Review: David Koepp delivers a chilling first novel

David Koepp, screenwriter for films such as "Jurassic Park" and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man," delivers "Cold Storage," a chilling first novel set in the realm of biological science.

"Cold Storage: a Novel" (Ecco), by David Koepp

The story line in "Cold Storage" by David Koepp, the screenwriter for films including "Jurassic Park" and Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man," invokes classic horror films such as the 1982 version of "The Thing" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Paranoia and mayhem ensue. Koepp's writing gets a bit gruesome at times, but he knows how to invoke chilling scenes with memorable characters. It's clear he has a background in screenplays because the novel has a cinematic flair to the entire tale. It's scary, and a great deal of fun.

The sample shows frightening properties that if left unchecked could turn into an extinction level event for the entire world. Rather than continue the study, the specimen is buried in cold storage, and over time is forgotten. When the fungus is awakened in 2019, the path to save humanity falls upon a security guard who doesn't like his job, a co-worker he has a crush on, and Diaz, who is shocked to find he has to fight this scourge again — and this time it might be too late.