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From the number one New York Times bestselling coauthor of Judge & Jury and Lifeguard comes this electrifying solo debut, The Blue Zone.

Kate Raab's life seems almost perfect: her boyfriend, her job, her family . . . until her father runs into trouble with the law. His only recourse is to testify against his former accomplices in exchange for his family's placement in t
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Seizure Romero
Aug 09, 2008 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.
Rob
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This my third Andrew Gross book and so far so good.

In the past Andrew Gross has written books in collaboration with James Patterson and it's not hard to miss the Patterson influence here. Short chapters and tight plotting.
Kate Rabb's, the central character, life is devastated when her father is arrested by the FBI for money laundering for a Colombian cartel. The entire family is to be taken into protective custody but Kate, who is in her mid twenties and married, refuses to go. She can look afte
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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 16, 2009 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
Ken
Oct 22, 2011 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
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John Matsui
The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross begins when the FBI investigates respected and wealthy businessman Ben Rabb for his involvement in a money laundering scheme with a vicious Columbian crime family.
The story unfolds through the eyes of eldest daughter Kate, 23, who has a solid medical research career trajectory and the ideal boyfriend/husband.
Ben professes his innocence, saying all he did was buy gold on behalf of a customer over a lengthy period. The FBI counters that Ben had knowledge that not all
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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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Laura
May 20, 2013 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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Tom Tischler
Sep 13, 2016 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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Petra
Jun 08, 2010 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.
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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Michelle
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Gripping Thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
Kathe Pines
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced read. Entertaining!
Carmen
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
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Marianne
Mar 11, 2011 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
Libby
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darlene Quinn
Feb 09, 2014 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
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
Feb 10, 2013 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
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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
Susan
Jun 12, 2014 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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Wendy Soliman
Feb 07, 2012 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?
Deb Mj
Jul 05, 2011 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.
J.W. Thompson
Jan 31, 2010 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.
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.
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.
Robby
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stacy
Sep 29, 2015 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!
Wayne
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading and thoroughly enjoying many of Andrew Gross' novels, I picked up his 1st novel (after several co-authored with James Patterson) The Blue Zone. Like many of his others, it is a tense, gut-wrenching story of deceit within a Columbian crime family.
Kate, the major character in this story, is the daughter of a successful businessman who is involved in some shady enterprise that causes her and the entire family to be put into a witness protection program. Kate, however, refuses to go.
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David Rough
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This adult novel produces an intricate plot with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader a little off balance until the final few chapters. The setting of the story is the Witness Protection Program and the “Blue Zone” when a person under protection goes missing. Benjamin Raab has turned state’s evidence and he and his family enter the Witness Protection Program. The major protagonist of the novel is Benjamin’s daughter Kate who finds herself sucked into a world of revenge, murder, and confu ...more
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