Terrifying, terrifying, terrifying! This true story about an Ebola outbreak in the Washington DC area during the 1980's is well researched, suspenseful and an End of the World Reading Group pick. And did I mention terrifying?! Especially with the world's current crisis! — Jess Elder
One of the most devastating and terrifying viruses in the world was nearly unleashed in the US in 1989. Preston chronicles the mysterious Ebola virus’s little known origins, history and near deadly exposure to Wash. DC. An entirely true horror story.
— Northshire Staff
The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus.
Now a mini-series drama starring Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham, James D'Arcy, and Noah Emmerich on National Geographic.
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.
About the Author
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