“The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston takes the reader on a journey through the discovery and disaster of the Ebola sisters. Ebola is a virus that originated in Africa, possibly along the same highway that AIDS originated on. It is a thread virus that breaks down internal tissue and causes blood clotting.
“The Hot Zone” begins in Africa with the first few known cases of Ebola and goes on to the discovery of a fourth strand of Ebola and the first few major outbreaks of the disease in America. “The Hot Zone” has moments in it that seem like science fiction, but every bit of it is a true story.
Preston is an award winning author, and his expertise show off in this book.
“The Hot Zone” is incredibly well written and well researched. Preston uses quotes from people who were there and also minute by minute accounts to help the reader understand the gravity of the situation and how everything played out on a grand scale. Preston also tells this story in exact detail, which is helpful due to the scientific nature of his subject.
“The Hot Zone” is a must read for anyone who loves science or for anyone who loves a good scary story.
This book was not designed to keep its reader up at night, however author Stephen King said about “The Hot Zone,” “The first chapter is one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life–and then it gets worse. That’s what I keep marveling over: it keeps getting worse. What a remarkable piece of work.”