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Cold Storage: A Novel

Cold Storage: A Novel

Escrito por David Koepp

Narrado por Rupert Friend


Cold Storage: A Novel

Escrito por David Koepp

Narrado por Rupert Friend

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Sep 3, 2019
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9780062916464
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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?

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

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  • (5/5)
    This book could’ve easily come off as cheesy horror, but it was completely redeemed by its vivid characters (including, and especially, the ‘funguy’itself, lol) and it’s dark witty humor! I really enjoyed it!
  • (4/5)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the performance. It was a nice surprise with great story and character development.
  • (5/5)
    Very good! Funny! Great characters ! Suspense. Good sensible plot with realistic people. I hope he writes more.
  • (1/5)
    Not his best work. The characters were great, but the alien fungus was a bit overplayed. Too sci-fi for me.
  • (3/5)
    “... there is some growing green fungus and a Rat King and an exploding deer and a dude that wants to throw up in your mouth.”The fungus wants to spread. And, it learns! And in this book, it has a point of view too! Kind of creepy to read during out current 'pandemic' of the coronavirus, but other than bodies exploding, the book itself isn't very creepy. I didn't like the characters, so I didn't care if they caught the virus or not. And the plot itself wasn't really much - virus comes from space with pieces of Skylab, virus gets contained, decades later, virus gets out. Throw in the aforementioned exploding bodies, and that's the book. Meh.
  • (4/5)
    A deadly fungus slowly eats its way out of the deep mine facility where it has been stored and is set to infect the world. The only thing stopping it are three improbable humans; a single mom, an ex-con and an ex-military man with lots of experience dealing with this particular bit of nasty.I read this book in one sitting; it was fast and fun and satisfyingly thrilling. Given that right now I’m in self isolation as the world deals with the Corona virus, this probably wasn’t the best choice of books to calm my brain, but I didn’t know what it was about when I grabbed it off my TBR pile. I loved Mrs. Rooney; pictured my Nana in the role of heroine and then driving off in her car after her perfectly timed intervention. Enough said. Read it for a fun thrill.
  • (2/5)
    When Crichton was alive I read pretty much everything he wrote. I call them science thrillers and this book fits into that category. It’s often compared to Crichton, but it doesn’t win that contest. How could it not? It’s about fungus! I love mushrooms and have read a lot about them as a result of my passion for photographing them. The basic info at the beginning of the book is correct - they do take over insect bodies and redirect behavior in order to spread their spores. It’s crazy and wonderful, but it wasn’t enough. I basically skipped and skimmed a lot of sections, something I never did with C’s books. Here’s why - I didn’t mind the interludes with Mooney - thinking about who he was, how he’d connect with the other characters and what his role would be was fun. It reminded me of how King brought characters into the story in The Stand. Especially Trashcan man. But the other character’s musings, backstory and inner monologues drove me nuts. The gross side trip into Teacake’s teenage sex life??! Bleah, spare me. Griffin’s hateful and largely useless existence - don’t need that. We get it that he’s a drunken asshole, we don’t need his drunken asshole life in such detail. And what is with Roberto? What an arrogant dickwad. Thinks he’s the man and his shit doesn’t stink. ‘I’m so great. I’m the only one who knows anything. Good thing these morons have me to save them.’ Blah, blah, blah. It got old fast and I skipped all of his self-aggrandizing daydreams.And OMFG ease up with the anthropomorphizing already! There isn’t enough information for us to know if this fungus is from outer space or not. At least not to me, so making it basically sentient with an adaptive strategy when it gets stymied by something is ridiculous. As adaptable and weird as fungus is, it is not self-aware. It does not have a plan to infiltrate and disintegrate what it comes in contact with. It does not activate other organisms and direct them to carry out its evil intentions. Give me a break. If the writer had definitely stated that the fungus was not from here and was an alien life form, I could have bought it, but that was only implied. Not explained and certainly not verified by anyone on earth studying it. Bad narrative flow - constant long interruptions to explain tech. Paragraphs of it. Whatever forward momentum or tension that was built was completely defused with these long passages of ‘look how much research I did’.So...not recommended. Glad I got it from the Library.
  • (4/5)
    Good charachter portraits apart from the prologe. Maybe a little cookie cutter plot wise. But man, it produces great cookies.
  • (2/5)
    The story on this was ok, but I found the narration very poor. Maybe a better read than listen.
  • (4/5)
    A quick, fun read. Teacake and Naomi work as security in a storage unit where very strange things are happening. It starts with an alarm going off, which leads them deep underground in a government storage facility. Years earlier, Roberto Diaz faced off against an alarming biohazard. Now it's back!
  • (5/5)
    Cold Storageby David Koepp2019Harper Collins4.5 /5.0In 1987, two from the US Nuclear Defense Agency, are sent to a remote area of Western Australia, Kiwirrkurra, where debris from a Skylab Satellite fell. They find an unknown but deadly fungus, capable of bloating a body until it burst and no one left alive. Cleaning up the mess, they preserve a sample of the fungus and bury it under a cave in the Missouri River bluffs.It's now 2019, the military has sealed the lowest level of the cave and sold the rest to a self storage facility. And the fungus has slowly found it's way out. Anyone coming near the fungus or near anyone with the fungus will become infected....but no one can survive alone.. David Koepp is best known as the screenwriter for 'Jurassic Park', has delivered a debut novel that is intriguing, terrifying and yet, plausible....excellent read.
  • (4/5)
    Okay, so the cover of David Koepp's new novel Cold Storage pretty much telegraphs a sci-fi read. And yes, there is a terrifying fungus that has lain dormant for twenty five years that has managed to escape the containment facility it was stored in and is threatening human kind.....whew.Now, sci-fi is not my usual genre. But - Cold Storage is so much more than it's premise! It's non stop action - and its funny. I know - didn't expect that, did you? Either did I. But, what this book such a great read for me was the characters and the dialogue.The beginning of the book introduces us to the both the fungus and two 'bioterror' agents charged with containing and destroying the threat. Koepp's characters are richly fleshed out with lots and lots of detail. And as we fast forward twenty five years, we meet the two young security guards who will cross paths with the deadly fungus. Oh my gosh, I loved Teacake, the male security guard. His inner thoughts and out loud dialogues were so much fun to read. His partner Naomi is the calmer of the two and they played well off each other.Every player in the book, no matter how fleeting their time, gets that same detail. So yes, I was caught up in the page turning, non stop action for sure. But it was those characters and that detail that had me staying up late to finish this one.Koepp's debut novel makes for entertaining, addictive reading. And here's the reason why - Koepp is a noted screenwriter, having penned some films you might have seen.....Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and Panic Room to name just a few. Yep, Cold Storage reads like a movie. And I can absolutely see this one making it to the screen.Completely far fetched, but so much fun to read.
  • (5/5)
    Wow!!! Intense, gross, funny, suspenseful, and horrifying! Both Blake Crouch & Scott Smith ain't fibbing on the front and back cover. I didn't want to put this book down. This was a super lucky win from the Goodreads Giveaways but if I hadn't, it's one I would have thought, the money spent was well worth the entertainment.
  • (5/5)
    This book contained all the elements I enjoy best: sci-fi, horror, romance, and comedy. It was a blast from beginning to end, and I loved it :). If you are looking for a cute and fun sci-fi/horror comedy with lovable and diverse characters who seem like real people, then this is the book for you. It was a very quick read, and I laughed so much. I hope Koepp continues to write novels, because I will gladly read them.(PS - There is a lot of cursing in this book, just FYI for those who consider that a deal-breaker :).)
  • (4/5)
    In a delightful blend of speculative science in the vein of Michael Crichton and cheesy horror a la Hunter Shea, Cold Storage by David Koepp follows two unlikely heroes as they come face to face with a deadly, adaptive organism whose danger has been all but forgotten. Decades in the past, the tiny town of Kiwakurra, Australia is decimated by a mutated organism, dubbed Novus, capable of taking over hosts in order to propagate. Two American military specialists bring back a contained sample that is subsequently stored in a mountain warehouse in the deepest depths where the temperature is naturally cold year-round. The temperatures keep the organism in a state of near dormancy. The section housing the danger has been cemented off and forgotten. The warehouse was long since sold to the private sector and turned into storage units. But now those underground depths are warming up thanks to climate change, and Novus has awoken. I adored this story! I don't want to give away what the organism really is, but it just made my day. There was enough science plausibility to make this a frightening read, but it was tempered by the interactions of Teacake and Naomi, our two unwitting protagonists, with one another and with the infected. They are both working at the storage complex the night the temperature rise triggered the sensors in sub-basement four. Attempting to locate the source of the alarm, and following it down bring them face to face with Novus. Their call for help brings Roberto Diaz, one of the two military specialists who brought in the organism way back when. He and his former partner are the only ones alive who truly appreciate how dangerous Novus is. Teacake and Naomi are swiftly converted believers though! The three of them have their work cut out for them in containing and neutralising the threat. I really loved how Teacake changed and grew into himself over the course of this single traumatic night, and glad Roberto was able to in turn give Teacake a better future. Highly recommended!***Reviewed for the Tulsa Book Review.
  • (4/5)
    A blend of Robin Cook and Stephen King. (I could have gone with less Stephen King.) Suspenseful. Definitely horror genre. David Koepp is the screenwriter of numerous films - "Jurassic Park", "Mission: Impossible," "Spider-Man," etc. This is his first novel and it shows with the lack of character development. But the characters are likeable – most of them. The dialogue is great, loads of action, and there are actually quite a few comical moments mixed in there.