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Cold Storage

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  4,470 ratings  ·  967 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
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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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
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
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
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
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 80s 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 fungi escapes
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
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 towns 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 into
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Whats 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. Theres way too much back story for the characters and a lame love story. Big disappointment. ...more
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 isnt exactly spectacular, you have to wonder if the blurb writer was out to sabotage or -as is more likely you just once again didnt like the book that everyone else seemed to love.

Thats stretching it a bit, though. I didnt dislike Cold Storage. I think. Mostly I couldn
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-thriller, 2020
I remember when David Cronenberg announced his novel Consumed, there was some eyebrow-raising in the literary community. Shouldnt 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
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 Koepps novel Cold Storage deals with a killer fungus on the loose. The fungus is on a rampage to complete its biological programmingto 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 me ...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 peoples 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
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
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.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library, 2020
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
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.

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.
Christina Dalcher
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Michael Crichton fans (or anyone!)
Shelves: favorites, arcs
Absolutely fabulous stuff. Koepp has single-handedly resurrected one of my all-time favorite authors (Michael Crichton), injecting a strong sense of humor into a terrifying story. I'll read this again. And again. It's that good.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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Michelle Only Wants to Read
Witty, thrilling, suspenseful (terrifying at parts), and intense. The story grabs you from the start and its hard to put down. Highly entertaining. I like my sci-fi to be this way.

Lots of fun with this one!
Debra Komar
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Normally I tear through books like this in a day but this one was a slog that lasted more than a week. Great and promising premise -- a fungus gone crazy -- but there is zero character development. It's tough to root for anyone when you have no idea who they are and many characters are introduced simply to be killed (think those in the red shirts on Star Trek). Humour is subjective, but I didn't find much in this book. Unlike Jurassic Park, where the science was just a jumping off point for the ...more
Marc V.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow how do you go from being scared shirtless to laughing your ass off, read Cold Storage by David Koepp. The book has the dark humor of a Karl Hassan novel and the calculated terror of Hannibal Lecter. Grab your popcorn and plan on reading Cold Storage in one sitting.
Yes! What a ride! Fungus, Cordyceps novus, a patient, tenacious and ingenious organism. All it wants to do is eat and reproduce and does this at such a blistering pace that there might be a threat to humanity as we know it. No, it's okay. It's been contained in cold storage

This would make a thrilling movie. Rag tag characters inadvertently caught up in containing the fungus under the guidance of a retired Pentagon specialist in bioterrorism.

Break neck speed, gory and darkly funny. Love to see
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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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