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Whiteout | [Ken Follett]

Whiteout

Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout.
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Publisher's Summary

Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout.

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.

Don't miss Ken Follet discussing the history of the thriller and its role in literature at the 92nd Street Y.

©2004 Ken Follett; (P)2004 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    G. Cernicky PA 01-03-06
    G. Cernicky PA 01-03-06 Listener Since 2001

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    "white xmas present"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Naples, FL, USA 01-29-05
    Diane Naples, FL, USA 01-29-05
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    "Whiteout"

    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.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 06-02-05
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 06-02-05 Member Since 2011

    I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

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    "Good Characters"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 04-05-15
    Nicole 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining!"

    Excellent story with a strong female lead. I'll look forward to more work by Follett.

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    jennifer 02-11-15
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    "Excellent book!"

    This book keeps you on the edge if your seat. The reader was perfect for this book. A great read.

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    Diane 01-22-15
    Diane 01-22-15

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    "Good thriller, excellent performance"

    Decent thriller with well defined good guys and bad guys, but also some subtly in dealing with scientific research that seeks to neutralize deadly viruses while chancing the catastrophic spread of these same viruses. Excellent performance.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 05-26-14
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "Ken Follett does it again!!!"

    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 ?

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    Jenny 01-09-14
    Jenny 01-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "After getting used to the accent, I was captivated"
    Where does Whiteout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What other book might you compare Whiteout to and why?

    Eye of the Needle.


    What about Josephine Bailey’s performance did you like?

    She was very distinct with her character voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I just had a hard time putting it down when I needed to do something else.


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    Jolene United States 03-29-13
    Jolene United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A book that grabs you immediately."

    Minute by minute, hour by hour, you are intriqued. Some parts were predictable, but it was a pleasant read.

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    Connie California 03-13-13
    Connie California 03-13-13

    Connie

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    "very boring"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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