Cold Storage

When I read the synopsis of this book, I was hopeful that it would be something akin to Stranger Things. Something weird, a little fantasy, a little sci-fi. While it wasn’t quite what I wanted, I wasn’t disappointed, either.

Roberto Diaz is a government operative and one of a very few number of people who know how deadly this fungus is–he’s seen it in action and he’s responsible for keeping it locked away. He’s also responsible for the contingency plan if it’s ever unleashed, but that call is the last thing he ever expected.

But he’s woken in the middle of the night by that very call. And the information and knowledge he has is all that might keep the two security guards alive. Because things are getting really weird in their government-bunker-turned-storage-facility. Though not sentient, the fungus knows what it wants and what it needs for survival. And humanity is the perfect host.

Cold Storage by David Koepp is a weird and fast-paced read. It’s full of “eww” and “what the heck” moments. It’s fast-paced and well written, keeping you engaged, amused, and waiting to see if the fungus will somehow, secretly, win the day.

As the screenwriter for Jurassic Park, Koepp’s writing style in Cold Storage is stylistically similar, in terms of pace and outline. And whether Koepp knows all the science he references or was completely making it up (I don’t know and I don’t really care to research), he nails the expert narrative voice.

My one complaint is that the small time ex-con security guard sounds exactly how he probably would in reality–cussing for lack of better vocabulary, and a little ignorant. But, that’s who the character is supposed to be. Nothing says we’ve gotta like them all.

So if you enjoy Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park, books with weird things going on, and just good, quick stories, Cold Storage hits shelves today.

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