Review of ‘Zoo’

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Biologist Jackson Oz sees things that the rest of the world seems incapable of seeing. Animal attacks against humans seem to be on the rise, but his efforts to warn people has him labeled as a crackpot. Then, on a trip to Botswana, where he meets French ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Jackson witnesses a coordinated lion attack that convinces him that something of global impact is happening. Soon, animal attacks all over the world are creating a sense of panic, and it’s up to Jackson and Chloe to convince the powers that be that time is past for the traditional responses to crisis—the survival of humanity is at stake, and humanity is the trigger for what’s happening.

Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is a chilling ecological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, or as happened to me as I was sitting on my deck reading it and a fox came out of the nearby forest and barked at me before scuttling off, have you looking at animals with more than a little trepidation.

The action is typical of Patterson’s books, nonstop and bone-chilling. For readers who’ve seen episodes of the CBS series, ‘Zoo,’ the differences between the TV show and the book are striking. Oz and Chloe, for instance, have been given totally different backgrounds for the series, and the cause of the catastrophe has been changed to make it more suitable for a TV series. Both are great, but my preference is the book, with its classic Patterson ending—leaving you breathless, and waiting for the next shoe to fall.

This isn’t one of Patterson’s better books, but I give it four stars.

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