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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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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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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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Its a MUST READ for anyone who is interested in how bad things happen...in this case Ebola!!!Published 14 months ago by Gordon Heffler
Could not put this book down. Such an interesting look into a fascinating - and deadly - disease. Chilling, gripping, great read.Published 18 months ago by Mary
I read this book cover to cover, no breaks, overnight.
A very well written horror story, made all the more scarier by the fact that it's all true.
Never before in the history of this virus has this book been more relevant. I implore anyone considering reading this book to do so immediately. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jessica
so enjoyed the history and writing - makes us all aware that we are not as safe as we think. very well donePublished on March 9 2014 by jelly
It's really hard to stop reading this novel, very well written. Entertaining and educational... Some descriptions are quite disturbing though, pretty gore in some parts.Published on Oct. 13 2013 by Nick Fortin
A good way to show us the ew-w-w-y and gooey side of health jounalism. I'm sure I'n not the first to say it reads like a Stephen King novel.Published on June 25 2013 by Ann Rauhala
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