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Crisis in the Red Zone

The 2013-2014 Ebola epidemic was the deadliest ever--but the outbreaks continue. Now comes a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, an urgent wake-up call about the fut... more

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TitleCrisis in the Red Zone
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherRandom House
GenreNonfiction, Science, Medical, History, Health, Medicine

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  • Donna Backshall
    Jul 27, 2019
    Wow, wow, just wow. A good thriller is that much scarier when IT'S FREAKING REAL.Review to come, but first I need to bathe, to scrub my skin raw and try to shake the feeling that everything and everyone I've come in contact with is teeming with the ebola virus. Seriously, I'm terrified. We all should be.------------------------------------Okay, review time!Richard Preston can write a true thriller like no one else I've read. He gets into the grit of recent events as they unfold and puts us RIGHT... more
  • Yun
    Aug 29, 2019
    Crisis in the Red Zone tells of the horrific 2013-2014 Ebola epidemic that engulfed Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, and eventually infected almost 30,000 people. While the virus stretched the financial and medical infrastructure of these three countries, the book focuses geographically on the Makona Triangle, where the virus first grabbed hold and exploded, and on Kenema Government Hospital as it quickly became overwhelmed beyond its limits as the only hospital in Sierra Leone with a function... more
  • Susan
    Aug 4, 2019
    Richard Preston has written another comprehensible and terrifying account of the Ebola disease that could turn into a global disaster if we aren't careful. Crises in the Red Zone chronicles the outbreak of 2013-14 and the fact that it jumped continents for the first time infecting people in America. This book is horrifying and graphic and the doctors and nurses who cared for these patients without thinking of their own safety and knowing they would most likely die is truly amazing and are the he... more
  • Jeanette
    Aug 15, 2019
    This is thorough but at the same time not as good in continuity, progression, ease to read. Much harder to understand all the tangent parts as in his other disease study- The Hot Zone. Well worth the read time regardless- yet it's all over the place with 100's of name calls and situations that are difficult to connote all together in the way they are placed and in a chronological pattern which is convoluted, IMHO . It still lets you know pertinent information about the present day 6 strains of E... more
  • Toya
    Jul 22, 2019
    I read The Hot Zone over a decade ago, and I instantly fell in love with Richard Preston’s writing. As someone who has always loved science, especially virology, Ebola was always the virus that I found to be the most fascinating and also most terrifying. It’s one of the simplest viruses (as contagious as the common cold), it has the capacity to cross-species jump and evolve, and it completely decimates the human immune system in just 7-10 days (something that takes YEARS for HIV to do). That... more
  • Elizabeth
    Jul 8, 2019
    Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to ComeAuthor: Richard PrestonPages: 400Genre: Science Pub date: July 23,2019The 2103-2014 was the deadliest ever--but the outbreaks continue. Now comes a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, an urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses--from the #1 bestselling author of The Hot Zone, soon to be a National Geographic original miniseries.This time, Eb... more
  • Laura
    Jun 1, 2019
    I’m exhausted from grimacing as I read this book, but it’s a very important account. Preston has brought to life the dedicated doctors and nurses who were on the front lines of the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever. His book highlights both how much committed people can do in the face of the horrors of a deadly disease and how wholly unprepared our society is for the next outbreak.
  • S.L. Berry
    Jun 8, 2019
    What would you do if a loved one came down with Ebola? Do you remember when if you went to a doctor's office they asked if you had traveled outside the U.S. within a certain time period and where?That is what Richard Preston's forthcoming book, Crisis in the Red Zone is about. It is the account of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and other countries in West Africa that started with one boy and then traveling through the Makong Triangle and spreading outwards until it rea... more
  • Annie
    Aug 10, 2019
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Crisis in the Red Zone is a layman accessible and terrifying real-life narrative about the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa and internationally, its development, and eventual (partial) containment. Part detective thriller, part popular science and epidemiology, it captured me from the first page. The author has managed to humanize the headlines we all read at the time and make them more personal and more real.Released 23rd July 2019 by Random House, ... more
  • Alyssa Swink
    Aug 3, 2019
    Such a great read! Richard Preston’s work is always so thrilling. He knows how to mix science with humanity and draws you into his writing. Fact is definitely stranger and more frightening than fiction.
  • Annie
    Aug 8, 2019
    NYTimes Book Review here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/bo...NYTimes Book Review NONFICTIONCan You Make a Page-Turning Thriller Out of the Ebola Crisis?By Kendra Pierre-LouisAug. 8, 2019CRISIS IN THE RED ZONEThe Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to ComeBy Richard PrestonRichard Preston has a penchant for the cinematic, even when his subject matter could not be more depressing and dire. His best-selling 1994 book, “The Hot Zone,” about an Ebola outbr... more
  • Kristine Olsen
    Jul 31, 2019
    Hmmmm.... what to say about this book. Maybe it’s the part of me from my father that I find reading books on outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics so fascinating given he’s a retired veterinarian with a strong background in epidemiology. Or it may simply be that part that lives in us all that finds the macabre of keen interest. Who knows? Having read Preston’s Hot Zone some time ago, I was immediately intrigued by this book, a sort of follow up in some respects. Although I had some idea of ho... more
  • Amanda
    Jul 13, 2019
    Having just recently read Richard Preston's hit book The Hot Zone, I was excited to see that he was releasing a follow up dealing with the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa in 2013-2014. I loved The Hot Zone and had even watched the National Geographic miniseries based upon the book. However, I must say I was deeply disappointed in Preston's newest Ebola story.Crisis in the Red Zone tells the story of the recent spread of Ebola through Africa, particularly in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Starting with... more
  • Jan
    Jul 10, 2019
    Worse than Yellow Fever, Typhoid, or Malaria but mimicking both for a time, the scourge of Ebola was first seen in a village in Zambia in 1976. It certainly didn't stop there but went on a killing spree that spread and defied the medical field and investigators. Written in a style that translates Medicalese into a language that anyone can understand and occasionally using very short sentences to emphasize the unthinkable, this is not just a history, but a warning. The scope of Ebola is somewhat... more
  • Nirmal
    Jul 31, 2019
    The book starts as a scene from horror movies with blood ..lots of blood. There is blood throughout the book.. which could make you sick. The first part does not say how the disease was contained in 1970s. It only tells story of its outbreak. This is annoying. But this is explained in the 4th part.The part describing morel dellima to administer the new drug in Ebola patient is heart wrenching. It felt like only the previlliged had had chance to get the rare drugs for recovery while most of other... more
  • Amy Edwards
    Aug 16, 2019
    Riveting. I read The Hot Zone (Preston’s book from the mid-90s about the Ebola virus and Marburg, a similar emerging virus) back when it was a new book. I fervently prayed for missionary friends from here in Kansas who found themselves smack in the middle of the crisis at ELWA hospital in Monrovia in 2014. When Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol were sick, I prayed and read every news report.As soon as I saw a book review of Preston’s newest book, I picked up a copy to read. I was especially f... more
  • Ellen
    Aug 17, 2019
    I will start with a disclaimer. Richard Preston is my cousin and I have been waiting for the publication of this book for more than a year. I was fascinated by his Ebola article in "The New Yorker" magazine back in 1992 and of course read the expanded version in "The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story" a couple years later. And I thought the television miniseries some months back was pretty awful. So just so you know.While the elegance of the writing is not quite up to Preston's usual standard (a... more
  • Maria Rose
    Aug 19, 2019
    I read the original book by this author (The Hot Zone) so between hearing about the newest outbreak of Ebola in 2019 and seeing this book come out I decided to read this book. In this book, the author goes back historically to the multipe times Ebola has erupted in Africa. You find out that this kind of sickness has been occurring for over a century on and off, but the biggest historical events that were documented occurred in 1976 when cell had been collected for research from the now-labeled h... more
  • Lorraine M. Thompson
    Aug 24, 2019
    The story begins in 2013 in the village of Meliandou, in the Guéckédou region of Guinea. We follow a 2-year-old boy named Emile Ouamouno, who has wandered off from his mother to play by a decaying tree. Preston gives us an idea of what happens next: Emile “might have played with a groggy bat, or he might have gotten some bat blood or bat urine in his eyes or in a cut in his skin.” he [Preston] peppers it with gripping first-person accounts and medical oddities. (You probably didn’t know ... more
  • Jo Burl
    Jun 24, 2019
    Thank you NetGalley for this advanced reader's copy.I believe I've read all of Richard Preston's books, and didn't think he could improve on the Hot Zone, but he has!This is a truly frightening book, and if it were fiction, I would have thought that it came from the mind of Stephen King. It is much scarier because it is true. The monster in this case is the improved (?!) version of Ebola virus, the Makona Ebola. The Hot Zone gave us a "primer" on what Ebola is and does. Now imagine that the viru... more
  • Barred Owl Books
    Aug 2, 2019
    The 2013–2014 Ebola epidemic was the deadliest ever—but the outbreaks continue. Now comes a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, an urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses—from the #1 bestselling author of The Hot Zone, now a National Geographic original miniseries.This time, Ebola started with a two-year-old child who likely had contact with a wild creature and whose entire family quickly fell ill and died. The ensuing global drama activa... more
  • athenap
    Jul 1, 2019
    Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the ARC of Crisis in the Red Zone. As a health professional and public health grad student concentrating in infectious diseases, I was particularly interested in this book as the subject is right up my alley. Having previously read about and researched the 2013-14 West Africa Ebola outbreak, I thought I knew a lot about what had happened. Turns out I didn't know as much as I thought I did.Preston masterfully delves into the details and charac... more
  • Scooter McDermitt
    Jul 27, 2019
    5 stars - You should read this yesterday.4 stars - Like a brownie without walnuts, still good, but could have been great.3 stars - Like Icarus, it flew a little too close to the sun.2 stars - If you woke up in a Tijuana jail with no recollection of the night before and only this book, you might still be better off counting the cracks in the ceiling.1 star - Gift it to Hitler. I clearly remember the day in 1994 that I picked up the Hot Zone by Richard Preston. I was browsing a long since bankrupt... more
  • Wendy Beckman
    Aug 21, 2019
    I love Richard Preston, so I was excited to have received an ARC copy of Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come. As with ARCs, the final proofing had not been done yet. Where some readers might be frustrated at that, as a writer I liked seeing the "semi-final" stage of a book in progress. The book demonstrated what I have struggled with in my own books: figuring out the best place to put something. Sometimes you end up repeating... more
  • Collin Lysford
    Sep 1, 2019
    What's funny is that a week or so ago I reviewed Pandemic by Sonia Shah and said: First, let's get the big question out of the way - is this one of those pulpy, fearmongering books about disease that just breathlessly foretells disaster? Nope!First, let's get the big question out of the way - is this one of those pulpy, fearmongering books about disease that just breathlessly foretells disaster? Yep! At least in the early stages of the book, it's constantly full of cliffhangers where it waxes br... more
  • Madison
    Jul 24, 2019
    I received an uncorrected proof of this book thanks to NetGalley. Crisis in the Red Zone focuses on the deadliest Ebola epidemic (2013-2014) as well as the Ebola outbreak in 1976. The reader is given some history of the Ebola Virus and the ongoing fight to find a cure or vaccine. But, this is so much more than just a book about a virus. Richard Preston really focuses on human nature and the compassion of the people who were fighting this virus and the many who died. This is about the physical, e... more
  • Kim
    Jul 18, 2019
    Just as terrifying as The Hot Zone was in the 90s, but Crisis in the Red Zone is also more emotional. Very sad stories about so much loss that could have been prevented. Not in the least that of Dr. Khan, I nearly broke down crying while reading even though I knew the outcome.This book reads like great fiction but sadly is non-fiction. Please don't forget that while reading. This is real. It is happening right now.Just this week it was reported that a priest was traveling from a small village to... more
  • Matthew
    Aug 30, 2019
    5+++++ stars – but proceed with caution!While I was kind of goofy with my status messages throughout this book, I would definitely say that was a defense mechanism. This book is very serious and very scary. Touted as a sequel to Preston’s enthralling book, The Hot Zone, this book is equally mesmerizing! I have no problem declaring Preston the master of Non-Fiction bio-hazard books. If you have any interest in how scary nature can be, you must check his work out!Again, this book is 100% fact ... more
  • Marybeth Taranow
    Jul 24, 2019
    This book is a fascinating look at the Ebola outbreak in 1976 and the reoccurrence in 2013. It's scary to think that it's happening again in the Congo. It's also scary to think that if this were to become a global pandemic we are not even close to ready to combat something like that.The book is divided into four parts. The first part starts in 1976 with the first documented case of Ebola in a young woman who is brought to the hospital in what use to be Zaire and is now the Democratic Republic of... more
  • Debra Jeakins
    Aug 4, 2019
    CRISIS IN THE RED ZONE:THE STORY OF THE DEADLIEST EBOLA OUTBREAK IN HISTORY, AND THE OUTBREAKS TO COME BY RICHARD PRESTON is on of the most SCARIEST books I've read to date. And what scares me the most is this is a NONFICTION BOOK! This is as real as it gets folks! EBOLA! The word alone can scare the bee gees out of someone. Mr.Preston takes the history of not only the 2014 outbreak but recaps the 1976 ebola crisis as well. Mr Preston talks with the doctors, nurses, and grave diggers ,along with... more