The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story Of The Origins Of The Ebola Virus

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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story Of The Origins Of The Ebola Virus

by Richard Preston

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | June 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story Of The Origins Of The Ebola Virus is rated 4.7692 out of 5 by 13.
The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. 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.


From the Paperback edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.78 in

Published: June 15, 1999

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385495226

ISBN - 13: 9780385495226

Found in: Health and Well Being

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scarier Today! Even though the book was published 20 years ago, it is even more relevant today given the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and beyond. Preston's book is based on a true story bounded in an entertaining and educational narrative. I agree with Stephen King when he said that the first chapter of this book was one of the scariest things he has ever read. The Hot Zone should be required reading for all.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Great book, interesting tale, and an amazing writing style. Much better than a movie!
Date published: 2008-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book is great. Filled with great action and a lot of scientific information for all you nerds. All in all, I would tell anyone with any interest in epidimiology to read this book!!
Date published: 2004-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot Zone This book is truely amazing. I read the first 2 chapters in Grade 4 when a friend showed it to me. I just picked it up again, and IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER! It makes you think, about the politics behind logging in the rainforests, one of the possible reasons for the sudden outbreaks. I hope to one day be a virologist and I have this book to thank. Mr. Preston where ever you are, great work and thank you.
Date published: 2003-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling Truth is Closer Than We Think I only read the first few chapters of this book, because I had borrowed it for the day from a friend, and the writing was so good, and extremely graphic, that I had trouble putting it down. I liked the book so much that I went and bought a copy for myself and I would reccomend this book to anyone who has a strong stomach and wants a good, graphic read.
Date published: 2002-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filoviruses Truth is really scarier than fiction, and more readable in The Hot Zone. This book is what started my obsessive quest for information on the Filovirus family of Marburg and the Ebola sisters. A must read that I still rave about at least once a week, even years after my first reading.
Date published: 2001-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Felt Cold All Over Great! The everyday truth to it made it all the more chilling. Worth every cent. I was in a Chapters store and only bought it because I heard this guy going on and on about it. Now that guy is me...GET THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nature is slowly fighting back... A wonderfully graphic story about the emergence and spread of filovirii from the eastern to western hemisphere. It's a true to life horror story of Ebola and its awesome destructive power - 25% to 100% human fatalities. Beware, it is not for the faint of heart! If you've ever worked in isolation at a hospital or in the field - you may want to reflect about your choice of career. I did.
Date published: 2000-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Hot Zone This book should not be read by anyone suffering from hypochondria. The Hot Zone is a bone-chilling account of the highly infectious and lethal Ebola virus. From the central African rain forest this deadly virus suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington,D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90% of its victims are dead. The people and events are real which make it all the more engrossing. This book is guaranteed to make the world you live in a more frightening place and proves that truth is scarier than fiction.
Date published: 2000-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling...Readable This is a gripping story that is educational as well. Leaves you on the edge of your seat. Entirely readable, with no biological jargon. It made me want to know more about other types of viruses too! A great book!
Date published: 2000-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The BEST Books The Hot Zone was one of the best books i've ever read, even thought i'm only 15. It's sort of a scary book in ways, which proves that the truth can be scarier than the truth. I highly recomend this book.
Date published: 2000-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genetic Material Surrounded By A Protein Coat An incredibly scary book for the layman and biologist alike... and to top it all off, the story is true! It instills the fear of Nature into mankind. Preston writes very well. A definite page turner!
Date published: 1999-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genetic Material Surrounded By A Protein Coat A very scary book for the layman and biologist alike... and to top it all off, the story is true! It instills the fear of Nature into mankind. Preston writes very well. A definite page turner!
Date published: 1999-06-11

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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story Of The Origins Of The Ebola Virus

by Richard Preston

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.78 in

Published: June 15, 1999

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385495226

ISBN - 13: 9780385495226

About the Book

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.

"From the Paperback edition."

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The headache begins, typically, on the seventh day after exposure to the agent. On the seventh day after his New Year’s visit to Kitum cave-January 8, 1980-Monet felt a throbbing pain behind his eyeballs. He decided to stay home from work and went to bed in his bungalow. The headache grew worse. His eyeballs ached, and then his temples began to ache, the pain seeming to circle around inside his head. It would not go away with aspirin, and then he got a severe backache. His housekeeper, Johnnie, was still on her Christmas vacation, and he had recently hired a temporary housekeeper. She tried to take care of him, but she really didn’t know what to do. Then, on the third day after his headache started, he became nauseated, spiked a fever, and began to vomit. His vomiting grew intense and turned into dry heaves. At the same time, he became strangely passive. His face lost all appearance of life and set itself into an expressionless mask, with the eyeballs fixed, paralytic, and staring. The eyelids were slightly droopy, which gave him a peculiar appearance, as if his eyes were popping out of his head and half closed at the same time. The eyeballs themselves seemed almost frozen in their sockets, and they turned bright red. The skin of his face turned yellowish, with a brilliant starlike red speckles. He began to look like a zombie. His appearance frightened the temporary housekeeper. She didn’t understand the transformation in this man. His personality changed. H
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From the Publisher

The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. 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.


From the Paperback edition.

From the Jacket

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.

"From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Preston is the author of several books, most recently The Cobra Event. He is a regular contribuot to The New Yorker. He has also won the AAAS-Westinghouse Award and the McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most horrifying things I''ve ever read. What a remarkable piece of work."
--Stephen King



"Popular science writing at its best and the year''s most infectious page-turner."
--People



"A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall."
--Newsweek
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