The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

The Hot Zone The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus A highly infectious deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington D C The

The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus 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 hotThe bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus 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.From the Paperback edition.

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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

  1. Richard Preston is a journalist and nonfiction writer.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

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  1. Terror at the personal level.Very personal for meI read this book while on night watch in the Army I was eating cheap red licorice at a frenzied pace while I read from sheer nerves The idea of bleeding out through every bodily opening was terrifying The next morning I went to the bathroom and discovered that cheep red licorice passes nearly untouched through the human digestive system It goes in red and comes out red blood red I very nearly screamed before I realized what I was seeing.I will NEV [...]

  2. Holy fuck This book will make you want to wash your hands a lot Also, you may feel compelled to go out and purchase your own HAZMAT suit Try not to read this book before bed It may cause some unsettling dreams Like dreams about your internal organs liquifying and bleeding out of your eyeballs I don t know, I found that kind of unsettling This book has singlehandedly accomplished my vow to never visit Africa Mostly because Africa is a giant continent filled with monkey pox and malarial insects Do [...]

  3. My take away thoughts from reading The Hot Zone A You donotwant to get infected with Ebola.B If A above occurs, head immediately and directly to your nearest lawn and garden store, purchase a pack of rat poison, mix with vodka, and drink your last.C Repeat B above until dead.D Again, you donotwant to get infected with Ebola.

  4. The first thing to know about The Hot Zone, the 1995 bestseller by Richard Preston, is that it is not a romance novel While men, women, exotic getaways and showers are involved, they re not the type that would cue Sade on the soundtrack The book is based on an article by Preston published by the New Yorker in 1992 as Crisis in the Hot Zone but by trying to hit two targets journalism and the thriller suspense genre it misses both The rudimentary style of Preston s writing dispels the material as [...]

  5. The positive Friggin scary Not just the descriptions of people bleeding out of their pores, or the bit about the melting organs it all started with an imperceptible bug bite, or maybe sex, or perhaps just breathing the air in a certain place Then you get a headache and red eyes Then you slowly start to melt from the inside out It s a sort of sick pleasure, though, to read it It s as well written as most medical thrillers, and nicely paced.The negative I mean, of course it s going to be a little [...]

  6. Hot zone traces the first outbreaks of the Ebola virus from the African jungles The beginning of the book is definitely not for the squeamish as there are detailed accounts of the effects Ebola has on both human and Monkey populations of the region for those of you unaware Ebola is many times deadly than the HIV virus, in fact, one of the Ebola strains has a mortality rate of 90% Unlike HIV, death comes quickly in horrendous circumstances The patient or victim if you like will usually start by [...]

  7. Ouch seems I am of the faint hearted sort At the point where Monet starts to literally disintegrate on his plane trip, I got a kind of anxiety attack and had to stop reading it looks like I might literally not be able to read this book UPDATE I did it.d Preston did apparently later admit that he had slightly exaggerated here and there I must admit that I found his visit to Kitum cave, towards the end of the book, to be a spot of melodrama, as was quite a bit of the rest of book, interspersed wit [...]

  8. The subtitle for Richard Preston s 1994 bestseller reads The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus How much you enjoy The Hot Zone might just hinge on what you know about Ebola going in and, by extension, how seriously you take that subtitle To say that Preston took artistic liberties is akin to saying Ayn Rand held only a little contempt for Marxism or that Memento had a tendency to confuse its viewers There can be no doubt that Preston delivered a vivid and hair raising thril [...]

  9. This book scared the crap out of me Not only is it terrifying to read about this insane virus, but I ve never read non fiction work with such urgent and visceral power I felt splattered and shattered by the time the whole ghastly mess was all over, but was feverishly excited to read such fantastic writing, too Definitely only for those with strong stomachs.

  10. Things I have learnt while reading this book Telling you random things about people you are introducing in the book will make people like them I reckon he got that out of a creative writing class and also builds up tension Tension to the point of nauseating boredom I think if I didn t hear about what kind of animal the intern likes hunting on the weekend, or what song someone s parrot at home likes to sing, the book would be a good 100pp shorter Oh, and we need the word intern explained to us I [...]

  11. Oh, my What a terrifying book.The Hot Zone documents the journey of filoviruses in the human race Specifically, this book documents the time when Ebola snuck its way into Washington DC Ebola is a highly contagious virus that slowly turns your body to mush First you have a headache Then your face freezes into a mask You bleed from every pore Essentially, Ebola liquefies people Let me be the first one to say that this book scares me in the most fascinating way I was like, wait How can a microscopi [...]

  12. I could say that this book changed my life I could say that, although it s not quite true as I haven t passed my MCATs yet But the study of disease and populations and epidemics was brought to a head the first time I read this book around 2003 I think Now with the H5N1 poised to jump species and AIDS still an ongoing problem and globalization, environmental and water shortages are present day issues I think that it would be crazy to think that viruses vs people is over However I don t think it s [...]

  13. A major page turner about Ebola It is not fiction, but reads like it A must read for anyone interested in potential biological time bombs.10 19 14 I know, hardly a review at all I was not writing reviews back then But Richard Preston was interviewed by Alexandra Alter for the NY Times this week and it seems a particularly worthwhile read, given the content of the book and the current hysteria Updating a Chronicle of Suffering Author of The Hot Zone Tracks Ebola s Evolution

  14. An absolutely terrifying true story with very descriptive details of the horrors resulting from a highly infectious and deadly virus brought into the US from central African rain forests in the 1980 s WHEW What a nightmare view spoiler Unbelievable that tighter restrictions were not placed on importer s of monkeys sooner hide spoiler

  15. About the time this book was published, I was in elementary school and first learning about Ebola I have no memory of where I heard about Ebola Was it a science textbook The news Who knows All I know is that it left an impression Mostly the impression that Ebola is probably one of the most unpleasant ways to die An incurable virus that basically liquifies you from the inside outh Anyway, I read this book for a readathon, and the prompt was read a book about a childhood fear CHECK.Well, I m glad [...]

  16. I put this book on my list about a year ago because I had seen it on a list of what was considered the top scariest novels I was surprised to see that it was a non fiction story, but now that I have read it I must agree that it is one of the most frightening tales I have read And isn t that usually the case with the true ones anyway Like most others, I have heard the news concerning major viruses like Ebola and HIV and even the histories of events like the black plague of the Dark Ages, but I ha [...]

  17. We re doomed This book truly is scary I had heard of Ebola many times but this really brought to home just how horrifying and deadly it really is The day that virus mutates into an airborne pathogen is the day the human race faces extinction And if you thought descriptions of the Black Plague were bad you ain t seen nothing yet Death by filovirus would have to be one of the worst ways to go Your body literally liquifies while you are still alive Blood pours from every orifice Every organ fails a [...]

  18. Since March 2014 an epidemic of Ebola virus specifically the Ebola Zaire strain has been ravaging West Africa More than 800 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone have died so far Here s what Richard Preston has to say about Ebola Zaire in The Hot Zone It attacks connective tissue with particular ferocity it multiples in collagen, the chief constituent protein of the tissue that holds the organs together In this way, collagen in the body turns to mush, and the underlayers of the skin die an [...]

  19. I read this book almost 20 years ago, and to this day I still recall the chilling horror the authors predicted stats of what could happen to the worlds population if this disease where to spread beyond the confines of darkest, rural Africa And now it has Ebola is fucking real and it is spreading Palestine, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, USA, the Taliban and whoever else is warring over petty shit, like land, religion or honor, killing innocents in the name of what the fuck ever need to turn the other [...]

  20. This book was highly recommended by my immunology virology professor And with THE Stephen King mentioned that the book gave him the creeps, it really stirred my curiosity.The book is about the reality of discovering viruses Cue Big Bang Theory theme Australopithecus would really have been sick of us Debating out while here they re catching deer we re catching viruses This tells the story of how scientist was able to discover three of the deadliest viruses that ravaged mankind during the 90s, Ebo [...]

  21. A true story that surpasses a lot of fiction It will will quite possibly keep you up nights UPDATE Wow, I got a Like on the short review above, Thanks LOLI read this book sometime back and it is really thought provoking It gives a look at filoviruses, their history in human diseases at least from the time they were recognized into the book s present We take a look at AIDS but we also look at Ebola.This includes Ebola Reston a mutation of the Ebola virus that became extremely easy to transmit it [...]

  22. The Hot Zone is an action packed page turner that leaves you feeling that you actually learned a fairly decent chunk of biology and you did It can be understood from a layman s perspective, which is a beautiful effort in itself given how complex some of the information is I am giving this book a high rating because of this and how well written it is However, there are a few small points that I m not overly fond of It is written in a fairly confusing style I wanted at first to liken it to the wri [...]

  23. This book horrified me with just one chapter My usual circumlocutory approach in talking about a book s storyline has taken fright and flown off to hide among the rafters when I sat down to write this review This book is major league scary and it talks about a very frightening organism Let me diverge a bit, a few days ago while catching up on the trailers from comic con I watched the trailer for Kong Skull Island It was perhaps a day or two after I finished reading the book and watching the huge [...]

  24. I just did a reread of this book as I do from time to time and yes, it is still as scary and gruesome as ever The scary thing is that it is a true story, a work of nonfiction even though it is written like an exciting novel, and the gruesome part is thinking of the poor victims of Ebola bleeding from every hole in their body That first man, the Frenchman Charles Monet should never have gone into that cave in Africa Should never had touched and handled wild monkeys Picture a man with a mystery il [...]

  25. Scary as shit book Makes you think what kind of things are going around the world behind closed doors where people in Hazmat suits are handling viruses that will make you bleed out of every orifices in your body Besides the obvious ones, it will also melt your organs, give you high temperature, make you bloated, separate skin from the muscles, make your testicles change color and peel yikes, as a guy, this was painful to read , give you red eyes, make you throw up A LOT Seriously, these were jus [...]

  26. Technically this book isn t a horror book But it comes close I literally lost sleep over this book because of its graphic portrayals of Ebola and Marburg virus It s probably not the best time to read this book either, what with what s going on in West Africa and the two American citizens down with Ebola Zaire virus.

  27. Richard Preston begins his story with an apocalyptic epigraph and ends with a metaphoric elegy It s an effective literary device underscoring the necessity of placing this primal, elusive and deadly virus in a broader context, a context that incorporates historical and ecological considerations.Ebola is a deceptively simple life form It is a filovirus made up of seven proteins The subtypes that are known to affect humans are Marburg, Ebola Zaire, and Ebola Sudan No one knows how the virus is tra [...]

  28. The subtitle to this is The Chilling True Story of an Ebola Outbreak and I can testify to the fact that chilling is a great word to describe it I would advise not reading the book right before bed because I did, last night, and I took a while to drop off to sleep because I was wired thinking about the story, and then all night long my dreams were filled with ebola and safety precautions and space suits and double and triple bagging samples Having said that, I am not entirely sure of the accuracy [...]

  29. This may be the scariest book I ve ever read Seriously By comparison, it makes House of Leaves read like a fairy tale Because this book is actually true, the hypotheses within could actually happen It doesn t take much imagination to envision the consequences of a contagious killer virus.Preston enumerates the initial case of Ebola and then traces forward to an outbreak of it in a monkey research facility in Reston, Virginia Part horror, part medical mystery, and all true, The Hot Zone makes you [...]

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