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Publisher Description

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

Now 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.

Health, Mind & Body
September 20
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

oregondave57 ,


By the title, this book sounds dry and boring. I assure you it is anything but that. All the more terrifying because it’s all true. Great read!

alexrryan ,

Favorite book of all time!

This book is incredible! Richard Preston does a phenomenal job of putting you in the shoes of someone with Ebola by describing every little detail of the signs and symptoms they experience. It’s amazing that something so microscopic and primitive (because it’s made of RNA) has the capability to destroy a human from the inside out is mind-blowing. I originally read this book for a Microbiology class during the 2014 Ebola outbreak and having no knowledge of Ebola and to read about this while the outbreak was ongoing made it even more interesting! I read this in 3 days. It is honestly my favorite book. Definitely worth the read!

RavenclawReader05 ,

Easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read

This book is very difficult to get through. The writing style is not good, it’s somehow very descriptive yet also uninteresting. Once a plot line starts getting interesting, the author switches to another entirely different one! It’s a shame that this book is so poorly written because the events are very interesting. All in all, this is NOT worth your time or money.

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