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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.
Published: VintageAnchor an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780307817655
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Riveting and scary as all get out. You'll never look at air travel quite the same again.more
The classic account that introduced the Ebola virus to modern imagination. Since I live nearby the laboratory where this takes place it was great fun and I still remember the Washington Post reports when it was happening (though they were much less concerned at the time then in retrospect). Preston has been accused of overplaying the disease and danger but that doesn't take away from the essence of it. A little fictive makes is easier to sleep. A classic of narrative nonfiction.more
What can I say? This book got me into microbiology. I secretly want to be a virus hunter, too.more
I'm not sure when exactly I read this..5th 6th grade? All I remember is loving it. For years afterward I wanted to work at the CDC. Liquefied organs, bleeding out your eyes; I read snippets out loud to friends. Needless to say, I was a morbid child. A thrilling and super grotesque portrait of a virus that is more terrifying than you can imagine.more
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Riveting and scary as all get out. You'll never look at air travel quite the same again.more
The classic account that introduced the Ebola virus to modern imagination. Since I live nearby the laboratory where this takes place it was great fun and I still remember the Washington Post reports when it was happening (though they were much less concerned at the time then in retrospect). Preston has been accused of overplaying the disease and danger but that doesn't take away from the essence of it. A little fictive makes is easier to sleep. A classic of narrative nonfiction.more
What can I say? This book got me into microbiology. I secretly want to be a virus hunter, too.more
I'm not sure when exactly I read this..5th 6th grade? All I remember is loving it. For years afterward I wanted to work at the CDC. Liquefied organs, bleeding out your eyes; I read snippets out loud to friends. Needless to say, I was a morbid child. A thrilling and super grotesque portrait of a virus that is more terrifying than you can imagine.more
We're doomed. This book truly is scary. I had heard of Ebola many times but this really brought to home just how horrifying and deadly it really is. The day that virus mutates into an airborne pathogen is the day the human race faces extinction.

And if you thought descriptions of the Black Plague were bad you ain't seen nothing yet. Death by filovirus would have to be one of the worst ways to go. Your body literally liquifies while you are still alive. Blood pours from every orifice. Every organ fails and half of them pass out of your body before you're gone. You end up a mess of slime and bone.

We have close many times and it's getting more likely that we will soon face a serious pandemic. Let's just hope it's not something with a mortality rate like Ebola Zaire.more
Totally interesting, very gripping, great writer, great language, heldme close all the way through..until it got to a point where it was more of a rescue operation rather than the virus. at that point it kinda died.more
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