The Ebola virus kills nine out of 10 of its victims so quickly and gruesomely that even biohazard experts are terrified. It is airborne, it is extremely contagious and, in the winter of 1989, it seemed about to burn through the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
At Fort Detrick’s Army research facility outside the nation’s capital, a SWAT team of soldiers and scientists wearing biohazard suits was organized to stop the outbreak of the exotic “hot” virus. The grim operation went on in secret for 18 days and has been covered up ever since.
THE HOT ZONE: The terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus tells this dramatic story in depth, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their threat to the human race. From a remote African cave hot with Ebola virus, to an airplane over Africa that is carrying a sick passenger who dissolves into a virus bomb, to the confines of a military lab where scientists risk their lives studying substances that could kill them horribly, THE HOT ZONE describes situations that a few years ago would have been taken for science fiction.
As the rain forests of the world are destroyed, unknown viruses that have lived there for eons are entering human populations. The implications for the future of the human species are terrifying, yet science might not be able to save us next time.
Horror writer and amateur historian Stephen King said, “The first chapter of THE HOT ZONE is one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my life—and then it gets worse. That’s what I keep marveling over: it keeps getting worse. What a remarkable piece of work.”
Softcover, 320 pages