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

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body { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em; } .aplus { min-width: inherit; } The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. Soon to be a mini-series drama starring Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham, James D'Arcy, and Noah Emmerich on National Geographic.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. Read more Read less options.iframeId = iframeId; options.iframeWrapperId = "bookDesc_iframe_wrapper"; options.overriddenCSSId = "bookDesc_override_CSS"; options.encodedIframeContent = bookDescEncodedData; options.initialResizeCallback = resizeCallback; BookDescriptionIframe = new DynamicIframe(options); P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.createIframe(); }) (); if ((typeof BookDescriptionIframe != 'undefined') && (BookDescriptionIframe instanceof DynamicIframe)) { P.when('jQuery').execute(function($) { $(window).resize(function() { P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.resizeIframe(resizeCallback); }) (); }); $(window).bind('imageResize', function() { P.guardFatal("bookDescription", function() { BookDescriptionIframe.resizeIframe(resizeCallback); }) (); }); }); } });

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Terrifying Truth

5.0 out of 5.0 by darswords on November 20, 2018
Do I say "Research?" It is due to the fact that I am writing a fictional 'zombie' book for NaNoWriMo that I picked up the Kindle and Audible versions of this book. My zombies are merely sick people. I am not a medical person so I needed some input on how it all starts and how contagious it all is. As it turns out it isn't as bad as Ebola, but the gore of my book might evolve due to this book.Meanwhile, this is a book I put off for decades. I remember a guy named Jason at the school I worked at that came up to me with the paperback. He was so excited about it. But the more he talked the squirmier I got. "And it's a true story!" He exclaimed. I started watching shows like Outbreak. We saw it in the theater. Remember that sneeze? I nearly ran out of there when someone coughed.I grew--good or bad, I guess that's for others to judge. But lately, I can watch a disaster movie, or The Walking Dead and notice only the social reaction to the monsters or the disease or the overwhelming snow. So I thought I could now face this book.Reading happens at bedtime. Bet you can guess how this book blended into dreams. And since I listened as I read the Kindle with the Audible, that voice! Richard M. Davidson's voice. What a deep bass and excellent for the genre! Creepy and authoritative! Wow!What I learned is that my characters in my book were dressed properly to deal with their strains of disease. And I learned I never want to be anywhere near someone coughing! If I was a germaphobe before... well, let's just say there isn't enough hand sanitizer in the world for me!Knowing this is nonfiction made this even more frightening. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago there was an Ebola scare. What a horrid disease! And this author did a poetic job of helping the reader to see it and feel it. If you haven't read it yet, climb out of your hiding place and give it a try. Forewarned is forearmed as they say. Might as well get the Audible version to make it even more real. I will try to read more of his books now. Time for more vitamin C and Airborne!
As Timely Now As It Was When Written In 1995

5.0 out of 5.0 by Norman A. Pattis on November 1, 2014
I missed this book altogether when it first was published, but I did see it around the house. One of my sons read it, and told me the other day the book helped him decide on a career in medicine -- he's now in his sixth year of an M.D.-Ph.D. program . He told me this the other day when we were talking Ebola. So I decided to read it. Wow!Preston is a good storyteller, and he recounts the appearance of Ebola in suburban Washington as though this real-life event were a thriller, as, indeed, it turned out to be. I've read that Preston plans a new edition of the book, to correct what might be some overstatements in the course of an Ebola infection. I also wonder whether he will address the belief expressed in the Hot Zone that Ebola can be spread by airborne means.On the legal side, Preston has a good understanding of the law's inherent conservatism. When military brass was trying to decide how best to confine the outbreak of Ebola at a facility housing research monkeys, the officers conclude that it is best to act first, before seeking legal advice. Once they acted, the lawyers could always defend the emergency measures taken as legal. I chuckled when I read that, recognizing the inherent conservatism of a lawyer's advice.I enjoyed this book immensely. It gives insight into medical research, public health and military preparedness for a biohazard disaster. Surprisingly, it appears we don't know much more about Ebola than what we knew in 1995, when this book was published -- except that the virus still lives and is still capable of enormous destruction.
A More Exciting Read than a Mystery Thriller

5.0 out of 5.0 by K. Skoog on December 20, 2015
When the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Siera Leone and Guinea was racking up death tolls daily, I read every news source I could find and logged the daily new cases and deaths as well as how many deaths involved healthcare professionals.The more I read, the less this virus made any sense. I kept adding questions to my list that were never answered by any mainstream news source.This was not just an armchair fascination from a safe distance. I do truly care about all the people who died, who lost loved ones, and who suffered economic losses that will take years to repair. They also had radical changes to their traditions forced upon them in order to stop the spread of the virus through funeral and burial practices.This book, THE HOT ZONE by RICHARD PRESTON, is a TRUE account of the study of Marburg and Ebola viruses in the years preceding the full blown epidemic. RICHARD PRESTON has answered all my troubling questions by telling the scientific truth that was withheld by news coverage during the epidemic. I can't repeat my questions here because no one likes a spoiler. Although he is telling a true story, the author has employed the style of literary nonfiction to make this a very readable, edge of your seat accounting. PLEASE everyone needs to read this book. Everyone needs to learn more about the way an outbreak is just a few viral transmissions away from an epidemic and a few plane rides away from a PANDEMIC. If you read one nonfiction book this year, please pick this one.
Amazing book but amazingly exaggerated.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Adrian C. on August 1, 2018
Very good read, and I mean that sincerely. This book has you sitting at the edge of your seat with suspense and action. However, the book really is more like a fantasy novel in retrospect because this book inspired me to research only to find out how exaggerated this book really is. Of course, ebola is extremely lethal and very contagious, but cases are rare and the deaths are not as gruesome as the book leads you to believe. I recommend this book to anyone with an iron stomach or a weak imagination, just understand that actual cases are not as frightening as supposed stomachs turning black with blood oozing from every orifice violently.