Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

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It was really unlike anything I'd read before and I think that is why I picked it up last yea. Still not sure why it took me so long to get to it, but I'm glad that TV show coming out pushed me to read it.
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Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together. This is James Patterson's best book 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)

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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 240 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.
Published September 3, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 417 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime, Comics & Graphic Novels, Horror, Action & Adventure, History. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Sep 23 2012
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Reviewed by Diane Morasco on Aug 13 2011

Welcome back, Mr. Patterson, it’s been way too long since you’ve manipulated my pulse and delivered something worthy of my reading time

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Reviewed by Josef Hernandez on Nov 10 2012

Patterson and Ledwidge seem to be channeling the works of Michael Crichton and this is a must read for fans of that author’s works...it aims to entertain and fulfills that purpose.

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Sep 07 2012

You may not agree with all of the points of view presented here, but at the very least it will keep you reading --- and thinking --- from first page to last.

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Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter on Aug 28 2012

This gripping novel will keep you entertained first page to last, as its plotline borders on sci-fi, yet is also realistic enough to be possible. A fantastic book!

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Reviewed by Heather on Jul 09 2015

Unfortunately, the book jumped the shark partway through. I mean, dolphin. Jumped the dolphin. When dolphins started leaping into a boat en masse I lost it and laughed my ass off. From there the book grew more and more over-the-top.

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Reviewed by Evan Morgan on Sep 08 2012

Great storyline, unique idea, but mediocre follow-through. The characters were flat and overall not compelling. Patterson may be the bestselling author of all time, but this one doesn’t live up to the hype.

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Snowdrop Dreams of Books

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Reviewed by Chrystal on Jul 03 2015

It was really unlike anything I'd read before and I think that is why I picked it up last yea. Still not sure why it took me so long to get to it, but I'm glad that TV show coming out pushed me to read it.

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