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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

Critic Reviews

"[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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Entertaining!

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

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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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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

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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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

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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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.

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Awesome

What did you love best about Whiteout?

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.<br/>

Who was your favorite character and why?

Without question the lead character, Toni Gallo, was my favorite. She is smart, vulnerable, dedicated, strong and determined.

What about Josephine Bailey’s performance did you like?

She does a good job with the narration and I love her accent, especially given the book's setting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are several but describing them would be giving away information that could spoil someone's enjoyment of the book.

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Fabulous Story--Follet at his Best

Would you listen to Whiteout again? Why?

Probably not, but only because it's a suspense thriller, and those aren't as fun the second time through.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Josephine Bailey’s performance did you like?

Great pacing. Also, she does an excellent job creating voices and personality for the characters without getting goofy.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

HIghly recommended, especially for Follet fans. He's a great writer, especially of capers, and he doesn't disappoint here. <br/>

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Save your credit for another Follett book

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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