour once Oz's solution is implemented) to avoid the reader scoffing. While the behaviour of the military and politicians is all too believable, the understanding of the machinations of the scientific community seems rather naïve. Patterson introduces a few novel concepts (mutual dreaming, use of smoke to disperse pheromones) and then fails to develop them at all. This novel will appeal to someone who is looking for something where the first few chapters are brand-name soup, something that is part apocalyptic, part anti-pollution lecture, part slapstick, part doomsday prediction, part very poor imitation of Stephen King. Could have been good.

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"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."-- New York Daily News