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.
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Is there anything more terrifying than a real-world plague? In The Hot Zone, science journalist Richard Preston puts Biosafety Level 4 viruses like Marburg and Ebola under the microscope, exploring their origins and examining deadly outbreaks in places as far-flung as Kenya, Germany, and Virginia. Preston tells his gripping story through cutting-edge scientific research and personal interviews with frontline doctors and biohazard researchers; his snappy, descriptive prose reads like a globe-trotting medical thriller. Nearly a quarter century after its publication, The Hot Zone remains eye-opening, chilling, and prescient—pick it up before you watch the miniseries starring Julianna Margulies.
Preston's account of an outbreak of a strain of the Ebola virus among monkeys in a Virginia laboratory has spent more than 30 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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!
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!
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.