- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 175mm x 28mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 August 1995
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0385479565
- ISBN 13: 9780385479561
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: 1 Ktn.-Skizz.
- Sales rank: 10,213
The virus kills nine out of ten of its victims. Its effects are so quick and so gruesome that even biohazard experts are terrified. It is airborne, it is extremely contagious, and it is about to burn through the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Is there any way to stop it? This doomsday scenario confronted a biohazard SWAT team struggling in secret to stop the outbreak of an exotic "hot" virus at an Army research facility outside Washington. "The Hot Zone" tells the dramatic story of their dangerous 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. From the airlocked confines of a biosafety level 4 military lab, to an airliner over Kenya carrying a passenger dissolving into a human virus bomb, to a deserted jungle cave alive with deadly virus, THE HOT ZONE is a non-fiction thriller like no other. "The Andromeda Strain" was fiction--- "this is real!"
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Richard Preston is the author of several books, most recently "The Cobra Event." He is a regular contribuot to "The New Yorker." He has also won the AAAS-Westinghouse Award and the McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT.
" One of the most horrifying things I've ever read. What a remarkable piece of work." --Stephen King " Popular science writing at its best and the year's most infectious page-turner." --"People" " A top-drawer horror story...the best literary roller coaster of the fall." --"Newsweek"
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.