The Hot Zone is about a mutated form of the Ebola virus called Marburg virus. The book vividly describes symptoms, and is mainly about attempting where Marburg came from, and how it should be diagnosed/treated/cured
This report prepared by Danny Swift
Richard Preston is the master of Bio-Medical novels because he incorporates a large element of fact in with his fiction. Everything in this story is based on actual events, though the story is false. He takes real information and creates a "historical fiction" of the hunt for the Ebola virus. Nothing about this book seems like fiction though. Reading this book, one gets the feeling that this story is true. When I was finished with this book, I had to remind myself that Preston created this story, that it wasn't true. It's a very scary topic, and this book makes you think about the possibilities of a viral outbreak.
This report prepared by Steve Schmitz