Filled with startling twists, Whiteout is the ultimate knife-edge drama from Ken Follett - an international best-selling author who is in a class of his own.
As a blizzard whips down from the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, director of a pharmaceutical research company, has everything riding on a drug he is developing to fight a lethal virus.
Several others are interested in his success, too: his children, at home for Christmas with their offspring, have their eyes on the money he will make; Toni Gallo, head of his security team and recently forced to resign from the police, is betting her career on keeping it safe; an ambitious local television reporter sniffs a story, even if he has to bend the facts to tell it; and a violent trio of thugs are on their way to steal it, with a client already waiting.
As the storm worsens and the group is held under siege by the elements, the emotional sparks crackle, and dark secrets are revealed that threaten to drive Stanley and his family apart forever.
©2004 Ken Follett (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
"Human betrayal, medical terror and a race against time...this is gasp a minute stuff by a vintage practitioner." (Daily Mail)
I usually love Ken Follett, but it almost seems that the narrator was only chosen because of her Scottish accent (the story is set in Scotland) than for any other reason. The narration is monotone with few attempts at injecting a performance.
Perhaps because of that the story itself appears to be predictable and unengaging.
"Tension builds and this book is a real page turner however at times it felt as if it was one crisis followed by another"
An excellent book which kept me riveted but also a little frustrated as bad things kept happening! A great narrator and the characters were believable and live in your mind long after you have finished the book.
What a ride, Ken Follett brilliant story, full of surprises.
Couldn't believe some of the twists had to say out loud "oh no!"
found myself listening to it at every opportunity. loved the Scottish accent of Sally Armstrong.
I am a big fan of Ken Follett. this book won't disappoint
After getting into the story, really absorbing ... a great remedy for the queues in Primark (etc) ... could drift away with the story and before I knew it, was in front of the cashier ... also nicely seasonal as set over Christmas ... definitely recommended!
Very enjoyable ... actually preferred listening to this story than watching the telly!
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