Zoo

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Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's best book ever.

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For 36 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.

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All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, ...

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Overview

Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's best book ever.

Total
For 36 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.

World
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 violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.

Destruction
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 from "One of the best of the best." (TIME)

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All over the world, animals are going crazy, viciously attacking humans and transforming entire cities into vast killing fields of human prey. After witnessing a savage lion attack, young New York biologist Jackson Oz realizes that these outbreaks have a hidden root cause, but at first his warnings go unheeded while the slaughters continue to escalate. James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have concocted a thriller with an unforgettable premise and ferocious confrontations that may leave you gasping. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR JAMES PATTERSON:

"The Man Who Can't Miss."—Lev Grossman, Time

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

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."—Publishers Weekly

Lev Grossman
"The Man Who Can't Miss."
New York Daily News
"When it comes to constructing a harrowing plot, author James Patterson can turn a screw all right."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446571791
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 238,292
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 275 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    I am a frequent reader. I am a huge fan of James Patterson. I ha

    I am a frequent reader. I am a huge fan of James Patterson. I have read literally all of his books.

    This is easily his worst book, it may be one of the worst books I have had the misfortune to read.

    The premise of the book is unrealistic, and the entire book follows that unbelievable premise.

    Honestly, the book is just awful. Too bad that you can't rate using a zero. If one is poor, then zero would be awful.

    A "Poor" rating for this book is just too high.

    This is my fist book review. I felt compelled to write this to let others know how bad this book really is.

    Save your time and read something else.

    113 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    Would have given a zero if possible

    Started out with an interesting plot idea, but the 'hero' is totally unlikeable and the premise ridiculous. As one other reviewer said, why did some of the first attacks occur in Africa when the causitive agents are cell phone waves and fossil fuel emssions? Why are rhinos affected and not horses, deer or pigs? Dolphins affected in the ocean? Chemicals that cause an instant change in demeanor of so many different species? Then of course the pat answer- the evils of fossil fuels. Please.
    Add in poor characterization, like the rescued female biologist who becomes jealous when she hears about his past girlfriend. Because highly educated women are that shallow and dependent on their relationships.
    Major waste of money.

    43 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    I rarely find a Patterson book that I don't like, and Zoo I defi

    I rarely find a Patterson book that I don't like, and Zoo I definitely like. It's interesting from the very beginning and never slows down, however, you may not trust the family dog or cat quite the same after reading this book.

    42 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    WOW!

    This is one of the best books I've read by James Patterson! Couldn't put it down. It was very well written, thrilling, scary and a very fast read. A book worthy of the late Michael Chrichton. I highly recommend this book.

    41 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    Way Below Par for James Patterson

    I don't know what James Patterson is doing. First he abruptly ends "I, Michael Bennett" and now a ridiculous book about animals gone nuts! Maybe he is spreading himself too thin with a new book planned for every month!

    38 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Horrible Horrible Horrible

    Have I said that I think this book was horrible??

    I really wonder if JP really wrote any part of it. Whoever wrote it has an environmental propaganda that needs to be left for people who enjoys that and not for people who like fiction.

    Horrible! Horrible! Horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    36 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Worst James Patterson book

    I usually can depend on James Patterson delivering a quick suspense book. Zoo is a gory book about animals attacking humans all over the world. The details of killing are too much for me.

    29 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I've read almost all books and this is one of Patterson's best n

    I've read almost all books and this is one of Patterson's best novels. Enjoyed it and would recommend.

    27 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    I HAVE READ EVERYTHING PATTERSON HAS WRITTEN AND THIS BOOK DIDN'

    I HAVE READ EVERYTHING PATTERSON HAS WRITTEN AND THIS BOOK DIDN'T DO ANYTHING FOR ME.
    A LITTLE OFF HIS USUAL GAME. HE NEEDS TO GET BACK TO HIS DETECTIVE ROOTS AND LEAVE THE
    ANIMALS ALONE.

    25 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Don'T RECCOMEND

    Very disapointed. The author missed a great chance for a good book. The book starts out good but turns bad after a few chapters

    25 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Worst book by a great author

    This book was not up to the level of quality I give most of this novels. Very slow moving.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Nonsence

    Mindless ecobable. very disappointed. Writing is childlike

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    He should stick to mysterys and writing the book himself

    I didn't even finish this was trash I looked forward to reading this book was totally disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    My mother who is 63 and I are what you would call huge fans of P

    My mother who is 63 and I are what you would call huge fans of Patterson's books, we have a collection of all of his novels, I'll be the first to admit some of them are "hit and miss", we both were excited to read "Zoo" however we did not at all enjoyed reading it, I would not call it his "best". Readers such as myself are better to check out a copy from a library. Readers should stick with his Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Boring yuk! I want my money back. Patterson has always been afavorite of mine,no more.


    Save your money.your books pricses increase and the quality goes down.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    ZOO.....POO!

    Really bad book. Stupid premise. So, who is using cell phones out in the bush of Africa? Certainly not enough people to create the desired effect upon which the book is based. Poorly thought out Patterson. But then it is my guess that you write for the simpletons out there ...if this is the best book you have ever read or the best Patterson has ever written, then I think the world will certainly be meeting its end sooner rather than later,

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Horrible

    Sad

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Can't make up my mind

    I was really looking forward to this book coming out even though I quit reading his books years ago. The book wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. The premise was good, and his reason for the animals going nuts was interesting, but somehow it just wasn't a satisfying read. I enjoy apocalyptic fiction, but there are much better examples out there. Get this one ffrom the library if you want to read it.

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Shabby ploy to sell books.

    Shame on you.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    HORRIBLE!

    This is the worst Patterson book I've read. I am a big Patterson fan but he missed the boat with this one. I wasn't excited about it when I read the title and summary but thought I'd give it a try. I should have trusted my instincts.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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