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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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?
When the first protagonist is infected , it creates a chain link. Preston then plays out the other characters in the same chain link. All of them have a connection between them.
The setting is mainly West Africa, around Mount Kilimanjaro. I'd have to say that at first people would think it has to do with AIDS but it introduces a whole new virus that most people don't even know about. It gave me a surprise finding out all this information.
One of the details in Preston's book that I didn't enjoy is during or at the end of the stories he would give information about the virus. It was confusing because you didn't know when the story ended or started again.
In conclusion, I found it more informational rather than story like, though I would recommend it for all those interested in facing reality.
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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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. Read more
Its a MUST READ for anyone who is interested in how bad things happen...in this case Ebola!!!Published 13 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 17 months ago by Mary
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. Read morePublished 21 months ago by datagod
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 22 months ago by Jessica
A good read, a page turner even. But the tone is terribly sensationalist and the scientific details are slim to non-existent. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steve Z. Mccauley
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