I enjoyed this title (between winces) - Ken Follett is a master of suspense and plotting. But the main character, who is supposed to be an amazing expert in security, is a complete bonehead who fails to take the most elementary precautions while guarding an incredibly deadly virus. She (and the omniscient narrator) are constantly assuring us that the security measures are "state of the art" and the "best that is humanly possible". If that's true, we are all doomed. This security director allows unescorted visitors, doesn't change passwords, allows "tailgating" through security checkpoints, and doesn't review the company security software even though it was written by a known criminal.
A little realism would be nice. Its hard not to want to see the "heroine" go to jail for criminal negligence.
Read "Flight of the Hornet" first, if you haven't read either. Much better.
I am a huge Ken Follett fan but this book had too many repetitive character introductions and not enough suspense. For a true Follett fan I would say read it but I think this one could turn off someone who is new to his writing.
I have read and enjoyed every Ken Follett book written. This is not his best effort. No real suspense, predictible plot/ending, uninteresting characters. Would have expected this book from a less talented author.
Another great Follett book! Follett's characters come alive in all their diversity as they intertwine in this suspenseful novel.
I have read a lot of Ken Follett and this is not even close to one of his best. It's entertaining but a bit long and predictable at the end. The narration was good for the most part, but it got boring and I didn't really like the characters that much. The whole family was a little hard to like in my opinion.
I've always enjoyed Follett's books in the past. But until I got to the conclusion of Whiteout, my only frustration was the lead female character's angst with her former boyfriend. This story is about a 100% lethal virus that is transported in a common perfume atomizer after being stolen from a medical research lab. All the perfume atomizers I've ever owned leak at least a little; I would guess they are designed that way to advertise the contents. The main male character is the famous, brilliant scientist who owns the research facility. He and his family are held hostage, many of them bleeding, in the kitchen where the deadly virus containing atomizer sits on the table. The virus thieves sit within two feet of the deadly atomizer. When the great rescue takes place, are these people put in quarantine? Do any of them die of the disease? No, they all walk off into the sunrise on Christmas morning and start mingling with the community. And the scientific premise dies when the "level-4 biohazard" plot is shot in the foot.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
This book just seemed ridiculous in places. The premise had promise, but at times the characters were unbelievable, the events were forced, and I found myself rolling my eyes and getting tired of the whole thing.