Zoo

Zoo

Book - 2012
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As coordinated attacks by animals against humans increase and escalate, young biologist Jackson Oz and ecologist Chloe Tousignant warn world leaders that soon there will be nowhere left for humans. All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Oz 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. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place for humans to hide.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316097444
0316097446
Characteristics: 395, 10 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ledwidge, Michael

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Jun 28, 2016

Not my favorite Patterson book, but it was totally different. Made you think. Animals going crazy all over the world, with deadly consequences, and there is found a solution but (SPOILER ALERT) no one wants to be inconvenienced to fix the problem. How human of them.

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Nadero
Feb 18, 2016

By far one of my favorite James Patterson book. I like how he protruded how stupid us human beings really are.

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jennab4
Feb 10, 2016

My first James Patterson book was disappointing. The chapters were choppy, the characters under-developed, the plot was farfetched, and the voice on this audio cd for the character Chloe really got on my nerves.

There were many 2 page chapters, which made the book feel like it was jumping everywhere without much substance.

I found the main character arrogant and too much of an alpha male. His personality didn't go with the intelligent scientist type. His wife Chloe was this highly educated, intellectual woman, yet she played the stay at home wife with nothing to offer when it came time for her "man" to save the world. Her character was supposed to be french but she was narrated with a German accent (What is zis over zere), it drove me crazy.

This was supposed to be science fiction yet the issue and resolution were so farfetched and wacky that it was roll your eyes unbelievable.

Every second or third chapter there was a character created solely to be mauled and eaten by an animal. It was gory and descriptive but lacked on suspense since the pattern was predictable (Jackson being arrogant smart scientist, unknown character gets eaten, Jackson being an arrogant smart scientist and so on).

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eclong56
Jan 13, 2016

Interesting premise and a good, fast read but without spoiling things, let me say that some of the book, especially ending, is a disappointment. I thought the characters, especially the scientists and technology parts, were especially weak and not well developed. However, this is a good book for escapist fare and Patterson is dependable for that...

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cre0
Dec 01, 2015

while fiction we really have no idea what effects we are having on the environment.

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BWilsoned
Nov 02, 2015

I joke with my husband about Patterson having his own section at airport bookstores, and here I went and read one of them:) It was a quick read and sort of fun, but quite a bit of carnage.
OK--obviously plot-driven when animals all over the world start biting the hands that feed them, or stomping the whole person to death. Why are the animals acting like this? Why aren't human animals affected? And how can the human animals hope to stop it?
Enter our hero, Jackson Oz, a brainiac biologist who gave up his doctorate to study this very problem YEARS before anyone else was paying attention--without those oh-so-important letters after his last name, Oz is relegated to crackpot status. Oz uses Human-Animal Conflict (HAC) as his go-to term for this phenomenon (unfortunately, HAC has been happening ever since human and other animals have co-existed). His roommate is a 5-year-old chimpanzee (we can already see how well THAT will turn out) and his girlfriend (oh yeah, a neoclassical beauty) is in the middle of med school (aka, relationship killer).
Now Oz dips into his magical funding source and flies to South Africa to "help out a friend" who happens to be a hunting guide when they are diverted to check on said guide's brother who went in the opposite direction and runs a eco-friendly safari business. Lodge empty, tour cars gone, no people, natch. After running into trouble with a group of male lions, Oz manages to make it back to the lodge on foot, AND save a French ecologist (who just happens to be drop-dead gorgeous; at least the Nile crocodiles were thinking that before Oz shot them).
Romance and adventures ensue (previously mentioned girlfriend coincidentally disposed of) with almost all of Oz's former detractors coming together, see the lion attack footage, and say, "Hey, you're right Oz. There IS a problem."
You can see what's coming, right? US government not paying attention until giant hordes of former house pets swarm around DC. Military, of course, thinks they can "deal with the situation", which, predictably doesn't work.
The solution: No electricity and no cell phones. At all.
After about 3 days of that nonsense (from which many "special" people are exempt), during which time, it actually DOES seem to be working, the humans cannot take the horror of it all. Cue the hordes of animals, again.
Ah, humanity, will we never learn?

walthomas5768 Sep 10, 2015

Popular fiction gone wrong. Good story idea, bad story telling. Too many plot holes and obvious oversights. Good summer read, if you want light fiction. TV show is better.

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bobgrant
Sep 01, 2015

I tried it because I liked the premise. It was the first James Patterson (really Michael Ledwidge) I have tried. I won't be trying another. While the premise is good, the writing is not. The characterizations are two dimensional and juvenile; the chapters are so short and nonsensically alloted, it may as well be a Harlequin. A Harlequin would have more depth, likely.

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Rump_fed_Ronyon
Aug 23, 2015

His writing ruined the story for me by about the second page. Persevered to the second chapter, then couldn't tolerate it any more. The "sheer bigness" of the lion?? I wasn't expecting Tartt, but I just can't overlook poor writing to the extent that I have to with Patterson's novels. Plus I liked that the animals were overcoming the humans. Although maybe that was the way I was supposed to feel. I don't know as I didn't finish the book. There are simply too many good writers and storytellers out there to waste my time with hacks like this.

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alacombe3
Aug 04, 2015

It was a good read, very entertaining and easy to follow. It was lacking something I guess the ending them being in Greenland (there are polar bears there you know)! So, not quite happy with that ending, but nevertheless, it was overall good entertainment.

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jimg2000
Jan 07, 2016

More absurd muses:
AND THERE WAS more bad news that morning—special, just for me. I had to interrupt my research in order to head down to D.C. to do my Chicken Little dance at another time-suck of a congressional hearing. For all the scientific evidence we were amassing—and in spite of the exponential increases in animal attacks, which were irrefutable—many people, both in the government and in the citizenry our elected officials are supposedly beholden to, were still refusing to accept that anything out of the ordinary was happening. ... my gathering headache coming at me in fuzzy radio waves of pain, and was more astonished than alarmed when a guy I didn’t know came in and sat down across from me. He looked like an ex-husband of Britney Spears: skinny arms blue with bad tats, houndstooth Sinatra hat, a goatee that looked drawn on. A small part of me wondered if I was still asleep. “Can I help you?” I said. “You Jackson Oz?” I might have rolled my eyes. Here we go.

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jimg2000
Jan 07, 2016

I'm watching the terrific Zoo Season One which was based on this book. The Video is much improved, likely work by screen writers. Quote samples of why my 2 star rating:
The terminal was filled to capacity, crowded with tourists coming in from evacuated safari camps. The air buzzed with fear and nervous excitement. The tourists looked scared and confused, though I was glad to see that many of them were texting. With the threat of a government cover-up looming, I hoped word of this craziness was already leaking to the press.
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“The first step,” I said, “would be removing the factors that are causing the environmental disturbance.” “Remove petroleum products?” said the president. “And cell phones?” said the secretary of state. I nodded at both of them, then looked out at the faces around the table and on the screens.” “Desperate times, ladies and gentlemen,” I said. “Here’s what I think we should do.”

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blastoise
Jul 07, 2015

READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rainman
Oct 27, 2013

Raksasom. Monsters.

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Rainman
Oct 09, 2013

Atilla, angry.

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Jun 16, 2014

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