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Whiteout
Whiteout
Author: Ken Follett
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451215710
ISBN-10: 0451215710
Publication Date: 10/25/2005
Pages: 496
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 317 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
Want something that grabs you and you can settle in for a day of reading? This is it. Ken Follett is another writer who tells interesting tales.
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Helpful Score: 7
This is fun. A great thriller that continues to pull you into every page. The plot is germ warfare, the idea though is a great twist. Please someone check this because you are missing out. I love a good thriller and this is one of the best.
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Helpful Score: 5
Engaging thriller about bio-terrorism thwarted by a female ex-cop and the family of her employer, abetted by a freak snowstorm. Follett creates a high-tech security system for the bad guys to defeat, but anyone who's ever worked with extremely dangerous materials will recognize a flaw the author doesn't even acknowledge.
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Helpful Score: 4
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 nightmare to come.
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Helpful Score: 4
I LOVED this book! The Philadelphia Inquirer is quoted on the front cover as saying, "Everyone likes a page turner, and Follett is the best." This is the truth. I could hardly stop reading it. But it's a long book at 468 pages in paperpack, so I had to take breaks when my eyes started to burn. Still, I raced through it. The action starts in the first chapter and from there, you never look back. What I like about Ken Follett's writing is that he does his research well so that he can have a plausible background for his thrillers. Then, he doesn't just bore you with car chases and mass killings: He fleshes out his characters well, adds a little romance, puts a little family feeling into the mix and what you end up with is a top-notch thriller that won't bore you. I do not like the basic cop and bad guy scenario. You will not get that kind of boring, predictable story line here.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wow. Very exciting story. Griping, intense, fast paced, surprising, had me turning pages so fast...hated to get to the end of this one. Love Ken Follett.
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Helpful Score: 2
Good author. Really a nice written book. Couldn't put it down with suspence.
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Helpful Score: 2
This turned out to be a real pageturner but it took awhile to get going with it. At the end I spent a whole day reading that last 300 pages just to see what would happen. I'll probably read more of him now that I know what he can do.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good book, tense. Not exactly new ideas or plot, but a great read. I read it in a few days.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an excellent read. Once you pick it up it's hard to put down. I enjoy this author very much.
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Helpful Score: 1
In all honesty, I tried to get into this one and couldn't. That's all I can tell you. If you like books with characters stranded and the resultant conflicts and confusion, it's probably for you. It IS a Ken Follett novel, so there's that.
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As scary as the idea of a security breach is in a labratory that works with deadly viruses, Ken Follet throws in a disfunctional family to capture the thieves. A different type of Christmas story!
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One of the better Follett books I have read. Hard to put down. A man turns against his family in stealing a dangerous virus in order to pay his way out of his gambling debt.
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Helpful Score: 1
A quick read about a biological terrorist plot. All the action takes place in one location with only a few characters - no major international intrigue. Worth reading but not a landmark thriller.
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a typical papege-turner Follett book.
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I thought that this book was really great!!!
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Human betrayal, medical terror and a race against time are the settings for this Ken Follett thriller. If you like suspense-filled drama in a page-turner book, you will like Ken Follett's books.
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This was a really good page turner, and I read it twice. I rarely do that.
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Great thriller
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Excellent plot!
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I enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and interesting. It took place over a 48 hour time line. I liked how everyone got involved, there is just not one hero.
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This is a very good book. It was a pageturner, for me. Lots of twists. Very good and interesting characters. If you like a good mystery, you'll like this book. Very intriguing!
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I loved Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (one of my favoite books of all time!) so I decided to check out some of his older works. This book is a great mystery with high-tech and medical mystery elements, and great character development between all of the members of the family.
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Couldn't put it down.
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quick moving
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fast read. author keeps you on your toes.
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VERY VERY EXCITING - FOLLETT IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER.
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A great thriller, I couldn't put it down! It reminded me of a Robin Cook style book.
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great read stayed up all night to finish it
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I have read most of Follettt's books, and this is one of his best.
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A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Twelve missing samples of a deadly virsus, Toni Gallo, the security director of a scottish medical research firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come. As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north.several people, Toni among them, converge on a remote family house. All have something to gain or lose from the drug developed to fight the virus. As the storm worsens, the rivalries, crackle, desperate secrets are revealed, idden traiotrs and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn.
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Very good book.
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Many people are familiar with Ken Follett's books. If you are not, they are basically suspense, and real page turners.
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This book introduced me to Ken Follet - I think his best !
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Gripping and suspenseful Ken Follett novel about bioterrorism. A real nail-biter.
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Serious page turner to the end.
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As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. All have something to gain or lose from the drug developed to fight the virus, the deadly virus of which 12 missing samples are being sought. Action, intrigue, drama, suspense.
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This is a great book. I enjoyed reading it. I just finished it today.
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This was a good book. The ending was a forgone conclusion, but the steps or events in between were laid out in great fashion. Some unusual events taking place in the page to page writings.
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As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people, Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical research firm among them, converge on a remote family house. All have something to gain or lose from the twelve stolen samples of a deadly virus. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks - jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries - crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Follett delivers the expected thrills.
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Very Good Book! The characters were strong, & the story had you on the edge of your seat. I will be looking for more of Follett's books!
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Rick thought it was a very, very good thriller.
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Good read.
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A FAST READ, FOLLETT KEEPS YOUR INTEREST UNTIL THE LAST PAGE.
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"Everyone likes a page-turner, and Follett is the best."
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great suspense read!
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A good read - a real page turner.
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Ken Follet is always a good read and this one is set in Scotland at Christmas, so who could ask for more.
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Not his best effort, but still a fine read by a great suspense writer.
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A great, fast-paced read. Very edge-of-your seat, especially the last 100 pages or so. Excellent!
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Human betrayal, medical terror and a race against time. Ken Follett at his best.
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Great read!
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A taut and exciting thriller with a diverse cast of characters. Highly recommended.
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this is not the authors best but it is a good read with many twists and turns.i really enjoyed it
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Not one of his best but a nice read during my January ski vacation to Utah.
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I like all Ken Follett's books!
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A medical thriller.
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Another gripping mystery by a master writer
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I really liked this author - the book was non-stop and I had a hard time putting it down.
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"Follett sets his sights on biological terrorism, pumping old-school adrenaline into this new breed of thriller" (Publishers Weekly) [D]
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Follett's trademark tension and breakneck pacing...."Kirkus Review"
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I have always been fond of Follett's books, this is a good mystery, and the action keeps you turning the pages!
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You may want to put your parka on for this chiller/thriller.
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A literate, plausible , suspense tale that keeps you up past your bedtime.
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I couldn't put it down. I stayed up late just to see how it ended. One of his best.
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A good fast read
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A real page turner! I could not put it down.
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Twelve stolen virus, a lab technician bleeding for the eyes. Filled with jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction and rivalies, . Charged with startling twists at every turn, desperate secrets revealed, hidden traitors and unexpected heros emerge. Good reading!
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A scary page turner -- fast paced, almost frantic. If you like Ken Follet, you will love this one.
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A killer virus is on the loose. Set in Scotland.
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Could not put this book down.Great read.
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Terrific thriller, well laid out, as all of his are.
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The head of security at a pharmacutical research lab, who is a beautiful woman, finds a deadly virus has been stolen from under her nose by a group intending to use it for mass murder. The hunt is on for the group in a blizzard only to find she is falling in love with the research company owner, whos son is involved in the theft.
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Ejoyable read. The whole bungled theft is rather silly.
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Missing deadly virus in Scotland is the story basis. He gets into various family personalities and the planned theft of the virus. Fast read for 470 pages.
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I think it was an ok book. Took me awhile to read it, which is unusual.
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Fast paced, good characters. Liked his cliffhanger writing style.
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Found this book to be good reading, and the subject of germ research disturbing.
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Biological terrorism and an isolated house on a stormy night makes for an exciting read.
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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, know she has problems, but she has no idea of the mightmare to come.
As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people, Toni among them, converge on a remote family house. All have something to gain or lose from the drug developed to fight the virus. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks, jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction,rivalries crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twixts at every turn.
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As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Load into the mix, a lab technican bleeding from the eyes, twelve missing samples of a deadly virus, desperate secrets revealed and hidden traitors and you have some nonstop action with a frightening plot. Good page turner.
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good read for mystery enthusiasts....biolab robbery, family betrayal, love story
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This one is about 12 missisng samples of a deadly virus and the search for them. All in the midst of a Christmas Even blizzard. You will like it.
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Not Follett's best, but an enjoyable read. It lacks the detail and sweep of, say, The Pillars of the Earth, but it's interesting and has a plausible plot.
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Excellent! A real thriller!
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good Follett book
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Very good read , a blizzard of a tale
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This book was great. It was the first book I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of his books.
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A page turner, easy, fast read with a contemporary theme.
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Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical researce firm, beleives that no one can break through the elaborate security. When it happens, she knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come
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Real page turner.
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Follett is one of my favorite authors, and I can always expect a good read. This certainly did not disappoint...
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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 that she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come.
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I felt this book is pretty much a rehash of the typical home-invasion-by-criminals. It plods along with a cast of characters who are uninspired and one dimensional.

There isn't much original thinking or writing and this plot has been done to death.

Sometimes it is hard for me to relate to British literature.That said, I still give it three stars because it's not a bad book, just not inspired.
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first time I had read anything by Ken Follett fast read quick moving action not bad will more than likely read more of his books.
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A real page turner/thriller!
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This may be one of Ken Folletts most exciting novels yet! A lab tech dies from an extremely dangerous virus. Shortly thereafter, thieves steal the same virus from its high security lab. Enter a freak snow storm with zero visibility, greatly reducing the distance the thieves are able to run from the crime scene. When a family stands against the thieves, the most unlikely weapons turn up and a Ferrari with a teen behind the wheel begins to even the score.
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Terrific Book! Keeps you reading from the moment you pick it up til you've read the very last page.
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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 nightmare to come. Filled with treachery and intrigue, action grabbed from the headlines. A great read!
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What a thriller!!!!
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A missig canister of a deadly virus. A lab techician bleeding from the eyes. Toni Gallo, the security director of a Scottish medical reasearch firm, knows she has problems, but she has no idea of the nightmare to come, As a Christmas Eve blizzard whips out of the north, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research company's director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight thevirus-but he isn't the only one: His grown children, who have come to spend Christmas have their eyes on the money it will bring.
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A spellbinding page-turner!
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New author to me..good book!
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A five star read if ever there was one! I give this a standing ovation.
This is the first book Ive read by this author and I am now a big fan. Written beautifully and so well, the author keeps you on the edge of your seat turning pages as fast as you can. This is one of those books you really get into and when you wake up the next morning you just have to start reading again, your so excited to find what is going to happen next.
A massive blizzard, a deadly virus with no cure, more potent than the Black Death, a family stranded with a bunch of thieves who have stolen this virus, let's just say, I highly recommend this one!
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Well written crime adventure story.
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Excellent thriller.
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A great mystery/thriller in true Ken Follett style!