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The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story | [Richard Preston]

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 Richard Preston. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"A totally convincing page-turner, proving that truth is scarier than fiction." (Kirkus)
"One of the most horrifying things I've ever read. What a remarkable piece of work." (Stephen King)
"A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall." (Newsweek)

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    John Huntersville, NC, USA 06-18-09
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    "The scariest book ive ever read."

    And its all true. An easy listen and well worth your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Carrollton, GA, USA 05-14-07
    Adam Carrollton, GA, USA 05-14-07
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    "Excellent"

    This book was one that intrigued me so much that I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ariana Pflugerville, TX, USA 07-16-10
    Ariana Pflugerville, TX, USA 07-16-10
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    "Doesn't Follow the Book"

    The Audiobook doesn't follow the book at all. The audiobook left out words, restructured that ways sentences were written, left out sentences, and even left out paragraphs and chapters. The audiobook was no help to me and I wouldn't recommend it. It actually ruined my reading experience. Better off just purchasing the book and reading it yourself.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12
    GeeBLate Knoxville, TN USA 08-15-12 Member Since 2000
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    "Unbelievable"

    This book was my first introduction to audio books in the mid 1990's. A friend gave me the cassette tapes of this as I was leaving on a 3 hour road trip. She had offered tapes before but I kept thinking that mainly old people who couldn't see to read listened to books on tape. When I got to a radio dead zone, I popped the first tape in. OMG. I was totally hooked. This is the type of book that might cause you to lose your job or at least be late as you sit in the parking lot unable to tear yourself away! I will warn you that there are some graphic descriptions of blood pouring from all body orifices that might gross out non-medical people. Other than that, this will scare the heck out of you and definitely make you feel differently about cute little monkeys from here on out.

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    Roger 11-21-09
    Roger 11-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Scary Stuff"

    Are we a virus on this earth and the earth is just counteracting to shift it's balance. The most interesting concept in the book. Really scary stuff out there and shows me how insignificant we can become when these nasty virus's decide to show their colours

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    Rob United States 02-17-12
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    "Engaging read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hot Zone to be better than the print version?

    I appreciated the audio addition so I could be busy with chores and still listen with my headphones to this story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Zone?

    the narrator was wonderful. He voice was clear and engaging.


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