It’s a Zoo Out There
Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is an action-packed, page-turning thrill. Animals are turning against the two-legged population in alarming numbers. Jackson Oz is a biologist who is studying the Human Animal Conflict (HAC) that seems to be gaining momentum all over the world. Weird incidents start sporadically. A pride of lions attacks wide-eye, adventure-seeking tourists in an African Safari. Sorry, no refunds if eaten by the wildlife. But then it goes global and cute little family dogs like Chunk, Nikko, Waldo, and Gertie suddenly morph into Cujos. Puppies are marked off Christmas wish lists as they run in packs attacking families and strangers alike. And they don’t just bite the hand that feeds them; they chomp down and eat both hands, feet, and eyeballs. They lick the platter clean. If graphic descriptions of animals feasting on humans make you squeamish, then this may not be the book for you. If it sends electrifying quivers up and down your spine to read that a lion’s jaw makes a “popping sound as his carnassial teeth efficiently peel meat off the bone,” well, then get ready for a heart-thumping ride. To make it even more suspenseful, the book is written in past tense, until we come to the animal attacks. Those adrenalin-flooding events are written in present tense so you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. You can practically hear the growls and smell their foul, carnivorous breath. You feel the tension and fear bunch up and chafe like a wedgie. So, what’s causing this alarming trend? The answer had me scratching my head and wondering if such a thing could be possible. Was I really part of the problem?
An online reader had this to say about the book.
Really exciting book. Lots of surprises. I loved it.-Martha
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