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This is an interesting book that actually, true story, took place in the late 1980's. This story takes place all over the world, including Africa, Europe, and the U.S.A. but the main spot comes to be in Reston, Virginia, right outside of D.C. This story is ultimately about an outbreak of the Ebola virus in a monkey house in Reston. Richard Preston put together many other stories about Ebola to come to the climax of the book which is when the monkey Ebola virus broke out. Some of the stories told the gruesome tales of previous people who took in the virus and ended up dying a very disgusting and scary death. The Ebola virus has a 90% death rate and it clearly shows that and tells that in this book. It also exclaims where the virus might have came from, it could be from the European monkeys, or even Kitum Cave. The main characters of this story are Nancy Jaax, Gene Johnson, Jerry Jaax, and C.J. Peters, just to name a few. These characters were actual people, except that they had different names, so they seem very real and believable to me. I love how it seems as if you become part of the military when you read this book, mainly because the fact that the main characters are in the military and the military took the majority role in controlling the virus. I find it very interesting how many characters, Nancy especially, would risk their lives everyday because they love the danger factor. I would really like more characters from the outside world though, like some of the civilians and others around. I feel as if I was too much on the inside of the story. And of course the whole Ebola virus and Marburg virus is real and after reading this book I would really like to know more about them and see if any real threats are coming up. My overall opinions on this book would be that yes it was interesting, but it just was not enough for me. It was TOO scientific and there was too much repetition. There were plenty of times where I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and there were other times where I knew what was gonna happen next, and I felt bored with the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the medical field or are just interested into science, period. This is more for a college student, any gender, and who loves science/biology. I gave this book 4/5 stars.