The Hot Zone Book Summary and Study Guide

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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
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The review of this Book 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.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve Schmitz

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues    -   Very obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   story of bio weapon/virus    -   cure/disease Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   searching for treasure/artifacts Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Black Africa Jungles?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   biohazard/virus Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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