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Description du produit
About the author
A missing canister of a deadly virus. A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. 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 converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, the research companys director, has everything riding on the drug he is developing to fight the virusbut he isnt the only one: His grown children, who have come to spend Christmas, have their eyes on the money it will bring; Toni Gallo, forced to resign from the police department in disgrace, is betting her career on keeping the drug safe; a local television reporter, determined to move up, has sniffed the story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs is on its way to steal it for a client already waitingthough what the client really has in mind is something that will shock them all.
As the storm worsens, the emotional sparksjealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalriescrackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett to a class by himself. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition kindle_edition.
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B003GK2130
- Éditeur : Pan; Main Market édition (4 septembre 2008)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 1492 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Non activée
- Word Wise : Activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 481 pages
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 18,853 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)
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Ken Follett once more surprised me. I fell in this book and could not get out of it till the last word. Thrilling !
A good plot a few see-through sub-plots and a good writing. But "good" is no more than it deserves, while KF deserved a lot lot better... previously.
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Toni Gallo, forced out of the police for bringing news of the institutionalised racism within the force into the public arena, has been newly promoted to Head of Security at Oxenford Medical's research facility, Aka 'the Kremlin', after catching her bosses son, Kit a computer whizz, skimming the profits. Toni in her first civilian job is acutely aware it's security is entirely resting upon her shoulders as she's written all the procedures and protocols in case of a major incident.
Cut off from funds but with a gambling addiction that's got him into serious debt with some very dubious characters Kit agrees to help them break in and steal Stanley's newest drug to pay off his debts.
Stanley has risked everything on his prototype that's a cure for a lethal virus. When Toni discovers missing vials in the BSL4 vault after a misguided young researcher manages to steal one of the animals he's been experimenting on and tries to treat it unsuccessfully. She tracks down the culprit and prevents a biohazard emergency despite bullheaded (and her ex-lover) Detective Frank Hackett's attempts to redirect the investigation and his leaks to the press, which creates a media frenzy of misinformation.
Kit wants to pull out of the planned heist being sure that Toni will have tightened security but the gang aren't prepared to quit having a buyer on the hook. So Kit's forced to carry on and the first domino is toppled. Watch the ripples it creates as he finds out what they really broke in for and as one problem after another leaves them trapped in Kit's childhood home with his entire family during a severe blizzard.
Resourceful to the last can Toni track them down and save another day?
Despite it being a thriller I did also get an undercurrent of humour from the search for a phone, and Toni's mother provided a highly entertaining commentary that had me chuckling out loud at times.
The initial conceit is the fear that a foreign outfit is going to steal the secret formula for a cure for a lethal virus. But in reality, there are no secret formulae in patented pharmaceuticals - the full compound must be described in the patent filing. The owner's protection is the 20 year patent life of the drug. Then we had a disgruntled member of the family - who had set up the supposedly secure security system for the facility - able to use his knowledge to crack that system. Well, the moment anyone with a sensitive knowledge of security is sacked, any company with half an ounce of security knowledge would change enough of the system so that it couldn't be cracked. Disgruntled ex-employees are the biggest single source of threat to any company.
Where do I start? The plot is ludicrous, far fetched, full of holes and worst of all, poorly researched. The characters are utterly unbelievable and seem to simply consist of a selection of clichéd stereotypes...the attractive and successful female police officer, who had been forced to resign after raising the issue of inequality in her force (really Ken, this is supposed to be set in the present, not the 70's!). The vindictive and corrupt ex-partner (also a successful police officer). The London gangster, with his tough black henchman, the feckless and dishonest son and the 60 year old scientist, who seems to be able to attract younger attractive women and perform heroically in bed with them (wishful thinking Mr Follet?)...and as for younger family members, I wonder whether the author has ever actually met a teenager! The good guys are all heroic and everything turns out well for them, the bad guys (despite supposedly being a successful London crime outfit) are about as competent as the Chuckle Brothers and all predictably get their comeuppance.
In addition to being a truly terrible book, to cap it all it also has a rather uncomfortable and many might say inappropriate sex scene between a couple of 13/14 year old children which we could have done without.
As the author states in the intro, it's a theme done many times but he wanted to do it too - I for one am glad he did. The characters are all believable and the way that Follett describes them, especially the spoilt me-first attitudes of he adult kids is taut and rivetting. As the climax approaches you're never quite sure which way it's going to go.
This was one of the most enjoyable reads for me in some time, highly recommended. I do though take issue with how the author ends the story - as the two sisters discussing what happened to so and so, so that we the readers know how it all ended; just came across as a clumsy construct, but nevertheless don't let it put you off, it's a great story.