"On every level, Cold Storage is pure, unadulterated entertainment." —Douglas Preston, The New York Times Book Review
For fans of The Martian, Dark Matter, and Before the Fall comes an astonishing debut thriller by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying bioterrorism adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism that could destroy all of humanity.
They thought it was contained. They were wrong.
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 deep beneath a little-used military repository.
Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it.
He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards—one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. All they have is luck, fearlessness, and a mordant sense of humor. Will that be enough to save all of humanity?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You’d expect the first novel from the screenwriter of Jurassic Park to match a few hardy souls against a fantastic threat to humanity—and you’d be right. Instead of dinosaurs, David Koepp dreams up a monstrous, constantly mutating microorganism that does battle against a trio of extremely imperfect heroes trying their best to save the planet. Cold Storage is ambitious, with a story line that spans over three decades and a dash of hard science that keeps things disturbingly convincing. Best of all, Koepp delivers a truckload of suspense sure to have you turning pages well into the night.
Screenwriter and director Koepp makes his fiction debut with a sensational SF thriller. In 1979, Skylab, the first NASA space station, crashes into the Indian Ocean, with a piece landing in Western Australia. Aboard Skylab is a highly adaptive fungal organism, Cordyceps novus, which was sent into space as a research project. Once back on Earth, the organism starts to evolve into a sentient killer that sees humankind and all other life-forms as nourishment. In 1987, USAF Maj. Roberto Diaz, a Defense Nuclear Agency operative, manages to contain the organism after it decimates a remote Australian community in nightmarish fashion. In 2019, Diaz, who's now retired, receives the midnight call he's been dreading the remnants of the organism, buried far underground inside a former military installation in Kansas, may have escaped. Diaz rushes from his North Carolina home to Kansas, where he joins two security guards in battling the menace. Breakneck pacing and nonstop action compensate for the predictable story line and the occasional contrivance. Michael Crichton fans won't want to miss this one.
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Easy to read, loved it!
Fungus among us
Wow. I loved this book! It was exciting and unputdownable! I recommend it to anyone who loves a thrill and infectious disease horror. I usually, of late, read only a little before bed here and there, but with this book, I finished it in only 3 nights of reading! I just HAD to keep going, to finish it.
Also, it makes me wonder... what undiscovered horrors of our natural world may actually exist?
Eh. Didn’t get past chapter 2.
I’m usually drawn into a book by the first chapter or two. The way the author writes vs what he/she writes is big for me(My favorites are Reilly, Deaver, Hoag, Preston/Child, Morrell).
There have been some that have a bad start, but the writing is good and read on. This one wasn’t working for me at all. I only read two chapters.
-dry humor or not. Having a kid deserves something more emotional to it. Especially if they’re one of the main characters. But just a simple unemotional line?
-I wanted to visualize something cool happening, but all I got was poor writing about two people who might be flirting and want to sleep with each other, and then an actual list of why?!
The rest of it might be good, but I’ll never know.