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The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Real Demons

The Demon in the Freezer is a wonderful book. It is so interesting because it is a true story, and smallpox and anthrax are real demons. The way Richard Preston set up the story was easy to follow, but kept it interesting. I enjoyed this novel considerably. It kept me o...
The Demon in the Freezer is a wonderful book. It is so interesting because it is a true story, and smallpox and anthrax are real demons. The way Richard Preston set up the story was easy to follow, but kept it interesting. I enjoyed this novel considerably. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. For anyone who is interested in smallpox, anthrax, or diseases in general, this is a must-read book. If you aren¿t interested in diseases or biological weapons at all, this may not be the best book for you, but I¿d advise you to give it a chance. I think that almost anyone could enjoy this story because smallpox and anthrax are real demons that can affect us in real life.

posted by Anonymous on March 11, 2007

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An very timely book about an eradicated disease

In 1980 the World Health Organization announced with much fanfare that the disease variola, or smallpox, perhaps the most important disease in terms of historcal events, had been purposefully purged from the face of the earth never to kill or disfigure another human ...
In 1980 the World Health Organization announced with much fanfare that the disease variola, or smallpox, perhaps the most important disease in terms of historcal events, had been purposefully purged from the face of the earth never to kill or disfigure another human being. They were right and they were so very wrong...

Richard Preston tells the story of a disease which has been the bane of mankind for thousands of years. A disease so devastating to humanity that it has the distinction of being the only disease eliminated from the human population. Unfortunately, as Preston points, out there are stores of variola left in the world, some of them in controlled labatories for legitimate study but undoubtedly other stores exist for nefarious--read terroistic- purposes.

Amazingly profound and thought provoking especially in our post 9-11, post smallpox immuninization world.

A bit on the techincal side and at times repetative but certainly a book that should cause everyone to think about the ramifications should the demon be allowed to thaw.

posted by 1102182 on September 10, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2010

    An very timely book about an eradicated disease

    In 1980 the World Health Organization announced with much fanfare that the disease variola, or smallpox, perhaps the most important disease in terms of historcal events, had been purposefully purged from the face of the earth never to kill or disfigure another human being. They were right and they were so very wrong...

    Richard Preston tells the story of a disease which has been the bane of mankind for thousands of years. A disease so devastating to humanity that it has the distinction of being the only disease eliminated from the human population. Unfortunately, as Preston points, out there are stores of variola left in the world, some of them in controlled labatories for legitimate study but undoubtedly other stores exist for nefarious--read terroistic- purposes.

    Amazingly profound and thought provoking especially in our post 9-11, post smallpox immuninization world.

    A bit on the techincal side and at times repetative but certainly a book that should cause everyone to think about the ramifications should the demon be allowed to thaw.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    TeaPotsOn

    Starts out a great read, but it drags on after a few chapters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Informative, yet repetitive...

    Much like 'The Hot Zone', this book captures the reader's interest from pg 1. Gruesome and detailed in parts as it may have been, it was hard to put down at times. The only criticism is that it read and was too much like its predecessor for most of the book. Overall, though, it was a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Not as amazing as I expected...

    I first read the hot zone a year or so ago and I thought it was just incredible. I then managed to stumble across this one day and thought it must be good. However it was far below my expectations, dont get me wrong I still enjoyed it but it could have been better. It's very informative and I think almost too detailed at times but it was still pretty good. I think if you have the chance you should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2005

    Informative...

    The Demon in the Freezer is the informative and interesting tale of the eradication of smallpox. The book describes the techniques used to rid the world of this horrible disease and its eventual location in just two high security freezers worldwide. The reader is introduced to some of the most brilliant minds in science and reads about their reactions as their worst fears come true. It is revealed that smallpox, ¿the demon¿, may be present in more than two locations and if it were to be ¿set loose¿, its consequences would be devastating. While The Demon is an informative book full of science and medical discovery, it includes too much unneeded description to be extraordinarily thrilling. Do we really need to know what color sweater Karl Heinz Richter was wearing on the 16th of January, 1970? Will that really add to our knowledge of bioweapons and scientific triumphs? No. This book was meant to be a doomsday type of thriller. It was meant to make the reader think more about what is really going on around them. In reading this book, I did gain a great deal of knowledge about smallpox and other occurances in that area of science. However, I¿m not necessarily more concerned with the prospects of it ¿getting loose¿ and killing everyone any more than I was before. I would suggest this book for anyone interested in the topics of medical science and biological weapons, however, this book is not necessarily for everyone.

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