Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston 5 out of 5 stars.

5 out of 5 stars: The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston

From Amazon.com:  The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. 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 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.

My Review: This is one scary book! Stephen King said that it was the scariest book he ever read and I agree. It is certainly the scariest book I ever read. It's about the Ebola outbreak in 1976. It literally describes in vivid detail about how the body attacks and destroys the human body. What makes it most scary is that it is a TRUE story and so fits the time we are living in now. Did you know that the U.S. kept a monkey house near D.C., and in that house monkeys brought from the Phillipines had Ebola. It is so easy to see why this is a NY Times bestseller. It is a definite page turner. I started reading and couldn't put it down. I read it in a total of four hours.
If you enjoy thrillers, especially those of the non-fiction variety, you'll absolutely enjoy this one and learn a great deal about Ebola along the way. This one is definitely a page turner.
CAUTION: Not for the squeamish of weak of heart. If you're prone to nightmares, don't read this at bedtime. The World governments seem intent to downplay Ebola. I can't figure out why. After you read this book, I'm confident you won't downplay Ebola.

Background on the Reston Ebola Virus: From Wikipedia:


Reston virus (RESTV) is one of five known viruses within the genus Ebolavirus. Reston virus causes Ebola virus disease in non-human primates; unlike the other four ebolaviruses, it is not known to cause disease in humans, but has caused asymptomatic infections.[1][2][3] Reston virus was first described in 1990 as a new "strain" of Ebola virus (EBOV).[4] It is the single member of the species Reston ebolavirus, which is included into the genus Ebolavirus, family Filoviridae, order Mononegavirales.[5] Reston virus is named after Reston, Virginia, US, where the virus was first discovered.
RESTV was discovered in crab-eating macaques from Hazleton Laboratories (now Covance) in 1989. This attracted significant media attention due to the proximity of Reston to the Washington, DC, metro area and the lethality of a closely related Ebola virus. Despite its status as a level-4 organism, Reston virus is non-pathogenic to humans, though hazardous to monkeys;[6][7] the perception of its lethality was compounded by the monkey's coinfection with Simian hemorrhagic fever virus (SHFV).

Richard Preston's 1995 best-selling book, The Hot Zone aboe, dramatized this Ebola virus disease outbreak in Reston, Virginia.[27

Until next review, stay safe. Smile! Show compassion to others. Be nice to one another. Read a book and pass it on. Review it. Cheers!
S.J. Francis

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