Amazon’s Plot Review: A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.
***** Educational, interesting and intriguing
My personal reaction: Well, this book definitely presented a lot of scary possibilities. The idea that disease is Nature’s way of fighting off all the life forms that pose a threat to Her existence is really… terrifying. Sure, humans have the atom bomb. But Nature has Ebola. I’m not which is worse or more threatening or more powerful. What I find amazing and unique to Nature’s personality is that She will morph herself into whatever threat is necessary if it means survival. The way viruses can jump from monkey to pig to insect to humans; that kind of persistence is quite intimidating.
Nature’s immune system against humans is growing stronger every day. The various viruses that are constantly changing, morphing into new strains and finding ways to resist treatment or becoming harder to trace due to their changing nature; it’s Her way of infiltrating our defense system. It’s Her way of population control. Too many people? No problem! Nature will form a new virus thread, which originated from some already established virus that we have temporarily overcome, and the problem will be eliminated.
It’s truly some scary shit if you stop and think about it. She has the ultimate defense weapon: indestructibility. Time has proven, no matter how uninhabitable the conditions, no matter how hot or cold, no matter the altitude or depth, life finds a way (to quote Professor Ian Malcolm). Yes indeed, Nature finds a way to survive and her Her survival might inevitably mean our destruction.