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The Zoo Job (A Leverage Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 5, 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Leverage Series

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Keith R. A. DeCandido is a science fiction and fantasy writer who works on comic books, novels, role-playing games and video games. He has written numerous tie-in works for properties such as Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Andromeda, Farscape, Leverage, Spider-Man and X-Men.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Leverage Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425253848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253847
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OK. If you are a Leverage fan, buy the book, read the book, enjoy the book. This is a good story, and the author keeps pretty close to the characters from the show. The plot is complex enough to be similar to a TV episode as well. So yes, it is worth a read.

The reason I can not give this a five star is the authors willingness to create his own words like "pissily", and the over use of the flashback. Typically the TV show would include one or two flashbacks toward the end to show you how it was done, tie up the loose ends and to explain the parts that happened while you were not yet "in the know". Then a flashback reveals the missing parts and you say "oh - that explains it". This book just uses flashbacks randomly. In many cases they do not advance the plot line, it would read better in a straight timeline, and most annoying, they are nested. A flashback, with in a flashback, with in a flashback. At one point I think we went 4 layers down. Now, the author does manage to keep the story line understandable and clear through all of the this time-travel, but in many of the cases where it is used, it just is not needed. I can see putting it in for the key features or events, but just because seems a bit excessive. We have one flashback, that isn't even relevant to the story, does nothing to advance the plot, and is all about a non-storyline character. (For those having read it - the cop chasing the Aveo.)

It is almost as if the author decided to write the book, realized he did not explain something, and rather than go back and add it in, "hey, another flashback". Makes outlining the story faster, but does not really a good use of the technique. After all this is a novel, not a script.

Ok, I vented. Bottom line: Good story, consistent characters, worth reading.
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A couple of hiccups (minor details that were incorrect but don't affect the story at all and most likely wouldn't be noticed by anyone that is a casual fan but I am NOT casual and am a nitpicker anyway and I can forgive those....) The novel is another great example of the cons going back from screen to page. Many of the familiar guest stars on the show appear (I won't list them all as don't want to ruin it but will tell you DON'T read the Acknowledgements at the beginning as that will spoil it for you). The description gives you Sterling so I can mention him... right in character. You can FEEL the tension in the air when Sterling arrives and throws the proverbial wrench into the works. All our characters get to shine in their areas of expertise, Nate solving the puzzles and plans and getting too wrapped up personally, Hardison hacking a little and ranting/whining, Parker breaking and entering as well as stealing (and gaining a new friend! LOL), Sophie grifting a few times as a few characters and Eliot kicking butts and schmoozing the ladies. There are MANY mentions of events from the first 4 seasons (as this is placed during season 4) but also some hints of season 5 (kind of like foreshadowing so you can tell he did his research on the events AFTER the placement of the story.) The fact that the author is a true fan of the show comes through in his treatment and presentation of the characters. They are true to the show and their reactions are genuine as fans would expect them to be. All around I enjoyed this novel immensely!
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I think this book was well written but Leverage is hard to put on paper. The show was very fast paced. Act 1. We meet the victim and they relay their problem to Nate. Act 2. They investigate the mark and plan a strategy---"lets go steal a ...". Act 3. The team runs into a little hiccup during the Con. Act 4. Nate actually accounted for the problem and the mark gets what they deserve, the victim gets justice (and often money) and gives the team a heartfelt thanks. The End.

The book plods along while it meticulously describe what every person is wearing and how they walk etc. It took forever to get to the meat of the story and then it sorta just ended. The team seem to went through a lot of stuff that they didn't really need to do. I was left scratching my head at the end of the book.

PROs: The author really captured the Leverage team especially Parker and Hardison. I could actually hear Hardison's voice as I read his lines and found myself speeding up my reading when I read Parker asking question.

CONs: The team was spread out so there wasn't that group dynamic. Hard to put that important circling cam shot where they all are talking in the pages of a book.

As a Leverage fan I was pleased to see that the show lives on. Although I was not overly impressed with this story, I will eventually break down and purchase the others.
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Okay, this is the second Leverage novel I've read, and it was better than the first one. I liked the Zoo Job because it was reminescent of the way the TV show ran cons. Granted, I don't believe the coms would work across continents, but I let that fact slide. The story and the writing were what I focused on. I liked the author of this book. The author used the way Leverage works characters in a con to tell the story and then jumped back in time to do the setup. It was like watching an episode, but in book form. Much more enjoyable than the first book I read,but I had really liked the first book as a first attempt at novel-length fiction to carry on the series.

This book I just really enjoyed reading, and the jumping around really felt natural since that happened all the time in the TV episodes. It isn't easy to translate a show like Leverage into print. In order to know what is happening, visuals are used a lot. That is harder to do in a printed page. If I'm watching a scene, I know Sophie is the character talking to the dock worker, I can see it, no matter what name she used to introduce herself. In print, this has to be skillfully conveyed so I assume this is what I'm reading, then verified in the next scene. Much more difficult in print. However, I thought the author did a good job of this. This book FELT like a Leverage story/episode.

Now, granted, these books are for the fans. If a person never saw an episode of Leverage, I highly doubt they would but a book of these characters out of the blue one day. That said, there are a LOT of fans of Leverage out there, like me, who miss the show and believe it ended too soon on TV. Having books to read is FUN, especially if the books are done well.
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