"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.
Fast and hilariously furious
Okay, I thought this would be an edge of the seat rush of potential doom, running pell mell to the very end. Well, I was right…mostly…add a flowing river of hilarity to that mix and you’ve got a scurrying blast of joyful reading! Fascinating character development…human and non.
Edge of your seat movie style thriller
Very good book. How it isn’t a movie already is interesting but definitely worth the read.
This book was FUN! So much potential disaster, so little time to stop it. But, dang! Teacake is wonderful!