Cold Plague

Cold Plague - Daniel Kalla I wanted to like this book much better than I did. I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton's scientific thrillers, and this one promised to be in a similar vein. Starting out with drilling into an Antarctic lake for what would theoretically be the most pure water in the world (and thus setting up an opportunity to look at the bottled water industry) and ranging through cases of bovine spongiform encephalitis ("mad cow disease") and its human equivalent (Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease, or "kuru"), the scientific parts ae first rate.However, I just couldn't get excited about the somewhat two-dimensional characters who were investigating all of these matters. Sad, really, because there was so much potential for a gripping and entertaining book.