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The Blue Zone: A Novel Hardcover – April 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (April 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739480731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739480731
  • ASIN: 0061143405
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Having coauthored five bestsellers with James Patterson (Lifeguard, etc.), Gross makes a solo debut superior to his collaborative efforts, if short of the first thriller rank. His engaging heroine, Kate Raab, a medical researcher in the Bronx, is shocked when the Feds arrest her beloved gold trader father, Benjamin, and charge him with laundering money for a Colombian drug cartel. A hit team's attempt to kill the entire Raab family prompts all of them, except Kate, to start their lives anew in the witness protection program. Kate's choice, predictably, places her in continuing danger, even as she begins to suspect that her father's involvement with the narco traffickers was more deliberate and extensive than he's willing to admit. The secret revelations at the heart of the plot may strike some as a little far-fetched, and the details about the witness protection program fail to convince, but Gross shows sufficient talent for readers to want to see more from his pen alone. (May)
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"Gross makes a solo debut superior to his collaborative efforts...[He] shows sufficient talent for readers to want to see more from his pen alone." -- -- Publishers Weekly

"Gross offers much that will please: an intriguing premise, shocking twists, a gripping plot, and a sympathetic female lead who faces heartrending dilemmas as she grapples with the truth. Highly recommended." -- -- Library Journal

"Real fear, real thrills, real suspense ... real good." -- -- Lee Child, author of The Hard Way

"THE BLUE ZONE is a tense and chilling thriller with a whole lot of heart." -- -- James Patterson

More About the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times and international bestsellers The Blue Zone, Don't Look Twice, and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year award by the International Thriller Writers, Reckless, and most recently, Eyes Wide Open. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn. You can follow Andrew Gross on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and at AndrewGross Books.com.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Benedict-Devine on November 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This novel is great writing from beginning to end. The story delves into the ins and outs of the Witness Protection Program and what happens when it is compromised. To summarize, Benjamin Raab and family have lived an extremely comfortable life for more than twenty years. The children, Kate (a research analyst), Emily and Justin (high school students) as well as wife, Sharon, are happy and content with each other as well. All this comfort falls apart abruptly as Ben's influential "gold business" becomes infiltrated by the FBI and he is accused of conspiracy and money laundering. It is soon discovered by Kate that all the secrecy that begins from that moment on has been traced to the Mercado family - a sprawling drug cartel home-based in Columbia. Kate becomes increasingly leery of the "protection" her family is provided. The reader, as well as our heroine, is under a veil of confusion on who it is they can trust; the WITSEC program, the FBI, or the sincerity of a man Kate had always believed was her great protector. She is determined to clear her father's name and get to the truth at any cost. The story takes the reader for a roller coaster ride of suspense and surprise revelations as Kate works very hard to protect what family she has left. The Blue Zone is an extremely well-written story and will have it's readers on the edge of their seat until the very last page is turned.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By NewDiane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 11, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a fast, easy read, with just enough good writing to hold your attention...and plenty of undeveloped characters, weak backstory, and unrealistic dialogue to annoy you. After a prologue that basically tells you nothing, the adventure begins. How a lab technician manages to penetrate the Witness Protection Program to find her family is only one of many discrepancies that made me say "Hello? Can we have a dash of reality here?" The enigmatic "fraternidad" is not given enough weight to justify the rest of the plot. That said, it was the kind of enjoyable book that is good to read while commuting on a train - you don't have to pay much attention, and you won't miss your stop. But then you're going to want to read something more substantial afterwards.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on May 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've read hundreds of thrillers, and was eagerly looking forward to THE BLUE ZONE, largely because I enjoyed two of the novels Andrew Gross wrote with James Patterson (JUDGE & JURY and LIFEGUARD). Unfortunately, Gross's debut as a solo author was a big disappointment for me.

This novel has two major problems. The first is its lack of good characterization. Nearly all of the characters in THE BLUE ZONE are stereotypes and lack personality. The heroine, in particular, is remarkably bland. Most of the dialogue in THE BLUE ZONE is trite and cliched. Most of the supporting characters are sketchy and underdeveloped. In the end, I cared for nobody in this book.

I might forgive this problem if the plot was decent. Unfortunately, the whole "witness protection" plot is far-fetched and lacks realism. All of the plot twists in THE BLUE ZONE are labored and overblown. I found much of the plot awkwardly structured, and I was more confused than enthralled by how all the events played out.

In short, avoid this book. There are far superior thriller writers out there -- Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Child, Greg Iles, and Laura Lippman come to mind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barry Friedman on May 18, 2010
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While the premise is good, the author defuses any suspense by repeating every event over and over. He does not give the reader credit for getting it the first time. The book is a page-turner--I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to finish the damn thing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Franilla on February 17, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book started out interesting enough but by the middle it had turned mediocre and soon became tedious, dumb and unbearable and I'd come to hate the main character. 2/3rds through, I just couldn't force myself to keep reading so I tossed it in the trash. I give novels to a friend after reading but this is too crappy to pass onto another. James Patterson is a master storyteller and even his worst novels are fun and entertaining, so now I know that he's the one who keeps his co-written books with Andrew Gross on a readable level. This book is SILLY. I'll never know how it ends but hopefully the main character gets killed, she's too boring to live.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I would guess that coat tailing with James Patterson has taught Andrew Gross alot. In fact this novel is one of the best written ones I've read this year. Along with its intricate plotting, it was both very emotional and highly suspenseful. With the many little surprises it provided, this was definitely one that was hard to put down.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Bronx based medical researcher Kate Raab is stunned when the FBI arrests her gold trader father, Benjamin for moving money for a drug cartel. Even more shocking is when a precision squad of hitmen tries to kill all of Benjamin's relatives. Everyone immediately accepts the Feds' offer to start over inside the witness protection program; that is every member except Kate.

When Benjamin abruptly flees the WPP and is subsequently accused of killing his government contact agent, Kate begins to wonder just who her dad is as she had not truly believed the original charges. She needs to know if she shares the DNA of a cold blood killer or is he something else; she prays for something else though not sure what that could be even as her inquires lead to one betrayal after another.

On his first unaccompanied flight (sans James Patterson), Andrew Gross provides readers with an interesting action-packed thriller that focuses on the deceptiveness of the Witness Protection Program. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the Mercado cartel attack the extended Raab family and never slows down as a likable heroine struggles for the truth. Though key aspects of the plot seem implausible, WPP thriller fans will not care as Mr. Gross provides a delightful entertaining tale.

Harriet Klausner
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