Panic in Level 4 is a grand tour through the eerie and unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave one's mind. Here are dramatic true stories from this acclaimed and award-winning author, including:
In fascinating, intimate, and exhilarating detail, Richard Preston portrays the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world, once again proving himself a master of the nonfiction narrative and, as noted in The Washington Post, "a science writer with an uncommon gift for turning complex biology into riveting page-turners".
©2008 Richard Preston; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
if you are going to give a book a title like "panic in level 4" maybe the content should be more about viruses and less about tree, pi, and orphan diseases. the content was aggressively mediocre and none of it tied together very well. just hopped back and forth, felt disorganized. i was very very disappointed by this book.
its turned me off the author, who seems to be riding the coat tails of his precious story. saying that it turns me off the topic of viruses would be unfair because this book had very very little to do with viruses.
He did very well.
as long as its an apology for being misleading.
I am currently very bitter
Not what I expected! My bad, I judged a book by its cover. The first and last chapter were ok but, wow. I didn't want to hear another word about Pi! This was more about math and other sciences and less about bio-safety level 4. Read the full description before you buy!
The book does not match the title. This is not the same kind of story as The Demon in the Freezer or The Hot Zone. It should be called other generally interesting stuff written by Richard Preston in his narrative style. That said, as a science geek I enjoyed the book, but if you are looking for more scary virus stuff based on some of his other writings this may not be exactly what you want.
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