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Zoo Hardcover – September 3, 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 3,984 customer reviews
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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

About 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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316097446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316097444
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,984 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Zoo" is full of point-of-view errors, sloppy dialog, one-dimensional main characters, tell-don't-show, and artificially-induced pacing. There are a few neat action sequences, and the premise is fascinating, but the science is horrible, and the moral posturing is infuriating. Ecologists and "green" folks everywhere should bury all the remaindered copies of this book, because the best use it can serve for our ecology is as a carbon sink.

SPOILER ALERT: human-induced ecological collapse is a neat premise. The accidental generation of a pheromone that makes animals hate people is a bit of a stretch. The way in which these premises and plot-whoppers are worked into the story, however, is stupefyingly clumsy to the point of being insulting.

The publisher says "Zoo is the thriller he was born to write." That's a little bit like saying "this cardboard box is the mansion he was born to build," or "this steaming pile of excrement is the meal he was born to eat." My only consolation for having my intelligence insulted by Patterson is that Patterson's publisher has inadvertently insulted him with the glowing praise.
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I was really excited about this book coming out. It sounded so interesting from the description. The first part of the book had so much potential and then it took a completely annoying turn for the second half of the book. It was confusing and not at all believable. I found myself feeling angry that I got tricked into buying another go green book. Very disappointing.
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It appears that like Clive Cussler, James Patterson is franchising his name. Getting other people to write your books, that's as old as Dickens.
The problem is that a different voice appears in every book. Haven't heard the masters voice in years. Pity.
This book is sadly not what the real James Patterson would have written all those years ago.
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By Mc on September 4, 2012
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Ugh. The plot is nonsensical. It reads like something out of an old Sci-Fi/Horror film. The only reason I even bothered to finish the novel was just to see what new level of idiocy it would reach. Do NOT buy this book.
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I can't believe JP put his name on this garbage! I totally hated it. I feel like someone stole fifteen bucks from me! Save your money ....slow going..horrible writing
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By S. A. Burdette on September 4, 2012
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A big waste of time and money. I am really disappointed with Mr. Patterson. He is so much better than this mess of imagination and lengthy descriptions.
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Well, I just did the unthinkable----I returned a james patterson book I had preordered for my Kindle. The first few chapters were wonderful, then we get introduced to the main character. Now, I have read all of the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and most of the Women's Murder Club books. I had anxiously awaited Zoo. The main character is so cliched I finally said to myself, ENOUGH! I'm looking for a character with character. Not one with a constant glib expression, one after another. Goodbye, James Patterson.
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Despite all the negative reviews, I enjoyed the book and thought it was worth the time it took to read, which wasn't that much since I flew through it. It was food for thought in the way that a lot of science fiction turns out to be in that "what if..." kind of way. And it held my attention and I was entertained by it, despite the stretch of the imagination in the field of science. But I'm not a scientist, so I thought, 'Okay, I'll go with this explanation. This is a book of fiction.' "Zoo" is definitely a departure from Patterson's usual thrillers. No serial killers or heinous crimes against humans committed by other humans.

This is a story of animals turning against humans, even the beloved docile family dog turning into a killer canine within minutes. From the largest animals on earth to the smallest, none can be trusted as the story goes on, but scientist Jackson Oz, known as just Oz, becomes a valuable tool in discovering what is causing the worldwide massacre of humans by animals. Most think it is a virus, but all of that changes when Oz does some dangerous research on his own by following a pack of dogs one evening. What he witnessed was beyond belief. Things start fitting into Oz's theory of Human-Animal Conflict(HAC) and it has nothing to do with a virus.

At the same time, while Oz is traveling from one place to the other, and to Washington, D.C. to help the government solve the crisis, his own beloved chimpanzee, Attila, is left at his home and is being cared for by Oz's ex-girlfriend. Oz knows that Attila will soon have to be put in a zoo or other facility for his care because he is growing too big and Oz won't be able to care for him, and chimpanzees are dangerous animals after a certain age.
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