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Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    Great book!

    I really enjoyed this book very much. I have never heard of Richard Preston before this. When I went to the store I was looking for something new to read and this caught my eye. The title and cover were enough for me to pick it up and read the summary. It sounded like an ok read, so I went for it, and I didn't put the book down! This is a good quick read, you can skip chapters and all the chapters are not very long....so this book is perfect for people who commute on a bus,subway,or train. But I would only recommend this to people who like science. All in all I really enjoyed this book, that's why I bought more books by him. The ebola virus chapter really caught my interest, so now I'm reading his 1994 best seller book "The Hot Zone", and I'll let you know how that is when I'm done.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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    .This sounded like a great idea when I found it on the shelf at the library... Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science by Richard Preston. I opened the book, expecting to have around 200 pages of talk about killer viruses and the war against them. Instead, I got a seemly random assortment of stories that mostly bore little resemblance to the "Panic in Level 4" title.
    The Title “Panic in Level 4” is mentioned in the introduction of the book and is never brought up again, it is a very misleading title. There are stories of Pi and the Unicorn Tapestries, which are interesting but not what you picked the book for. They stray away from the theme of the book, killer viruses and disease.
    The last chapter is entitled "The Self-Cannibals" which is about Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. It will be hard for any human being with even the smallest amount of empathy to not be distressed reading this. One of the easier passages to read is: "Over time, his fingers had gotten into his mouth and nose, and had broken out and removed the bones of his upper palate and parts of his sinuses, leaving a cavern in his face. He had also bitten off several fingers. J.J. seemed happy most of the time, except when he was injuring himself." This chapter is the type of subject that drew me to this book not two men trying to solve Pi.
    This book has its good and bad stories, I enjoyed “The Self-Cannibals” and “The Search for Ebola”, while I disliked “The Lost Unicorn” and “The Mountains of Pi.” They simply did not fit with the novel; they were out of place. The title was misleading because the only time Level 4 was talked about was in the introduction.  You have the ability to pick up the book and start where you want, so you could read each story individually in any order you want. I would recommend it because a few of the stories make your jaw drop, and the fact that they are true stories makes them much better.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

    Very good

    This book was very interesting and I learned many new things I didnt know before. I would definetly recimend this book to anyone who wants to learn about this stuff.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

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    If you have never read any of Richard Prestons previous books you will find this book interesting. For the rest of us who were looking forword to some new material it was very disappointing to read more of the same. This book seemed to be snippets of all his novels in one. If you are looking for new dont bother, if you are new to Richard Preston then this is the book for you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    What is this book about? Not what you think.

    For much of the book Mr. Preston discusses subjects, such as Pi, instead of diseases. He does describe in detail the experience of being in a biohazard suit (but he's done that before), diseases of trees, Ebola and genetic diseases. Over all I was disappointed in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    Quality Fast Reading Adventure Book

    This is a quality, fast reading adventure nonfiction. I could not put it down and read it in a few hours. It could be more in-depth, such as more about the pi quirks (such as briefly mentioning several other great scientists feelings about the mystery of pi as just one/two others (different time period) are mentioned besides the two brothers), for example, did Einstein have anything to say about pi? Also, one may not agree with some of the methods and conclusions such as maybe the self-cannibals suffered a psychotic break from abuse and not due to DNA mutation, but it is still a great book. What makes this nonfiction interesting is that it covers several different areas and provides inside into the human cause. Even the financing world of biotech is covered.
    This is a small, understated book.

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