Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each newstoryline. 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, 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.
Author Biography: Ken Follett
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Follett invades Robin Cook territory with a bio-thriller set in Scotland during a Christmas Eve blizzard. The yuletide reunion of the Oxenford clan at their remote estate is interrupted when a canister of a deadly virus is stolen from the research lab of patriarch Stanley Oxenford. The quartet of thieves has a rendezvous to sell the virus to a sinister client. But thieves and family are snowbound on the estate. As the roar of the storm echoes (an ominous sound effect), the battle between family and thugs escalates into a race against the clock. Barbara Rosenblat infuses the characters of this overpopulated story with such a distinctive personality and voice that each one is easily identifiable. This powerful production builds to a terrifying climax. M.T.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Publishers Weekly:
In Follett's latest Le Mans-paced thriller, doses of the possible antidote to a deadly virus are stolen from a small pharmaceutical lab in Scotland, much to the dismay of the lab's security chief, Toni Gallo. Not only is the actual virus capable of decimating the British Isles, but the theft is certain to interfere with Toni's budding romance with the drug company's widowed founder, Stanley Oxenford. It is to Follett's credit that he is able to combine biological terrorism, romance, sadism, Alzheimer's disease and family dysfunction into an effective antidote to boredom. But these disparate elements, not to mention the idea of trapping heroes and villains with the virus in a country home cut off from the rest of humanity by a snowstorm, come close to parody. Reader Rosenblat's breathless British-accented narration crosses that line at times, particularly when she reads passages in which Follett tries, not always convincingly, to provide reasons for why his good guys can't summon help with their cell phones. On the other hand, she is extremely effective in delivering the novel's dialogue. Her Scottish brogues are especially impressive, as is the cruel Cockney accent she employs to add menace to the book's most unique character, a homicidal thug named Daisy who possesses a broken nose, a ring-pierced lip and beautiful hands. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover (Forecasts, Nov. 15, 2004). (Nov.)
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Book Description Penguin Audio, 2004. Audio CD. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 143057073
Book Description Penguin Audio, 2004. Audio CD. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0143057073