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)
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.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I enjoyed this book, but it does not even come close to being as good as Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I just didn't get sucked into it as I have Follett's other novels. I'm sure one reason is because it was not nearly as intricate a plot and the characters were not as well developed. I'm not giving up on his books, but I think I'll stick to the historical fiction. I think that is where his true gift lies.
If you are a Follett fan- skip this one. It does not live up to his amazing style or detailed storyline. If EVERY cell phone- and I mean EVERY cell phone of EVERY character- was either dead or not in their pocket, I might have kept a straight face reading this book. Instead I caught myself chuckling in spite of the storyline's seriousness.
The suspense at the end.
When the ugly, bald woman was run over(name?)
When the perfume bottle with the virus was exchanged for water.
A very exciting tale that hopefully won't actually happen.
I started reading Ken Follett with Pillars of the Earth, and his historical novels about WWI-II . amazingly excellent books.
whiteout however seems like it must have been written by someone else entirely. this book was just dumb. the story was told badly. the characters were one dimensional. it was a chore to finish it.
the son of a scientist who does research on Level 4 biological viruses steals from his father's company and is fired and the security chief DOES NOT change the pass codes for the lab after he leaves??? are you kidding me?? and SHE is the hero of the story?? arghghg! and it just gets more stupid as you continue to read....
Yes, it's not a great book, but it's entertaining enough.Follett could have cut out a couple of hours.
I don't know.
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