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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.

©1999 Richard Preston (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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  • Pauline
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 08-03-13

Couldn't Even Get Through It

What disappointed you about The Hot Zone?

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.

Has The Hot Zone turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

How could the performance have been better?

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,

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. A "Come ON, get ON with it will you?" "Where's this story going?"

Any additional comments?

Uh, no.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Excellent book

This book “The Hot zone” is excellent, it does a perfect job of explaining its story and the people in it. Also, the details help to paint a perfect picture of the true occurrences that actually happened. I️ highly recommend that you listen to this book if you’re looking for a nonfictional exciting rush.

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amazing to listen to

the narrator had an amazing voice and the content had me squirming. I couldn't stop listening. I loved it

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Mostly good

I liked this book until the last few chapters describing the author's trip to Africa and personal feelings. Especially since the author's trip comes out of nowhere, as he isn't really a character earlier. And the final chapter is weird speculation that feels it of touch with the rest of the book.

The narrator is generally great, but the pauses are sometimes so long I worry the app has broken.

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Captivating

I couldn’t stop listening! Being a bit of a science nerd it fascinated me how we would handle something like this. A great read that you won’t want to put down!!

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In a word, Incredible

It's so hard to believe that a book with so much gore and disgusting features could have a bright side. But, The Hot Zone proved me wrong. It's got such an amazing plot and actual conflict. The characters and their fear are so real. The narrators voice was also great and extremely soothing. Overall, amazing.

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So awesome, I loved listening to this at work.

Loved listening to this while working in IT. Probably my favorite so far. Get it today

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great book

I read this book once when I was 9. rereading it to refresh my memory, this is the kind of book that would turn me into a major germaphobe if I had the tendency to scare easily. but thankfully, I want to learn, not be scared of the world. fantastic book of true events.

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Such an amazing book.

I absolutely loved this book. I work in healthcare and it really made me have a better understanding and appreciation of what all goes on outside of a health clinic.

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Entertainingly terrifying!

Richard Preston did an incredible job compiling all of this compelling and relevant information about Ebola, Marburg, etc. and keeping us on the edge of our seats in suspense. Richard Davidson was absolutely superb in his narration. Two thumbs way up!