Cold Storage

David Koepp

fiction horror science fiction thriller
dark tense fast-paced

384 pages | first published 2019

On every level, Cold Storage is pure, unadulterated entertainment. --Douglas Preston, The New York Times Book Review

For fans of The Martian, Dark Matter, and Before the Fall comes an astonishing debut thriller by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying bioterrorism adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism that could destroy all of humanity.

They thought it was contained. They were wrong.

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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Moods

tense 69%
dark 61%
mysterious 53%
adventurous 46%
funny 30%
hopeful 15%
emotional 7%
informative 7%

Pace

fast 69%
medium 30%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 75% | A mix: 25%

Strong character development?

No: 63% | Yes: 18% | It's complicated: 9% | N/A: 9%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 9%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 63% | No: 36%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 50% | No: 30% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 10%

Average rating

3.56