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Updated: Sep 17, 2012 10:49 AM EDT

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"Zoo" by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Photo : Barnes & Nobles)

Another book has beaten one of the "Fifty Shades" books.

"Zoo" by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge topped the New York Times Bestselling E-Book Fiction list. Last week, "Fifty Shades Freed," the last novel in bestselling author E.L. James' popular, erotic, BDSM-filled fiction series, was number one. Now, "Zoo" has filled the spot.

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The book is also new on USA Today's bestselling list.

"Zoo" was published on Sept. 3 by Little, Brown and Company.

The 416-page book is described:

TOTAL

For 36 years, James Patterson has written unputdownable, pulse-racing novels. Now, he has written a book that surpasses all of them. ZOO is the thriller he was born to write.

WORLD

All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, 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.

DESTRUCTION

With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide. With wildly inventive imagination and white-knuckle suspense that rivals Stephen King at his very best, James Patterson's ZOO is an epic, non-stop thrill-ride from "One of the best of the best." (TIME)

Surprising, the book has gotten some bad reviews.

According to a review by DigitalJournal, "I could not fully get into the story line. Patterson seemed to take on a Crichton style of writing in the novel. In many parts, I found the sentences to be choppy at best. Zoo has made sure I will think twice before I purchase another novel by Patterson."

Some reviews on Amazon feel the same way and were highly disappointed:

-        "Zoo" is full of point-of-view errors, sloppy dialog, one-dimensional main characters, tell-don't-show, and artificially-induced pacing. There are a few neat action sequences, and the premise is fascinating, but the science is horrible, and the moral posturing is infuriating. Ecologists and "green" folks everywhere should bury all the remaindered copies of this book, because the best use it can serve for our ecology is as a carbon sink.

-        A big waste of time and money. I am really disappointed with Mr. Patterson. He is so much better than this mess of imagination and lengthy descriptions.

-        Ugh. The plot is nonsensical. It reads like something out of an old Sci-Fi/Horror film. The only reason I even bothered to finish the novel was just to see what new level of idiocy it would reach. Do NOT buy this book.

-        I have read all James Paterson books and this one was the worst book I have read in a long time .. Did not finish it

-        This is the first review I have ever written. James Patterson is my favorite author. However this book was the worse ever. I forced myself to read it. The writing was awful. The story line was just bad ... The last few chapters awful. Don't waste your money on this book

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