The author takes us into the world of emerging viruses and somehow manages to make the book read like an engrossing fiction account instead of a dry recording of past events I found myself holding my breath for the people in the book multjple times, hoping that the extremely dangerous viruses being worked with weren t about to cause another catastrophic crash and bleed scenario There is a good level of scientific explanation without it disrupting the story or reading like a textbook The writing is beautifully poetic at times and comes back to a poignant theme often humans, in general, are responsible destruction emerging diseases cause The book is as relevant now with two BILLION people on the planet than when it was written. I found the book to be fascinating Maybe over embellished in the bloody areas but generally it helps to understand the severity and lethality of the virus spoken of.I m interested in wildlife and also zoonotic diseases With the current COVID 19 pandemic it made me feel intrigued to understand how it may have come about, how much warning we should have had and how we should have and now could help prevent such a pandemic in the future.My husband didn t want me to read this, he finds it depressing and I m sure many others may feel the same way in which case, don t read it I find watching human violence unbearably depressing and so would avoid it.We are different It is well worth reading if you have an interest in cross over disease and find it fascinating but if you re looking for positivity and happy outcomes, don t pick up this book. This is not an up to date account of the global fight against Ebola This is a US focused book published in 1992, and it shows It spends much of its time discussing an outbreak of Reston Virus a close cousin of Ebola, which was discovered during the events of this book not to be harmful to humans in a monkey house in Virginia a fascinating story to be sure, but ultimately a sidebar in the history of the disease.This is a book of two halves, with the first being an intensely readable, if debatably hyperbolised, account of Ebola s discovery and spread This part of the book makes for compelling reading but Preston s taste for melodrama, particularly when describing the disease s symptoms, sometimes gets ahead of medical fact Though Ebola is undoubtedly extremely dangerous and highly lethal, it doesn t actually liquefy your organs, and reading between the lines makes it plain that it is nowhere near as easily spread as The Hot Zone would like us to believe Highly contagious, yes This contagious, no You can t catch it just by sitting next to someone in an airplane, unless you re extremely unlucky More irresponsibly, the book repeatedly promotes an untested, unproven theory it claims is held by one of its subjects that Ebola infection can be transmitted by air This is scaremongering at its finest Thirty years and several Ebola outbreaks later there is still no evidence to back it up, and quite a lot to suggest it s just wrong.The second half of the book misses the opportunity to cover the Virginia outbreak and subsequent discoveries from a range of viewpoints and angles, in favour of a partial and biased account that clearly privileges the military perspective, and skims over the civilian response Here, The Hot Zone devolves into a by the numbers scientific thriller complete with designated goodies and baddies heroic army veterinarians, out there getting their hands dirty for the sake of the American people they swore to protect, are unsubtly set against panicky civilian stooges at ground zero, meddling CDC staffers who will keep insisting that they re the experts on managing Ebola infection in humans, and the muck raking, fearmongering journalists daring to act like reporting on the crisis is somehow in the public interest at the Washington Post If you re starting to think this sounds a lot like Outbreak , go with it.This is not a book that expects a lot of its audience, not even sustained concentration It frequently goes back and restates, sometimes in almost the same words, concepts that it has covered once before, as if it fully expects its reader to have already forgotten them On other occasions it skips ahead, leaving ideas under examined or not examined at all Preston has time to explain and re explain what a Racal suit is, and then completely ignore that explanation in favour of referring to it as a space suit space is also found to repeatedly suggest that Colonel Nancy Jaax has an unsuitable job for a woman because she doesn t pick her daughter up from gym practice her husband s inability to pick up the slack is, of course, never questioned He found none, however, to spend on why an African virus should suddenly have been detected in wild animals from the Phillipines and what that might have implied for world health Nor did he clarify that, when CDC fellow Joe McCormick questioned Army expert Gene Johnson s failure to publish the results of a fruitless expedition into Kitum Cave, this was not a footling bureaucratic objection but a serious breach of scientific methodology, and one which actively hindered research into the origins of Ebola You can t cite a paper that doesn t exist and, in the world of medicine, if it isn t written down it might as well not have happened.I paid 1.99 for this book, which is about what it s worth It s enjoyable for what it is, but what it is is airport fiction in a dustcoat and safety specs, desperately trying to look smart. To me this book contains too much thriller element It is an intriguing read, but I had to jump paragraphs of unnecessary descriptions of unnecessary things to get to the actual facts of the outbreaks For example, one of the characters mentioned in the book named Nancy has elaborations devoted to her which seems to me should be truncated from this book These elaborations include how her parrot behaves a home, her daily life dinner conversations with her kids and her husband, her father s cancer situation, and that her father was actually her adopt father and that he had a messed up history with women, and so and so.Personally only half of the content in this book is valuable to a reader like me, therefore I gave it a three But for readers who enjoy this type of detailed depiction of characters, I believe this book may turn out to be rather fun to read. Richard Preston s Hot Zone is a well written book, that keeps you wanting for , page after page It s the kind of book that makes you think Okay, just one chapter It gives you the chills, and it has you at the edge of your sit as you read about gory death and smart scientists Yet, as a virologist in formation working on a masters degree , I must tell you all that Preston exaggerates.Filoviruses ARE dangerous level four biosafety agents, but they will hardly cause the end of humans species, as Preston practically suggests He paints filoviruses as thinking predators out there for your blood, when in reality that is not the case There are way much important viruses influenza with a higher mortality rate that people tend to overlook.His interest and passion for the topic are evident, but he lacks in objectivity and exceeds at drama He makes it look worse than it really is.I had read this book twice The first time, during my first year of College and the second one during my first year of Masters.While the first time I read it I pretty much panicked, the second time I realized it was way overdone.My recommendation If you have no backround knowledge of parasitology and or virology, this book will be quite a thrill, but do not take Preston s descriptions to heart.Also, exaggeration set aside, this book does elicit interest in biology virology parasitology, and it did help me to choose Virology as my Masters I d be lying if I said I didn t love it the very first time I read it. This is not the first time I have read this book, however, unlike some fictional horror books the fear factor doesn t reduce.Ebola is real and in thr past few years has reared it s ugly head in Africa again.The books flows well even although the timeline jumps about It is well written and is the sort of book you can read in one sitting if the graphic descriptions of what happens to the human body once Ebola takes hold doesn t leave you feeling rather nauseous.Definitely worth a read. 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