The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone

Book - 1995
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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 virus. The book tells this dramatic story, giving an account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780385479561
Characteristics: 422 p. :,map ;,18 cm.


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Aug 27, 2018

This just might be the most terrifying book I've ever read and I loved every second of it. I read The Hot Zone years and years ago while in high school and it has stuck with me. I try and take time out to read it again every few years. I tore through this book in a way I rarely do with non-fiction wanting to devour every detail. It is not for the faint of heart so buckle up!

Jun 12, 2018

A fascinating book about an intense and terrifying subject. I loved this book, especially the first two thirds or so. I took off one star simply because I felt that by the end the story was being drawn out without introducing very many new facts, and the book probably could have been just as good had it been 50 pages shorter. Nevertheless, this is a great read for anyone who wants to have some background and context when Ebola-related headlines periodically show up in the news.

ArapahoeHollyR May 16, 2017

A terrifying and suspenseful scientific thriller, Preston's book takes readers deep inside an ebola outbreak. With masterful storytelling skill, Preston seamlessly merges scientific and historical background with the horrifying narrative of an epidemic on the brink. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an edge-of-your-seat read. This is one case where reality is truly more frightening than fiction!

I just wish like the last outbreak of ebola in 2013 that they find the source one hell of a lot quicker. That is where you stop it and not much later when thousands die. It was confined within a few people in one family. I knew this from the very beginning. Why not the scientists who's job is to track down the cause before it get's out of hand.

Apr 12, 2016

You already know you don't want to get Ebola. This book explains why you don't want to get Ebola in great detail. After having read it, I now know I really really really really really really really really really don't want to get Ebola. It's a cautionary tale, for sure.

Mar 26, 2016

This book is gory. This book is gruesome. This book is completely true, which took me aback when reading it. By jumping through historical, social, and medical contexts, author Richard Preston embodies the terror and devastation that the Ebola virus caused on Africa and the United States. Preston has a seriously detailed writing style; somehow, his writing genius can find its way into things you can relate to and make you think. This book is for anyone interested is virology or the events of the Ebola outbreak, as well as aspiring biologists.
- @spaghettibro of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

modis01 Jan 14, 2015

The author tends to go into irrelevant details purely for sensationalist effect which detracts from the story. Sloppy writing which is at times over-dramatized to the point of medical inaccuracy.

supersaiyan2363 Oct 29, 2014

Good book that gives insight on ebola.

BookReviewer2015 Oct 16, 2014

A very interesting book regarding Ebola. Especially timely given recent events.

A good book as well to clear up any misinformation regarding EVS, and highlights issues too that could be of use when helping Western Africa recover from this humanitarian health issue.

Soon to be avilable at the Angus Glen branch.

Oct 13, 2014

This was one of the most fascinating and yet horrifying books I've ever read. It is particularly relevant considering the Ebola pandemic that has resurged in the world today. The author did a fantastic job retelling the story about how the Marburg virus (A slightly less lethal version of Ebola's close relative) mutated to become Ebola in parts of Africa and how it made it's way to the U.S. in the late 1980's.

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EuSei Sep 24, 2012

...testicles bloat up and turn black and blue, the semen goes hot with Ebola, and the nipples may bleed. …The skin puffs up and separates from the flesh like a bag. ....a sudden awareness of male reproductive glands hanging on the exterior of the body between the legs ...testicles the size of pears, black and putrid, the skin peeling off them.


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