Title: Cold Storage
Author: David Koepp
Published: September 24th 2019
Publisher: HQ Fiction – GB
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense
Rating: 3 stars
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.
Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. And 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 . . . before it’s too late.
I received my promotional copy of American screenwriter David Koepp’s novel Cold Storage in a sealed yellow bio hazard bag, which sparked my initial interest, but I was also a bit apprehensive as to the contents of this book. Cold Storage is a story of the fight for survival, as an unlikely group of heroes work to save mankind from the threat of a deadly organism.
Cold Storage charts the mutation of a contagious organism, that has the power to kill both humans and animals. The story begins some thirty years prior, when a team dispatched from the Pentagon find a plant-like fungus in the Australian desert that holds the power to wipe out mankind. The elite team that uncovers the destructive organism conceal this deadly force in a storage facility, buried deep underground in a protected government containment area. However, years later, this government facility is opened up and sold privately to a storage unit company. With no one to guard the storage unit, it begins to mutate and multiply. With the help of the retired elite operative who first came across the organism and two security guards, together this team fight to save mankind from the deadly super fungus.
Cold Storage is penned by David Koepp, a well regarded screenwriter, who has worked on big budget movies such as Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. With such an impressive resume, it is no wonder that the visual aspects of the novel were its saving grace. I could actually picture this one working far better on the screen as a film, rather than a novel.
It was intrigued by the opening sequences of this one, especially as the journey of the deadly organism begins in Australia. It did pique my interest and I was keen to see where Koepp would take his novel next. Cold Storage moves to the present day in March 2019 and it introduces a couple of unlikely leads, who manage to help save humanity from ultimate destruction. I enjoyed the characters of Naomi and Teacake (great name). I also appreciated their interactions and efforts to save the world from being overtaken by a deadly fungus.
I did find the humour elements of this novel didn’t work for me and they fell flat a number of times. I also struggled with a number of the gruesome sequences involving animals. The gore factor was just too much for me personally. I am a realist and I did find myself questioning aspects of this book, but in other respects, it was a touch too close to what we are currently experiencing pandemic wise across the globe. In the end, I was turning the pages to reach the close of the book, but I don’t think I was overly committed to this one.
With themes of science, bio medical policy, government cover ups, investigation and more, Cold Storage is suspenseful tale that charts an apocalyptic style attack on humanity.
Cold Storage by David Koepp was published on 24th September 2019 by HQ Fiction – GB. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
*I wish to thank Harper Collins Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.
*Book #4 of the 2020 International Male Author Challenge.