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Gripping Reality There are many challenges and day-to-day obstacles that may challenge ones comfort zone Not often can you find a book that challenges that zone Richard Preston writes a gripping novel The Hot Zone about the deadly Ebola virus Through gripping detail and realism Preston accomplishes informing the reader and challenges the comfort zone about the Ebola virus between 1967 and 1993 Throughout this 26-year time period several people became infected with Ebola Preston first introduces a French man Charles Monet Monet had a submissive personality and only seemed to connect with women Following a climbing trip from Mount Elgon with one of his mistresses Monet came down with a headache and died However a headache was not the only symptoms Monet had He leans over head on his knees and brings up an incredible quality of blood from his stomach and spills it onto the floor With a gasping groan he falls unconscious Then comes a sound like a bed sheet being torn in half which is the sound for his bowls opening and venting blood23 As if this wasnt a horrifying experience for a man to go through this was not the beginning nor the end to this virus Fighting her way to the top Lt Col Nancy Jaax worked as a Biosafety Level 4 veterinary pathologist As Level 4 pathologist Jaax wore a space-type suit and worked with extremely lethal airborne viruses The space suit is the only thing that keeps Jaax safe from these deadly viruses During the dissection of an Ebola infested monkey the unthinkable happens She glanced down Her glove It was drenched in blood Ebola blood but now she saw the hole It was a rip across the palm of the outer glove on her right hand87 The reader and probably even Lt Col Nancy Jaax knows the painful and grotesque death that will soon follow Preston goes into great detail on each case causing the reader
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