Cold Storage

Cold Storage

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062956514
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 734,660
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 4.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Koepp is a celebrated American screenwriter and director best known for his work on Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Panic Room, and War of the World. His work on screen has grossed over $6 billion worldwide.

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Cold Storage: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KindigBlog 17 days ago
When a super infectious strain of virus is let loose from its containment facility it could spell the end of the world as we know it. Can it be stopped before it’s too late? Cold Storage is written by David Koepp, a screenwriter and director who has worked on some impressive titles including Jurassic Park, Spider Man and Mission Impossible. It’s a high standard to be spelled out on the opening pages of the book and I’m not sure it was perhaps a good idea to set expectations so high so soon in. On the one hand, the book feels very visual and cinematic, it jumps about from character to character and is quite dramatic, you can almost hear ‘and the camera pans to…’. I loved how the spread of the virus was depicted and the dread you felt from characters making poor decisions. However, the scope of the book was a lot smaller than I was expecting. You can sum the entire plot up in a sentence and I didn’t feel there were any good twists or interesting moments to keep you invested. It felt quite predictable at times - a very standard virus apocalyptic-style thriller which is a very over saturated market at the moment (and I’ve certainly read a lot better!) Even the characters didn’t really enthral or capture my attention. The whole thing also felt very unrealistic and I didn’t really understand how sometimes the virus could be capable of ‘crawling’ towards people at super fast speed, almost like a creature and other times a main character would get right up close to it and be fine. It also seemed to be airborne sometimes but not always – whichever was most suitable for the plot! Many reviews and blurb snippets have mentioned the comedic elements but I must admit it didn’t make me laugh at all. I also didn’t really enjoy the romance side-plot and felt the ending was far too cliché and neat for me. I would have perhaps liked a proper movie ‘dun dun duuuun’ twist moment at the end and was a little disappointed there wasn’t one! Overall Cold Storage comes from a high pedigree but felt like a distinctly average take on an over saturated genre that had nothing new to add to the table. Thank you to NetGalley & HQ Stories for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
McGal 22 days ago
A deadly outer space fungus is about to destroy all life on earth. Two down-on-their-luck, low grade security guards at an ordinary storage facility and a former bioterror military operative have to save the world. A thrilling, far-out sci-fi tale with a touch of humor. Good, amusing characters and an entertaining, easy to read story.
RMeckley 4 months ago
I love end-of-the-world stories, and this one is a dilly! First-time author Koepp has written a terrific, fast-moving thriller. In 1987 two Air Force investigators join a scientist in Australia to investigate a small town where everyone has disappeared. (Sounds like Crichton's ANDROMEDA STRAIN.) They discover that everyone climbed to the roofs of their houses and died in gruesome ways. They also discover the cause - a rare, deadly fungus that is difficult to control and easy to spread. Of course, they bring a sample back with them to the U.S., and store it in a "secure" government facility, which, of course, is not secure. The author's writing is fast and furious, skillful, and descriptive enough to put me right in the middle of the action. I loved it! Thanks to NetGalley for providing a preprint copy.
MKF 4 months ago
Killer fungus! Who knew a novel about killer fungus escaping from a containment facility many subbasements below a conventional storage facility could be both so gross and so funny? Roberto and Trini are Air Force Officers detailed to the USG agency responsible for dealing with WMD in the 1980s and 1990s and they are the ones who bring a sample of this awful thing back to the US where it's put in a facility and meant never to get out. Well, best laid plans. Fast forward to the present and Tea Cake and Naomi are security guards working the night shift at the facility and they keep hearing a beep so of course they have to investigate. They aren't the ones who unleash the fungus- how it gets out is again, afoul of best laid plans- but they, along with Roberto, who is called out of retirement, have to deal with it. This is a hoot. LOL funny in spots. Koepp knows how to build tension, create implausible but hmmm scenes (the deer in the elevator), and to keep things moving. You don't need a lot of back story on any of these characters but you're gonna root for them. Thanks to the publisher for the ArC. I enjoyed this so much more than I expected, largely because Koepp is a great storyteller and this is a wild ride!
MKF 4 months ago
Killer fungus! Who knew a novel about killer fungus escaping from a containment facility many subbasements below a conventional storage facility could be both so gross and so funny? Roberto and Trini are Air Force Officers detailed to the USG agency responsible for dealing with WMD in the 1980s and 1990s and they are the ones who bring a sample of this awful thing back to the US where it's put in a facility and meant never to get out. Well, best laid plans. Fast forward to the present and Tea Cake and Naomi are security guards working the night shift at the facility and they keep hearing a beep so of course they have to investigate. They aren't the ones who unleash the fungus- how it gets out is again, afoul of best laid plans- but they, along with Roberto, who is called out of retirement, have to deal with it. This is a hoot. LOL funny in spots. Koepp knows how to build tension, create implausible but hmmm scenes (the deer in the elevator), and to keep things moving. You don't need a lot of back story on any of these characters but you're gonna root for them. Thanks to the publisher for the ArC. I enjoyed this so much more than I expected, largely because Koepp is a great storyteller and this is a wild ride!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not difficult or very complex, but I liked the characters and the story. Kat