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    Filmic

    This is the first novel from Koepp, best known as the screenwriter of movie hits Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Lost Skull, Angels & Demons, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit...the list goes on, you get the picture: this man knows how to thrill, excite and amuse in equal measure. There is no better way to describe Cold Storage than filmic: it moves at a fantastic speed (much like the icky fungus creating havoc in this story) with relatable characters you can practically see on the big screen. It is violent, pretty gross in places, thrilling and often surprisingly moving - as well as very funny. Exciting and pacy, I hope to see more writing from Koepp in the future.
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    Cold storage

    Great read, really impressive 1st novel, loved the story line and the characters.
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    Ok title

    To much background storylines on characters past lives.
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    Epic

    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.
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