This book will keep you up at night.
This book underscores one of the potentially world-altering scenarios - biological warfare. Along the lines of Charlie Wilson's War - this is a situation where earth shaking events have occurred, but few people realize or understand. It highlights that there really are bad people out there. Those without scruples that would do harm to everyone and anyone to further their cause.
As a scientist, I found the book to be informative and technically precise. The author did a good job with proper pronunciation of technical terms. I appreciate the fact that the author seems to have gone to some length not to divulge too much information about the security practices that the US has in place to secure the exotic viruses it has for research purposes.
This contrasts with some other books that almost give a blueprint of how to get in where you shouldn't and the types of security measures that are in place.
There are times the story becomes less than smooth - especially some of the transitions between topics. There are a few editing issues, where a sentence or two is repeated, especially around the chapter markings.
Overall, a very worthy read.
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Would recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand infectious diseases and bio-terrorism better.
Compelling narration by Boehner.
If there was more of a story. I felt like I was reading facts from a textbook, or, I should write, I felt as though I were reading a textbook where the author was trying to make boring material more interesting. I work at NIH, so maybe I am starting to get science overload.
No, I read,
The performance was okay, just kind of droned on.... Mr. Boehmer has read other books, and I have enjoyed those performances, I think this one was a bit of a dud.
Yes, the facts were there - data about, and descriptions of different types of communicative diseases. I couldn't stick with the book through the end, though.
This book just seemed like a contract filler to me, or someone's good idea not properly thought out. Maybe the publisher had the author commit to another book after the first one did so well and there just wasn't enough juice to keep it up to an interesting level. If you're looking for information about contagious illnesses, viruses in particular, how they're handled in the lab and field, how the scientists look for natural sources (vectors) of disease, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for more of a STORY with progression from beginning to middle to end, then forget it.
This book is disappointing if you bought it because you were interested in the 2001 Anthrax attacks. Chances are, that you already know more than was revealed in this book. This book is about small pox. It is obvious that the few words about the anthrax attack were an afterthought to sell a book that might otherwise not have been published.
I've enjoyed Preston's other fact-based thrillers like the Hot Zone. This one continues the biological threat theme in great style. Well-told, great details, holds your attention. Scary story about the real-life threat of smallpox and anthrax. Graphic descriptions not for the faint of heart (or stomach)!
The reader's voice projects well and is clear even over road noise.
The narrator is clear, understandable and pleasant to hear. The book is gripping, a non-stop thrill. It's an example of when the truth is scarier, more bizarre and more entrancing than fiction. Certain sections seems to repeat, however, on my iPod and I question whether it works properly