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Cold Plague

(Dr. Noah Haldane #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  64 reviews

Pristine waterhidden for millions of years, untouched by pollution, and possessing natural healing powersis found miles under Antarctic ice. The scientists who make this astonishing discovery stand to win worldwide acclaim and earn billions. While people around the world line up for a taste of the therapeutic water, a cluster of new cases of mad cow disease explodes in a

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Forge Books
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George K. Ilsley
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I expected more. Instead this book is a half-baked rehash of many other thrillers. Female characters, for example, are always defined by their looks while men are defined by their achievements. The science is fine, I guess, but where is the suspense or the mystery? From the first we know what the problem is and who the villains are. Sadly once again reminded why so-called thrillers are really rather a bore.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it liked it
A little difficult to follow with so many characters and places. I even had to go back a few times to figure out who someone was and why they might be important. I am glad I stuck with it and finished reading it - but I was tempted to give up at times. Having lived in England shortly before Mad Cow disease was discovered there it has always been a threat. Not any less scary now after reading this book.
Laura Robinson
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
The plot's premise was great. And thus ends any good things I have to say about this book. If the storyline itself wasn't so personally intriguing (I love epidemiology AND the Antarctic) I would not have finished it.

Every female character is "sexy" or "sensual" or "curvaceous". Oh wait, no, not EVERY female character. One woman is "androgynous" and we have to know about her "flat chest and narrow hips". She's the sister of a dead plague victim being interviewed about his gruesome death, but her
General Drachen
This was not my usual cup of tea, but ended up on my bookshelf via my Father divesting himself of his large book collection (one day to be all mine!! - *maniacal laugh*)...

It was a rather thriller, I guess one could call it. A whodunit with viruses, corporations, etc. I enjoyed reading it, I enjoyed the characters, I think I'll probably read more by the author.

This isn't going to be a very detailed review as it just wasn't that gripping of a subject for me. As a
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Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing novel, similar to a Crichton novel! Constant plot and character twists, kept me capitivated to the very end! A must read if you enjoy medical and mystery novels!
It's been a long time since I read this book. It's a satisfying, fun read. More thriller than mystery with excellent use of dramatic irony. As this book is a bit older now, I will give Kalla props for his diverse characters even if they're a little awkwardly written at times. My one gripe upon re-reading this is how Kalla tends to over-describe things, particularly female characters. It seems less than realistic that everyone is really attractive. It doesn't really take away from the plot ...more
Stacy Kingsley
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very different book than it was. With the title COLD PLAGUE I thought there was going to be a plague of epic proportions, but there was not. There was an issue, but it wasn't as worldwide as I thought it would be. I did like the book though. I felt that most of the characters were well written and the dialogue was good without being too far science based. Now several have compared it to the work of Michael Crichton, which is is not even close, but it was interesting and the ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A virus that's not a virus, incapable of being destroyed by steralization and completely incapacitates its victim in a matter of days. The next pandemic - mad cow on steroids. Ever wondered what's really in your bottled water, makes you think doesn't it?! Great book, great characters, very scary idea. Enjoy!
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An untouched water source is found deep beneath the Antartic ice! Could this have ancient healing properties or an ancient curse? Following the clues in this thriller isn't as simple as it sounds. I really enjoyed the journey.
Tony Berryman
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
I liked this one. Dan does his usual excellent job of drilling down (sorry!) into little-known areas of science and weaving the details into an engaging story. The characters in this one carry the story but seemed a little less 'rich' than usual, if you know what I mean.

Well worth the read!
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book. Very similar to Pandemic, the first book with Noah in it.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Formulaic he was telegraphing the plot from miles away
laurel jones
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
fascinating so many people looking for a miracle cure .... how realistic this issue is and how this could happen in our world
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read other books of Kalla's, but this one sat on my shelf for a while, probably because it didn't sound as medically oriented as the others, but in advance of the biggest snowfall ever to hit our area, it seemed like the right time to read 'Cold Plague'. The book opens with a European team of scientists and businessmen successfully drilling through the Antarctic ice to reach a lake previously untouched by man, with the former individuals interested in what might be in the water, and the ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars "The purest water on earth" is deadly...

The two doctors with the World Health Organization who appeared in the novel, Pandemic, Dr. Noah Haldane and Dr. Duncan McLeod, join forces with the European Union's department of agriculture representative Elise Renard to analyze several recent cases of what appears to be a variant of Creutzfelt-Jakob Disease. When the team arrives in Limoges, France, to begin their investigation into seven mad cows, they quickly discover that this
Toni Osborne
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is Daniel Kalla at his best. I am a big fan of thrillers and of this author; none of his books have disappointed me. Cold Blood is fast paced, smartly written to capture ones interest and is extremely suspenseful, a real page turner.

The story starts when a group of scientists discovers a way to tap the water from pristine Lake Vostok located beneath the ice of Antarctica. We follow their research and exploit at the South Pole. Clever marketing has people worldwide lining up for a taste of
Mike Thomas
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
NOTE: I was unable to read this book!! It looks like a great plot, however, I was unable to read beyond 2 1/2 pages, plus the acknowledgements and author's note (science behind the book.) I had the book for 9 weeks from the library, and I have reached the end of my renewals, so I will finally give up.

I don't know why I was unable to read this...Daniel Kalla's writing style seems close to Robin Cook and Michael Connolly, both of whom I enjoy. I guess it could be just a case of too much other
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The main character is a famous doctor who just came off saving the world from a deadly disease, and is once again called into action for a 'mad cow' case. Him and his colleagues investigate as normal but as they learn more and more they discover that this is more than a simple outbreak and their very lives may be at risk.

This was a really enjoyable, spy, medical thriller. It is very deep, features many characters and a twist and turn at every chapter end. I would recommend keeping a pen and
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. The main characters were likeable and all the conspiracies actually made sense, unlike a lot of big corporation cover-ups I read about. A few times I felt like we were given unnecessary information, such as being dropped into South Korea for one chapter. I get that Kalla wanted to give the feeling that this prion could be a worldwide issue, but we didn't need a random character to show that, especially when the whole novel was already ...more
Aug 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book much better than I did. I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton's scientific thrillers, and this one promised to be in a similar vein. Starting out with drilling into an Antarctic lake for what would theoretically be the most pure water in the world (and thus setting up an opportunity to look at the bottled water industry) and ranging through cases of bovine spongiform encephalitis ("mad cow disease") and its human equivalent (Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease, or "kuru"), the ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
This started out really catching my attention but seem to bog down and drag to the end. Starting out with scientist finding a lake of pristine water, hidden for millions of years, untouched by pollution, and possessing natural healing powers, under miles of ice in the Antarctic. Suddenly cases of "mad cow" disease like never seen before are popping up in there a connection? Add in kidnapping, women suddenly disappearing and GREED! from the possible billions of dollars that the ...more
Nathan Little
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I usually am not the biggest fan of the medical thriller. However, Cold Plague got me addicted to the idea of the prion, and it's potential danger. It spawned one of the first short stories that I wrote.

Daniel Kalla's writing feels very similar to Michael Crichton. Both authors have medical backgrounds and it shows in the writing.

This story is well paced and haunting. Overall, I enjoyed the book but am fully aware that it is not for everyone.

You will fully cook your meals after reading this
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
I decided to read this title because it deals with Mad-Cow disease, like I need to feel more paranoid whenever I eat a juicy steak! I don't read adult fiction much and find it a bit boring at times. I'm a third of the way through the book and so far not much has been solved. I have not been able to tell the good guys from the bad guys for the most part. I'm hoping it won't make me want to give up beef again! I'll update this when I am finished with the book.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a fun and interesting read! Interesting, because the setting toggles between Antarctica and France, with a plot involving digging deep into an ancient Antarctic lake for the purest water on the planet, and fun because of the really nice, surprising twists and turns throughout the book.

Fun also, because the author brought back Duncan, that wise-cracking Scotsman, who, in my mind, steals the show.

Suspense; greed; epidemic plague; it's all good.
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: grownup, mystery
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Sandy Neal
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting and educational story about prions and infection set in Antarctica. Based on possibilities similar to the way Robin Cook takes something medical and possible and creates a tale of what could happen if we are not diligent.
Amy Rogers
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
3 star science/medical thriller (top 50% of the genre). Set largely in France with a 5-star "minor" character, an Afro-French female detective. Mad cow disease and a possible prion epidemic in humans. A For my full review, see
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I would have to say this is one of Kalla's best, probably because it was suspenseful without bordering on the totally incredible (like in previous books, where one scientist saves the world, over, and over, and over again)
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Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.

The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug

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