Loved it! It keeps your heart racing fast and you can't put it down, and it's also educational, I learned a good deal about dangerous viruses and how relatively simple it really is for them to spread all around the world. Great read, highly recommended!
Wonderful book! I couldn't wait to get home at night and see what was next! Fast read - and creepier because it really happened. Shows that germ warfare agents CAN get out into the population......and have!
This is a creepy book that proves that truth can really be more scarier than fiction. It will, I guarantee, make you think about that guy sneezing in front of you. His other book The Cobra Event is as equally good.
A terrifying look at the end results of a pandemic, natual or terrorist induced. The author traces the hunt for the source of a highly infectious deadly virus from Africa to the suburbs of Washinton, DC. There is no known cure. This would be scary enough if it were fiction, but it is based on truth.
Great book. Scared me to death the first time I read it years ago. Loaned my copy out and never got it back. Reordered it and read it in one sitting. As a nurse working in a hospital I see how easy it is for something like this to happen. Really makes you think about how scary the world can be today with the ability to travel anywhere in the world in a few hours.
I read this back in High School. A kid on my bus said, "this is a good book, read it." I did so at the time not realizing it was true until I started telling my mom about it. I couldn't put it down. It is a must read.
Great book for any Micheal Crichton readers out there! The author makes the biology of the viruses very easy to understand for the laymen, so don't be put off by that. And although it's nonfiction, it definitely reads like a fictional thriller, like andromeda strain.
From the back cover: A highly infectious deadly virus from the central Afiican rain forest suddenly apperas in the suburbs of Wahingotn, D.d.. Ther is no cure. In a few days, 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilizied to stop the outbreak before this exotic virus and spread! Amazing TRUE account of a lethal outbreak on our shores. Scariest story I have read all year! And i read A LOT of horror!!
With all of the recent news stories about bioterrorism, I was eager to read another "plague" book, especially a nonfiction one, but being a nurse I expected this to be written at a least a college level. I was disappointed by the "high-school" writing style. This is an easy read, definitely catered towards a nonmedical lay audience.
Great book and has it says it IS truly terrifying especially in this day and age. I had trouble putting it down and trouble sleeping after I did. Based on true events it will really make you think about how easily this could happen. Highly recommend this book!
I read most of the 35 reviews available, and I changed my mind about reading it! It sounds like a thriller that's just a little too real for me to read before sleep- which is when I read for entertainment.
The true story of how a deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in a Washington, D.C., animal test lab. In a matter of days, 90% of the primates exposed to the virus are dead, and secret government forces are mobilized to stop the spread of this exotic "hot" virus.
A terrifying true story-thriller. A virus kills 9 out of 10 victims. A biohazard SWAT team is struggling in secret to stop the outbreak of a exotic "hot" virus Washington D.C. The HOT ZONE tells the dramatic story of a race against time, along with an alarming account of how previously unknown viruses that have lived undetected in the rain forest for eons are now entering human populations.
The HOT ZONE is a non-fiction thriller like no other.
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A great read to be informed of just what really happens when there is a possible out break of a deadly virus. This true story helps us to realize that it could and did happen here in this country. I also recommend "Demon in the Freezer".
The virus kills nine out of ten of its victims so quickly and gruesomely that even biohazard experts are terrified. It is airborne, it is extremely contagious, and it is about to burn through the suburbs of a major American city. Is there any way to stop it?
In the winter of 1989, at an Army research facility outside Washington D.C., this doomsday scenario seemed like a real possibility. A SWAT team of soldiers and scientists wearing biohazard space suits had been organized to stop the outbreak of an exotic "hot" virus. The grim operation went on in secret for eighteen days, under dangerous conditions for which there was no precedent.
"The Hot Zone" tells this dramatic story in depth for the first time, giving an absolutely hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. From a remote jungle cave festering with deadly organisms, to an airplane over Africa that is carrying a sick passenger who dissolves into a human virus bomb, to the confines of a Biosafety Level 4 military lab where scientists risk their lives studying lethal substances that could kill them quickly and horribly. "The Hot Zone" describes situations that a few years ago would have been taken for science fiction. As tropical wildernesses of the world are destroyed, previously unknown viruses that have lived undetected in the rain forest for eons are entering human populations. The appearance of AIDS is part of the pattern, and the implications for the future of the human species are terrifying.
Although this book is about events that happened back in the 80's and forward, it is fascinating, and frightening, since it can happen again. And again. Even--perhaps especially--now. This is the tale of how Ebola and other level 4 viruses, came from the rain forest to just outside of Washington DC, killing all the way. The intro to the book was read by the author, and the narrative was aptly done by Howard McGillin, who added the drama and tension without playing it up. (There was no need to play up the terror.) A little aside here...one segment begins in Thurmont, MD, a pretty, sleepy town we were heading to for a grand buffet lunch as we listened!)
I first read this book in 8th grade after one of my teachers read us a section out of the beginning. I have read it many times since and i would recommend it to anyone. This book however is not for the type of people who are faint at heart. The Hot Zone...also makes you think about how easily a virus could spread and what could happen.
Intriguing, but also horrifying. The book dragged a bit at the beginning and the end. The ending was tidy, but a non-sequitur. It was almost as if after writing about what could have been a disaster, the author wanted to change directions.
Overall a very linear story telling style, not many plot twists (but how can it have them, its based on a true story).
Its an enjoyable read, but I think it should be aimed at those folks that are mature enough to handle something that is potentially horrific. (I think this would exclude many of the talking heads on TV.) Several characters in the background narrative die, and the author describe the deaths graphic detail.
This book is based on true events concerning viral infections such as Ebola. I read this book in high school based on a recommendation from my science teacher, and it turns out to have been one of the best books I have read. I would recommend this for all readers who want something to think about while they read.
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 soliders and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic 'hot' visus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account 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.
This is a very suspenseful book and it is all true. There is a lot of gorry descriptions in this book. I learned a lot about how viruses start, where they come from, and what they do. Now that I have read this, I am extremely interested in the bird flu scare and want to go back and research the great influenza.
this man writes the best medical thrillers....too bad they have all been true stories. after this one read The Demon in The Freezer" which was written after 9/11 is even more scary...there were times during that book i held my breath!!!
This fantastic nonfiction book about epidemiology and an African virus will take your mind off the avian flu. Even my book-hating son enjoyed it. Reading level is at least middle school. probably more like high school level or above, but my son was in middle school at the time he read it.
Classic, edge-of-your-seat medical thriller! A highly infectious, deadly virus begins rampaging through a Washington, DC suburb and within a few days 90% of the victims are dead. A secret team of SWAT soldiers and scientists work together to stop the outbreak!
Is this book creepy? Yes. Why is it creepy? Because Ebola is creepy. This wasn't the big, drama-packed, end of the world book I was looking for - it's labeled as non-fiction, which should've been a hint - but it was an interesting read and somewhat educational read.
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