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Ein tödliches Virus verschwindet aus einem privaten Forschungslabor. Für die junge Sicherheitschefin Toni Gallo ist dies eine Katastrophe. Sie ahnt nicht, dass der Dieb aus dem engsten Kreis um den Firmengründer Stanley Oxenford kommt. In dessen verschneitem Landhaus im schottischen Hochland entbrennt ein dramatischer Kampf, bei dem mehr auf dem Spiel steht als ein einzeln ...more
Paperback, edition 6, 461 pages
Published February 2008 by Bastei Lübbe Verlag (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dec 29, 2011 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh for heaven's sake, Follett. Just because as a sixty-ish man you wish that a hot 38-year-old redhead would find you irresistible does not mean you have to bake this into a novel in such a thinly veiled fashion. And P.S., the book was actually going pretty well until said 38-year-old hugged the handsome sixty-ish man and felt——AHEM——wetness in her underthings. I beg your pardon? Way to ruin an otherwise almost-convincing romantic moment. Also Mr. Follett, you don't actually have to wrap up EVER ...more
Daniel Bastian
Oct 02, 2015 Daniel Bastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Blink once or twice and you might mistake Whiteout's opening act for that other ode to mysophobia, The Hot Zone. Coming a full ten years after Richard Preston's fan favorite, Follett administers a quick shot of déjà vu, retreading familiar themes early on before cracking the lid on a dizzyingly diverse cast and a bioterrorist plot filched straight from a Hollywood screenplay. Whereas The Hot Zone is an uneasy mix of nonfiction gussied up in sensationalist garb, Whiteout is pure novel—and quite t ...more
Jeff Yoak
I decided to sample another work from the author of one of my favorite books, The Pillars of the Earth. It was extremely disappointing. I made it through about a third of the book and it was a vanilla drama of killer viruses and apparently a big storm on the way and the scientists and security guards that attempt to fight outbreak and hardship. It's the sort of thing that might have been written by any of a sheaf of modern authors like Michael Crichton, Patricia Cornwell or James Patterson and p ...more
Miquel Reina
Whiteout is one of those novels that you can read in a matter of hours. It has a fast rhythm and although sometimes these books have a very obvious structure, Ken Follen hides it with the finesse of a master couturier.

Spanish version:
En blanco es de esas novelas que puedes leer en cuestión de horas. Su ritmo trepidante te engancha casi a la primera página, y aunque a veces este tipo de libros tengan estructuras tan pautadas, Ken Follen las esconde con la finura de un maestro costurero.
Feb 28, 2010 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My sometimes-sarcastic commentary

1. Oh no! A book about the potential for a deadly virus that causes the sufferer to bleed from basically everywhere. Oh how new and and exciting. Especially in 2003.

2. The completely believable heroine of the day, Toni, trained in engineering, decides to be a police officer, shamed off the job, now a security director for a lab that holds aforementioned bloody virus (and a cure. Ok, a cure that actually doesnt' work --poor rabbits and lowly lab tech).

3. Cr
Mar 18, 2012 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to see a novel by an experienced pro that had such terrible stretches of writing in it. Would not have finished if it hadn't been a club selection. Got better nearer the end, where the action picks up.

So where was the editor? Is Follett so big that they can't tell him when something is clunky and amateurish? Awkward info dumps, cardboard characters, and too much that is thrown in to see what sticks. Way too many superfluous beatings, errors, and convenient plot devices. And in t
Feb 12, 2009 Kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a suspenseful, edge of your seat kind of read. I loved it. Toni Gallo is the head of security at a biochemical lab in Scotland called the Kremlin. When she discovers 2 doses of an experimental drug missing, she has no idea that this is a prelude to an even more dangerous plot to rob the company. Stanley Oxenford, the owner, is Toni’s boss. They have a great working relationship and she is interested in more. Christmas Eve brings many surprises including a blizzard that makes the plot ev ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Iorick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another truly great book by one of my favorite authors. An invincible virus is stolen from a high security medical research facility in Scotland, and the motive runs deeper than anyone could expect. It's Christmas eve, and Stanly Oxenford is dangerously close to losing his facility thanks to a heartfelt technician bringing home one of the test animals, and trying to cure it. and thanks to his debt, if he loses the Kremlin, he loses everything he owns. i recommend this book to those who enjoy mys ...more
Ana Rebelo
Apr 30, 2013 Ana Rebelo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não é assim tão comum avaliar um livro com cinco estrelas mas este merece essa classificação, sem dúvida. Ken Follett tornou-se agora num dos melhores escritores cujas obras eu tive oportunidade de ler. Ele não exagera nas descrições e aponta apenas os pormenores importantes, não comete o erro de se tornar demasiado científico quando a obra não necessita e utiliza os diálogos para expressar as personagens como pessoas normais, como nós, sem cair na tentação de se tornar demasiado literário e for ...more
Nov 18, 2013 Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Oxenford Medical is a high-security pharmaceutical-research company in Scotland that has developed a new drug to act upon an amazingly deadly virus. But on a certain Christmas Eve, Antonia (Toni) Gallo, head of Oxenford Medical's security team notices a breach in security: samples of the drug are missing and a lab technician is nowhere to be found. When the said technician is finally found at his house, he is bleeding from every pore -- he has been infected with the virus and Stanley Oxenford, o ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Aurin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un consiglio da amica: non leggete le ultime 100/150 pagine prima di fare la nanna, se il mattino dopo dovete fare la levataccia!
Il libro accelera che neanche la Ferrari di Stanley Oxenford, e dopo diventa impossibile staccarsi dalla lettura!
Cátia Santos
Mar 30, 2014 Cátia Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sou mais fã de Ken Follett na sua vertente de romance histórico, mas gostei bastante deste "thriller".

Um livro cheio de ação, com cerca de 350 páginas a descreverem dois dias intensos de Toni Gallo, diretora de segurança de um laboratório farmacêutico, e da família do seu patrão, Stanley Oxenford, ao serem confrontados com o roubo de um vírus altamente contagioso e letal.

Um bom livro de ação, traição e coragem!
Colleen Reynolds
Jul 16, 2015 Colleen Reynolds rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first book that I read by Ken Follett was Pillars of the Earth and I loved it. I read another of his books afterwards and it was completely different. I didn't even think I was reading the same author. This book is the polar opposite of Pillars of the Earth. POE was an epic, period piece that was thoughtful, exciting, historical fiction that kept me turning pages. Whiteout was just dumb. From the crooked son, to the horny detective, to the stereotypical rich standoffish but gently old guy... ...more
Jun 18, 2008 JANET rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sep 04, 2015 Babete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um thriller bem urdido!

( Feira do Livro do Continente )
Atilio Frasson

Era para una estrella pero, pero, no sé, es Ken Follett y me dio lástima ponerle una estrella.

Es un libro escrito para entretener pero falla. Engancha las primeras sesenta o setenta páginas, luego decae, vuelve a enganchar unas treinta o cuarenta páginas más o menos por las doscientas páginas y luego decae y decae y decae y decayó no más y no vuelve ni siquiera a ponerse a flote.

Creo que el principal problema de la novela fue una abundancia de cosas, muchas páginas, muchos
Rosana Maia
Jul 23, 2014 Rosana Maia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
E foi com este livro e este tão famoso autor que me estreei nos thrillers. Estava difícil dar início à leitura de um livro do género, mas finalmente aconteceu. :) Claro que não é com a leitura de um livro apenas que poderei dizer se gosto muito ou não de thrillers, mas posso dizer que foi com grande ânimo que folheei cada página desta obra.

Ken Follet é autor de thrillers, romances históricos, entre outros. No entanto, não só é o primeiro thriller que leio, como também é o primeiro livro que leio
Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Desafio do mês de Junho – ken Follett
Proveniência: A minha Bibioteca.
A minha Opinião:
Mais um livro bom deste autor de que sou fã! A sua faceta thriller/suspense continua a surpreender e a prender o leitor!
Um vírus é roubado de uma empresa farmacêutica de alta segurança na Escócia e um dos funcionários morre. Toni Gallo juntamente com a polícia começa a investigar! A busca por este vírus é fundamental para evitar uma catástrofe em larga escala!
A ação decorre em apenas
Thom Swennes
Time (and the filling of it) can be a trademark of an author. Some writers can’t do justice to their story unless it is spread over decennia’s or longer. A majority of the works of James Michener fall under this category. Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth and World Without End also weaves a tale over generations. Whiteout is on the opposite end of this spectrum. The story is played out in a three-day period. The Christmas holidays and a freak Scottish snowstorm add to the mix. Follett proves hi ...more
P.S. Mokha
Oct 13, 2012 P.S. Mokha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this while on holiday in the tropical Bay of Islands and it was the perfect read. Set in Scotland during a blizzard it was a delight to be reminded that I no longer lived in a cold climate. The pace picked up half way through, with each character's motivation and decision-making being clear and believable. I note some people found this book contrived and one described the characters as cardboard, yet it delivered what it set out to achieve. A racy action novel about averting a major inter ...more
Mónica Silva
Dec 02, 2012 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opinião no blog: http://howtoliveathousandlives.blogsp...

Mesmo fora do género histórico, Ken Follett não desilude: com um enredo altamente emocionante, narra o assalto a um laboratório e o roubo de um vírus mortal. Este é um livro sobre conspirações, terrorismo, ética e a utilização de animais em experiências científicas.

De igual modo, o autor consegue aliar eficazmente todo este suspense com uma pitada de romance. As próprias personagens formam um conjunto surpreendente: indivíduos corajosos,
Mar 13, 2010 Jmassa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Oct 20, 2011 Kaliki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oct-2011, library
I enjoyed this book. I'd probably give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. It was my first Follett and I picked it specifically because it wasn't 1,000 pages long...wanted to ease myself in.

The storyline wasn't anything unique, but I felt like I got to know the characters.. really liked the ones I liked and really disliked the ones I didn't. The story moved very quickly, was descriptive, but not overly so. And I finished wishing there was more. I've read in some others' reviews that this was not his bes
Laurie (Kwiltreader)
Dec 15, 2009 Laurie (Kwiltreader) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed reading this snuggled under warm quilts as the cold front and snow came blowing across Texas sending temperatures to freezing and below. The title accurately defines what happens in a blizzard and how that affects the plans of all. A lethal virus is stolen by the man who set up the facility’s alarm system. While his family is planning a cozy Christmas get together, he and 4 other thieves plan to get away to sell the virus to the highest bidder. Then the blizzard comes which shuts down ...more
Zézinha Rosado
Feb 26, 2013 Zézinha Rosado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido-e-trocado
Este foi o primeiro livro que li de Ken Follett e fiquei verdadeiramente impressionada, isto sim é um bom autor e estou deveras ansiosa para ler mais.
O enredo é fascinante, a história é muito coerente e está muito bem escrita.
Não tem paragens nem momentos aborrecidos e a acção desenrola-se a um bom ritmo, as personagens são maravilhosas... os "maus" são realmente maus, chegamos a ficar arrepiados com a sua crueldade e frieza.
O final é facilmente previsível, mas até lá chegar ficamos agarrados à
Nov 26, 2013 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-cd
Great story, fast paced and a wicked thriller. A bit predictable in a few places. A lot more relationship and emotional dynamics than I expected. However, all I have ever read from Follett are his epic trilogies, so was fun to "read" a different side. Well worth the time.
Jessica Behrendsen
I stole this from my dad's bookshelf over the holiday weekend (he has PLENTY mass-supermarket paperback fiction on those shelves) for something to read because I forgot my book.

It was like sad Dan Brown. I've never read Follett but I had heard good things about his 'Pillars of the Earth' so I was (slightly) shocked when this turned out to just be empty genre fiction. Also, I think Follett might be a misogynistic old man. Just sayin'.

I did read through to the end because it at least held my inte
Rodrigo Oliveira
Jan 26, 2012 Rodrigo Oliveira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Farto de ver Ken Follet nos escaparates das livrarias, com uma série de best-sellers, e cuja obra Pilares da Terra tem sido aclamada pelos vários locais literários por onde costumo passear (na net, entenda-se...) e aproveitando uma promoção da FNAC (tem que ser assim senão é mais difícil comprar livros :) ), decidi "pegar" neste autor.
A primeira coisa que me apraz dizer sobre o autor, aproveitando a descrição na sinopse é que se ele é considerado como um dos mestres actuais do policial/thriller
Lots I really liked about this book. It is a thriller, and in some ways, it typifies the genre. (I.e., I feel like it doesn't matter who writes thrillers - the voice, tone, etc. always sounds the same. Dan Brown sounds like Ken Follett sounds like James Patterson. You get the idea.) However, the ending was fairly unpredictable, and that is what I liked about it. While the bad folks are not kept a secret, the way the storm and a family affect the outcome was a change of pace. Only real complaint, ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Follett derailed...again!!!

Ken Follett was once a member of the top tier of the world's suspense/spy novelists. The Key to Rebecca, Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions, the non-fiction On Wings of Eagles and his medieval masterpiece The Pillars of the Earth. In the `90s though, Follett seemed to have lost the thread-and the ability to craft readable books. The Third Twin and Hammer of Eden were, well, abysmal really. So, it was much to my delight that Follett seemed to return to form in the p
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Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film.

He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.

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