Alyce at At Home With Books.
The idea is to write about some favorite books
that you read before you started blogging!
by Richard Preston
From the paperback edition: 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.
Why I Liked It
Two words that will scare the crap out you (literally) after reading this book: Ebola virus. I read this book when it first came out, and to this day thinking about it makes me sick to my stomach. The description of what the Ebola virus does to the body is just sickening and horrifying. The book provides a history of the virus (as well as some related viruses) and then documents a chilling moment when an incident at a Washington, D.C. laboratory almost led to the release of the virus into the United States.
I know many of you are doing the RIP Challenge and scaring yourselves silly with stories of ghosts and vampires and the like. But if you really want to stay up late at night, shaking with terror, then I recommend this book. Not only will you think twice about traveling to Africa (where so many of these viruses originate), but I doubt you can find writing as gruesome and frightening as Preston’s systematic analysis of how Ebola breaks down a body and causes it to bleed out.
This book absolutely fascinated and terrified me in the way that only true stories can. The “what ifs” raised in this book really get your imagination going, and I would venture to say that it reads as fast and quickly as any thriller out there.