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The Demon in the Freezer Audiobook

The Demon in the Freezer

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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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    Samuel LITTLE ROCK, AR, USA 06-12-04
    Samuel LITTLE ROCK, AR, USA 06-12-04
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    "super terrifying"

    wow. dont start this before bed... not only will this book put the absolute fear of bioterror in you, but it is difficult to put down. far more sinister than any fiction, this book weaves the history of smallpox, anthrax, and 9/11. i'm a physician and had little education on smallpox, a simply horrific disease. bottom line, the averaqe american lives in ignorant bliss... and i'm not a fear mongering conservative.

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    M. M. Robinson 07-07-04 Member Since 2017
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    "Dull and Lifeless"

    I've enjoyed Richard Preston's work in the past, and I most likely would prefer to actually read a copy of this one. I found the narrator dull, lifeless and absolutely boring to listen to. There was no inflection of his voice, no intonation, just a monotone delivery that drove me to distraction! The material that I could manage to listen to was well written, but very poorly read. I think I"ll go buy a copy of the book and save myself the tedium of listening to this narrator. If I were basing this review on the quality of writing, this book would easily earn 4 stars, but because it's an audio version I can't give it more than 2.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 06-12-08
    Jacqueline 06-12-08
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    "Skip it"

    I was sooo looking forward to this book as his previous books have been very entertaining and kept the interest high. Not this one. The narrator was bland, and the events that take place are disjointed- it doesn't flow smoothly. I hope the next one is better.

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    matthew m hoehn 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "well done"

    Very well written, however jumps around bit and goes off on unimportant side notes,i felt.

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    amazonbuyer2016 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The scariest book I've ever read"

    Started listening to this book on the same night I watched the new Stephen Kings IT. What I feared when I went to bed was not the movie but what was in this book.

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    hables1 08-11-17
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    "Interesting"

    Educational, but not too academic for a non-virologist. Mostly it made me amazed and grateful that there have not been more attempts of biological weapons attacks.

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    LTC R. 06-11-17
    LTC R. 06-11-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Read the Hard Cover"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Read the hard cover years ago while in the Army as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Officer and though I would re'listen' to it again because I was bored. The Hot Zone is soooo much better.


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    Ross Elder 04-12-17
    Ross Elder 04-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "fascinating"

    The performance of the audio is good but there are some editing mistakes Within. Some passages are repeated and some splicing was slightly off. Otherwise, it was a really good job. The book itself is fascinating and should be read by anyone interested in chemical warfare or the use of biological agents in terrorist attacks.

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    J. B. Evans Daphne, Alabama 03-17-17
    J. B. Evans Daphne, Alabama 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Wake Up Call"
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    This was an re-introduction for me to the current world of deadly viruses. It was shocking to learn that smallpox is not dead nor is it safely residing at the CDC or VECTOR in Russia. It is likely in the hands of many nations and has probably been weaponized. You will enjoy the book and really should take it very seriously.

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    Richard Sorensen Huntsville, UT United States 11-28-16
    Richard Sorensen Huntsville, UT United States 11-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "very well written"

    This is an informing and scary book on what has happened and what could happen. Very entertaining and amazing.

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