Throwback Thursday: Whiteout by Ken Follett


Hello friends, ladies and gents. Yes, it’s 2018 and now I’m back again with one of my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk ( as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago.

I wasn’t able to join this meme last month, so I’m planning to make it up this February. This week, I’m featuring one of the few suspense thriller authors that I admired, especially when some of his books had been turned into some TV series and movies in Europe, Ken Follett.

by Ken Follett


A lab technician bleeding from the eyes. Twelve missing samples of a deadly virus. 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.


FYI: Whiteout (the movie) is not the same with the one Ken Follet wrote. It’s a completely different story.. Whiteout which starred Kate Beckinsale is written by another author, Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber..

There’s a missing canister of a deadly virus, something that potentially causes the infected to suffer bleeding from basically all parts of his body. Stanley Oxenford owns a small pharmaceutical company that also investigates deadly viruses. Toni Gallo, a former officer of the law and now the security director of a medical research firm must act upon this deadly biohazard anomaly, before everyone else dies on Christmas Day.

It is important to note that this novel was written in 2003 where bio-terrorism was something that baffled scientists all over the world. The storyline might have sounded a bit of a stretch at that time but I liked that the main characters weren’t the typical man and woman engaging in romantic tryst. Nope, there was a wide age gap between Stanley and Toni, (30 years age difference) and they’re both imperfect. Their families got tangled in a deadly situation and the mystery behind the missing virus canister was certainly unexpected.

I must admit, I found the central plot of this book, quite interesting and even potential to be adapted to film, however, it lacked the wow factor that can make me say, “this was real page turner.” There was nothing like when I perused this book, maybe because Follett tried to introduce a romantic-comic scene in the middle part of the book, but failed miserably.

Anyway, my reaction might be a little awkward, given that I have loved Follett’s previous thriller books. I still think Follett weaves believable fictional characters and truly remarkable plots that would make you crave for more. I am a big fan of his Pillars of The Earth novel and had admired his writing ever since. This one (Whiteout) however, fell short on my expectation. But hey, maybe it’s just me.


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