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Whiteout by Ken Follett

Whiteout (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Ken Follett

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Authors:Ken Follett
Info:Signet (MM) (2005), Paperback, 480 pages
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Tags:fiction, mystery, calgary reads, virus, crime, read in 2013, terrorism

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Whiteout by Ken Follett (2004)



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This was one of Follett's more forgettable novels. It was a terribly contrived situation for a break in by an angry ex-employee. [Spoilers] it was blatant idiocy of the security chief not having the computer software revised for protecting the building access after the software developer was caught stealing. Duuuh. The bad guys holding the family hostage later on continued this implausible pot boiler. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 18, 2017 |
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 |
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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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