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The Blue Zone - Andrew Gross

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Author: Andrew Gross / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      30.07.2007 19:19
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      Andrew Goss leaves James Patterson behind

      I have to admit that when my Dad called me and asked if he should pick up this book I initially thought it was a book about the seas - the title could have that meaning. But when he brought it home it clearly wasnt.

      Written by one of the people who has co written with James Patterson it shows that the co-authors are not the reason solely for the drop in quality of his more recent books.

      The Blue Zone is about a family thrown in to turmoil by the discovery that the father (Ben) has been involved in a money laundering scheme and as a result the family has to go in to witness protection and simply disappear, but Kate the eldest daughter doesnt want to leave her life behind and chooses to stay on the outside.

      But things start ot go wrong, the agent dealing with the family gets tortured and then Ben goes missing, Kate is forced to examine if she can really trust the people around her and is her father really the innocent man she believes him to be. Putting together the clues from infrequent emails and letters she traces her family but as she sits in a cafe with her mother they are both shot, her mother is killed before she can reveal the secrets she has kept about the family.

      Despite the book feeling quite formulaic at times the ending is not easy to predict and the twists and turns continue right to the end, leaving me feeling quite satisfied that my time was spent well reading this, it has also reduced my animosity to the co authors who I had previously believed to have been responsible for the deterioration in quality of books by favourite authors, in fact I look forward to reading Andrew Goss' next solo work.

      I believe this cost the typical £3.73 from tesco but as always is avaliable online for less. It is 468 pages long, and I think is a book that can be taken on holiday and enjoyed by almost anyone it doesnt feel to have been written for men (as with some action/thriller books) nor does it feel too girly in its more personal elements. The characters are somewhat two dimensional but due the them being in witness protection this is forgiveable as how can an author make people have a history when that past is meant to have been erased?

      I am almost certain to reread this in the coming months since I did enjoy it so much, if you enjoy books like James Pattersons then you really should take a look at Andrew Goss as a solo author.

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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 his eldest daughter, Kate, chooses to stay on the outside. But the Programme's perfect success rate is about to come to a shocking end. A case agent is tortured to death and Ben vanishes. The one person who might be able to find him is Kate. Pursued by killers, forced to question everything she knows about her life so far, Kate is plunged into a terrifying existence for which nothing has prepared her. Most people would call it certain death. The FBI calls it the Blue Zone.