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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  17,081 ratings  ·  910 reviews
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
Paperback, 469 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Signet (first published January 1st 2004)
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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
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
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
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
Daniel Bastian
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
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
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
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
Cátia Santos
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!

Ana Rebelo
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
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.
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!
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
Rosana Maia
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
Rodrigo Oliveira
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
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
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
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
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
Mónica Silva
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,
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
I picked this up for a quarter at the thrift store. The mention of a biological threat got my attention.

But although the descriptions of the lab were interesting, this wasn't the medical thriller I expected. I don't usually read in this genre, but I kept looking at the cover where a "pageturner" was promised and thinking, "did they mean the way I keep turning the pages hoping a plot will come along?" I think 350 or 400 pages of setup is a bit much.

Not very suspenseful, not very memorable, and
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
Faith Mortimer
This has got to be the worst Ken Follett I've read.
It starts off ok - set in a science lab/company where there has been major foul play. But the main characters are weak and the story line stumbling. Half way through the whole things falls apart and if it wasn't for the up to date science stuff then I could well believe it was one of the first things Ken Follett wrote. In fact it still could have been a novel that was turned down early on in his career and then a quick edit to bring things up t
Laurie (Kwiltreader)
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
Este livro seria daqueles que, na minha perspectiva, mereceria 4 estrelas sem qualquer dúvida, não fosse a parte... do romance! Não é que não goste de um pouco de romance num policial, o facto é que não gosto e nunca gostei de romance do género: 'ele roçou-me o braço e toda eu tremi' ou 'ai meu deus, ele olhou pra mim... será que me ama?'... Por isso, posso afirmar que houve ali uma fase do livro que me estava a aborrecer (quem já leu penso que sabe do que falo), mas a verdade é que, mal entrei ...more
Zézinha Rosado
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
Corey Tardif
On a Snowy Christmas Eve, A deadly virus is stolen from a Scottish medical research facility by a group of criminals. As they depart, to they are forced to take shelter at the home of Stanley Oxenford, Stanley is having Christmas dinner with his family, and he is also the head of the facility the crooks raided. They are forced to take Stanley and his family hostage when they find out what the crooks have stolen.

A lot of people didn't like this book, but I found it to be very suspenseful, and it
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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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