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
World Champion Parallel Parker
For a story without a cataclysmic event or ending, the author kept me interested. The level of detail and description of characters was just right.
The clinical signs and symptoms of the disease was horrifically enthralling. Listening to it was like listening to a fictional story. However, the threat of an outbreak in Washington was too long and the fear of an outbreak became redundant. It seemed like every new section had a new tear in someone's suit, or a new needle. It was extremely fascinating, but went on too long.
His performance was great. He spoke clearly and was easy to listen to.
This book will scare the HELL out of you . I am not one that scares easy, but this will do it.
The world we live in today, Bio-hazard is a real threat. This book will make you think about how bad this could be
Enjoyed the delivery. Will be looking for more books like it. Recommended for those who enjoy a nonfiction books that will keep you thrilled
First heard this book on cassette while driving down to Florida from New York. It was So Exciting, my brother and I, when we stopped for meals, brought the food into the car so we could quickly return to "The Hot Zone." Two years later, I bought the soft-cover book, which I read a few times, and finally I have this phenomenal book on my "Audible" app on my iPad. After many readings and even more listenings, I cannot rate Richard Preston's writing any higher!
Might be too graphic for some as it is very desciptive in describing death from gruesome deseases. But i felt it was all needed to convey how serious this is. I absolutely loved this book. From start to finish i loved the ride!! It immerses you completely in it.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
My favorite books usually have a medical twist, and I own a full shelve of plague books... but unlike most readers on Audible I didn't really care for this one. The reader repeatedly slaughtered pronunciations and so much drama in his voice. Then the writer seemed intent on showing you the most possible gore from a breakout. Then lots of buildup.... wait for it, wait for it.... a possible exposure of a main character... that doesn't happen. Then he dumps that breakout with no review to numbers involved and how it was stopped and fast forwards into the next near exposure and after that great build up.... nothing happens. To be honest I don't regret reading "The Hot Zone," there was some very interesting information... it just could have been presented so much better.
The story was about as dry as an old saltine cracker. It went around and around in circles getting nowhere. By half way through the story I finally gave up. Poorly written, poorly read. Too bad, the concept was a good one.
Delivery could have been done with more verbal alacrity and interest, but there was only so much they could do with a poorly written book,
Boredom. A "Come ON, get ON with it will you?" "Where's this story going?"
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