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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.


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Published: VintageAnchor an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Mar 14, 2012
ISBN: 9780307817655
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One of, if not the scariest book I've read. Because it's true. If you are a germaphobe, don't read this book!read more
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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.read more
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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.read more
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One of, if not the scariest book I've read. Because it's true. If you are a germaphobe, don't read this book!
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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.
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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.
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A thriller version of what The Coming Plague did. Fun read.
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Stephen King said it best: "The first chapter of The Hot Zone is one of the most horrifying things I've ever read in my whole life..."
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This book made me want to major in biochemistry and find a cure to ebola when I was like 10 years old. Unfortunately, I almost failed college chem, but it was an incredibly good book, very gory and detailed. I think I should re-read it soon...
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