A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come.
As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research company's director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virus, but he isn't the only one: his grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waiting, though what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all.
As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks, jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, and rivalries, crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett to a class by himself.
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©2004 Ken Follett; (P)2004 Penguin Audio
"[The] nail-biter ending drags readers to the very edge of their seats and holds them captive until the last villain is satisfactorily dispatched." (Publishers Weekly)
This is the type of book that you just can't put down. I got this over the xmas break from work.I found that I didn't want to stop listening because the character buildup along with plot were so interesting , I felt I was part of the story.As in sports , this book had momentum and never looked book. I enjoyed the narrator and the Scotish dialect kept me on a pace that was non stop. I highly recommnend this book .This is my third book from Ken Folett and can't wait as his chain of great books never seem to end.
I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.
Very few novelists can switch from a male frame of mind to a female frame of mind and write well from that perspective. Follett seems to be one of the few who can. This book was well written and enjoyable, although the science could have been better explained. There were a few minor flaws in the plotting, but at the end you care about the characters, and that made the book worthwhile.
I was terribly disappointed in this book. I always look forward to reading Follet's books, but this was just tedious. I can't believe I even bothered to finish it.
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A deadly virus is stolen from a Scottish research lab and the head of security is on the case!!! Tony Gallo knows she could have a major attack on her hands if she can't get to the bottom of the heist. The lab is locked down like Ft Knox and only someone from the inside could make this happen, Tony never thinks to look at her boss and love interest Stanly Oxenford or maybe his kids!!! Tony is on her own with only the whiteout of the year slowing down the thieves. Can Tony save the day ?
Eye of the Needle.
She was very distinct with her character voices.
No. I just had a hard time putting it down when I needed to do something else.
If you are interested in quantum mechanics, which is why I was told to read this book, it is very vague and explains very little if any.
If you are interested in midevil jousting and chase scenes, you will find this intriguing. I found it terribly boring.
The combination of an intense story, detailed, believable characters and great narration transported me to Scotland as a silent witness to each scene. I was hooked from start to finish.
Without question the lead character, Toni Gallo, was my favorite. She is smart, vulnerable, dedicated, strong and determined.
She does a good job with the narration and I love her accent, especially given the book's setting.
There are several but describing them would be giving away information that could spoil someone's enjoyment of the book.
Probably not, but only because it's a suspense thriller, and those aren't as fun the second time through.
Probably Toni Gallow, although it's hard to say. She's a complex character doing the best she can to deal with a situation that spirals out of control.
Great pacing. Also, she does an excellent job creating voices and personality for the characters without getting goofy.
No--it's not really that kind of book. I will say, though, that I listen to it while driving, and I can't wait to go somewhere to hear another installment.
HIghly recommended, especially for Follet fans. He's a great writer, especially of capers, and he doesn't disappoint here.
Follett is a master of both the thriller and, more recently, the historical drama, so I'm at a loss to figure out how he laid this egg, and why his publisher went along. It's just bad. Boring, slow, stilted, with superficial characters doing improbable things. Weirder still, Follett's historical dramas show he's quite capable of putting himself in the shoes - the heart and mind - of a woman character, but the women in this book are poorly drawn and mind-numblngly boring. Alistair MacClean defined this genre more than 40 years ago with The Satan Bug. This book adds nothing to it and comes nowhere close to achieving the same level of suspense, interest, or - or even accurate research into biohazards and medical labs. Save your credit.
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