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For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutativ For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism 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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For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutativ For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism 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?

30 review for Cold Storage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    A fun read, if at times totally unbelievable, but hey this is fiction, and it's meant to entertain, right? And entertain this book does. A fungus that has killed everyone in a remote town in Western Australia has been languishing in a contained facility underground in Kansas. The facility is then concealed, and forgotten, and a storage unit is built on top of it. End of story right? No way, this fungus has ideas of it's own. It escapes it's containers and decides to run rampant. Two d A fun read, if at times totally unbelievable, but hey this is fiction, and it's meant to entertain, right? And entertain this book does. A fungus that has killed everyone in a remote town in Western Australia has been languishing in a contained facility underground in Kansas. The facility is then concealed, and forgotten, and a storage unit is built on top of it. End of story right? No way, this fungus has ideas of it's own. It escapes it's containers and decides to run rampant. 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    I'm terrified and horrified and that is exactly how I want to feel after reading a science fiction book! Deep in the Australian outback festered a fungi that thrived on the atmosphere around it. The highly mutative mucus infected the small and isolated settlement of people who resided there, incubating and expanding inside their bodies and taking over the neural pathways to ensure their new hosts did their bidding. Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz and his partner e I'm terrified and horrified and that is exactly how I want to feel after reading a science fiction book! Deep in the Australian outback festered a fungi that thrived on the atmosphere around it. The highly mutative mucus infected the small and isolated settlement of people who resided there, incubating and expanding inside their bodies and taking over the neural pathways to ensure their new hosts did their bidding. Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz and his partner eradicated the terrifying threat by razing the area it was contained in to the ground. One small sample survived and was kept contained and chilled in an underground cold storage facility it could never escape from. Decades later, the earth's core temperature as risen and this bacterial strain is back with a vengeance. This time, however, it has evolved. The killer virus, possible post-apocalyptic trope is much featured in media but no-one has done it quite like David Koepp! I'm not sure why I was surprised how sublimely brilliant this was, given that Koepp was the screenwriter responsible for blockbuster hits such as Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, and Mission: Impossible. This book, however, exemplifies his adaptability to be a great writer, in other mediums. Every sentence was perfectly crafted and honed for ultimate suspense and intrigue. Reading on tenterhooks is the only expression I can conjure that will adequately describe reading this book! There was violence and gore in abundance (which are not to be read on a full stomach!), but also sound scientific backing and authentic characters, who were not your typical cookie-cutter heroes and heroines, to make the entire thing feel terrifyingly believable. This evoked the cinematic experience and is definitely a story-line that needs to be adapted. I think Koepp might know someone who could be just the guy to do it...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Cold Storage by David Koepp is not the sort of book I would normally have picked up. But I was intrigued when I received a copy from Harlequin Australia as part of the HQ Book Club. I am now very pleased have picked this book up. David Koepp is a screenwriter who has worked on Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible to name a few. This was clearly evident in this book, and it would also be a fantastic movie. This was a very quick and hard to put down read. The story flowed really well and left you Cold Storage by David Koepp is not the sort of book I would normally have picked up. But I was intrigued when I received a copy from Harlequin Australia as part of the HQ Book Club. I am now very pleased have picked this book up. David Koepp is a screenwriter who has worked on Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible to name a few. This was clearly evident in this book, and it would also be a fantastic movie. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Australian outback, 1987. Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz and his partner Trini Romano have been sent to Kiwirrkurra to a town where all the residents were dying. All they know that in 1979 a Skylab Space Station fell out of the sky and a chunk of it landed in Kiwirrkurra, after years of the piece sitting in the ground as a souvenir, it began to rust. A local resident cleaned the piece of Skylab awakening the fungus inside which eventually would kill the entire village, and Australian outback, 1987. Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz and his partner Trini Romano have been sent to Kiwirrkurra to a town where all the residents were dying. All they know that in 1979 a Skylab Space Station fell out of the sky and a chunk of it landed in Kiwirrkurra, after years of the piece sitting in the ground as a souvenir, it began to rust. A local resident cleaned the piece of Skylab awakening the fungus inside which eventually would kill the entire village, and one of the people sent to make it safe. A small sample of the fungus – Cordyceps Novus was stored in forgotten sub-basement in Kansas, hoping that it would stay buried forever. Unfortunately, the earth heated up and sixteen-years after the sample was buried the site was deemed a cold war site and could be built on. Now in 2019 Teacake and Naomi are security guards at the storage facility built on the grounds. An alarm can be heard beeping and the two investigate, unwittingly putting themselves in danger. Roberto Diaz is now retired but the Pentagon wants him on route to the facility to check out what is happening as their monitors are showing activity with the fungus. It’s now up to Teacake, Naomi, and Roberto to stop the fungus spreading and save the world. I’m not much of a sci-fi fan but I like a good mystery/thriller and the synopsis intrigued me so I jumped at the chance to read it. The book is certainly different from anything I’ve read before. I enjoyed the build-up to the case and was both intrigued and a little frightened at what this fungus could do to both people and animals – there is a great scene featuring a cat and a deer. The book ebbs and flows when it comes to pace. The character development I was a bit unsure of as we get to read snippets about Roberto and his life and career, yet Teacake and Naomi we get all their backstory and emotions, sometimes a little too much and I started skipping over these sections as I didn’t feel they added anything to the plot. Unsurprisingly given that this book has been written by a screenwriter I could certainly see this being made into a movie as everything was perfectly easy to visualise along the way, intelligently written springs to mind. It’s a book I will remember and I enjoyed it immensely and read it in just a couple of days. There were times when I was shocked and moments which made me giggle, there were sections which went over my head and others that put me on the edge of my seat. It’s quite weird because I would say this book verged on the far-fetched, unbelievable and also far too realistic at times too. You will have to read it to understand what I mean. If you enjoy sci-fi/science-based books that have an air of a thriller to them, plenty of action throughout, and are very entertaining, then this is the book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Deliciously Terrifying! Two bio-terrorism operatives are called on to investigate and handle a situation involving an isolated community (26 people) in Australia. Many years before, a NASA explorative space vehicle had exploded and some remnants landed in this country and for some reason this supposedly Harmless Container was left there. (Really?) A call came in with a claim that a man had fallen gravely ill after cleaning the outside of the unit and now there is a foreign substance l Deliciously Terrifying! Two bio-terrorism operatives are called on to investigate and handle a situation involving an isolated community (26 people) in Australia. Many years before, a NASA explorative space vehicle had exploded and some remnants landed in this country and for some reason this supposedly Harmless Container was left there. (Really?) A call came in with a claim that a man had fallen gravely ill after cleaning the outside of the unit and now there is a foreign substance leaking out of the container. Imagine what happens next! Fast forward 30 years later. Robert Diaz, one of the original operatives is called out of retirement to again investigate this long buried deadly matter. It seems that the the alarm system has been activated for unknown speculative reasons since the organism was buried 300 ft underground using every safeguard and precaution that the government and science had to offer. The deadly organism (fungus) was stored and buried under an old warehouse that is currently used as a storage unit facility. Only the government knows what is underground and they are the only ones with access entry if it was ever needed, and it is crucial to all life for me in general for the right agents with the right tools and weapons be sent underground before this situation becomes a monster of their own making. Why would the alarm sound after 30 years? Electrical problem? Security breach? What was so important that the government buried this substance instead of destroying it? Why would Diaz be the only person to send on this mission instead of a younger soldier? All questions will be answered and so much more will be revealed if you just sit down and read this excitng, rapid fire book! I don't have enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. It was fast and furious, cleverly researched and written with humor blending in along the way. I can't believe this was David Koepp's debut book, because he did a stellar job of describing and capturing the personalities of the quirky characters and the dangers that were involved for everyone. I am so glad that this is a fictional thriller because this was a crazy and scary story! I want to thank the publisher Harper Collins Books and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to read this very exciting book! I highly recommend this book to any reader but especially those who enjoy Michael Crichton, Christopher Golden and Jeremy Bates! If you enjoy great writing and science fiction, please don't hesitate giving this a read! I have given this scary ride of a book 4 1/2 Terrifying 🌟🌟🌟🌟✴ Stars!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This book comes with great pedigree as the author wrote the screenplay for ‘Jurassic Park’, it also comes with great premise.....a ‘eat all’ fungi is discovered in the 80’s in Australia but is ‘managed’ and contained and ‘no questions asked’ and what remains of the fungi is then sealed away hundreds of feet down in a ‘black site’ mountainy thing.....so far so good.....the mountainy thing is sold on as a ‘rent out locker facility’ and the contents hundreds of feet down are ‘forgotten’....then the This book comes with great pedigree as the author wrote the screenplay for ‘Jurassic Park’, it also comes with great premise.....a ‘eat all’ fungi is discovered in the 80’s in Australia but is ‘managed’ and contained and ‘no questions asked’ and what remains of the fungi is then sealed away hundreds of feet down in a ‘black site’ mountainy thing.....so far so good.....the mountainy thing is sold on as a ‘rent out locker facility’ and the contents hundreds of feet down are ‘forgotten’....then the fungi ‘escapes’ and causes havoc! The description of the fungi, how it evolves, infects and spreads is morbidly fascinating have to say and the research done amazing, however, the characters are insipid, the dialogue uninspiring and the plot follow through enough to raise your eyebrows every few paragraphs, I did read on some reviews how readers had loved the humour in the book, I didn’t realise there had been any so do wonder if I missed the point altogether but wasn’t as far as know a comedy book!! Great idea, fab research, not my kind of delivery of both 3/10 2 Stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Three people on a plane flying to the vast outback in Western Australia where they suspected something terrible was happening. But what they actually found was much worse. The fungi that was mutating – quickly – had already killed all the small town’s inhabitants. Could it be contained? Would the complete destruction of the town eliminate the threat? It was years later when Roberto Diaz – from the original three - was called in to save humanity from the fungi that had once again found Three people on a plane flying to the vast outback in Western Australia where they suspected something terrible was happening. But what they actually found was much worse. The fungi that was mutating – quickly – had already killed all the small town’s inhabitants. Could it be contained? Would the complete destruction of the town eliminate the threat? It was years later when Roberto Diaz – from the original three - was called in to save humanity from the fungi that had once again found its way into the open air and was proving to be lethal. Could Diaz and two others outwit the deadly organism which killed in a matter of minutes? Cold Storage is the debut novel by David Koepp and it was definitely weird! Science fiction; also leans toward horror; some humour; plenty of action; gruesome descriptions; and some way-over-the-top “stuff”. It didn’t do it for me I’m afraid – not my type of read. BUT for fans of the above, you’ll love it! Recommended. With thanks to Harper Collins AU for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    karen

    oh my god. i am going to be run ragged at BEA this year, apparently. WATCH OUT FOR MY GRABBY HANDS, BOOTH-TENDERS!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    David Koepp began his career as a screenwriter and there's definitely a strong "summer action movie" vibe throughout this book. In short, fungus! Anyone who's spent some time watching/reading/playing in the zombie apocalypse genre is likely already familiar with the Cordyceps fungus; but this time it's been to space and picked up some brand new habits. The book begins when the plans to keep it under wraps fail. My rating is a pretty solid "liked it" - there's nothing hugely David Koepp began his career as a screenwriter and there's definitely a strong "summer action movie" vibe throughout this book. In short, fungus! Anyone who's spent some time watching/reading/playing in the zombie apocalypse genre is likely already familiar with the Cordyceps fungus; but this time it's been to space and picked up some brand new habits. The book begins when the plans to keep it under wraps fail. My rating is a pretty solid "liked it" - there's nothing hugely wrong with Cold Storage, but equally there's nothing hugely right. David Koepp does write excellently unlikeable characters for when he needs to kill someone off - his protagonists could have been a little more well-rounded, though. We got some amazing back story on one of them - only for us to never hear from her point of view again. Most loose ends were wrapped up, without any annoying "but they had forgotten THIS" at the end - thank you, because that trope is TIRED. There were some loose ends that simply weren't addressed though, which does give some wiggle room in the event of a sequel. All in all - a good read, one which will probably be much more popular than the rating I gave it. Definitely a fun read, but expect some flaws.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    What’s your guess as to whether humanity will be saved by the heroes of this book? I think I must have misread the blurb for this book because I was expecting an intelligent bio thriller and instead I got a dumb horror story with fungus-created zombies. There’s way too much back story for the characters and a lame love story. Big disappointment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary

    ” astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park ” You ever wonder about the person who writes these blurbs and think “Why they go and set expectations so high like that?”I mean,especially when your ending opinion of the book isn’t exactly spectacular, you have to wonder if the blurb writer was out to sabotage or -as is more likely – you just once again didn’t like the book that everyone else seemed to love. That’s stretching it a bit, though. I didn’t dislike ” astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park ” You ever wonder about the person who writes these blurbs and think “Why they go and set expectations so high like that?”I mean,especially when your ending opinion of the book isn’t exactly spectacular, you have to wonder if the blurb writer was out to sabotage or -as is more likely – you just once again didn’t like the book that everyone else seemed to love. That’s stretching it a bit, though. I didn’t dislike Cold Storage. I think. Mostly I couldn’t get my head around the part where a woman manages to shoot herself straight in the heart with a (not .22) pistol through the o2 port in the front of her Hazmat suit and manages to keep the suit intact. I’m not well-versed in guns and Hazmat suits but… When you hit something like that that you doubt so early on in the story, it makes it very hard to get back into it at all. It was worsened by the fact that there were many aspects of the book that I found to be hilarious that I wasn’t entirely sure were meant to be funny. (I have decided, for the sake of this review, to assume that they were meant to be funny. In fact, I’m going so far as to bill this as a thriller-comedy.) There were some good lines in Cold Storage. In particular, I laughed at: “Yes, He was kind and loving, but He also invented colorectal cancer, and is there a supervillain anywhere, ever, who came up with a more diabolical way to take somebody out than than?”” David Koepp, Cold Storage Even though Cordyceps is getting a bit old as a ‘villain’, it was still fun to watch Koepp put his spin on things. I mean, I don’t think the idea of a fungus that can completely take over a human body and use it as a walking spore sac is ever going to be boring, do you? There was plenty of action in Cold Storage to accompany the laughs. The laughs aren’t of the sharp,snarky type, though, so I’m not sure how this got heralded as “for fans of Andy Weir.” The dialogue was ok. The pacing was pretty tight. There’s enough going for this novel that some people are really going to get a kick out of it. Overall, not really my cuppa, but I do thank the publishers and Netgalley for giving me a chance to try it out. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Arthur

    A highly mutative and contagious organism sample is contained and buried in a military cold storage sub-basement repository after killing all the residents of a remote Western Australian town. Long forgotten and decades later the facility has become a self storage unit facility for people’s belongings or their personal ‘ junk’. The security guards on night duty monitoring the security screens at the storage facility stumble upon a hidden sub-basement after hearing an unknown sensor beeping in a A highly mutative and contagious organism sample is contained and buried in a military cold storage sub-basement repository after killing all the residents of a remote Western Australian town. Long forgotten and decades later the facility has become a self storage unit facility for people’s belongings or their personal ‘ junk’. The security guards on night duty monitoring the security screens at the storage facility stumble upon a hidden sub-basement after hearing an unknown sensor beeping in a hidden control panel. They climb down to the hidden sub-basement and discover the organism has found it’s way out of its confinement and is on a feeding rampage as well as a wild deer roaming the hallways and using the lift! Roberto Diaz a former bioterrorism operative that was involved in the first encounter decades ago is summoned out of his retirement to investigate. There was no bioweapon anywhere with anything even remotely close to the kind of lethality in this organism. Naomi Williams and Travis ‘ Teacake’ Meacham the security guards at the facility, an unlikely pair assist Diaz to contain the fungus and it’s ‘hosts'. The story is terrifying and cleverly written science fiction with some comical elements thrown in as well as some oddball but likeable characters, it was a page turner for me and an entertaining read. Thank you to Netgalley & Harlequin Australia for the ARC

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    *3-3.5 stars. Look out! The fungus is among us! This is a nail-biting, page-turning thriller about a fungus that returns from a space mission having learned some fast-growing, oozy adaptations and threatens life on Earth as we know it. It is contained by a government agency and then forgotten about until thirty years later, when it finds a way to be free again. Three unlikely characters team up to try to contain it. The tension builds and builds but is occasionally relieved by a funny moment and *3-3.5 stars. Look out! The fungus is among us! This is a nail-biting, page-turning thriller about a fungus that returns from a space mission having learned some fast-growing, oozy adaptations and threatens life on Earth as we know it. It is contained by a government agency and then forgotten about until thirty years later, when it finds a way to be free again. Three unlikely characters team up to try to contain it. The tension builds and builds but is occasionally relieved by a funny moment and a light touch of romance. David Koepp is well known for his exciting, edge-of-your-seat screenwriting (think Jurassic Park and many others) and those writing talents show in his debut novel, right down to the tick-tick-tick ending. I'm sure someone will see great movie potential here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    This is one riotous read that made me laugh with 'did that just happen' moments and kept me entertained from start to finish. Set in a small town in Australia, a local man has made a little extra cash over the years by displaying bits of wreckage from spaceships that have broken upon returning to Earth from missions in space. Well, one too many rub ups to make a bit gleam a little just sets off a reaction with a hi-jacker that had returned with it. The deadly organism thrives on any living This is one riotous read that made me laugh with 'did that just happen' moments and kept me entertained from start to finish. Set in a small town in Australia, a local man has made a little extra cash over the years by displaying bits of wreckage from spaceships that have broken upon returning to Earth from missions in space. Well, one too many rub ups to make a bit gleam a little just sets off a reaction with a hi-jacker that had returned with it. The deadly organism thrives on any living thing in order to rapidly expand. Bioterror Operative Roberto Diaz becomes the hero of the hour, destroying the whole town and containing a sample of the fungus in an underground government storage facility. Decades later Diaz receives the dreaded call to say it is on the loose again. The determined fungus had found a way out. Diaz heads for the facility while two young security employees try to hold the fort and stay alive. There are some spectacular moments as the fungus learns from its hosts, some which make quite hilarious moments. Loved the thoughts of the deer from death to well death and the bizarre ways that it managed to get around. A very entertaining read, very visual, violent but at times lighthearted. There were even backdrop stories on the characters and time for a little romance to blossom. A brilliant read. Hope to see more from this talented writer. I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e=copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Cold Storage is a book that is very light on the character development but heavy on the plot and action. We meet a group of agents who are investigating a fungal bioterror that takes over people's bodies and causes horrific things to happen. The book follows a series of characters as they deal with the fungus. The book has some shocking moments and some interesting twists and turns but the book was a bit too light on the emotional investment that I like to experience when reading most novels.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Stacey Rourke From page one this book grabs ahold and refuses to let go. There is no easing into it, nor should there be in a novel focused on catastrophic events that could wipe out mankind. A green fungus is spreading, one that grows, and spreads, and… thinks. David Koepp constructs a terrifying concept that plays out on the pages of the book with grisly realism as we watch people and animals alike become infected, and meet their gruesom Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Stacey Rourke From page one this book grabs ahold and refuses to let go. There is no easing into it, nor should there be in a novel focused on catastrophic events that could wipe out mankind. A green fungus is spreading, one that grows, and spreads, and… thinks. David Koepp constructs a terrifying concept that plays out on the pages of the book with grisly realism as we watch people and animals alike become infected, and meet their gruesome end. What follows is an orchestrated ensemble effort to stop the growing threat. Through multiple points of view, we follow scientists, and bystanders caught in the wrong place at the worst possible time as they are forced to work together if they hope to make it out alive. The attention to detail Koepp utilized in developing his concepts, characters, and plot makes it terrifyingly realistic. Readers will be on the edge of their seat, screaming for characters to run and peeking between their fingers as the next terror unfolds. But it is the science of Cold Storage that I would be remiss if I didn’t mention. From equipment to botany, procedures to protocols; Koepp misses nothing. The knowledge and research add to the story in a way that will leave readers suspiciously eyeing any moss or fungus they happen on. While this isn’t a genre I normally read—mostly because I scare easy—I highly recommend Koepp’s Cold Storage for those looking for a high-octane adventure to devour. Another win for Koepp!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Like watching a SyFy B movie late at night - you're just watching it because it's on and not too terrible, not because it's good. The flow is very fast and easy to visualize, like it's made to be see on a tv. But the style is very 2D. It's okay if I have time to kill, but since I don't, if I'm going to invest 5-10 hours of my life, I want to get something out of it and remember the book when I walk away.

  18. 5 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    Rating: ★★★☆☆- Synopsis For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism 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 containe Rating: ★★★☆☆- Synopsis For readers of Andy Weir and Noah Hawley comes an astonishing debut by the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism 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? Review Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Cold Storage in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel. Cold Storage has a fantastic premise and started off with a captivating introduction, but unfortunately, it ended up being a B movie of a novel with shallow, uninteresting characters and no staying power. I can see why this would be for fans of Noah Hawley as this feels like a long episode of Fargo in Australia, but without the consistent humor and amazing lead roles. I want to backtrack just a little bit and state that I do realize Koepp did not write this book to be taken seriously. For heaven’s sake, we are given several sequences throughout the novel from the organism’s perspective and it converses like a backwoods redneck. The major players in the novel, Roberto aside, were written for more of a millennial audience, IMO, and felt like they belonged in a new take on Sharknado. Suffice it to say, do not go into this novel expecting The Andromeda Strain. Think of it more like James Gunn’s Slither. While the above holds true, I do commend Koepp on being a very polished writer as this does not feel like a debut novel. The science-y bits and quick wit were what kept me coming back for more. The pacing also held steady throughout the novel so there were really any places where I began to slog. I also keep thinking back on the introduction because it gave me a sense that I was going to absolutely love this book. It was completely enthralling material, especially the ability to instantly connect with the original team sent to investigate the biochemical attack. It felt like the opening scene of a blockbuster film (which would make sense coming from an author who is an accomplished screenwriter). Overall, if you want to take a chance on Cold Storage, just don’t go in expecting the next great sci-fi thriller. It is a quick and entertaining read with plenty of laughs thrown in, but the Weir/Hawley blurb over-hypes it a bit.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This is such a fun apocalyptic techno thriller! I read it on holiday and it was such a good choice - fast, witty, revolting and tense. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debra Komar

    Normally I tear through books like this in a day but this one was a slog that lasted more than a week. Great and promising premise -- a fungus gone crazy -- but there is zero character development. It's tough to root for anyone when you have no idea who they are and many characters are introduced simply to be killed (think those in the red shirts on Star Trek). Humour is subjective, but I didn't find much in this book. Unlike Jurassic Park, where the science was just a jumping off point for the Normally I tear through books like this in a day but this one was a slog that lasted more than a week. Great and promising premise -- a fungus gone crazy -- but there is zero character development. It's tough to root for anyone when you have no idea who they are and many characters are introduced simply to be killed (think those in the red shirts on Star Trek). Humour is subjective, but I didn't find much in this book. Unlike Jurassic Park, where the science was just a jumping off point for the story, here it seems to be the story. A bit of research does not a compelling story make.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina Dalcher

    Absolutely fabulous stuff. Koepp has single-handedly resurrected one of my all-time favorite authors (Michael Crichton), injecting a strong sense of humor into a terrifying story. I'll read this again. And again. It's that good.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marc V.

    Wow how do you go from being scared shirtless to laughing your ass off, read Cold Storage by David Koepp. The book has the dark humor of a Karl Hassan novel and the calculated terror of Hannibal Lecter. Grab your popcorn and plan on reading Cold Storage in one sitting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Doyle

    If this book doesn’t have you paranoid anytime someone so much as coughs near you, you’re a stronger person than I. 😷😷

  24. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Cordyceps novus -- this is one nasty fungus! This thriller screams big screen to me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Way back in Australia in 1987, government bioterrorism operatives for the DTRA, Roberto Diaz and Trini Romano, found something that could decimate the earth and destroy every living thing on it. A fungus, capable of adaptation unlike no other ever seen. Once contained and destroyed, they take a single sample back to the United States and store it in a secure st Cordyceps novus -- this is one nasty fungus! This thriller screams big screen to me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Way back in Australia in 1987, government bioterrorism operatives for the DTRA, Roberto Diaz and Trini Romano, found something that could decimate the earth and destroy every living thing on it. A fungus, capable of adaptation unlike no other ever seen. Once contained and destroyed, they take a single sample back to the United States and store it in a secure storage facility far below the ground in the Atchison mines. It's safely away there until global warming effects changes that cause the fungus to grow -- but no one is the wiser because the owners of the storage facility have no idea it's there. Two security guards are at work manning the reception desk allowing locker renters access to their things one night when they hear a strange beeping noise. Teacake and Naomi, an ex-con and a single mother, decide to find out the cause and trace it to a vertical display panel that reads, "NTC Thermistor Breach" and see some strange green glowing things on the subfloor of SL-4 deep underground. They know this isn't good, but there is quite the night ahead of them. NO SPOILERS. This was quite the fun and action-packed ride that I found impossible to put down. I really enjoyed the humor, reminded me of Carl Hiassen novels, and I just loved the characters -- it was easy to tell who the bad guys were and know they'd get their comeuppance. But the best "character' of all was the fungus! I can't avoid wanting to read books with a dastardly bug, a science angle, or a doom and gloom scenario. Pure entertainment and one I heartily recommend. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for the e-book ARC to read and review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aristotle

    An exploding cat, an exploding deer, and a couple dozen exploding humans! This was late night syfy trash. Reads like a B movie script, fast, furious, and dumb. This started off strong with Roberto, Trini, and Dr Hero sent off to Australia to explore a semi sentient fungal organism that attached itself to Skylab. Fast forward 30 years and the fungus has escaped and is ready to turn mankind into giant puss balls that you see on Dr. Pimple Popper. This is where the story fell apart. Putting th An exploding cat, an exploding deer, and a couple dozen exploding humans! This was late night syfy trash. Reads like a B movie script, fast, furious, and dumb. This started off strong with Roberto, Trini, and Dr Hero sent off to Australia to explore a semi sentient fungal organism that attached itself to Skylab. Fast forward 30 years and the fungus has escaped and is ready to turn mankind into giant puss balls that you see on Dr. Pimple Popper. This is where the story fell apart. Putting the future of mankind in the hands a two storage facility employees was a bit far fetched. It turned into a head shaking bad late night syfy movie. Bad actors with a bad script making bad decisions. 2 1/2 stars. Rounded up because of the exploding biker gang.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greta Cyrus

    I really liked the beginning. Really wish it would have stayed in that time era instead of moving years later.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Craig Arnush

    Cold Storage is, at its heart, a horror story. It starts with a prologue where an alien fungus arrives on Earth to do some nasty damage. It's defeated, but of course some of it needs to be stored in cold storage for reasons that aren't quite clear...but at least it lets the story advance some thirty years to a night where the fungus finds a way to break free of its confines and once again become a dire threat. As stories go, I felt this one was worth while. It's not going to become th Cold Storage is, at its heart, a horror story. It starts with a prologue where an alien fungus arrives on Earth to do some nasty damage. It's defeated, but of course some of it needs to be stored in cold storage for reasons that aren't quite clear...but at least it lets the story advance some thirty years to a night where the fungus finds a way to break free of its confines and once again become a dire threat. As stories go, I felt this one was worth while. It's not going to become the next horror classic, but it's an enjoyable read. The primary characters are given good motivations, but some of the antagonists feel more like coarsely drawn caricatures. If you're going to flesh out characters, and give even some hints at their internal monologues, then you should spend more time to do it right for all of them. Which brings me to the viewpoints in the novel. They tend to shift around between different characters interacting with each other. At one point you're reading about the inner thoughts of one character, then the next paragraph is in someone else's head. It's a little disconcerting. But in the end, the novel kept me interested. There were some particularly gruesome scenes that felt like the author was holding back to keep from completely turning away his readers. I wouldn't have minded a little more there. I recommend the book as a nice filler. It feels like brain candy for people who like horror novels.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Hixson

    Cold Storage by David Koepp is the first novel from a well established screenwriter, some of my favorites are all adaptations of novels and comic books like Jurassic Park, Spiderman, and Carlito's Way. Cold Storage is a story that is all David Koepp. It kind of a serial killer piece where the killer was apprehended and thrown in a dark hole to be forgotten, but this serial killer is crafty and has been plotting their escape the whole time, and thanks to flaws to in the system it escapes, but the Cold Storage by David Koepp is the first novel from a well established screenwriter, some of my favorites are all adaptations of novels and comic books like Jurassic Park, Spiderman, and Carlito's Way. Cold Storage is a story that is all David Koepp. It kind of a serial killer piece where the killer was apprehended and thrown in a dark hole to be forgotten, but this serial killer is crafty and has been plotting their escape the whole time, and thanks to flaws to in the system it escapes, but the killer isn't a person but a fungus. This book is about a killer fungus. Since he famously adapted Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park I can see a lot of attempts to mirror Crichton's style, but where Crichton can explain the science so everyone can understand Koepp struggles with it. This book made some interesting choices in terms of choices and flashbacks. I started liking it more when I gave into the premise and viewed it as a SyFy original movie. I was given the advanced copy thanks to Harpercollins Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Cold Storage publishes on September 3rd 2019. The Plot: In 1987 a super secret task force that investigates biological terror and threats is sent to a remote Australian village. Roberto and Trini of the task force meet doctor Hero to investigate the village. They find every member of the village of the dead on the roof tops with their chest burst out and a green fungal mold around them. The source seems to be part of a fuselage from a Skylab explosion in space. They save a a sample of the fungus and attempt to photograph it as the fungus jumps to the camera, and begins attacking them trying to find a host, the quickly find out the host goes to the highest point available for mass spreading. The whole village is determined a risk and is bombed and burned. The sample is frozen and kept in a deep dark hole where the temperature will remain at freezing. But thanks to global warming and the increase of temperature in Earth's core in present day the fungus is going to escape. The government has long abandoned the storage facility in Kanas, but a regular storage units were built on top of it. Teacake a lovable loser works at the storage unit as security, and he finds out there is a lot he didn't know about what is stored there. What I Liked: The opening is a little clunky in terms of flow and information, but there is some nice surprising action and character work. I did like the character of Roberto his chapter's always went by fast. I like that the fungus continues to evolve and get smarter. The character of Murphy's job is you're supposed to hate him and he did in spades. There's a good twist at the end that really went with Roberto and how he feels about the fungus and it's irradiation, that I really liked. I liked the fungus infected animals there were pretty terrifying. What I Disliked: The character of Teacake he was annoying and stereotypical. The pace was really disjointed through out, there would be good momentum then the story would go off in a tangent. The flashbacks rarely served the story, so I found most of them distracting. Character's dialogue was really generic, and had hardly any weight to it. The story was too simple would have served better a novella. Roberto was my favorite character but it takes him forever to get to the storage unit and into the action. Recommendations: I would recommend this to people who like SyFy movies like Sharknado that are kind of tongue in cheek. I don't know if the novel was going for this initially but if it would have embraced it, it could have been better. If you want a good science fiction I would recommend you picking up a Crichton novel. I gave this novel 2 out of 5 stars, it's close to the 2.5 mark.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    A HUMONGUS FUNGUS IS AMONG US!! I’ve wanted to use that line since I was a child. Now that I got your attention, on to the book review. This science fiction story is about a fungus that has mutated while in orbit on Skylab. That would be fine out there, but in 1987 Skylab falls out of orbit and although most of the satellite lands in the Indian Ocean a piece of it lands in the Australian Outback. The fungus is in that piece and rapidly attacks the people in a small village with 100% lethal resul A HUMONGUS FUNGUS IS AMONG US!! I’ve wanted to use that line since I was a child. Now that I got your attention, on to the book review. This science fiction story is about a fungus that has mutated while in orbit on Skylab. That would be fine out there, but in 1987 Skylab falls out of orbit and although most of the satellite lands in the Indian Ocean a piece of it lands in the Australian Outback. The fungus is in that piece and rapidly attacks the people in a small village with 100% lethal results. Robert Diaz and two other members of the Defense Nuclear Agency team are sent to assess the piece of Skylab and immediately realize that this fungus is nearly sentient, capable of causing an extinction level event and determined to spread itself by any means possible. The team manages to isolate a sample and contain it then calls in a massive firebombing of the whole area to eliminate the infection. Move ahead to 2019 and the fungus has finally found a way to get out of its containment in the fourth subbasement of a military storage cavern that’s been converted to a public self-storage facility and is now trying anything to get out and spread itself to the world. Robert Diaz is once again called upon to control and eliminate the fungus. With a cast of characters that includes two storage security guards, and a wannabe motorcycle club, chaos ensues. This was a fast, fun read and I recommend it. – Thomas D.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    Well, this was a total letdown. It reads like a pitch to a Hollywood executive: Look, I've even written the screenplay! The premise is so cool. Anytime there's a biological extinction possibility how can one not be intrigued? However, the writing is pedestrian, the pacing off, the characters all lacked depth or even good conversational skills, and given what's at stake how was I bored throughout? Stuff goes down in a public storage facility for @#$ sake! The only positive thing here w Well, this was a total letdown. It reads like a pitch to a Hollywood executive: Look, I've even written the screenplay! The premise is so cool. Anytime there's a biological extinction possibility how can one not be intrigued? However, the writing is pedestrian, the pacing off, the characters all lacked depth or even good conversational skills, and given what's at stake how was I bored throughout? Stuff goes down in a public storage facility for @#$ sake! The only positive thing here was the unexpected humor. The short chapters did make for a fast read, and I only got to the end because I hoped that all these people would die horrible deaths while they saved all life on the planet. Will I ever learn not to get on the new release hype train?

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