Book Reviews of The Demon in the Freezer

The Demon in the Freezer
The Demon in the Freezer
Author: Richard Preston
ISBN-13: 9780965619660
ISBN-10: 0965619664
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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4.4 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Fascinating book about the eradication of Smallpox and also Bioterrorism. Really worth reading. Written as if it were a thriller novel. I guess maybe it is except that it's for real and mey get us yet.
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Helpful Score: 2
will scare the crap out of it, and it's based on true information. even far scarier is HOT ZONE also by Preston. If you're interested in medicine and diseases and stuff, these are the books to read
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Helpful Score: 1
Pretty scary stuff. A real look at what could happen if bio-terror were to emerge.
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A fascinating read.
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chilling account of the situation regarding smallpox. Also the post 9/11 anthrax cases are recounted. Not as good as "Hot Zone" imo, but worthy of reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a true and very scary story about smallpox, and peripherally about anthrax. It's information worth having, uncomfortable and gruesome as some of it is. I wish that Preston had done a better job with the writing, however. It's often amateurish and disjointed, with unclear timelines, too many acronyms to keep track of, and masses of technical detail that can be hard to wade through. The story can't seem to decide whether it wants to emphasize its more thriller-like aspects or just relate a straight factual and scientific account of events. Preston settles on an uneasy mix that is somewhat disappointing.
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A must read for all in this era of potential bio-terrorism. Preston covers the history of smallpox and anthrax outbreaks and puts them in perspective of today's threats. A great explanation of level 4 "hot" labs and how the CDC, WHO, HHS, Homeland Security and US military interact to handle a bio-emergency. If you like the TV show CSI, you'll like this real life story of how labs track down a bio-culprit!
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A very credible book about an incredibile topic. This book is a mesmerizing, fantastic recounting of the history of smallpox. I can't say enough about this book. It gives brief descriptions of true and dedicated heros in the fight to eradicate a terrible disease. Definately worth a credit.
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A book that was interesting to some one who has never read anything significant on biological weapons. Great read.
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Once again Richard Preston takes on a subject and shakes our world of how safe we really are from what we thought was gone, small pocks. What crazy thoughts go through the minds of scientists? Why would they continue to keep this deadly virus alive and change it's DNA structure. Read the book and find out, you will not be disappointed.
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Sobering look at possible release of Small Pox back into the population by terrorist nations. True information , written by the author of "The Hot Zone"
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Really interesting read - more than you wanted to know about smallpox, but it will definitely keep you riveted.
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very vivid and informative
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Summary:
In one of the freatest feats of modern science, the devastating smallpox virus, the worst disease in human history, was purged from the planet in 1979. In tyhe interest of research, two stores were kept: one at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and one at a Russian virology institute. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose.

Like the Hot Zone Richard Preston tells a non-fiction tale with fiction like suspense.
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This is a true story of how the smallpox (and other like virus's) have been eliminated. However, the chance of the virus's coming back is possible due to various places around the world still having virus's. Very informative and a definate must read for those who are interested in viruses.
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preston's wonderful book about fatal infectiuos disease. reads like a good thriller
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I LOVE these books, though they a VERY creepy and thought provoking.
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Good book, some what technical.
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gave me the willies
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Horrifying!
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Very interesting read which made it hard for me to put this book down. A lot of questions can be answered in this book. I was working close by the CDC & always wondered about what could happen during the fall of 2001. Now I feel I know...Scary.
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Very interesting
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Preston really knows how to open his readers' eyes to the horrors that await. The novel is captivating and absolutely true. Preston will open your eyes in a way that makes your skin crawl. It's a hard book to put down.