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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Mass Market Paperback – Jul 20 1995

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (July 20 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385479565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385479561
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 385 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Hot Zone shocked the sh** out of me. I found the plausible author suggestions about the causes and roots of Ebola a welcomed and informative look at reality. The Reston Ebola that took up most of the book due to the virus' release in Virginia, displayed just how incompetent some higher ups in the bureaucracies really are.
Where did the author get the clearance to see this kind of data? It's a mindblowing book. I especially liked it because I am researching a novel with an Ebola scare in it. The factual non-fiction book inspired me with its knock-your-socks-off revelations. The author, Richard Preston could write a great thriller. His mixing of facts with the real lives of the people involved in Ebola research, complete with great descriptions and characterizations, made for page-turning, stay-up-all-night reading. Highly recommended. Actually 6 ****** stars.
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A good read, a page turner even. But the tone is terribly sensationalist and the scientific details are slim to non-existent. Also would be nice if it contained an update to the current state of research regarding Ebola given that 20+ years have passed since the main events portrayed in this fictionalized retelling of a non-fiction event. Good airport or vacation reading.
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The book starts out a bit slow but turns into a nail-biter after that. This is the first book I can recall reading where I actually cheered out loud for one of the characters. The most chilling part is realizing I spent some time in some of the very places this book takes place in (Reston Virginia). This book will make you wash your hands every time you put it down.
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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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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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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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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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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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