“Not a typical Ken Follett flick. Its more like a screenplay of an Action Thriller Hollywood movie, with a lot of twists and turns. Speedy, action packed, neatly told. Well I give a 3 out of 5 stars.”Indian Knight wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I first read this, I didn't realize I'd mistakenly gotten an abridged copy. Reading the whole thing made it a much better story. I think Ken Follett it one of the only authors that writes long books that I would not abridge a single word. :)”Liz wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Story revolves around the development of a super virus, the security to protect this virus, and the family of miscontents. Two daughters and a thoroughly spoilt and selfish son, who steals from the company, is sacked as security chief, then steals again, but this time the virus, without any thought of the consequences of the end use of that virus. Rapidly moving story, keeps you interested throughout. ”Judy O wrote this review Sunday, November 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Entertaining but hardly believable.”Patrick Griffin wrote this review Wednesday, November 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“(cover) 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, sev people converge on a remote family house. Stanley, the reseach company's director, has everything riding on the drug he's developing to fight the virus- but he isn't the only one: his grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, had their eye on the money it will bring; Toni, forced to resign from the police dept in disgrace, is betting her carreer of keeping the drug safe; a local tv 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 was to steal it for a client already waiting -though what the client 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.
I always enjoy Follett's books. I started it in the morning and had it finished late that night! ”
“This is something that COULD happen”Joan D wrote this review Thursday, July 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eh, it was ok. I will say that it kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat most of the time. ”Heather C wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Toni Gallo is head of security for a Scottish pharmaceutical research company, that is trying to develop an antiviral drug. On Christmas eve thieves break in and steal a deadly virus that is worse than Ebola, planning to sell it to terrorists. A blizzard disrupts their plans and through several twists and turns the exciting climax plays out at the home of the company's owner, whose whole family, visiting for the holidays, becomes trapped there with the perpetrators.
This is only my second Follett novel, but I'm going to be reading more. He is adept at the thriller and I found it hard to put the book down, finishing it in 2 days with minor interruptions. His characters are easy to relate to, his baddies are nasty, and the supporting cast adds not just flavor but nice twists to the story. Very enjoyable read.”
“An exciting read. I managed to read it in a few days whilst recuperating. The whole time I was reading this book I felt I'd either read it before or seen the movie. I did enjoy it though.”Ms T wrote this review Thursday, May 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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.”