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Author: James Naughton,Richard Preston
ISBN: 0375419535
Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (October 8, 2002)
Language: English
Category: Military
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Rating: 4.4
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e-Book The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story epub download

by James Naughton,Richard Preston

Richard Preston has brought us another book that reads like a top-notch thriller. Would that it were fiction. Read this book and pray that its heroes can lock the demon back in the freezer. Jonathan Weiner, author of The Beak of the Finch. Praise for The Hot Zone.

Richard Preston has brought us another book that reads like a top-notch thriller. As the movie unfolds in your mind, remember this: It can happen here. Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague. The Demon in the Freezer is fascinating, frightening, and important. It reads like a thriller, but the demons are real. Richard Preston has a ‘black patent’ on this kind of reporting and storytelling. One of the most horrifying things I’ve ever read in my whole life.

James Naughton (Narrator). Preston is a compelling story teller and his is a tale of potential horror

James Naughton (Narrator). In Demon in the Freezer, published in 2002, Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone and The Cobra Event takes a look at two of the top candidates for the job, smallpox and anthrax. Richard Preston - image from NY Times. Preston is a compelling story teller and his is a tale of potential horror. He makes it crystal clear that deadly diseases, kept in freezers around the world, can, at any time, be thawed out and weaponized.

Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains, with cool and devastating . Advance praise for The Demon in the Freezer "Richard Preston has brought us another book that reads like a top-notch thriller.

Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains, with cool and devastating precision, what may be at stake if his last bold experiment fails. Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague " The Demon in the Freezer is fascinating, frightening, and important. Richard Preston has a 'black patent' on this kind of reporting and storytelling.

Home Richard Preston The Demon in the Freezer. Also by Richard Preston. This book is lovingly dedicated to Michelle. Chance favors the prepared mind. They offered him much more than he made working for tabloids in Britain. Stevens was in his early thirties when he moved to Florida.

Written by Richard Preston, Audiobook narrated by James Naughton. Crisis in the Red Zone Preston. turns a story about science and medicine into a theme-park ride of a thriller. Crisis in the Red Zone. The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come. Narrated by: Ray Porter. Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins. The New York Times) "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers.

In the Hot Zone with Virus X - Richard Preston - Продолжительность: 8:00 FORA.

The Demon in the Freezer is a 2002 non-fiction book (. ISBN 0345466632) on the biological weapon agents smallpox and anthrax and how the American government develops defensive measures against them. It was written by journalist Richard Preston, also author of the best-selling book The Hot Zone (1994), about outbreaks of Ebola virus in Africa and Reston, Virginia and the . government's response to them.

Miles Franklin Winner 2012 - Incredible book based on a true story - part thriller part love story based on the brutality of life in 1939 Germany.

THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER Richard Preston. School Wakefield High, Raleigh. Course Title SCIENCE 33205X0. A glossary of microbiological terms used in this book is at the end of the text} Part One - Something In The Air Journey Inward OCTOBER 2-6, 2001 In the early nineteen seventies, a British photo retoucher named Robert Stevens arrived in south Florida to take a job at the National Enquirer, which is published in Palm Beach County.

“The bard of biological weapons capturesthe drama of the front lines.”-Richard Danzig, former secretary of the navyThe first major bioterror event in the United States-the anthrax attacks in October 2001-was a clarion call for scientists who work with “hot” agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons. In The Demon in the Freezer, his first nonfiction book since The Hot Zone, a #1 New York Times bestseller, Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid, the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the headquarters of the U.S. biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense.Peter Jahrling, the top scientist at Usamriid, a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola, one of the world’s most lethal emerging viruses, has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons. His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox-and win. Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. But the demon in the freezer has been set loose. It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states, including Iraq and North Korea. Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus, a smallpox resistant to all vaccines.Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September 11 and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington, D.C. Preston reports, in unprecedented detail, on the government’s response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation. His story is based on interviews with top-level FBI agents and with Dr. Steven Hatfill.Jahrling is leading a team of scientists doing controversial experiments with live smallpox virus at CDC. Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains, with cool and devastating precision, what may be at stake if his last bold experiment fails.From the Hardcover edition.
As a longtime fan of The Hot Zone, I wanted to love this book; in fact, I tried to love this book. Alas, that was not to be.

While the information it contains was as fascinating as I had hoped and expected, the book could have benefited from more skillful editing. The writing was so disjointed that it not only detracts from the story, it was distracting in general. At times, the writing was so disjointed that it even became annoying to read.

So sadly, while I've read The Hot Zone numerous times and added it to my home library in a print edition, I won't be reading The Demon In The Freezer again, and I doubt you'll read it more than once either. For that reason if you still want to read it (and admittedly, there are far worse books out there) I suggest you save the trees, and get the Kindle edition.
I usually like reading true-crime books, and I generally don't seek out books written by any particular author; I just want a good read about a great story that I've heard about. But there is one exception: Jack Olsen. He may no longer be with us, but his books surely live on, and I'm always taking a peek to see if another one of his works has recently become available in the Kindle format. Some people have even called him "An American Treasure," and I don't have any problem with that statement.

And Richard Preston is surely right up there as well. This is my second read from him, the first being, "The Hot Zone," and I was mesmerized while reading that, just like I was mesmerized while reading "The Demon in the Freezer." With both of these gentlemen though, I will say that, if you read any of their works, you may have trouble sleeping at night. After all, Mr. Olsen liked to write about serial killers while Mr. Preston likes to write about viruses. And it's hard to say which one of these real-life scourges might kill you first.

Most authors use flowery language to get their points across, while neither of these gentlemen ever seem to add one unnecessary word. It's as if they write a chapter, backtrack, and then remove any words that are unneeded. It is the case that, when telling a story, words often do just get in the way; natural language is somewhat flawed, after all. But you wouldn't know it while reading the works from these two masters.

I do like how Mr. Preston describes a new character for the first time in a chapter. He must have a template, and he must follow that template religiously. You might read something like, "John Smith is a doctor at John Hopkins. He has gray hair, parted in the middle, with a slight frown on his face." Etc. I like it. Why reinvent the wheel, after all? But Mr. Preston's writings are far from just workmanlike; when he gets into the meat of a subject, you know that the potatoes are soon coming. However, you just hope that you'll be able to keep down a meal after reading an unsavory description of how some poor soul dies from, say, smallpox.

Keeping in the spirit of both writers, I'll keep this review short and sweet. But I will add the following: for fans of Richard Preston, I highly encourage you to try a book or two from Jack Olsen as well. You surely won't be disappointed, either way.
The “demon” referred to in the title is smallpox. This book presents a history of the disease starting in ancient times but in greater detail with the “Eradication” of the disease in the 1970s and the more modern debates on weaponizing or destroying the last stockpiles of the disease. In this discussion, the author gives a detailed history and explanation of the disease and its potential. Sometimes, the technical aspects of the science involved get slightly tedious, but the real-life examples mixed in with the technical aspects keep the story interesting.
The author begins the book, and periodically returns to, the story of the 2001 anthrax attacks in the U.S. (called “Amerithrax”). Because the book is supposedly about smallpox, the long discussions on anthrax seem out-of-place. Granted, the Amerithrax story does illustrate how easily someone could use smallpox in an attack, but at the same time, the book seems almost like two different stories mashed together as opposed to one narrative. Since the book was published in 2002, the unfinished story of the Amerithrax attacks seems even more like an unneeded addition to the discussion about smallpox.
As for writing style, the author’s background in journalism shows through, creating a story that is readable, but not as in-depth as most historical or scientific books. The he gives personal details about the scientists involved in the smallpox and anthrax studies (like the cars they drive) and hints at who the perpetrator of the Amerithrax attacks might be without technically issuing blame – both of which seem completely unnecessary in the larger context of the story, especially since the scientist he seems to point to was not the person ultimately convicted of the crime.
I rated this as “4 stars” because I think it deserves more than "It was ok," especially since the information regarding smallpox and anthrax was informative. But the rest of the side stories, and the speculation regarding the Amerithrax case, lessen the overall value of the book.
A good, quick read. But structurally, I got the sense the anthrax story didn't have enough content for a full book - it starts out as a compelling investigation into the Anthrax attacks, then goes off, somewhat unexpectedly, on a multi-chapter discussion about Smallpox. A scary thing, to be sure, but it was too much of a tangent, and left me wondering when he would return to the original storyline. It strikes me as an effort to get out a book in a timely manner (it was published in 2002) but before the story was truly fleshed out enough to be told. For example, there is no mention of Bruce Ivins and his perhaps controversial focus as a person of interest and the consequences of it, nor the resolution of Hatfill's devastating tenure as person of interest. Moreover, there is essentially no questioning of the FBI's methods - so it comes off a bit propagandistic. You get a sense he's a little too chummy with his characters. (Preston in fact co-wrote a book on smallpox with DA Henderson).