The Hot Zone

Preston, Richard

Book - 1994
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Hot Zone
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 Zonetells 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 Zoneproves that truth really is scarier than fiction. From the Paperback edition.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0679430946
Characteristics: xiii, 300 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.


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Jan 14, 2015
  • modis01 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The author tends to go into irrelevant details purely for sensationalist effect which detracts from the story. Sloppy writing which is at times over-dramatized to the point of medical inaccuracy.

Oct 29, 2014
  • supersaiyan2363 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Good book that gives insight on ebola.

Oct 16, 2014

A very interesting book regarding Ebola. Especially timely given recent events.

A good book as well to clear up any misinformation regarding EVS, and highlights issues too that could be of use when helping Western Africa recover from this humanitarian health issue.

Soon to be avilable at the Angus Glen branch.

Oct 13, 2014
  • braves19 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was one of the most fascinating and yet horrifying books I've ever read. It is particularly relevant considering the Ebola pandemic that has resurged in the world today. The author did a fantastic job retelling the story about how the Marburg virus (A slightly less lethal version of Ebola's close relative) mutated to become Ebola in parts of Africa and how it made it's way to the U.S. in the late 1980's.

Aug 17, 2014
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this fascinating book when it came out back in the 90's. It left me in awe of the devastating effects of Ebola. Particularly relevant today (2014) if the current outbreak cannot be contained in West Africa.

Apr 16, 2013
  • jclCristaA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am disturbed by this, as well of the literate world. This book personifies the angst of every germophobe, and rightly so.
I will never look at coffee grounds or ride a plane ever again.

Aug 08, 2012
  • haha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Hot Zone was a very enthralling read-- I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it in a day. Definitely recommended for anyone interested in epidemiology or virology.

Jul 02, 2012
  • Subhajitsaha95 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is really difficult to understand at times. I would not recommend a person under 13 read this book!

Jan 18, 2012
  • Pauliovirus rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book was very intriuging. its about a virus that infects a huge biulding and the entire city is quarentined and the army has to wear space-suits inside the biulding to get rid of the disease.

Nov 08, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.



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Sep 24, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

...testicles bloat up and turn black and blue, the semen goes hot with Ebola, and the nipples may bleed. …The skin puffs up and separates from the flesh like a bag. ....a sudden awareness of male reproductive glands hanging on the exterior of the body between the legs ...testicles the size of pears, black and putrid, the skin peeling off them.


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