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
I am the Evil Mama
I found myself waiting with baited breath for each chapter...Very well written and I would recommend it to everyone.
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.
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.
Retired from the U.S. Air Force and the Boeing Company. My interests lie mainly with Non-Fiction.
Yes. It's one of the best I've purchased. Richard Preston had quite a story to tell and handled it brilliantly. Truly outstanding ! ! ! !
The truth can be even scarier than fiction.
Richard Davidson's narration was stellar as well.
I was able to learn quite a bit with this book.
The Viral Storm
Facts about Kitum Cave
The descriptions of Ebola outbreaks were described in vivid detail. ...and it's true!
The travels of our first victim to the hospital, and the emergency room scene when he arrives.
Monkeys get very nervous when they see a human in a space suit.
The combination between Preston's humor and Davidson's lively narration brings this book alive.
My advice when considering this book: only get it if you can stomach hearing diseased body parts being compared to food. Salami? Apparently looks like a diseased spleen. And an Ebola victim's diseased liver was compared to pudding. I'm usually OK, but it was a bit much for me.
Other than the food comparisons, this was a good book with an interesting and somewhat scary story.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
I'm a medical student and I was about to begin my block of study on immunology and infection, so I thought this would be a fun way to get myself into the mindset. This audiobook was a blast! I listened to it on a road-trip with one of my classmates and we were on the edge of our seats the whole way!
And, the whole book was written in a way that was accesible to people without a science/medical background, so I think I would've loved it either way.
I never missed a single question on Ebola viruses on any of my quizzes or tests in medical school because of this book!
Scary and real.
For someone with training in biology, it was maybe a bit too simplified but overall it was very good.
Scary, informative, gripping
I enjoyed learning about the Ebola Virus while giving a face and personality to both its victims and its pursuers, which made the story aspect informative and compelling at the same time.
The narrator was great in both the dialogue and inner thoughts of the witnesses and the informative parts.
I live a few miles from Reston Virginia and I have been looking for a book that gave insight into what happened rather than just skimming on the details. The author through various witness accounts paints the story from the eyes of the people who were there inside that building and what they felt at the time which made the biggest difference.
Most people only think about airborne pathogens in terms of the common cold. This book highlights the vulnerability of all the world's citizens and gives an in-depth look at how viruses are identified and contained. The author delineated the individual fears and personalities of the people involved, as well as the laborious efforts to contain a world-wide disaster. Mesmerizing from start to finish!
Nancy Jacks, a woman who balanced family and work, was my favorite character. She is a brilliant woman who does a good job at making it all work. Her decisions are not always easy.
I looked forward to my commute as an opportunity to continue with the narrative. Besides being entertaining, the book was a learning experience.
A real-life whodunnit!
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