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From the number one New York Times bestselling coauthor of Judge and 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 Witness Protection Program. But one of them gets cold feet. In a flash, everything Kate can count on is gone.

Now, a year later, her worst fears have happened: Her father has disappeared — into what the WITSEC agency calls "the blue zone" — and someone close to him is found brutally murdered. With her family under surveillance, the FBI untrustworthy, and her father's menacing "friends" circling with increasing intensity, Kate sets off to find her father — and uncover the secrets someone will kill to keep buried.

Review:

"Having coauthored five bestsellers with James Patterson (Lifeguard, etc.), Gross makes a solo debut superior to his collaborative efforts, if short of the first thriller rank. His engaging heroine, Kate Raab, a medical researcher in the Bronx, is shocked when the Feds arrest her beloved gold trader father, Benjamin, and charge him with laundering money for a Colombian drug cartel. A hit team's attempt to kill the entire Raab family prompts all of them, except Kate, to start their lives anew in the witness protection program. Kate's choice, predictably, places her in continuing danger, even as she begins to suspect that her father's involvement with the narco traffickers was more deliberate and extensive than he's willing to admit. The secret revelations at the heart of the plot may strike some as a little far-fetched, and the details about the witness protection program fail to convince, but Gross shows sufficient talent for readers to want to see more from his pen alone." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Gross offers much that will please: an intriguing premise, shocking twists, a gripping plot, and a sympathetic female lead who faces heartrending dilemmas as she grapples with the truth. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"For all its contrivance, The Blue Zone is impossible to put down....Gross may be working alone this time, but it's as if, like the protagonist he's created, he can't help looking over his shoulder at the bestselling specter he left behind." Los Angeles Times

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"The Blue Zone is a tense and chilling thriller with a whole lot of heart." James Patterson

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"Real fear, real thrills, real suspense...real good." Lee Child, author of The Hard Way

Synopsis:

The #1 bestselling co-author of Judge and Jury and Lifeguard makes his sensational solo debut in a hot-wired tale that combines the breakneck pacing of James Patterson and the emotional resonance of Tami Hoag.

About the Author

Andrew Gross is the coauthor of five New York Times number one bestselling novels with James Patterson. Before turning to writing, he had a successful business career in sports apparel. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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rjs_justreading, November 2, 2007 (view all comments by rjs_justreading)
Family secrets, skeletons in the closet, would you really want to know, if the truth would destroy everything? Such questions had never entered Kate Raab’s mind. Until she got the call from her Mom, that would devastate her life. Those words “your father has been arrested, come quickly,” made no sense. There had to be a mistake. Money laundering, connections to the Mercado Family, her father didn’t know anyone from Colombia. Or, did he?

With a steady flow of action, suspense, and strong family emotion, The Blue Zone follows Kate as she discovers her life has been a lie. Refusing to accompany her Mother, sister and brother, into the protective custody of the WITSEC Program, Kate’s communications with her family are limited and vague. After a year, she has married, and is trying to establish some semblance of a normal life. When her best friend is shot exiting the lab where they have worked together for several years. Kate is convinced the bullet was meant for her.

Again, the reader is thrust into a state of uncertainty filled with nervous anticipation as the conclusion nears. The husband, the old man in the park, the agents that surround her, or her Father, can anyone be trusted? The mind swirls with possibilities. Keeping the reader guessing, wanting to know more, reading just one more chapter.

Agents refer to those missing from within the Witness Protection Program, as being in the Blue Zone. Kate describes it this way, somewhere between love and hate, right and wrong, revenge and forgiveness……in this way, we all live within our own “Blue Zone.”

Andrew Gross doesn’t open the door to the concept of “The Blue Zone” - He literally kicks it down! Having collaborated with James Patterson expectations were high for his solo debut. Readers will not be disappointed. Gross weaves his plot lines together and maintains a high octane ride like a seasoned pro. I look forward to reading his novels for years to come. In a crowded genre, with many well known and loved authors, Andrew Gross has cemented his place among the best!

“Su deber es pagado aqui, Amigo. Your duty here is done.” As is mine. Reviewing this title was a real pleasure! I recommend it heartily and without hesitation!

Happy Reading!
RJ xx
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Clark, May 25, 2007 (view all comments by Clark)
This book is outstanding. It is full of action and full of suspense. It has many twists and turns that keep the reader guessing as to what is going to happen next. I had a hard time putting the book down, I was hooked. I can't wait for Andrew Gross' next novel. Take a chance on this book!
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diskates, April 20, 2007 (view all comments by diskates)
This book was awesome!! I could not put it down. I really enjoyed the story and you spent a lot of the time hoping everything works out for Kate.

If you read Patterson, you will LOVE this book. I got so engrossed in it I could do nothing else till I finished it.

Buy it now, you won't regret it!! I can’t wait for his next solo novel. Get writing Andy!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061143403
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Gross, Andrew
Author:
by Andrew Gross
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Witnesses
Subject:
Protection
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
April 13, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 19.2 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Having coauthored five bestsellers with James Patterson (Lifeguard, etc.), Gross makes a solo debut superior to his collaborative efforts, if short of the first thriller rank. His engaging heroine, Kate Raab, a medical researcher in the Bronx, is shocked when the Feds arrest her beloved gold trader father, Benjamin, and charge him with laundering money for a Colombian drug cartel. A hit team's attempt to kill the entire Raab family prompts all of them, except Kate, to start their lives anew in the witness protection program. Kate's choice, predictably, places her in continuing danger, even as she begins to suspect that her father's involvement with the narco traffickers was more deliberate and extensive than he's willing to admit. The secret revelations at the heart of the plot may strike some as a little far-fetched, and the details about the witness protection program fail to convince, but Gross shows sufficient talent for readers to want to see more from his pen alone." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Gross offers much that will please: an intriguing premise, shocking twists, a gripping plot, and a sympathetic female lead who faces heartrending dilemmas as she grapples with the truth. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "For all its contrivance, The Blue Zone is impossible to put down....Gross may be working alone this time, but it's as if, like the protagonist he's created, he can't help looking over his shoulder at the bestselling specter he left behind."
"Review" by , "The Blue Zone is a tense and chilling thriller with a whole lot of heart."
"Review" by , "Real fear, real thrills, real suspense...real good."
"Synopsis" by , The #1 bestselling co-author of Judge and Jury and Lifeguard makes his sensational solo debut in a hot-wired tale that combines the breakneck pacing of James Patterson and the emotional resonance of Tami Hoag.
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