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The Blue Zone

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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 April 17th 2007)
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Seizure Romero
Aug 09, 2008 Seizure Romero rated it it was ok  ·  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 Derus
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
Oct 18, 2009 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Tischler
Sep 13, 2016 Tom Tischler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Raab's life seems perfect, she has a boyfriend, her job, and her family until
her father runs into trouble with the law. The only thing that he can do is to testify
against his former accomplices in exchange for his families placement in the Witness
Protection Program. But one of his family backs out and everything Kate can count
on is gone. Now a year later her worst fears happen. Her father has disappeared and
someone close to him is murdered. Kate's family is under surveillance, the FBI is
u
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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
Oct 22, 2011 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Laura
May 20, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2014 Darlene Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Jun 12, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2011 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
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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
...more
Joan
Feb 03, 2014 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Wendy Soliman
Feb 10, 2012 Wendy Soliman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2010 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2010 J.W. Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stacy
Nov 02, 2015 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good book. My favorite Andrew Gross story of all that I have read. Loved the characters and storyline. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down!
Deb Mj
Jul 08, 2011 Deb Mj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it
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.
Cameron
Nov 27, 2015 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything seems perfect for 23 year old Kate Raab until her father's gold trading business is implicated in illegal trading with a powerful Colombian drug cartel. Faced with countless years of prison, Kate's father decides to help the FBI in exchange for Witness Protection for him and his family. Not wanting to give up her comfortable life, Kate refuses. She must part with her family, possibly never seeing them again. When Kate is tracked by suspicious people she thinks are part of the cartel, ...more
Donna
Feb 05, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Rabb's father makes millions of dollars selling gold. His office is raided by the FBI for money laundering for Colombians. Kate wants to believe her father is innocent. After their home is shot up, her father must testify against the bad guys and Kate's family must enter the witness protection program since they are all in danger. Suddenly Kate's co-worker and best friend is murdered, seemingly in Kate's place. Her father goes missing. As the story continues, Kate is not sure her father is ...more
Janine
Jun 05, 2015 Janine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this, I wondered why I was not enjoying it. I initially couldn't pick something but with more thinking, I decided it didn't have a very good flow, it clunked through its paces. The author tried to make more of his characters but they still came off one dimensional. The main character Kate never seemed to stop and think about things, blindly listening to anyone who had something to say. Then I got to the end... Where he thanked James Patterson for giving him an opportunity to wri ...more
Joan
Apr 10, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 14, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Terry
Nov 24, 2015 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was truly a great read and kept me interested all the time. The author did an amazing job telling this story and kept me wondering who did it. It starts out with a loving family until one day the father is taken by the FBI for dealing with the Columbian drug cartel by selling them gold. The family has to go into Witness Protection Program, except the oldest daughter, who refused to give up her life. She marries her boyfriend which she loves to give her another name. One thing turns into ano ...more
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