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Cold Storage

A Novel
Narrated by: Rupert Friend
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"On every level, Cold Storage is pure, unadulterated entertainment." (Douglas Preston, The New York Times

For listeners of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism

When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository.

Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it.

He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards - one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. All they have is luck, fearlessness, and a mordant sense of humor. 

Will that be enough to save all of humanity?

©2019 David Koepp (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Truly awful

This is easily one of the worst novels I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of novels.
Accomplished script writing does not make one a talented novelist. Don’t be fooled by the slick marketing and pull quotes.
Ever since it debuted to a wider audience on Planet Earth, Cordyceps fungi has been “The Big Bad” in several high-profile films and games, all of them with tighter plotting and more intensity than this.
I don’t often return books for credit, but this is an instant return.

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Too short

Overall pretty good, definitely holds your attention. However - felt more like a "pilot" ... like an intro to more episodes to come ...

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Over the top...in a bad way

I love books in this genre but Koepp must it for me. First, his character development is extreme and unnecessary. Development is vital in any good work but it must not become the story. He told us innumerable facts about his people that just did not add to the story. It was distracting and even boring for me. I bought the book for the story, not for character development. Second, Koepp uses profanity to the point that it becomes distracting. I have worked in many jobs, both blue and white-collar, and I have never heard this level of profanity. The story would not suffer from a cleaner, less course text. It may not be important to you but it was a negative for me.

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LOVED IT!

This was an exciting, dramatic, terrifying, yet humorous story brought to life by the brilliant performance of Rupert Friend! I'll never look at a mushroom the same way again!

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The book is good

This book is good. However if you are wanting a scary zombie type book this one is not for you. If you are wanting a nice easy read with action this book is for you.

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Absolutely fantastic

Cold Storage has a relatively simple premise, but it is so masterfully told and narrated that I may end up calling this my favorite book of the year. An excellent example of focused, intimate storytelling. There are only a few characters and the plot is basic, but the characters and world building are incredibly compelling. at the end you will feel as though you have finished an actual genuine story, no sequel baiting, no "shared universe" building, no connection to something else, just a really well told story with an actual beginning, middle and end.

well done, a real pleasure to listen to.

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gold

Very well written and well read, I brought earphones to work just to listen too it.

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Loved it!

Great story, really well developed characters, but in the end, it was Rupert Friend’s narration that brought the book to life. I look forward to more of his work!

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  • Rex Deaver
  • Overland Park, KS United States
  • 09-23-19

Suspense rollercoaster

This is a tight little story with good characters, and a constant level of suspense. Perfect commute listen

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  • Larry
  • Prairie Village, KS USA
  • 09-21-19

The Andromeda Strain for boomers.

The story is pretty predictable. What makes this book worthwhile is the deadpan hilarity of the writing, the three dimensional characters and the spot on dialogue. Well, OK. The rednecks sound a little too stupid to be believable but they have their own charm. Thoroughly enjoyed the performance.