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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  6,204 ratings  ·  1,242 reviews
For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism

When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mut
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Ecco
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Jessie P No. But even though the fungus is written that way, it's not literal - just analogy for an incredibly fast- developing substance. The book references …moreNo. But even though the fungus is written that way, it's not literal - just analogy for an incredibly fast- developing substance. The book references that at one point.

Doesn't necessarily make it more believable, but believability isn't that primary goal of the story.(less)

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Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deliciously Terrifying!

Two bio-terrorism operatives are called on to investigate and handle a situation involving an isolated community (26 people) in Australia. Many years before, a NASA explorative space vehicle had exploded and some remnants landed in this country and for some reason this supposedly Harmless Container was left there. (Really?) A call came in with a claim that a man had fallen gravely ill after cleaning the outside of the unit and now there is a foreign substance leaking out o
Kylie D
A fun read, if at times totally unbelievable, but hey this is fiction, and it's meant to entertain, right? And entertain this book does. A fungus that has killed everyone in a remote town in Western Australia has been languishing in a contained facility underground in Kansas. The facility is then concealed, and forgotten, and a storage unit is built on top of it. End of story right? No way, this fungus has ideas of it's own. It escapes it's containers and decides to run rampant.

Two down on their
David Putnam
Aug 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Yikes, I did not like this one at all. DNF. I rarely give one star, I’m hesitant to because I know what it feels like (being an author). This book sounded like something I’d enjoy, and I purchased the hardcover. Now this may just be my taste because I am an author. I’m a big proponent of the Fictive Dream, it’s mandatory for the books I read. Cold Storage is written in omniscient point of view while utilizing (at times) the reminiscent voice as well (Ten years later they wouldn’t…). And this omn ...more
Dannii Elle
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm terrified and horrified and that is exactly how I want to feel after reading a science fiction book!

Deep in the Australian outback festered a fungi that thrived on the atmosphere around it. The highly mutative mucus infected the small and isolated settlement of people who resided there, incubating and expanding inside their bodies and taking over the neural pathways to ensure their new hosts did their bidding.

Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz and his partner eradicated the terrifying
Donna Backshall
All that hand-washing and disinfecting seems so futile when you get to see how a disease can spread FROM THE PATHOLOGICAL POINT OF VIEW OF THE CONTAGION ITSELF. It only takes one tiny speck of a fungus/virus/bacteria hellbent on making its way into a delicious human body, and *bam* you're infected.

Are you also a goner, soon to explode like an overfilled balloon of green sticky fungal goo? Let's hope that only happens in bioterror horror movies and novels -- like this one -- but the horrible pot
Mandy White
Cold Storage by David Koepp is not the sort of book I would normally have picked up. But I was intrigued when I received a copy from Harlequin Australia as part of the HQ Book Club. I am now very pleased have picked this book up. David Koepp is a screenwriter who has worked on Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible to name a few. This was clearly evident in this book, and it would also be a fantastic movie.

This was a very quick and hard to put down read. The story flowed really well and left you
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: teotwawki
David Koepp began his career as a screenwriter and there's definitely a strong "summer action movie" vibe throughout this book.

In short, fungus! Anyone who's spent some time watching/reading/playing in the zombie apocalypse genre is likely already familiar with the Cordyceps fungus; but this time it's been to space and picked up some brand new habits. The book begins when the plans to keep it under wraps fail.

My rating is a pretty solid "liked it" - there's nothing hugely wrong with Cold Storage
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok

This book comes with great pedigree as the author wrote the screenplay for ‘Jurassic Park’, it also comes with great premise.....a ‘eat all’ fungi is discovered in the 80’s in Australia but is ‘managed’ and contained and ‘no questions asked’ and what remains of the fungi is then sealed away hundreds of feet down in a ‘black site’ mountainy far so good.....the mountainy thing is sold on as a ‘rent out locker facility’ and the contents hundreds of feet down are ‘forgotten’....then the
Whispering Stories
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Australian outback, 1987. Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz and his partner Trini Romano have been sent to Kiwirrkurra to a town where all the residents were dying. All they know that in 1979 a Skylab Space Station fell out of the sky and a chunk of it landed in Kiwirrkurra, after years of the piece sitting in the ground as a souvenir, it began to rust.

A local resident cleaned the piece of Skylab awakening the fungus inside which eventually would kill the entire village, and one of the p
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
What’s your guess as to whether humanity will be saved by the heroes of this book? I think I must have misread the blurb for this book because I was expecting an intelligent bio thriller and instead I got a dumb horror story with fungus-created zombies. There’s way too much back story for the characters and a lame love story. Big disappointment.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I remember when David Cronenberg announced his novel Consumed, there was some eyebrow-raising in the literary community. Shouldn’t the serious business of writing be left to serious professionals, as opposed to dilettante dabblers? Turned out that Consumed was a literary distillation of an ultimate Cronenberg movie.

Now we have that most looked down upon of writers, the screenwriter, having the temerity to turn his hand to penmanship. The screenwriter in questions is David Koepp, the ninth most s
Three people on a plane flying to the vast outback in Western Australia where they suspected something terrible was happening. But what they actually found was much worse. The fungi that was mutating – quickly – had already killed all the small town’s inhabitants. Could it be contained? Would the complete destruction of the town eliminate the threat?

It was years later when Roberto Diaz – from the original three - was called in to save humanity from the fungi that had once again found its way int
May 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
oh my god. i am going to be run ragged at BEA this year, apparently.

Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
” astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park ”

You ever wonder about the person who writes these blurbs and think “Why they go and set expectations so high like that?”I mean,especially when your ending opinion of the book isn’t exactly spectacular, you have to wonder if the blurb writer was out to sabotage or -as is more likely – you just once again didn’t like the book that everyone else seemed to love.

That’s stretching it a bit, though. I didn’t dislike Cold Storage. I think. Mostly
A fast pace sci fi thriller with humor. Some killer fungus found in Australia in the 80s then was "safely" kept in cold storage in the US until it wasn't cold enough...

Pretty light on science side about, but it was still a lot of fun. 3.5 stars
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
David Koepp’s novel Cold Storage deals with a killer fungus on the loose. The fungus is on a rampage to complete its biological programming—to spawn and spawn again (something that will wipe humans out and spell the end of all mankind). Not knowing that much about this type of organism, I enlisted the assistance of well-established fun guys (Ex-NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski, and celebrated actress Jennifer Garner) to give me their feedback. Sadly, these fun guys came up short and did not provide ...more
Gloria Arthur
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly mutative and contagious organism sample is contained and buried in a military cold storage sub-basement repository after killing all the residents of a remote Western Australian town.

Long forgotten and decades later the facility has become a self storage unit facility for people’s belongings or their personal ‘ junk’. The security guards on night duty monitoring the security screens at the storage facility stumble upon a hidden sub-basement after hearing an unknown sensor beeping in a
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never thought I’d hear myself say this. And you’re going to think I’m nuts. But ok here it goes. Zombies are real! Yes. I said it. Zombies are real. Don’t laugh at me and don’t shake your head in protest because what I say is a fact. Yes friends, zombies are 100% real.

You’re probably thinking right now as you read my review, “this chic is certifiably crazy!” Ok, perhaps but that’s a debate for another day. Just know this, I would not shit you! I only speak the truth. And it’s an absolute fact
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3-3.5 stars. Look out! The fungus is among us! This is a nail-biting, page-turning thriller about a fungus that returns from a space mission having learned some fast-growing, oozy adaptations and threatens life on Earth as we know it. It is contained by a government agency and then forgotten about until thirty years later, when it finds a way to be free again. Three unlikely characters team up to try to contain it. The tension builds and builds but is occasionally relieved by a funny moment and ...more
Susan Hampson
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is one riotous read that made me laugh with 'did that just happen' moments and kept me entertained from start to finish.
Set in a small town in Australia, a local man has made a little extra cash over the years by displaying bits of wreckage from spaceships that have broken upon returning to Earth from missions in space. Well, one too many rub ups to make a bit gleam a little just sets off a reaction with a hi-jacker that had returned with it. The deadly organism thrives on any living thing
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cold Storage is a book that is very light on the character development but heavy on the plot and action. We meet a group of agents who are investigating a fungal bioterror that takes over people's bodies and causes horrific things to happen. The book follows a series of characters as they deal with the fungus. The book has some shocking moments and some interesting twists and turns but the book was a bit too light on the emotional investment that I like to experience when reading most novels.
Renee Godding
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quality literature? probably not...
Wholely original? not really...
Scientifically accurate? nope...

Funny, edge-of-you-seat-thrilling, unapologetic fun? Hell yes!!
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: ★★★☆☆-


For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism

When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage d
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Many thanks to Ecco for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

It hit all the right beats and was fascinating and creepy but I wasn't totally paying attention whoops.

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Edward Lorn
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Super fun story, lazy and repetitive writing, and some huge unneeded coincidences and plot holes, but I enjoyed myself well enough.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, from-library
Cordyceps novus had tasted humans, and it wanted more.

Cordyceps novus, a fungus accidentally sent into space on Skylab, mutates into a 100% lethal nightmare with an astonishing growth rate. After Skylab crashes in Australia in 1979, the fungus later wipes out a remote Outback town. A secret branch of the US military is able to stop the fungus and destroy it in the wild, preserving one sample in cold storage deep underground in a remote Kansas mine. But once out of sight and out of mind, people f
Like watching a SyFy B movie late at night - you're just watching it because it's on and not too terrible, not because it's good. The flow is very fast and easy to visualize, like it's made to be see on a tv. But the style is very 2D. It's okay if I have time to kill, but since I don't, if I'm going to invest 5-10 hours of my life, I want to get something out of it and remember the book when I walk away.
The Nerd Daily
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Stacey Rourke

From page one this book grabs ahold and refuses to let go. There is no easing into it, nor should there be in a novel focused on catastrophic events that could wipe out mankind. A green fungus is spreading, one that grows, and spreads, and… thinks. David Koepp constructs a terrifying concept that plays out on the pages of the book with grisly realism as we watch people and animals alike become infected, and meet their gruesome end.

Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

I received my promotional copy of American screenwriter David Koepp’s novel Cold Storage in a sealed yellow bio hazard bag, which sparked my initial interest, but I was also a bit apprehensive as to the contents of this book. Cold Storage is a story of the fight for survival, as an unlikely group of heroes work to save mankind from the threat of a deadly organism.

Cold Storage charts the mutation of a contagious organism, that has the power to kill both human
This is such a fun apocalyptic techno thriller! I read it on holiday and it was such a good choice - fast, witty, revolting and tense. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
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David Koepp is a celebrated American screenwriter and director best known for his work on Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds and Mission: Impossible. His work on screen has grossed over $6 billion worldwide.

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