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Cold Storage Paperback – 24 Sep 2019
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PRAISE FOR COLD STORAGE
‘To be simultaneously terrifying and hilarious is a masterstroke few writers can pull off, but Koepp manages in this incredible fiction debut that calls to mind a beautiful hybrid of Michael Crichton and Carl Hiassen. Cold Storage is sheer thrillery goodness, and riotously entertaining’ Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
‘A thrilling, funny, and unexpectedly moving joy ride’ Scott Smith, New York Times bestselling author
‘You might as well put your plans on ice for the next twenty-four hours, as all you’ll be doing is reading this book. The very definition of ‘thriller,’ David Koepp’s Cold Storage grabs you and shakes you and ultimately leaves you grinning’ Scott Frank, Academy Award-nominated writer of Logan and Out of Sight
‘Cold Storage is The Andromeda Strain on crack: chilling end-of-the-world terror infected with wicked humour. Koepp pulls it off with style. When the real apocalypse arrives, may it be even half as funny as this’ Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author
‘An ultra-flammable combination of science-based horror, primal nightmare-level terror, and unrelenting action, cunningly tied together by indelible characters and a satisfyingly sly, knowing sense of humour’ Steven Soderbergh, Academy Award-winning director of Traffic and Ocean’s Eleven
The thrilling debut novel by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park
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This was a very quick and hard to put down read. The story flowed really well and left you wanting to keep reading. It is a very entertaining read, at times dark and disturbing and at others funny and light (in particular the deer in the elevator!! You need to read this book for that scene alone!!). In the beginning I was worried that I was not going to like it, there was allot of scientific words and jargon but once I got through that I really enjoyed it. I was also surprised when the characters visited Australia, always something that catches my attention being an Aussie.
A piece of space lab debris is showing some bizarre signs and the experts are sent to investigate. This brings them to a remote part of Western Australia. When they get there they find a lot of dead bodies and a deadly organism living on the space junk. They destroy the town but not before taking a sample. This sample is returned to the US and kept in a secure underground military unit. Years later the experts are once again called to stop this deadly organism spreading.
Thanks to Harlequin Books Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased. Give this book a go even if you don't usually read this genre. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Cold Storage is an entertaining, if at times farcical sci-fi/horror story about a killer fungus that could take over the world.
Now, I am not sure if this book was supposed to be funny or serious, however I found it had many laugh out loud moments. I know it is fiction and supposed to stretch our belief, but gees, come on sometimes it was just u eye-roll worthy.
I found that the story flowed well, but it did lack character development. They were all a little 2 dimensional for me. I felt that they would probably come across better on the screen than the page (not surprising though with the author's background).
The highlight of the story for me was a character called "Teacake". I don't want to spoil anything, however is quite delightful.
So, whilst this isn't the heaviest of reads, I did find myself picking it up each lunch time to dive a little more into this fantastical adventure. It's not the greatest book out there, however it was enjoyable enough for me to keep reading.
Two down on their luck security guards are left in charge of the storage units the night the fungus decides to run amok. With the help of a retired military operative, who tried to warn the government about the danger this facility poses, the three have to try to contain the fungus and save the world.
A highly amusing story, complete with deer riding in elevators and exploding cats, suspend your beliefs and enjoy the ride of this one. It wont disappoint.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
My thanks to HQ Fiction for an uncorrected proof to read and review. The opinions are entirely my own.
This rollicking good read about a fungi getting out of control captured my attention and got my heart rate racing. I enjoyed the humour in the story as well, it added some light to the shade, which stories like this need.
I liked the interactions between Teacake and Naomi, so much. They were very different people and yet they played off each other well and I ended up liking Teacake - he stepped up when it really mattered. Murphy, however, whole other story!
Scary, that something like this could actually happen. I hope the scientists have all the nasty viruses etc under very strict control indeed! The fungi in this story was way too smart for its own good and suitably gruesome.
5 stars from me.
Thank you to NetGalley and HQ HarperCollins.
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