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
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?"
I had the audio tapes (3 hrs) years ago and enjoyed them. I'm glad I finally got to hear the whole thing. The last hour felt unnecessary but didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.
I learned a lot of new things this from this "The Hot Zone!" I was absolutely clueless to a lot of the viruses mentioned. I know much more about filoviruses and other diseases/viruses after reading. It's a very enjoyable book and I love how the book ties all of its characters together.
I really enjoyed this book. Narration is a little clinical, and I take issue with some of the medical pronunciations, but the details seem to be very accurate and the author does a good job of portraying the human element as victim/patient, care giver, researcher, and responder.
This is an awesome, true, scientific, adventure that is splendidly narrated! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heavy scientific adventure!
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