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Reviewed by Anne Billings for Readers' Favorite
Reports of animal attacks are on the rise. Suddenly animal behavior is erratic and unpredictable. Jackson Oz has a theory called HAC (Human-Animal Conflict), but no one will take him seriously. When he hears of an incident in Africa he leaves behind his girlfriend and his 3 year old chimpanzee, Attila. Oz barely manages to escape Africa with his life. He returns to a world where beloved pets are turning on their masters. The streets are no longer safe. By the time the authorities take Oz seriously, it is almost too late. Only one thing can stop the extinction of man, but will man be willing to make the necessary sacrifice? After reading this tale you may never want to turn your back on an animal again. Author James Patterson brings readers a thriller unlike anything he has ever written before. The plot will appeal to environmentalists. I think there is a message to all of us in this tale. Everything we do leaves a mark on our environment. We do not want to face our responsibility to be good stewards of what God has created.
I have mixed feelings concerning the plot of "Zoo". On one hand I found the plot fascinating; on the other hand, the plot had several major flaws. The characters lacked dimensions. I never really connected with them. The plot felt to be more of liberal propaganda. The transitions in time are not smooth. The jump in years was so sudden I had to listen to the section a second time to see if I had missed something. The plot is dark. The ending is anything but pleasant. Patterson predicts that man will not willingly sacrifice comfort to solve the world’s problems. Whether that was his intention or not . . . only he knows.