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Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new novel. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout....

A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Twelve missing samples of a deadly virus. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightma
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Paperback, 469 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Signet (first published November 23rd 2004)
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Kostas Papadatos
Ο ήρωας μας Στάνλεϋ Όξενφορντ, έχει μια μικρή φαρμακευτική εταιρεία που κάνει έρευνες γύρω από θανατηφόρους ιούς. Παραμονές Χριστουγέννων καλεί τις δυο του κόρες με τους συζύγους τους, τον γιό και τα εγγόνια του, ώστε να περάσουν μαζί τη περίοδο των εορτών. Όλα καλά δηλαδή για την οικογένεια Όξενφορντ. ΛΑΘΟΣ. Είναι όοολοι τους τρελοί. Αντί να κάτσουν να χαλαρώσουν απολαμβάνοντας το χιόνι, παίζοντας FIFA και βγάζοντας χνουδάκια από τον αφαλό τους, τρώγονται για τα πάντα, όλη την ώρα. Δε φτάνει πο ...more
Stacey
Dec 29, 2011 Stacey rated it did not like it
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
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
Nov 16, 2015 Miquel Reina rated it liked it
Shelves: mistery, crime, thriller
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.
Kellie
Feb 12, 2009 Kellie rated it it was amazing
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
Leah
Feb 28, 2010 Leah rated it it was ok
Meh.
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
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Dale
Mar 18, 2012 Dale rated it it was ok
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
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Ana Rebelo
Apr 30, 2013 Ana Rebelo rated it it was amazing
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
Iorick
Dec 09, 2008 Iorick rated it it was amazing
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
Cat
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
Bar Tube
May 29, 2016 Bar Tube rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
Such a disappointment, as I gave Pillars of the earth 5 stars. This is a very bad short story, stretched forcefully to make a novel.
Aurin
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!
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Mar 27, 2016 Sally Lindsay-briggs rated it really liked it
This was a winner in my estimation. It was an audio book that I listened to on my long drives to visit my daughter. There was plenty of action and suspense and a dab of romance. A research company is trying to come up with an antidote for a very deadly virus. There is a robbery and a hostage situation in the midst of a huge blizzard. You really don't know what will happen until the finale. The heroine Toni is the security guard with lots of guts, smarts and gusto. I love it when the story has st ...more
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
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P.S. Mokha
Oct 13, 2012 P.S. Mokha rated it it was amazing
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
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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,
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Jack Massa
Mar 13, 2010 Jack Massa 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
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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
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
JANET
Jun 18, 2008 JANET rated it liked it

A TOTALLY DIFFERENT SIDE OF KEN FOLLETT'S WRITING OF "PILLARS OF THE EARTH" AND "WORLD WITHOUT END".
IT WAS A GOOD ACTION STORY WITH A LOT OF RESEARCH AND DETAILS THAT MADE YOU PICTURE EVERYTHING VERY WELL. I ENJOYED IT AND COMPLETED IT IN TWO DAYS.
Babete
Sep 04, 2015 Babete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um thriller bem urdido!

( Feira do Livro do Continente )
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
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Thom Swennes
Nov 22, 2011 Thom Swennes rated it liked it
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
Kaliki
Oct 20, 2011 Kaliki rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Connie
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.
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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.

He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of ho
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