The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
A Terrifying True Story

84%

7 Critic Reviews

Preston plausibly argues that the emergence of AIDS, Ebola and other highly adaptable rain-forest viruses is a consequence of ecological ruin of the tropics.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. 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.
 

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Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. His novels include "Next", "State of Fear", "Timeline", "Jurassic Park", and "The Andromeda Strain". Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of "ER", he remains the only writer to have had the number-one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of Crichton's death in 2008, he was well into the writing of "Micro"; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel. Richard Preston is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author of eight books, including "The Hot Zone" and "The Wild Tree"s. Many of Preston's books have first appeared in "The New Yorker". He has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award, and he is the only person not a medical doctor to receive the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award for public health. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.
 
Published March 14, 2012 by Anchor. 450 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

That the virus, now known as Ebola Reston, turned out not to affect humans is small comfort: Viruses mutate rapidly, and the rain forests are only a plane ride away. A totally convincing page turner, proving that truth is scarier than fiction.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 29 1994

Preston plausibly argues that the emergence of AIDS, Ebola and other highly adaptable rain-forest viruses is a consequence of ecological ruin of the tropics.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Rhonda Johnson on Sep 23 1994

Interpreting filoviruses as an environmental response to human destruction of the biosphere, Preston delivers a stunning wake-up call: Somewhere out there, in a section of tropical rain forest about to be razed, deadly life-forms exist for which the human race is just so much meat.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by genericwhitegirl on Jul 06 2012

This book is a great example of why I love the non-fiction genre. It truly can be stranger than fiction. And more horrifying.

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Smithsonian

Good
Reviewed by Paul Trachtman on Jan 01 1995

Preston casts this story as a scientific thriller, which it is. And he writes in the manner of such popular novelists as Michael Crichton, Robin Cook and Stephen King, who have made the "strange virus outbreak" into a literary convention of high-tech, neo-Gothic horror.

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Shelf Love

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Reviewed by Teresa on Jul 05 2010

...Preston engages the reader’s imagination in considering what else might have happened, or what might happen next time. It’s scary stuff, and it made for absolutely gripping reading.

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A Good Stopping Point

Good
on Feb 27 2011

In The Hot Zone, while there were shudder-inducing mistakes made in the process of dealing with the virus, I still found most of the medical professionals and infectious disease researchers to be portrayed as competent and humane people.

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