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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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Hardcover, 468 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by PENGUIN Group (USA) Inc. (first published November 23rd 2004)
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Stacey
Dec 29, 2011 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
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
Susana
(review in English below)

Lê-se bem e depressa, que era o que eu pretendia.
De resto, achei bastante básico. Um thriller pouco emocionante, com umas intrigas amorosas à mistura, incluindo um casal de adolescentes (!) que acaba por ter alguma influência no desenlace.
Gostei da personagem principal, Toni Gallo.
E pronto, cumpriu e ficou por aí.

A nice and quick read, which was what I was looking for.
Otherwise, I found it pretty basic. A not so thrilling thriller, with some love intrigue in the mix, in
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Maria Espadinha
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Invariavelmente Bom

Um livro que foge ao estilo habitual de Ken Follet, mas que é invariavelmente bom. :)
Uma prova do alcance da mestria do autor!
Ken Follet persiste em não desiludir :)
Daniel Bastian
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kellie
Aug 21, 2008 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
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.
Dale
Mar 18, 2012 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
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Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors. Over 160 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.

Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy. He was made a fellow of the coll
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