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Cold Storage, by David Koepp

the_great_gabsby's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

An amazing, page-turning thriller. Koepp uses cinematic story telling to keep you on the edge of your seat - reading the book feels like watching a block buster movie.

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chris_meier's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional hopeful mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

maxwellthomas's review against another edition

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5.0

Koepp has blended science fiction, horror, and humor into Cold Storage in the best way possible. If you're willing to suspend your disbelief, you can get a kick out of this story. I was hooked from Chapter 1 with numerous, authentic laugh-out-loud moments and skin crawling terror. I was sorry to see the end of this book.

pheonixangel84's review against another edition

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

wh1ter0se's review against another edition

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5.0

The book was so much fun. Its typical in ending but nice drive towards the end of the book.

cleverfoxwithcoffee's review against another edition

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

sarahlouisereads's review against another edition

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

jimbowen0306's review against another edition

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3.0

If asked for a one sentence summary of this book, I'd say it was a daft mixture of The Stand (by Stephen King) and Resident Evil (you know the Milla Jovovich zombie apocalypse series).

In this book, there are a couple of fixers headed by Roberto Diaz, who do CIA/Department of Defence "wet work", dealing with biohazard and nuclear terrorists. On a mission in the 1990s, they pick up a spore that is growing like billy-o on Australian tribal lands. They save the day, only to have to save the day in present times, the spore has escaped, and Diaz has to step in to save the day again, along with 2 minimum wage storage facility employees (because that happens).

It's a daft read, but good fun if you switch your brain off for a while.

bsparks2112's review against another edition

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dark funny tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

This was enjoyable enough, but felt almost too slight for its own good - it came and went extremely briskly, which to some is certainly a selling point, though I personally tend to value a story with a bit more meat on its bones.  But Koepp's writing offers plenty of entertainment value, with a sardonic touch to the prose and a deft hand sketching unique characters with plenty of personality (even if without much depth to them, they remain not much more that mere sketches).  The concept is certainly an intriguing one - a fast-spreading fungal plague isn't exactly a completely original concept, but Koepp's depictions of the fungus are vivid and gripping, especially in the prologue sequence set in Australia.  And the action and suspense setpieces, once they get going (there's a fair amount of table-setting that takes place after that prologue), have that addictive, thriller-y quality that keeps you reading just one more page.  It's a zippy and somewhat shallow but entertaining read.

acstephens3's review against another edition

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adventurous funny tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75