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 virus. The book tells this dramatic story, giving an account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race.
This book sent chills down my spine, and with it being a work of non fiction that says a lot about the book and what Preston wrote. I had nightmares for weeks about the Ebola virus. It is chilling and terrifying to know that this is what really goes on in our world, that a disease can do so much damage and no one can stop it right now.
This is a must read for anyone who likes horror novels, this really a non-fiction horror novel. It will scare you, enthrall you and really make you think twice before going into the darker regions of the world.
Well, I can report that it's still really freaking scary. It is, in fact, terrifying and horrific and deeply fascinating, and so gripping that I truly had difficulty putting it down to go to bed (and not just because I was mildly worried that it might give me nightmares). And now I don't think I'm ever going to be able to look at any of those plague-wipes-out-humanity post-apocalyptic science fiction stories the same way again. That scenario is way, way more plausible than I really want to think about.
Great book. Reads like a thriller.
Reads as fiction. Scary because it isn't fiction.
Very very good read. Totally awesome.
Nerve-wraking. Great read.
Scarier than most fiction, horror books because of detail and fact that it all actually happened. Very exciting.
Amazing. Easy read and very informative.
Fantastic! Easy to read because it seems like fiction- but it's NOT!
“In biology, nothing is clear, everything is too complicated, everything is a mess, and just when you think you understand something, you peel off a layer and find deeper complications beneath. Nature is anything but simple.”
The Hot Zone reads like a fiction thriller. In fact, Richard Preston is a best-selling fiction writer. He is also a journalist who has traveled to where the nastiest viruses on earth have originated. However, The Hot Zone isn’t fiction. It is an unnerving account of how one of the deadliest viruses on earth – Ebola – which kills up to 90% of the individuals infected with it, in a unimaginably gruesome way, ended up finding its way in to a monkey house in a suburb of Washington D.C.
The Hot Zone is very well written and chilling in how it relates two things. First, how viruses such as Ebola and Marburg can evolve and mutate entirely on their own, disappear from view and reappear when we least expect it. The second – and most unsettling to me – is how powerless and ill-prepared we are to deal with something like this. It can be spread around the world in a day and infect large numbers of people killing most and there is no cure. In this era of jet travel, something like this represents nature’s ultimate doomsday device.
Any nonfiction book that can make Stephen King call it “one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever read,” and Suzanne Collins say “I just read it a few weeks ago. Still recovering,” is something that needs to be read. It will certainly give you pause – if not the creepy-crawlies – after reading it.
me close all the way through..until it got to a point where it was more of a rescue operation rather than the virus. at that point it kinda died.
And if you thought descriptions of the Black Plague were bad you ain't seen nothing yet. Death by filovirus would have to be one of the worst ways to go. Your body literally liquifies while you are still alive. Blood pours from every orifice. Every organ fails and half of them pass out of your body before you're gone. You end up a mess of slime and bone.
We have close many times and it's getting more likely that we will soon face a serious pandemic. Let's just hope it's not something with a mortality rate like Ebola Zaire.