Patterson, James

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
As coordinated attacks by animals against humans increase and escalate, young biologist Jackson Oz and ecologist Chloe Tousignant warn world leaders that soon there will be nowhere left for humans. All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Oz watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place for humans to hide.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012.
ISBN: 9780316097444
Characteristics: 395, 10 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ledwidge, Michael


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Mar 07, 2014
  • BorrowingBabe rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a terrible book. I usually like Patterson's stuff. Even some of his fantasy stuff is mildly entertaining, but I found this to be choppy, poorly told, and somewhat preachy with an extremely unsatisfying conclusion. I liked The Stand. I like Walking Dead. But as far as an apocalyptic book goes - this is lame.

Mar 07, 2014
  • 3dblus rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Of the 50 or more Patterson novels that I've read, this one ranks lowest on my scale. Except for the short chapters, it didn't read at all like the Patterson I've enjoyed so much.

Dec 20, 2013

Personally I'm surprised that James
Patterson would get in on this whole
thing, whether he contributed to the
book or not. While this novel could
have been much better, I will say it's
okay as an action-adventure yarn...
if you can buy into the somewhat
hokey "explanation" about what
caused the wild animals to go crazy.

Nov 17, 2013
  • abkeller rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you adore heart stopping action, thrills and suspense, then this is the book for you! Jackson Oz, a young biologist, has a startling theory. Little by little, he’s noticed some aberrant behavior in animals, and it isn’t just one or two species, either. It’s all animals, from the birds to ants, lions, cats and dogs, hippos and elephants. For some strange reason, only the males seem to be affected, too.

Oz journeys to Africa to help a colleague prove this theory, but something goes terribly awry. A pride of male lions attacks their vehicle and Oz is lucky to escape alive. Nearby, ecologist Chloe Tousignant is surrounded by dozens of hungry alligators, but Oz finds her and manages to rescue her. Together, they flee the area.

Oz tries to get the word out about HAC, the strange ailment that seems to have taken over the animal kingdom, but no one seems willing to listen to him. Although there seems to be real danger involved, the only thing the politicians keep harping on is the controversial statements he’s made on his website! Apparently, the politicians would rather risk hundreds of lives than commit political suicide.

As Chloe and Oz continue their research into why the animals are now attacking humans in greater numbers, Oz stumbles upon a compelling theory. Could the animals be swarming? Many of the factors are similar to bees swarming and it’s possible that the animals are reacting to pheronomes, unseen locators that provide animals and usually small insects with guidance and communication.

Once again, Oz tries to reach the public to warn them, but he is repeatedly beaten down and silenced. Even the President of the United States wants to take drastic measures to eliminate all life of any kind rather than attempt to understand the cause of this strange animal behavior.

Oct 28, 2013
  • Rainman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I read this book after Orwell's Animal Farm, making an interesting contrast in tales of animals with a grudge against mankind. This was my first experience with Patterson, so I was not comparing to his other stuff. I didn't mind the slow start, but the rest felt far too rushed, from skipping ahead five years, then a very sudden build-up of conflict, to an apparent instant solution to a problem that was decades in the making. I also didn't understand the lack of looting and man-made mayhem during the crisis.

Aug 30, 2013

This book may be a departure from what is usually expected of James Patterson but it was an great thought-provoking read. Could not put it down would highly recommend.

Aug 11, 2013
  • JohnHow rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Language was far too foul.

Jun 12, 2013
  • jamanotherone rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've never read any of this author's books before so I was coming in fresh.

I thought this was a great story... apparently not this guy's usual stuff which is why a lot of people were a little miffed about the whole thing. The story and the science within the story was very Michael Crichton-esque, which for me was a great thing! If you liked Crichton's work (as someone earlier mentioned) you'll like this book!!!

An easy, entertaining and thought-provoking read!

Jun 11, 2013
  • redworc rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A disappointment. Enough said.

Jun 07, 2013
  • Robert9410 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Note: spoilers are in the commentary.

Stylistically, James Patterson's writing "flows" with great ease. I could get through many pages without much "brain effort" - like a hot knife cutting through butter. Beyond that point, character development is virtually nonexistent. The actors in the novel had hardly any depth - and in fact, the main one was quite annoying to me. When this character's girlfriend died, his reaction was more or less: "Oh well, I guess crap just happens." There were so many aspects of the plot which seemed silly - how the theory for what was happening just "popped out" from thin air, that there were enough animals in America to make the entire population live in fear, etc. This book is good to fill time if you commute on the Metra or el and aren't to concerned if the reading material semi-borders on the ludicrous side. If you want something that really "pulls you in," read something else.

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Oct 27, 2013
  • Rainman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Raksasom. Monsters.

Oct 09, 2013
  • Rainman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Atilla, angry.

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Jun 16, 2014
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