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The Demon in the Freezer | [Richard Preston]

The Demon in the Freezer

"This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.
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Publisher's Summary

The first major bioterror event in the United States - the anthrax attacks in October 2001 - was a clarion call for scientists who work with "hot" agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of USAMRIID, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at USAMRIID, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top-secret information of bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox - and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers - at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines.

USAMRIID went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government's response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill.

©2002 Richard Preston; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This book will give you nightmares. Preston...turns a story about science and medicine into a theme-park ride of a thriller." (The New York Times)
"As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    L New York, NY, United States 02-11-08
    L New York, NY, United States 02-11-08 Member Since 2005
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    every one who wants to really know the world around them should read this book; it will open your eyes. absolutely frightening but necessary knowledge.

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    Diana Pinellas Park, FL, United States 06-14-07
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    Richard Preston has done it again. This book is scarier than Hot Zone by a longshot. Great Book and great narration! Out of five stars? I really would give it 10

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    Elizabeth Braintree, MA, United States 02-07-04
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    "Yikes!"

    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.

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    Jon West Hartford, CT, USA 11-21-03
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    "Very Entertaining. Bravo; Thank You"

    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

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