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Whiteout (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Ken Follett

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Title:Whiteout
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:Signet (MM) (2005), Paperback, 480 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, mystery, calgary reads, virus, crime, read in 2013, terrorism

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Whiteout by Ken Follett (2004)

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A deadly virus is stolen from the vaults of a drug company in Scotland. Can the Facility Director (a gorgeous 36-year-old former policewoman who is secretly in love with her boss (the shy but brilliant professor who founded the company)) catch the thieves and avert a terrorist plot to spread worldwide plague? On Christmas Eve? In a blizzard? With her mother in the car?

Follett is a magician, skillfully mixing thriller and soap opera with dashes of sex and violence. I can't quite figure out how he breathes so much life into these standard-issue characters or makes me care so much about them. A Grand Master of direct, blatant prose and edge-of-the-cliff suspense in top form. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
Interesting thriller but could have done without the romance between Oxenford and Gallo. It wouldn't have made the plot less interesting. ( )
  siok | Sep 25, 2016 |
didn't like this one. ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
An ex policewoman, Toni Gallo is now head of security at a pharmaceutical firm, Oxenford Medical. As the Christmas holiday approaches a cannister holding a lethal virus has gone astray.

Characters in this evil vs. good battle all converge upon the Oxenford family home in Scotland. Once there, they're kept captive by a blinding winter storm. Toni has eyes for her boss, Stanley Oxenford. But, she'd be better off to keep her attention fixed on his son, Kit, a gambling ne'er do-well who plots to steal from his dad's lab to pay off debts.

"Whiteout" reads like a rushed book, in the style of i-had-to-do-it-fast-because-my-publisher-wanted-something-out-by-the-deadline. In sum, do not read this book if you never read Follett before. Start out with either "Pillars" or "Eye of the Needle" and then move to this one if you are compelled. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
White Out- Ken Follett
3 stars
The theft of a deadly virus coincides with a Christmas Eve blizzard to create a holiday of violence and near escapes. Follett brings a large cast of characters together for this jolly holiday. I felt that the action came on too fast and furious for me to know the characters well enough to care about what happened to them. I 19m learning that I prefer character development over sheer action and suspense.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451215710, Mass Market Paperback)

As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks-jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries-crackle, desperate secrets are revealed, hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge.

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When a canister of a deadly virus disappears and a lab technician starts bleeding from the eyes, Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems. When a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, a group meets in a remote family house: Stanley Oxenford, the research company's director, who has developed a drug to fight the virus; his children who have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo who is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter determined to the get the story, even if it means bending the facts; and a violent trio of thugs out to steal the drug for a client who has something shocking in mind. As the storm worsens, jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, and rivalries crackle; secrets are revealed and hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge.… (more)

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