by Ken Follett

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"Everyone likes a page-turner, and Follett is the best." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A hell of a storyteller" (Entertainment Weekly), #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett reinvents the thriller with each new novel. But nothing matches the intricate knife-edge drama of Whiteout. . . . 

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, Toni among them, converge on a remote family house. All have something to gain or lose from the drug developed to fight the virus. As the storm worsens, the emotional sparks—jealousies, distrust, sexual attraction, rivalries—crackle; desperate secrets are revealed; hidden traitors and unexpected heroes emerge. Filled with startling twists at every turn, Whiteout rockets Follett into a class by himself.

Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587248696
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 02/02/2005
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 626
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War. 

In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.


Hertfordshire, England

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1949

Place of Birth:

Cardiff, Wales


B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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"An adrenaline pumping thriller." —Associated Press
"Movie-style twists and hairbreadth escapes." —Wall Street Journal
"Undeniably suspenseful." —Entertainment Weekly

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Whiteout 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ken Follett is one of my favorite authors but the fight scenes in this story were a bit over-the-top and the overall story line a bit predictable. Not his best work.
WaldoT More than 1 year ago
Ken Follett never disappoints! Great story and characters.
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Lis76 More than 1 year ago
I normally love Ken Follett books. However, this one had my eyes rolling. I will say, I did listen to the audio book version as we were on a long car ride and my husband loves audio books - I prefer reading. Anyway, I thought it was really cheesy. A disappointment from one of my favorites.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Nicely done!
bruce_krafft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, I wasn¿t prepared to like the story. I read the description and thought, hum sounds a bit dull, the description makes it sound as though the entire story takes place at the house (it doesn¿t.) But it takes place in Scotland where they have lovely accents and was read by David Tennant, who does audio books brilliantly so I had to get it. It was entertaining. I admit that I didn¿t like it as much as the other non-Doctor Who audio book that I have read by David Tennant [Quite Ugly One Morning] but I don¿t feel that I wasted my money.It is quite a thriller and you are `on the edge of your seat¿ quite a bit. I loved the character of Toni¿s mother, who added a bit of spice to the story. No thinking or any intellectual engagement is needed to understand and follow the plot and there are memorable moments of emotional exchange between the various characters, and the characters are well developed.DS
Kelberts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
least favorite Follett book I have read - what was the significance of the puppy?
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A deadly virus is stolen and the mastermind is the owners' son. All during a blizzard in Scotland. A well written well paced interesting read. I will read another Follet book.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whiteout by Ken Follett4 starsA young worker from a biohazard lab in Scotland dies a horrible death from a virus. Then, the son of the owner of the lab plans and executes a robbery at the lab, believing the target of the theft is a vaccine. He is involved in the robbery to settle a gambling debt. During the robbery he learns the real theft is to be of the virus. A blizzard is raging over Scotland and things start going wrong with the "perfect" plan. A fairly good thriller--but cuddle up with a blanket as the descriptions of the blizzard will make you cold.
taylorsteve on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a surprising slow read for me. The plot line was weak and mostly predictable, and both the protagonist and antagonist were frequently portrayed doing unbelievable things for unbelievable reasons. The background current of sex was a frequent theme for most characters, so much so that it became offensive, especially with the 14-16 year old characters. The book wasn't worth the time it took to read it - even though I was on a plane for 10 hours with nothing else to do.
mbotos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, but not as engaging as some of his other books
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A happy melange of intense thriller and family discord, this book transcends genres by mixing espionage, terrorism, relationships and comedy. The characters are believable and spunky; the scenes are alternately nail-biting and hilarious. Follett managed to create an entertaining, original and unpretentious piece which will certainly appeal to most.
Neilsantos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Better, a little more thrilling than the last one. Reads a lot like Night over Water.
afyfe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, a very quick red compared to some of the other Ken Follett books. The majority of the story took place within 3 days which is very different then most of the other Follet books I've read which tend to take place over a few years. This one was kept a little more simple and I liked the family that was involved, just like any other family. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick thriller.
jacketscoversread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m really glad my mom handed me this book. It was thrilling but overall not scary, just suspenseful. It was easy to read and had some very 3-dimensional characters.
labelleaurore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Talking about reading a book that goes up and down in entertaining and that you are hoping it will pick up speed... well this one is it. I read Whiteout on vacation and because it was the only book available in the store, I got it but .... I took two weeks to finish it and left it at the hotel. I didn't like this book.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just can't say enough about Ken Follett. I am just immediately engrossed in his books, before the first chapter is even done. I actually spent over 3 hours last night reading (during American Idol!), I was so interested. This is the first of his I've read that actually takes place in modern times. Most everything else I've read was set in the WWII era, so this was a nice change of pace.
AshRyan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I was reading Whiteout, it just seemed like a decent but pretty typical thriller, with some of the same flaws as many other thrillers of its type. (Notably, Follett's attempts to deal with the problem of how to isolate all these characters in a story with a contemporary setting and modern technology are necessarily somewhat clumsy---every character either forgets their cell phone or hasn't got one for some reason, and in the couple of cases when they do manage to get to their phone to try to call for help, the battery is of course dead.)But the more I thought about the story afterward, the more I realized it was a rather brilliant way of dramatizing its theme about the role of taking risks, and the appropriate precautions, in the pursuit of values. From the scientist who researches cures for deadly diseases and necessarily keeps strains of such diseases in his lab for testing purposes, to his head of security who puts her career and her heart on the line in protecting her boss's interests, to his son who racks up enormous gambling debt despite his "perfect system" and plots to steal a lethal virus both as a way out for himself and as revenge against his father for refusing to bail him out a second time, to teenaged sweethearts discovering sex and the proper use of condoms---everything in the novel is beautifully integrated toward this end.Many reviewers have criticized Whiteout for being formulaic, having flat characters, etc. But many of these same reviewers in the same breath praise other novels of his, such as Eye of the Needle, which Whiteout is actually better than in these respects---so don't pay any attention to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An author who never dissappoints
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very predictable
dougwood57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'Whiteout' features a break-in to a high-security biomedical lab in Scotland. A deadly, more robust variant of the ebola virus is the target. The son of the lab's owner is in on the dirty job and terrorists are the buyers. Ken Follett gathers the elements of a good page-turner, but fails miserably to translate it into a credible story. The book contains numerous groaners. The characters are all carciatures. The lab owner's son had been in charge of the security software before he was caught stealing from dad, but the passwords aren't changed! The lab's security director just happens to be the ex- of the top cop in charge of the case, but they continue to bicker like 6-year olds while an extremely deadly virus has been stolen and remains unaccounted for. Later, a fight occurs in which the four combatants all end up in a pile at the bottom of a staircase - at which point I begin to wonder if Follett isn't just pulling our leg and the whole book is supposed a comedic farce. Victims that clearly should simply be shot dead by the bad guys are instead tied up - how do you think that works out? Didn't I see that in an Austin Powers movie? Has Follett gone downhill or have I become pickier? I used to enjoy his works (The Pillars of the Earth and Lie Down With Lions), but combine this one with the more recent World Without End, the long-awaited sequel to Pillars, and I am ready to look elsewhere for a good thriller - like Lee Child's Without Fail (Jack Reacher Novels). Avoid this book - dare I say, like the plague.
edwardsgt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in Scotland one Christmas, the story of the theft of a deadly virus, similar to Ebola. Follett's usual finely crafted plot, although thought the lead female character was a bit weakly plotted. Overall though an enjoyable analysis of the breakdown of a family under stress.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't know how I missed this when it was published, but I am sure glad I read it now. Ken Follett's never disappoints and always spins a breathtaking tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspense from the beginning to the end. Great author Awesome books. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally different from other books I've read by this author. I really enjoyed it. Finished the whole thing in 2 days!!!