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by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge, Jay Snyder

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


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.


All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities.


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


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.


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.


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)

Editorial Reviews

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

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."
Publishers Weekly - Audio
Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh my! In this thriller from Patterson and Ledwidge, all members of the animal kingdom, from true predators to man’s former best friends, decide that humans are what’s for dinner. The book’s follows narrator, Jackson Oz, an environmental biologist who has lost his reputation, his university position, and nearly all of his money trying to warn the world about just such a cataclysmic disaster. Reader Jay Snyder provides Oz with a touch of breezy optimism—at least early on—that takes the edge off the grim slashing and that occurs in the alternating third-person descriptions of man-beast encounters. Snyder also delivers a fair amount of suspense, as Oz embarks on a desperate search for the cause of and the antidote to the sudden worldwide wilding. And while the book’s conclusion may strain credulity, Snyder’s Oz presents his case so positively and persuasively that it’s not until the final disc plays—when all the dogs and cats and rats have returned to their natural states—that anyone is likely to care. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Audio
Patterson and Ledwidge (Now You See Her) team up again for another fast-paced thriller. This time, however, instead of the usual man vs. man conflicts, the authors pit man against nature. Animals all over the globe have begun to behave strangely, apparently coordinating attacks against humans, but when biologist Jackson Oz tries to explain this to the world, he is considered a crackpot. Only when the animal attacks become more frequent and the daughter of the U.S. president is killed does the government call in Oz to figure out why. Jay Snyder narrates, conveying the intelligence and self-deprecating humor typical of a Patterson protagonist, as well as the suspense and quick pace necessary to move the action along. VERDICT Though a bit of a departure for Patterson, this work has enough of his usual storytelling elements to keep fans satisfied. Michael Crichton buffs also may enjoy.—Theresa Horn, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN

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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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

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

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Zoo 3.4 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 674 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DrSarabi10 More than 1 year ago
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.
AvidReaderNM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
doggis More than 1 year ago
I've read almost all books and this is one of Patterson's best novels. Enjoyed it and would recommend.
tmpage More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gickiev More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
zippy1 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disapointed. The author missed a great chance for a good book. The book starts out good but turns bad after a few chapters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not up to the level of quality I give most of this novels. Very slow moving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mindless ecobable. very disappointed. Writing is childlike
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Save your money.your books pricses increase and the quality goes down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this one from the library for $1.50 for 10 days. I donated the $.50 change from the two dollars and now at page 201 I WANT MY FULL two bucks back! Not even imaginable. JP needs to take a vacation. Perhaps Africa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't even finish this was trash I looked forward to reading this book was totally disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!
Musie More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Patterson: When you want to expound on your ecological morals, write a NON-Fiction book, not a Novel. When you want to produce 12 books per year, and when you get someone to help you, make sure your standards are represented in the book When you want to co-write a book, make sure the person you are co-authoring with has the same level of talent and interest in your topic as you do. Unfortunately, this book will send people running away (and not from the animals). You are a better writer than this book demonstrates. It’s too bad that it’s not good enough to use in my class. Here’s hoping that your next book will be up to your past criteria..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A total waste of time and money on this one, and I am a big James Patterson fan. Just didn't enjoy this one at all and I would not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why Patterson would put his name on this book. I will not read him again for a long while- if ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not only a dissapointment but, a waste of money . Find it fraudulent to taunt it as his most thrilling novel yet. As so many of today's authors do, Patterson rushed through the ending in order to get it to the editor and collect the paycheck. Let's pray there is not a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written by an EPA fan -- will not buy any more Patterson books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just plain bad! This is the worst book I have read all year and I read about a book a week. I won't go into the many reasons, just read some of the well written negitive reviews! BAD!!!