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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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Paperback, 469 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Signet (first published November 23rd 2004)
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Stacey
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Whiteout, Ken Follett
Whiteout (2004) is a thriller novel written by British author Ken Follett about the theft of a deadly virus from a lab in snow-covered Scotland. As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks-jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries-crackle, desperate secrets are revealed, hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز چهاردهم ماه دسامبر سال 2009
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Daniel Bastian
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
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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Adrienne
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 actually. Ken Follett in my opinion is an authors whose stories are always wonderful. His characters are multi-dimensional, his plots multi-layered and his writing style is very engaging. Whiteout was book up to his usual excellent standard. Think of a fatal virus, with no antidote; a large mostly functional family (with only one really bad sheep); a father who is a scientific and wealthy patriarch (who really loves his family and a lovely lady who is an ex-cop, heads security for the patria ...more
Dale
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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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
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
Jack Massa
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
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Sally Lindsay-briggs
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a winner in my estimation. It was an audio book that I listened to on my long drives to visit my daughter. There was plenty of action and suspense and a dab of romance. A research company is trying to come up with an antidote for a very deadly virus. There is a robbery and a hostage situation in the midst of a huge blizzard. You really don't know what will happen until the finale. The heroine Toni is the security guard with lots of guts, smarts and gusto. I love it when the story has st ...more
P.S. Mokha
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Laurie (Kwiltreader)
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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
Leah
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Meh.
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
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Preston Nowsch
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Maria Carmo
Another excellent Ken Follett! The book is fast paced, interesting, believable and manages to explain and educate about the risks of contagion with new vaccines or viruses. The description of the security of a high security laboratory is based on good research and visits to two such labs, one in the UK and another in the US, and Ken Follett always surrounds himself with good advisers on such topics.
Because it is not such an unthinkable scenery nowadays, it is worthwhile reading. Besides it is an
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Cat
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Dianne
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Christmas Eve should be a time of joy and family, but for one medical research firm’s CEO, it becomes a night of terror, blood and death. Biological terrorism is horrific, but when one deadly virus is stolen, Christmas Eve will become anything but silent and holy.

Ken Follett’s WHITEOUT pits greed, dark secrets and deadly plots against the clock as Mother Nature does her part to foul up any chance of success for one man, forced to steal from his father’s company to pay his gam
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Ana Sofia Ferreira
[17/11/16]
I finally finished this! I took such a long time because of university, but I enjoyed it every time I grabbed it! Ken Follett is one of the masters of thriller, and this one didn't fall behind on that.

Whiteout deals with a deadly virus that, if spread, could kill millions of people. One of the scientists died with the virus but it was an isolated case. That was supposed to be the worst thing that could happen, right? Wrong.

Toni Gallo is an ex-police that now works as the head of the se
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Melissa
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oct-2011, library
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
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JANET
Jun 11, 2008 rated it liked it

A TOTALLY DIFFERENT SIDE OF KEN FOLLETT'S WRITING OF "PILLARS OF THE EARTH" AND "WORLD WITHOUT END".
IT WAS A GOOD ACTION STORY WITH A LOT OF RESEARCH AND DETAILS THAT MADE YOU PICTURE EVERYTHING VERY WELL. I ENJOYED IT AND COMPLETED IT IN TWO DAYS.
Camille Maio
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's poignant reading a book about a virus. Written in 2004, but reading it in 2020 gives it a lot of impact! I've read almost everything that Ken Follett has ever written. And while it did not rank as high for me as some of his others, his master storytelling still puts it head and shoulders among many other writers' books.
Bar Reads
May 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
Such a disappointment, as I gave Pillars of the earth 5 stars. This is a very bad short story, stretched forcefully to make a novel.
Jenny
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-popsugar
Eh, I'll stick to Follett's historical fiction and steer clear of his other stuff. On the bright side, I'm able to cross off a challenge that I wasn't particularly looking forward to.

Popsugar Challenge 2020-A Medical Thriller
Colleen Reynolds
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
The first book that I read by Ken Follett was Pillars of the Earth and I loved it. I read another of his books afterwards and it was completely different. I didn't even think I was reading the same author. This book is the polar opposite of Pillars of the Earth. POE was an epic, period piece that was thoughtful, exciting, historical fiction that kept me turning pages. Whiteout was just dumb. From the crooked son, to the horny detective, to the stereotypical rich standoffish but gently old guy... ...more
David Highton
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I went in with cautious expectations as I am not generally found of dangerous virus stories, but this tight story covering a 24 hour period in a Christmas snow blizzard was very enjoyable - of course, Follett is very experienced at maintaining the pace of a story. I had not read one of his books for ages but I will look out for some more now.
Amanda T
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Did you ever read a book and root for the bad guy? I found myself truly hoping he would get away with it. The reason - the protagonist makes some stupid decisions and just isn't very good at her job as head of security.

The explanation for why the incident with the rabbit occurred is not fully explained (the how it happened is explained but the WHY is really weak) and there's no reason for it other than to point out a major security flaw. The second security flaw isn't as obvious, but it has to
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Thom Swennes
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Not the best Ken Follett book I ever read, but it was still a nice read. I would recommend reading this book if you're waiting at a airport, in a doctor's office, or some such, or if you're bored and sick and want something to read after you're sick of watching TV. Not that this book sucked, but it could have used more. The idea was very good, but it fell flat on delivery in some places, and the ending was a bit cliched. If Ken had put in more detail and thought, this book would have delivered b ...more
Connie
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-cd
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.
Lesley
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
descent suspense of a crime on Christmas day at a lab facility. the romance was just added wasted words, did nothing more or less for the story in my opinion.
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