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The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story | [Richard Preston]

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

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.
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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.

©1999 Richard Preston (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Diana poulsbo, wa, 98370 03-08-14
    Diana poulsbo, wa, 98370 03-08-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Where was the thrill"
    What would have made The Hot Zone better?

    I kept waiting for the drama and suspense, but it never came. Believe a more suspenseful plot twist may help.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    non-fiction


    What about Richard M. Davidson’s performance did you like?

    he was a good narrator, but couldn't improve the story line


    What character would you cut from The Hot Zone?

    Nancy Jacks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 01-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Skin Crawlingly Interesting"

    This book definitely makes you think.... and makes you reach for a bottle of hand sanitizer.

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    noise San Jose, CA United States 12-09-13
    noise San Jose, CA United States 12-09-13
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    "Engrossing nonfiction tale that reads like a novel"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    In Section III, there's what I'd characterize as a "shady parking lot deal." It was at this point my jaw, in fact, dropped open. Specifically, realizing that the participants were all government employees, being written about in a book, and likely all still had their jobs!


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is fantastic. After completing the book, I not only looked for more books authored by Richard Preston, but also looked for more books narrated by Richard Davidson.

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    James D. Myers Kissimmee, FL United States 10-21-13
    James D. Myers Kissimmee, FL United States 10-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ebola?!?... In Washington DC?!?..."

    For people who love to read (to listen) about science or medicine, this is an amazing tale. The author does a great job of introducing the horror that is Ebola, taking us through the search for its origins, and then relates the unbelievable near miss that was the Reston Monkey House. The narration is solid. The only suggestion is a possible update that would need to be performed by the author for more recent events. Perhaps an anniversay edition??? The book is well worth one of your valuable credits.

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    Taira CHANDLER, AZ, United States 10-17-13
    Taira CHANDLER, AZ, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Outbreak!"
    If you could sum up The Hot Zone in three words, what would they be?

    Wash your hands!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Zone?

    Being scared to death, even in a space suit if you accidentally had a hole in your suit while dealing with a level four virus. If the virus contaminated you-your days are numbered.


    What does Richard M. Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Raw-real, frightening but true feeling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The desire that outweighs the risk to conquer the virus and explore it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric United States 08-07-13
    Eric United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrifying true story is an understatement"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hot Zone the most enjoyable?

    I was shitting my pants the entire story


    What other book might you compare The Hot Zone to and why?

    None that I've read were ever THIS scary


    What does Richard M. Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Huge fan of Davidson. I was yelling at the characters , NO!!, don't go in there, don't do that! He really makes you feel like you're there and then some.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That some strange zombie-like millions of years old virus existing in a state in between life and death is just waiting for you to come along to activate so it can melt your tissues. That's one helluva tidbit to pick up


    Any additional comments?

    Imagine having the job of killing 200 zombie monkeys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 07-21-13
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2005

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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    "Like Big Foot Hunting for the Science Set"

    Something is out there. Something mysterious and elusive. Something we don’t understand. But it’s corporal enough so there is no reasonable doubt that’s its real.

    I’ve been fascinated by inter-species viruses for about 15 years: AIDS, Hantavirus, Ebola, Flu, and others. I find myself reading most of the armature literature this topics. I have some sort of need to search for insights into the import but elusive things that are “out there”. But the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, Alien Abduction, and the like are a little too speculative to hold my interest. The scientists in me demands a bit more proof, actually quite a bit more proof.

    If you relate to what I’m saying, “The Hot Zone” could well be your top summer fun read.

    On a personal note my wife is close with one of the top guys at USAMRAA and I moved into a building about a mile from the “Monkey House” features in the story about a year after the main incident. So I’d heard these events discussed at a distance for about 13 years, but I didn’t really understand until I read this book.

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    B. BLOOMFIELD, NY, United States 06-27-13
    B. BLOOMFIELD, NY, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Repetition is endless in this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I ordered this book based on it's description and from the costumers reviews. I found both to be wrong. In the books description it states " 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."
    This is in the very end of the book all the rest is a repetition of what the two main viruses can do to humans. Dont waste you time or credits!


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    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 05-21-13
    Sharon L. Divis Valencia, California USA 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I am the Evil Mama

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    "Nonfiction thriller, to say the least!"

    I found myself waiting with baited breath for each chapter...Very well written and I would recommend it to everyone.

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    Tiffany FENTON, MI, United States 03-28-13
    Tiffany FENTON, MI, United States 03-28-13
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    "Excellent book! Good narrator, bad pronunciation"
    What did you love best about The Hot Zone?

    Amazing book. This is probably the 7th time I've read the novel and decided to go with an audible version. It's a nail biter, historical narrative and science lesson wrapped into one. Very impressed.


    What about Richard M. Davidson’s performance did you like?

    This narrator does a fantastic job setting up this book. Felt like I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Only problem -- the narrator mispronounces a handful of scientific terms in his performance (etc. Ketamine, pseudomonas). Distracting when it happens, but the narrator really is very talented otherwise.


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