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The Demon in the Freezer The Bard Of Biological Weapons Capturesthe Drama Of The Front LinesRichard 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.


10 thoughts on “The Demon in the Freezer

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    Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice I expect the end of the world, the people part of it in any case, is likeliest to be the result of loose pathogens 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 TimesIn October 2001, a photo retoucher for the National Enquirer died as a result of a deliberate attack with anthrax While the CDC was looking in to this, Senator Tom Dashle, among other mostly liberal figures, received mail tainted with the deadly material, and the investigation heated up Was the USA under attack by Al Qaeda again so soon after 9 11 Preston follows several of the people involved in the research, documenting such comforting events at the CDC as faulty gloves and a researcher puncturing her super safe blue space suit More importantly he looks at the eradication of smallpox in nature and the subsequ...


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    We could eradicate smallpox from nature, but we could not uproot the virus from the human heart I will be honest and say that I am a bit genre ignorant I only read genres that are of my interest, and ignore those that seem daunting and boring Non fiction is not my usual genre, but medical science is I decided to give this novel a try out of the blue I m not new to medical science, in fact, I studied Microbiology for a whole semester, and Mycology and Virology for another semester I didn t enjoy the subjects that much because of the difficult quizzes and exams, but now I m actually enjoying them It s a matter of perspective I don t have a quiz or an exam the next day regarding the subject, so I m actually enjoying reading about it and researching The terminologies used in the novel were not jargon for me I enjoyed the fact that I understood almost everything the author wrote.This novel is about smallpox Smallpox is this seemingly eradicated disease caused by 2 viruses namely Variola Major and Variola minor I say seemingly because there are frozen strains of the virus kept at the CDC and in Russia What is daunting about this fact is that terrorist can make a bioengineered weapon using smallpox There is not enough vaccine out there today to cater for the world in case a major o...


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    This book is terrifying I wish it was fiction I spent the entire book itching and squirming The descriptions of small pox are harrowing not for the faint of heart if I recall, there are some pictures too But, it is riveting, so if you like a good non fiction thri...


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    So I was in bed for a few days with a terrible flu fever, chills, coughing, etc But this book really cheered me up since with its vivid description of how one dies from Smallpox bloody pistules covering the body, lucidity until the end despite intense pain I realized my suffering was sort of at the low end of possibilities I ve really become drawn to the science thriller genre these days, and while this book is nonfiction, its narrative and page turning suspense makes it feel like a novel, as the author investigates the state of smallpox in the world today While I haven t been one to fully trust the CDC in terms of vaccinations vis a vis my kids, this book makes me greater appreciate those who have tried to eradicate the world of smallpox, a much fearsome disease than I realized I can t...


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    Holy shit, the scariest book I ve ever read Smallpox is no joke makes you wonder if it s still around being stored by a world government ready to unleash it again as the ultimate biological weapon A must read Had me up nights.


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    Warning Do not read this during cough and flu season or if you think you might be coming down with a cold Do you remember the first ever bio terror attack on U.S soil when envelops full of anthrax were sent through the U.S mail system to various places in the U.S It was in October 2001, a few months after the 9 11 attacks If Smallpox had been used instead of Anthrax, we might not being around today to talk about it The author gives the reader a brief history of smallpox Although smallpox was eradicated in 1979, it cannot really be eradicated from the earth It is still out there In fact, Soviet defectors confessed in the 1980 s that the USSR had developed and was testing weaponized smallpox and anthrax Undocumented reserves of smallpox not only sit dormant in hidden freezers but are probably secretly researched and held as possible bio weapons Scientists continue to debate funding new smallpox research to develop a new vaccine as a defense What if one of these smallpox samples falls into the hands of terrorists What makes smallpox unique is that it is highly contagious Smallpox floats and travels easily, quickly and far distances through the air One single virus particle can drift along i...


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    I read this terrifying work of nonfiction ages ago, but it still sticks with me and is one of those books that entirely changed my political viewpoint on something Yes, it was that powerful.Do y all remember the Gulf War Desert Storm I was about 30 when all that was going on, and it was the first time people started keeping the new 24 hour news stations on all the time At the time, I couldn t believe that Saddam Hussein was invading other countries it was like something out of WWII to me and I felt positive that the various UN countries were right to step in and stop him First, he marched on Kuwait and then was headed for Saudi When he was stopped, we all breathed easier.Flash forward to 9 11 Of course, I believed the US and other UN countries were right to target cells of terrorists in Afghanistan and in pockets hidden in other countries But when the then president of the US later stated we d be going into Iraq because Saddam Hussein, was up to no good again, I cringed It felt like the world had whipped him back into align...


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    Non Fiction If you re looking to become bugfuck paranoid about smallpox, then this is the book for you Act now and you ll receive a heightened awareness of anthrax at no additional cost An in depth look at the history of smallpox, the enormous international effort undertaken to eradicate the virus, and just how vulnerable we are to it now Also the many ways Russia, North Korea, and Iraq are probably going to kill us with genetically engineered bioweapons.Basically after reading this you re never going to want to leave the house again, or let anyone else into it Because who knows where they ve been.This takes place over decades, which makes it a little hard to keep track of all the players Plus at no time does Preston explain why this book starts out with the 2001 anthrax attacks, then moves on to smallpox There was supposedly some unfounded fear that the anthrax was laced with smallpox, but that never went anywhere, so it s a weak connection to build an entire book around Some o...


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    Ack We re all going to die from smallpox No, wait we re all going to die from anthrax No, wait we re all going to die from anthrax laced smallpox No, wait MONKEYPOX is going to get us Or is it mousepox Meh Whatever.This is the second book I ve read from Richard Preston You d have thought that I d have run screaming from his writing after reading The Hot Zone But, no I had to read Granted, it has been many years since the mere thought of recycled air on a plane gave me the heebie jeebies, but still this is scary stuff.You thought that smallpox had been eradicated and that the remaining seeds of the virus had been destroyed You would be wrong You thought that the smallpox vaccination that you got 50 years ago is still protecting you ok, it was I who got the vaccination 50 years ago don t forget that I was premature You would be batting 0 for 2 Not only is smallpox still around, but our friendly neighborhood scientists have experimented with the damned virus for so long, it s possible that if there is an outbreak, the world might have to deal with a super virus Oh, joy Richard Preston goes into fairly graphic detail when he writes about pox, what it does and how it does what it does.Wait, there s The author veers from variola our pox s true name after the anthrax attacks in 2001 He revisits the anthrax laced letters that we...


  10. says:

    Not quite as heart pounding as Preston s The Hot Zonewhich had me seeing the world differently for a few weeks, but not a bad book at all For fans of The Hot Zone, we get to revisit some of our familiar characters and settings Notably USAMRIID, the government virus research facility, and the scientists Peter Jahrling and Nancy Jaax, both st...


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