The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

by Richard Preston, Preston
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The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston, Preston

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 acccount 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679430940
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/20/1994
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Richard Preston is the author of several books, most recently The Cobra Event. He is a regular contribuot to The New Yorker. He has also won the AAAS-Westinghouse Award and the McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT.


Hopewell, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1954

Place of Birth:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A., Pomona College, 1976; Ph.D. in English, Princeton University, 1983

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The Hot Zone 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kathy-O More than 1 year ago
I first read The Hot Zone in the mid-nineties. It reads like a medical thriller, but is non-fiction. I guess recent news about Ebola's march across West Africa stirred my memories of this book. Twenty years later its message resonates and seems more timely than ever. How often do we recall our emotional connection to a book read that long ago? The Hot Zone was the scariest book I ever read—from page one! True story. Yes, it can happen here!
armydoc More than 1 year ago
A well laid out and well researched book thats is impossibe to lay down until you have read the entire story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Good book all around. Explosive from beginning to the end, though not for those weak of stomach. Very, very interesting. Loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Richard Preston a Best Selling author shows his great talent once again. In this stomach turning novel The Hot Zone. This is the book for a person who enjoys adventure, excitement and someone who is into learning about deadly, infectious viruses. This was the first book I have read by Richard Preston and it caught my eye. This book provides you with front row seats to the Ebola virus and the scary affects it can have on someone if they become infected. This virus does what Aids can do in ten years in ten days. That¿s how lethal this virus is. Nancy Jaxx is the leading lady of the level 4, the hot zone. She is one of the main characters. She is the leading sergeant in charge of finding out if a host (monkey) has the Ebola virus. The Ebola virus started deep in the rain forest. A scientist went to the rain forest to visit Kitum Cave and he later died. His cause of death was unknown. This book is slow in the beginning but gets faster in the end. Its freaky to know that something this lethal was lose in a laboratory and monkey house in Washington DC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quick! Name the most deadly disease you can think of.I would bet your answer is AIDS right? Everybody is so scared of AIDS that no one could imagine it could get any worse. AIDS is a level 2 virus according to scientists. Now imagine a disease twice as deadly. Hard isn't it? If you read this book it might get a little easier to imagine. This book is not for the faint of heart. if you can watch Saving private ryan with a straight face you'll be fine. the symptoms of this disease are harsh, and Richard Preston leaves nothing out. I havn't felt this sick since I went on the Gravitron eight times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in about two days. I was absolutely terrified when i read this book. It was hard to imagine that such an awful thing could exist in our world. I also had a great time reading it aloud to my brother and sister. I'll tell you one thing, you definitely need a good stomach to read this book!