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The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story [Mass Market Paperback]

Richard Preston
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July 20 1995
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the
appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

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The dramatic and chilling story of an Ebola virus outbreak in a surburban Washington, D.C. laboratory, with descriptions of frightening historical epidemics of rare and lethal viruses. More hair-raising than anything Hollywood could think of, because it's all true. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Preston's account of an outbreak of a strain of the Ebola virus among monkeys in a Virginia laboratory has spent more than 30 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant put this down; master thriller story July 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the most exciting books you will ever read. And the scary thing is that the story is true. This page-turner will grip you from the onset and leave you will a chill down yor spine when you realize the nature of the world of virology.
Preston makes the story flow well from beginning to end. He makes feel like you are right in the middle of the story .. almost like you have a role to play. It wont take you long to read this book, and it is written in a comfortable style.
Anyone with an interest in viruses, microbiology, public health, or who just want a good reality thriller should read this book. You will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! July 17 2004
By Cedric
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After months of stuffy old British classics we read THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston in my sophomore English class. What a breath of fresh air! The book reads like a novel, but is full of fascinating information about ebola. Whether you're a biology buff or just want a good beach read, this is a great book. I highly recommend this(...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good July 16 2004
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This book happened to be my Physics book to read and i thought it would just be some people trying to track down this deadly virus. I thought it would all be fiction and i'd wright a report and get a good grade. Turns out, this book is fiction, one of the scariest books i've read, and one of the few books that at parts i couldn't put down!
Some parts didn't appeal to me as much as others (Thats why i give it a 4). I really liked the book and will encourage people to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Favourite Dec 15 2010
By Nikki J
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although the book was a bit... "visual" to say the least lol, I looooved this book and I soon looked for other works from the author, although the topic of Ebola emerges in several other works, he is very descriptive and keeps you on the edge of your seat while reading, could not put this book down! Instant favourite in my books, lol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The start of the book is especially terrifying and alarming as it chronicles the spread and effects of an Ebola epidemic in the Congo. The second half detailing a Marburg outbreak in North America is very much less so and somewhat of a downer. But nevertheless, important and tense book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars used in university Oct. 7 2008
By A. M. Metner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In my first year, we had to read this as part of our Diseases in History class. It is shocking to see how fast disease can spread and what people have not put in place in case of emergency.
If you think about it, we are just hours away from any worldwide destination. Of course we are getting more wierd viruses these days; never before have we only been hours away from any worldwide destination!
Preston is a wonderfully descriptive author. When you begin reading this, it is like seeing a movie unfold in front of your eyes. Except the dates and times are all documented as this actually occured realtively recently.
It gave me a better understanding of communicable diseases and why we should all just stay out of Kiddeman Cave! Ebola has been out again last year but didn't spread like it did this one time. It kind of reminds me of "28 Days Later". What would you do, how far would you go, to survive?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NON-FICTION MEDICAL THRILLER... Feb. 25 2008
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a non-fiction book that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, compulsively turning the pages. In it the author gives an education on the possible origins of different deadly hemorrhagic viruses and the devastation that they cause in both animals and humans. The author describes actual outbreaks that occurred between 1967 and 1993. This is done in an engaging, straightforward narrative that reads like a medical thriller.

The nucleus of the story focuses on an outbreak of Ebola virus in Reston, Virginia in the tony county of Fairfax, just outside of Washington, D.C. in 1983. A special, highly trained teamed of Army specialists and scientists secretly converged on that hot spot to try and stop the spread of this deadly virus, as it had a kill rate of ninety percent.

The account that the author gives of the Army's mission is riveting, as is the vivid description of the rain forests and caves of Africa where these hemorrhagic viruses are suspected of originating. The devastation these viruses cause to both animals and humans is horrifying, shocking, and, unfortunately, all too true. The author has managed to make science accessible to the general public and eminently readable. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Scare!!! June 22 2004
By Nicole
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After I read this book I was speechless...it was just like: Wow. That actually happened. It was so thought compelling and in depth and it just set something off in my head. It is an awesome book by an incredible author, and should be on the shelves of any household.
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