Virus Hunter by C. J. Peters
Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

The commander of the army virology unit that battled the Ebola virus in The Hot Zone--and the current Chief of Special Pathogens at the Centers for Disease Control--teams up with the bestselling coauthor of MindHunter to chronicle his extraordinary thirty-year career fighting deadly viruses.

From Central and South America to a deadly outbreak of a mystery virus in the American Southwest, from fieldwork in Egypt and the mountains of Kenya to immobilizing an army unit to stop a gut-wrenching outbreak of Ebola only miles from Washington, D.C., Virus Hunter takes us backstage in the inevitable clash between biology and human lives.

Because of new, emerging viruses, and the return of old, "vanquished" ones for which vaccines do not exist, there remains a very real danger of a new epidemic that could, without proper surveillance and early intervention, spread worldwide virtually overnight.  And the possibility of foreign countries or terrorist groups using deadly airborne viruses that are easily obtained rather than unwieldy explosives looms larger than ever in the future.

High-octane science writing at its most revealing and best, Virus Hunter is a thrilling first-person account of what it is like to be a warrior in the Hot Zone.
 

About C. J. Peters

See more books from this Author
Novelist and journalist Mark Olshaker was born in Washington, D.C., on February 28, 1951. He graduated from George Washington University in 1972. Olshaker was a special correspondent for the St. Louis Dispatch in the 1970s. Although best known for his collaborations with former FBI profiler and world-renowned criminal psychologist John Douglas (beginning with Mindhunter), he also written Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World, and The Edge. As a filmmaker, he was the writer and director of Discovering Hamlet (1990), a behind-the-scenes documentary of Kenneth Branagh's first theatrical encounter with the character he would eventually bring to the big screen.
 
Published April 14, 1997 by Doubleday. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Virus Hunter

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A virologist's breezy account of a career spent battling deadly diseases in the lab and in the field.

May 01 1997 | Read Full Review of Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of...

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Later he joined the US Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, and it was as chief of its infectious diseases division that he played a major role in containing the 1989 Reston (Va.) Ebola outbreak that was the subject of Richard Preston's bestseller The Hot Zone.

| Read Full Review of Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

As past chief of the Disease Assessment Division at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and as the current chief of the Viral Special Pathogens Branch at the Centers for Disease Control, Peters has enjoyed an impressive career studying and combating deadly viruses arou...

| Read Full Review of Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of...

Reader Rating for Virus Hunter
85%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 22 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review