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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
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Health, Medical, Medicine

Crisis in the Red Zone Reviews

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • PJ
    Jul 22, 2019
    I read “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston years ago. I am a big fan of medical thrillers. So a nonfiction medical thriller was no-brainer. Plus, seeing the blurb on the back of the book by Stephen King I had to buy it. The quote started out like this:“The first chapter is one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever read in my whole life...and then it gets worse...” Stephen KingThe story told in “The Hot Zone” happened minutes from my house in the same town that my son went to school... more
  • Shawn
    Jun 29, 2019
    Robert Preston did it again! He took a true story of disease along with those who fight it and turned it into a compelling narrative. This nonfiction science work starts out with a history of Ebola and those who were first made ill by the outbreak in 2014. He introduces the main players in starting the fight against the epidemic by giving insights into their lives and their motivations. Then, through flashbacks, he brings in the earliest discoveries of Ebola and the beginnings of research into c... more
  • Anya Zhang
    Aug 9, 2019
    I got this book from a Random House Goodreads Giveaway, so thank you guys for this amazing read! I usually don't like to read nonfiction, but this book was amazing. It was just as good as any fiction book that I've read, no, it was probably better than most fiction books that I've read. The attention to detail was shocking and I cannot imagine the extensive research that Richard Preston must've done. I got this book as an ARC, so there were little bits here and there that were a little rough on ... more
  • Katia
    Jul 3, 2019
    Richard Preston’s book The Hot Zone is what made me want to study microbiology and pathogens - it truly changed the course of my life. This novel is a continuation of the Ebola saga, covering the recent outbreaks in Guinea and Sierra Leone. I remember the hysteria that happened when it was confirmed cases had been found on US soil, but I wasn’t aware at the time how truly devastating and large the outbreak had become. I did find parts of this repetitive because it rehashed material previousl... more
  • Ron Chicaferro
    Aug 7, 2019
    I had to wait awhile to review this book. I'm just now coming out of the shock and awe - this is not a novel but a non-fiction book of the Ebola virus and its effect on the lives of the people of Africa. The book starts during the first outbreak in 1976. Then it picks up the story as it is today. You'll meet the people - names and family not just statistics. You'll meet the victims - those horrific deaths that no novelist could invent. It's a hard story in that you become familiar with the villa... more
  • Connie
    Jul 17, 2019
    Years ago I read The Hot Zone, also by Richard Preston. He has a way of crafting nonfiction books that helps the person reading it experience the things that have happened as if they were during the actual events.While the news reports, during the time of the 2014 Ebola outbreaks, gave us a glimmer of how bad things were, Richard takes us to the areas that were so badly hit and through his book, we get to know the people involved. I was especially impressed by how hard the people on the front li... more
  • Lissa
    Jun 6, 2019
    Crisis in the Red Zone: the Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to ComeBy Richard Preston4 starsSo much has happened to the world since the 2014 Ebola outbreak occurred that it is hard to even remember. It killed and affected a great number of people, though, and this book explores the virus, it’s history and the chase for a medicine to stop its spread. This book is fascinating but tragic and at times really difficult to read as the hopelessness of the situat... more
  • Jennifer M.
    Jun 27, 2019
    Growing up and even now, people will sometimes ask, "What's your dream job?" And without any hesitation, my answer is always, "to work at the CDC in Level 4 as an epidemiologist." My whole life, I've been fascinated with diseases, particularly blood-borne ones that are right up there as Level 4. I loved The Hot Zone, and really any literature regarding Ebola. The scare the US had in 2014, in many people's eyes, was a wake up call to the way this virus works.And Crisis in the Red Zone dives deep ... more
  • Jennifer
    Aug 2, 2019
    Fresh from having The Hot Zone turned into a television movie, Preston picks up the ongoing story of the fight against the Ebola virus with his new book. It flashes back to the 1970's to show how Ebola first emerged in Africa's ecosystems (as well as anyone can tell) and takes readers through the outbreak in western Africa that finally died back in 2016. It's certainly a timely book with a new outbreak in eastern Africa occurring right now. If you're interested in Preston's books, you know that ... more
  • Book Him Danno
    Jun 27, 2019
    The first book I read by Richard Preston was The Hot Zone which is now a Mini Series. You can't watch the new without hears Ebola. When you realize that deadly Ebola outbreak are mainly found in African nations it doesn't make it any less terrifying.While Richard Preston has an ability to write an amazing story using the news, medical and first hand accounts he does not sugar coat the details in which they have watched people die from Ebola. At times the stories and accounts will turn stomachs k... more
  • Jackie
    Jun 13, 2019
    Crisis in the Red Zone is Richard Preston's thorough documentation of the 2014 Ebola crisis. It reads as the best long form journalism, and is told in four parts alternating between Yambuku Mission (1976, the first Ebola outbreak) and West Africa (2014, the latest). Preston intersperses the human story of Ebola outbreaks with his thorough research regarding the history of the disease. He focuses on the interaction between humans and Ebola and, in the final part of the book, looks forward to what... more