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The Hot Zone: The Chilling True Story of an Ebola Outbreak Paperback – 1 Aug 1995

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (1 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552143030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552143035
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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" One of the most horrifying things I've ever read. What a remarkable piece of work."
--Stephen King


" Popular science writing at its best and the year's most infectious page-turner."
--"People"


" A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall."
--"Newsweek"

"One of the most horrifying things I've ever read. What a remarkable piece of work."
--Stephen King


"Popular science writing at its best and the year's most infectious page-turner."
--"People"


"A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall."
--"Newsweek" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was given this book when I arrived in Kenya some 6 years ago. I was recruited as the CEO of the Nairobi Hospital. The Nairobi Hospital in which the first scenes of the book play out. This was years after the events talked about in the book. But I met many of the people that the book talks about, I found the whole thing fascinating, and VERY instructive!!
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
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2008
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This is a non-fiction book that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, compulsively turning the pages. In it the author gives an education on the possible origins of different deadly hemorrhagic viruses and the devastation that they cause in both animals and humans. The author describes actual outbreaks that occurred between 1967 and 1993. This is done in an engaging, straightforward narrative that reads like a medical thriller.

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!
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This book is with out a doubt, a page turning, jump start attention getter for anyone. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants both exitement, and education. The Hot Zone gives great examples of what the biological world has behind closed doors for the human race. I think that people who are familiar with deforestation know that we are bringing these epidemics upon ourselves. Preston writes The Hot Zone to the lamen and in great detail. I belive that he does this so that anyone who reads this novel will understand it and remember it. None the less, it's a great novel that has earned my five crowns.
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To me this book contains too much thriller element. It is an intriguing read, but I had to jump paragraphs of unnecessary descriptions of unnecessary things to get to the actual facts of the outbreaks. For example, one of the characters mentioned in the book named Nancy has elaborations devoted to her which seems to me should be truncated from this book. These elaborations include how her parrot behaves a home, her daily-life dinner conversations with her kids and her husband, her father's cancer situation, and that her father was actually her adopt father and that he had a messed up history with women, and so and so.

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.
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Although I am sure that I read somewhere that this account was based on the Marburg virus rather than Ebola, I still absolutely adore this book. I have an interest in parasitology, and in hemorrhagic viruses, and I really enjoyed this book in print. Now I have purchased a copy for my Kindle, and I am very happy.

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.
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I could not put this book down at all and I was up until the small hours of the morning-not that it mattered because I hardly slept after finishing it! I thoroughly recommend reading it but I warn you, I seriously almost did throw up at certain points in the book!! ENJOY!!!
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A very well written book that is hard to put aside before finishing. I like this author, and am satisfied with my purchase.

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.
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