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The Blue Zone

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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,013 ratings  ·  336 reviews
A breathtaking novel of suspense from the co-author of five bestselling James Patterson novels, including 'Judge and Jury' and 'Lifeguard'. THERE ARE NO RULES IN THE BLUE ZONE. They were the perfect family. And he was the perfect family man. One day changed it all. Arrested for racketeering, Ben Raab must take his family into America's Witness Protection Programme. Only hi ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 17th 2007 by Harper (first published 2007)
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Seizure Romero
Aug 09, 2008 Seizure Romero rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are surprised by things like the sun rising and gravity
Shelves: mystery, arc
Meh.
James Patterson says this is "a tense and chilling thriller." That statement, like much of Patterson's writing, is overrated. Since Gross is someone who Patterson leans on to churn out pap has written a few books with, it seems to me his recommendation should be viewed with a somewhat jaundiced eye.
This book isn't terrible, it just isn't that good. And really, that ending was visible miles off.
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

Told from the PoV of the daughter of a nasty criminal, this is one fast book. My hair blew back from the speed I was turning pages, and I don't have a lot of hair. (Unless you count my shoulders. Oh, and back. They don't blow around so much, though.) I was awake an entire night finishing the book, and am I glad I did!

So, the girl in question is in her first year at Snazzmatazz U, thinking her life is about perfect: Daddy's rich, kind, attentive, and mommy's adequately drugged
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Stephanie
As any sardonic old-time native New Yorker would know, if you're from NYC, you don't call 6th Avenue "Avenue of the Americas," no matter what the street signs say. So, first page, Chapter One, we're introducted to one of the main characters, whose office is on 47th and 6th, which the author calls "Avenue of the Americas." Oh well, disappointing start, but then again, the author lives in Westchester and not in The City, so what does he know? This particular main character is introduced as someone ...more
Terri Lynn
Kate Raab's life is turned upside down the day she finds out that her father is being arrested on RICO charges and the family must enter the Witness Protection Program. At age 23, her life has been near perfect. She is a biologist working in a lab for a future Nobel Prize winning medical biologist, finishing up her master's degree (with plans for a doctorate), and half-living with her boyfriend who is finishing up medical school.

Kate chooses not to enter the witness protection program with the
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Ken
THE BLUE ZONE is a rather pedestrian thriller, but if you like the work of James Patterson or Harlen Coben you won't be too disappointed, yet you most likely will not be thrilled.

The title refers to a classification within the Witness Protection Program (WITSEC). "Blue Zone" means that a subject's new identity has been blown, and is no longer under the protection of the program. THE BLUE ZONE relates the tale of a happy American family that is essentially destroyed because of the father's dark
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Laura
Well this book was certainly a thriller. It had suspense, mystery and my heart was definitely racing throughout. James Patterson had a quote on the front cover of this book, `Tense and Chilling'. I agree with the tense. Chilling? Not so much.

The story is about a family that has to go into witness protection because the father, Ben, has to testify against some dangerous criminals. He then goes missing. The eldest daughter, Kate, gets involved in finding him and soon finds herself questioning ever
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Darlene Quinn
Another terrific read by Andrew Gross. No wonder James Patterson asked Andrew to work with him. I read several of the books he wrote with Patterson and thought the Murder Club was wonderful when Patterson began it himself. Andrew did not miss a beat when he took over the writing of books 2 & 3. I loved the series and followed it after Maxine Paetro took over. However, I was disappointed by unrealistic relationship between Lindsay and Joe in 11th Hour and the series fell of my list after I ha ...more
Susan
Wish I could be more enthusiastic. An interesting premise. Kate's father is not the man he appears to be. He's a wealthy crook, caught by the FBI, and forced to testify against some nasty people. This forces the entire family into the Witness Security Program.

Bad things happen. Very bad. Suspenseful moments and a few surprises.

The problem: Gross tends to overwrite everything. Endlessly repeating Kate's fears and questions and false conclusions and reassessments.

The actual ending was rather sa
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Libby Chester
Enjoyed this book, which is an easy read. Characters are fleshed out through an action filled plot. Character development also occurs through the action of the plot. The characters seem a little flat and superficial except for Kate Raab, who is a very likeable and engaging protagonist. Her character is much more developed. Unfortunately, no other characters are so well developed. We're introduced to Kate's parents, her fiancee, her siblings and various FBI agents, and criminal moguls. Some of th ...more
Marianne
Kate Raab is 23 years old and life is perfect. She has a close relationship with her parents and siblings, a loving boyfriend, Greg, and a promising career as a biologist. Then things start to go wrong: her father is arrested for racketeering; he has to testify against a Columbian drug cartel; her family has to abandon their wealthy lifestyle and enter the FBI’s Witness Protection Program. Allowed no contact, Kate learns to live without them: at least she has Greg to love and support her. But, j ...more
Doran Barton

I've come down with a cold this last week. I took Thursday off work to try to rest and get better, but I don't think it really helped. I still feel like I've got a pool cue ball lodged at the top of my throat and it's not a very pleasant feeling.

Yesterday, this somewhat painful and uncomfortable sensation in my throat begat the beginnings of a scratchy cough and I knew (actually, my wife knew) once I tried to lay down in bed and go to sleep, that scratchy cough would become a pesky inhibitor to
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Library
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Maryellen Woodside
I decided to read this after meeting and hearing Andrew Gross at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Gross paired with James Patterson for 6 books before striking out on his own. I was a little disappointed in the book. Kate's family is placed in witness protection after her father testifies against a Columbian drug cartel. Kate decides not to go into the program, as she is over 21. Don't know about the legality of that and seems kind of dumb on her part. Lots of action, but it left me quest ...more
Kirsten
A good thriller with lots a twists and turns. But even so I found the story to be slow in places. SPOILER : And it was kind of annoying that Kate was surprised again and again and again and AGAIN to find out that her dad wasn't who he said he was.
Joseph Young
It was like a plane fell from the sky on a bloated donkey leaving a smeared pile of defecation in the meadow as the author clumsily attempted to use bad similes to describe the situation.

I don't know if it was the writing or the narration that really just didn't make it for me. The story is easy enough to follow along, but so far it's just boring. It's terribly predictable as well. You can see the over-obvious hooks such as "people had even started to calling them twins after Tina had dyed her
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Joan
The extremely loose construction at the first of the novel made it hard to follow the storyline and keep the characters straight. I found the overly-dramatic word choices describing people's emotions and reactions a little distracting too.

I listened to the the first half of the audiobook again Feb 2014 before I realized that I had already heard this one. This time I was struck with how obvious the "foreshadowing" was. When the main character, who was in danger from the Columbian drug cartels, a
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Wendy Soliman
Abandoned this at the 50 page stage. I remember now why I can't take this guy's books. Every time someone speaks they say the name of the person they're speaking to, sometimes more than once in the same sentence. It drives me batty! In real life you don't say, "Hello, Paul. How are you today, Paul? Did you see the stockmarket's taken a turn for the worse, Paul."

This supposedly famous writer does it ALL THE TIME. Where are the editors/copy editors?
Petra
Fun to read. Not terribly hard to piece together but somewhat suspenseful, at times.
I cringed each time one character called another character "Baby". Ugh! It seemed to happen a lot.
Kate, the main character, seemed rather naive throughout the book and didn't seem to catch on to the seriousness of her situation but, still, it was a fun mystery thriller.
This book won't rock your world but it's still pretty good.
J.W. Thompson
Excellent book from someone who wrote a few best sellers with my favorite author James Patterson. This book asks and answers the question, "Do we really know someone?"

Does the truth really matter? Family must come first, but which family?

Blue Zone is a page turner in the classic Patterson fashion. I look forward to reading more of Andrew's writing.
Deb Mj
More like a 2.5, but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on exactly what I didn't like about it. It was interesting enough with a different outcome than I expected, which is a good thing, but it just seems poorly written. I wouldn't bother with it, when there are so many other great books out there.
Robby
Feb 15, 2013 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone;Esp.James Patterson Fans
Recommended to Robby by: SELF
Andrew Gross has teamed up with James Patterson on several novels. I've read those involving the "Women's Murder Club" and enjoyed them. I believe this is Andrew's first solo novel. None the less; I found this to be a very enjoyable read. Looking forward to his next book.
Stephanie
Picked up at the closeout table at a book sale. Glad that was all I spent. Thought it might be more information about the witness protection program but mostly just blather.

Did keep me awake, though what I really needed was something to put me to sleep, actually.
Joan
A convoluted book about Kate, who has a wonderful, wealthy life with her family. Her father is a accused by the F.B.I. of laundering money for the Columbia drug lords. He is going to testify against the drug lords and his family will have to enter the witness protection program. Kate decides not to enter the program, but to marry her boyfriend doctor. There are many twists and turns in the story. Who is her father and what is he doing? How will she cope without her family and finding out who her ...more
Sarah
The Raab's appear to have a privileged life ... until their dad, Ben, is arrested by the FBI. Under threat from some Columbian drug dealers, the family enter into the Witness Protection Program, all except Kate - who opts to stay on the outside.

When Ben disappears from the program and bodies begin to pile up, only Kate stands a chance of locating her father.

What I'd call a trashy thriller - some good points, very easy to read, more detail would have been nice in places, some dialogue is a little
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Barbara ★
If part one doesn't grab and hold you hostage, you might just be brain dead. What an exciting beginning! Benjamin Raab (Kate's father) is arresting on RICO charges and like a house of cards, his whole life crumbles taking his wife and three children with it. Kate refuses to enter the Witness Protection Program and loses contact with the rest of her family until the proverbial shit hits the fan and her father disappears.

The plot is complex and deftly crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat
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Adrienne Campbell
Another great read if you like edge of your seat novels!

I'm not one to read books about the mob or drug cartel's but this one is not so much about those groups it is more about the Witness Protection Program. The Raab family must leave everything and everyone they love behind because Benjamin Raab, loving father, husband, and upstanding citizen is forced into testifying against his best friend and a Columbian drug cartel. He is a gold trader and swears he has no knowledge of the crimes he has be
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Gail Long
Everything in Kate Raab's life seems perfect. She has an amazing family, an invigorating job straight out of college, and a boyfriend she adores. Then a phone call changed everything. Her father, a successful businessman, a man she has always trusted and admired, is in trouble with the law. He's innocent, he insists, but the only way out of this is his testimony against his accomplices and the immediate placement of the family deep inside the Witness Protection Program. He accepts, and everyone ...more
dubh
Die Story klingt nicht wirklich neuartig, die Verpackung ist in meinen Augen eher abschreckend. Dennoch habe ich das Buch in die Hand genommen und war nach dem Reinblättern überzeugt, daß es sich um spannende und ausgefeilte Unterhaltung handeln dürfte. Und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht!
Das Buch ist in insgesamt fünf Teile eingeteilt, die wiederum in mehrere Kapitel, die teilweise sehr knapp daherkommen. Das macht das Buch szenenhaft kurz und lässt bald filmartige Bilder im Kopf ablaufen...
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John Ferry
College student, Kate Raab, and her family had a dream life in NY until her father, Benjamin, is arrested by the FBI and accused of being a member of the Colombian drug cartel. Kate’s family goes into the WITSEC program then her father disappears into the blue zone. Nothing makes sense; Kate uncovers so many family secrets. Someone doesn’t want Kate to search for her father and answers. The cartel will harm or kill anyone coming too close. Kate and her family are in real danger. Kate must race t ...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross which is a very good book which I bought from a car boot sale. This was Andrew's first published solo novel although he had co written novels with James Patterson and they had been successful. The title refers to what the FBI names the condition when someone on the Witness Protection Program has had their cover blown and faces imminent death. Apparently no one on that program has ever been murdered. Anyway the plot is that a man has embezzle ...more
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