The Hot Zone: The Chilling True Story of an Ebola Outbreak Paperback – 1 Aug 1995
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The dramatic and chilling story of an Ebola virus outbreak in a suburban Washington, D.C. laboratory, with descriptions of frightening historical epidemics of rare and lethal viruses. More hair-raising than anything Hollywood could think of, because it's all true.
" One of the most horrifying things I've ever read. What a remarkable piece of work."
" Popular science writing at its best and the year's most infectious page-turner."
" A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall."
"One of the most horrifying things I've ever read. What a remarkable piece of work."
"Popular science writing at its best and the year's most infectious page-turner."
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"A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall."
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Now working back in the NHS in the UK, with a much better knowledge of what mankind is just about holding at bay.
I do have some problems with the book, but they are minor and due to the overly dramatic nature in which events were protrayed, but hey, you have to sell them somehow
The nucleus of the story focuses on an outbreak of Ebola virus in Reston, Virginia in the tony county of Fairfax, just outside of Washington, D.C. in 1983. A special, highly trained teamed of Army specialists and scientists secretly converged on that hot spot to try and stop the spread of this deadly virus, as it had a kill rate of ninety percent.
The account that the author gives of the Army's mission is riveting, as is the vivid description of the rain forests and caves of Africa where these hemorrhagic viruses are suspected of originating. The devastation these viruses cause to both animals and humans is horrifying, shocking, and, unfortunately, all too true. The author has managed to make science accessible to the general public and eminently readable. Bravo!
Personally only half of the content in this book is valuable to a reader like me, therefore I gave it a three. But for readers who enjoy this type of detailed depiction of characters, I believe this book may turn out to be rather fun to read.
There have been several plague books written, some of them were made in to films, or vice versa, but I still love this one the most.
I have not yet gotten around to read this on my Kindle, but I remember being unable to put the physical copy down. I was hooked from the moment that events were described on the plane, which started the book and gave an overview how the virus spread. I am not going to say anything further because I do not want to spoil the book for anyone.
It does suggest, at least to me, that the highly qualified, brave and dedicated individuals who engage in investigating these matters and treating the sick, are largely as helpless as the rest of us in the event. It also suggests to me, a possible airborne capability for this agent, if only a limited one over distance.
The suggestion in part 2 that an outbreak of the Reston strain in the US involved the transfer of infected monkey carcasses between vehicles in plastic bin bags, and in a public place, is actually frightening. Monkey house next to a school? Christ!
Unless I have been misinformed, whilst mankind has had some success in inoculation against viruses, we have never found a cure for one. If so, we have little chance of medical science helping us with this. Please tell me that I'm wrong in this understanding!
What do we do when the 'thing' is killing the doctors and nurses quicker than the rest of us? Perhaps we should be looking to homeopathic or alternative medicine for help.
I also understand that the US holds a patent on Ebola. If this is so, can someone please tell me why?
The reader will surely observe that this is not my knowledge area. This review is written at a time when there is another major outbreak in Africa, of possibly two human killing strains. If it goes worldwide, we can only stand our ground in the knowledge that most of us will not make it.
This book, which is good descriptive fiction, based on fact, is well worth the read, but may give you some sleepless nights.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still a great read, especially now, if you want to know about viruses.Published 6 months ago by D.M.
An excellent intelligent book. I love the approach on the subject of the Ebola virus and the events that surrounded the outbreaks. It is well put together and a gripping read.Published 6 months ago by Miss Angela Stasiak
I bought this as it was highly recommended by a nursing graduate who had worked abroad in Ebola camps. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Caroleanne30
This book is so informative but understandable. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Even more terrifying is that it's all true !Published 12 months ago by Caitlyn
Factual drama full of the Ebola virus in all its glory. Don't read if you scared of human extinction !Published 13 months ago by wendy
I first read this book many years ago having picked it up from a swap shelf in church porch! In those days no one had really heard of Ebola. Have read it several times since then. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ladyburdy