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The Blue Zone

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,245 ratings  ·  512 reviews
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 the W
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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
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.
4 Stars for The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross read by Ilyana Kadushin. This was Fast paced with lots of twists. I really enjoyed it. The narration was great too...1
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
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
Scott A. Miller
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed 3 or 4 of the books Gross did with Patterson and thought I give this a try. I’m glad I did. The mystery was solid and the characters well developed albeit tough to really like and root for. That is until Gross pulled it together, making sense of everything and actually allowing the switch to flip in Kate’s favor.

WITSEC is vital and this book shed a little light on it, even though most of it’s inner workings will never be known. At least we hope we won’t ever really know
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
Mar 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let's cut to the chaff... the reason I was reading James Patterson factory books around this time, was solely because they are easy reads, not very demanding, large text and short chapters. So this James Patterson factory / Andrew Gross book, I had limited expectations other than that I was going to read it quickly. So my thoughts on this book? Well, I read it quickly. A run-of-the-mill not too badly put together conspiracy thriller involving criminal cartels, the FBI and the Witness Protection ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 had to ...more
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.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
27. The Blue Zone • Andrew Gross // this one will leave you guessing until the very end!! Absolutely loved it!! ❤️ couldn’t put it down 📖 so well written! When her family are forced into witness protection, Kate decides to stay on the outside to live life as she knew it.. but is it ever that simple? Kate is forced to navigate her past to piece together what’s really going on.. and NO ONE is exactly who you think they are. Everything seems to be going wrong.. but is there anyone she can she reall ...more
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.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blue Zone is suspense from beginning to end. A chilling thriller, a great read.
Kathe Pines
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced read. Entertaining!
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
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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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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. ...more
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