Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston

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 future of emerging viruses--from the #1 bestselling author of The Hot Zone, soon to be 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 quick...

Details Crisis in the Red Zone

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

Reviews Crisis in the Red Zone

  • Donna Backshall
    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...
  • Susan
    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 wou...
  • Jeanette
    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 pertinen...
  • Toya
    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 day...
  • Elizabeth
    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 Nat...
  • S.L. Berry
    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 M...
  • Alyssa Swink
    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
    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.
  • Annie
    NYTimes Book Review here: 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 1...
  • Kristine Olsen
    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 u...
  • Amanda
    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, part...
  • Jan
    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 hist...
  • Nirmal
    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 g...
  • Ellen
    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 writ...
  • Maria Rose
    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 ...
  • Jo Burl
    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...
  • Barred Owl Books
    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 ...
  • Annie
    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 m...
  • athenap
    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.Pres...
  • Scooter McDermitt
    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 Ric...
  • Wendy Beckman
    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 plac...
  • Kim
    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 t...
  • Marybeth Taranow
    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...
  • Debra Jeakins
    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 ...
  • Shawn
    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 discover...
  • Anya Zhang
    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 littl...
  • PJ
    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...
  • Katia
    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...
  • Ron Chicaferro
    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 har...