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The Demon in the Freezer txt The Demon in the Freezer, text ebook The Demon in the Freezer, adobe reader The Demon in the Freezer, chapter 2 The Demon in the Freezer, The Demon in the Freezer b40f21 The First Major Bioterror Event In The United States The Anthrax Attacks In October 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 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 US Biological Weapons Program And Now The Epicenter Of National BiodefensePeter 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 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 VaccinesUsamriid Went Into A State Of Delta Alert On September And Activated Its Emergency Response Teams When The First Anthrax Letters Were Opened In New York And Washington, DC 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 HatfillJahrling 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


About the Author: Richard Preston

Richard Preston is a journalist and nonfiction writer Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.



10 thoughts on “The Demon in the Freezer

  1. says:

    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 subsequent attempt to eliminate, or at least sharply limit the availibillty of remaining samples of the disease They were to have been divided between CDC facilities in Georgia and a comparable site in the Soviet Union A treaty was signed by most of the world, Richard Nixon signing for the USA, banning the use of bio weapons Most of the signatories kept their word Sadly, the Soviets not only held onto their stores, but shifted them around like a pea in a hucksterish street game when inspectors came a calling Thankfully a high level Soviet scientist defected and spilled the beans Not that that prevented the Soviets from continuing their activities, but at least the rest of the world was put on to their game.The author looks at the details of both anthrax and smallpox through the eyes of the researchers as they attempt to determine the provenance of, in particular, the Daschle targeted anthrax He offers enough biological detail without wandering too far into techno speak land He learns from those who know how deadly pathogens might be delivered to maximize death Preston passes on government suspicions that Steven Hatfill, one of the virologists he interviewed for the book, might be the source of the Daschle anthrax Another scientist, Bruce Edwards Ivins, believed to be angry over pro choice stands taken by alleged targets, was later found to have been the guilty party by the FBI, but the case was regarded as inconclusive and no criminal charges were filed before Ivins killed himself The mystery remains.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 We do not know where all these stores are located, and we do not have a means for protecting people against superpox, specifically designed to get past immune systems and antibiotics The only real surprise is that the big kill off has not yet occurred This is a short book with a very long shadow You really need to read this.Links to Preston s personal, FB, and GR pagesBTW the personal site link shown on Preston s GR page is inaccurate


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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 outbreak of the eradicated disease would suddenly happen There are no funds allocated for a disease that is known to be eradicated I am honestly rooting for the eradication of the virus I don t see the need for it to be there Based on the facts written, one of the few ways for smallpox to be back is intentional release of the virus Aside from the intentional desire to kill millions of people, another way for the disease to back is from an accident in the lab Accident from a research done for an eradicated disease Why study something that is already eradicated and imposes a huge risk of causing a global catastrophe I may be young and I only know the basics of medical science, but I still don t see the reason why the virus hasn t been eradicated for good.The novel itself is great It s factual and entertaining at the same time It s one of the few non fiction books to be considered interesting I am willing to read non fiction books now thanks to this novel I am vastly interested in microbiology and virology, so Preston s other novels are of interest to me 5 5 stars Honestly one of the most helpful and interesting books out there It s scary in a way that it s non fiction, yet it could really happen in real life Highly recommended for people in the medical field, or even casual readers who want to try non fiction.


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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 thriller that might make you scared to go outside or touch anything , this is the book for you Preston is really good at writing this type of novel.


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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 wait for Preston s next book


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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 in the air for over nine miles before a person unknowingly inhales it and becomes infected See The Aral Smallpox Incident of 1971 in the Soviet Union After you ve been infected, the incubation period is ten days During that time incubation period, you will feel normal and have no idea you have smallpox Then, the illness hits you with full force You will come down with a fever, sore throat, fatigue, splitting headache and eventually vomiting You will assume you have a very nasty case of the flu No doctor will be able to tell that you have smallpox, until it is too late Then, a few days later the severe symptoms of smallpox will emerge.Three kinds of smallpox and their symptoms 1 Normal Smallpox After the flu like symptoms are in full force, painful blisters will form all over your body, like a cobblestone road The blisters eventually turn into scabs which tear away from your skin The tearing away from the skin is extremely painful Your eyes swell shut with blisters and pus which can cause blindness in some people It is too painful to eat, drink or talk as blisters form in your mouth and throat If you survive you will have ugly scars all over your body from the blisters.2 Extreme Smallpox or Black pox Flat Verity 100% Fatal In flat smallpox, the skin remains smooth and does not form blisters all over The skin darkens until it looks charred, mottled and silky to the touch The skin begins to slip off the body in sheets Black pox is close to a hundred per cent fatal If any sign of it appears in the body, the victim will almost certainly die The virus destroys the linings of the throat, mouth, stomach, intestines, rectum, and vagina as these membranes disintegrate It destroys the body s entire skin both exterior skin and interior 2 Extreme Smallpox or Black Pox Hemorrhagic Verity 100% Fatal In hemorrhagic smallpox, black, unclotted blood oozes from the mouth and other body orifices The whites of the eyes turn red with blood and continue to fill with blood until they look black The virus attacks the immune system so the body cannot produce pus Like the flat variety, the hemorrhagic variety is nearly 100% fatal and the virus destroys the the body s entire skin and membranes, exterior and interior For some reason, the victims remain conscious and acutely aware of what is happening to them until death.With accessible air travel all over the globe now, it would only take about six weeks for a smallpox epidemic to spread throughout the entire world I understand that these are distressing, gruesome matters that a lot of us prefer to avoid, but sometimes it is better to uncomfortable and informed than to remain in ignorance bliss Bt the way, how s that cold of yours doing


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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 alignment years before, and that possibly, this second Bush was biased because the first Bush had not taken Saddam Hussein into custody We had so much going on with terrorists trying to wipe us out and trying to pound them in their various spots in Afghanistan that going into Iraq seemed wrongand stupidlike poking a stick into a currently quiet wasps nest.And then I read this book Game changer The demon in the freezer here is smallpox Not your great, great, great grandma s smallpox but an especially lethal and weaponized version that could be the plague of all plagues.This book is a collection of interviews with numerous UN weapons inspectors, WHO investigators, research scientists, and people in the dark fields When we all heard that Hussein might have weapons of mass destruction, they weren t necessarily talking about plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities disguised as power plants to bring electricity to starving families although, yeah, that was also out there and France actually PAID for one of these as a humanitarian gesture There was evidence that biological warfare was going on strong, and that just a cute little wheeled suitcase on a plane or a compact car could deliver death to hundreds of thousands of people.Yes, I ve read that George W Bush only got a 22 on his ACT and supposedly wasn t the brightest of leaders, but the guy was not surrounded by fools In hindsight, I m guessing they wouldn t have wanted to bring up biological warfare and freak people out, but when you read this book, let s see what you think The number of accounts from well respected scientists blew me away.I m a retired scientist and during the good old days, I attended all sorts of conferences Sometimes, there d be maybe five sets of lectures going on at the same time You d pick which papers you wanted to hear presented, and over the next three days, you d fill your brain with new info relative to your field There were also these things called Poster Sessions In a great big hall, dozens and dozens of presenters would be all set up with cubicles full of their research results, tips on how you might make use of it, and sometimes various products to sell.This is the part of the book that really got me A couple of guys from Australia had been working on some sort of genetic modification I m a geologist don t ask me for details Apparently, there was a horrible little mouse problem down under where the rodents were decimating the grain crops Well, understandably, farmers didn t want to be using poisonsand there are only so many farm cats out there so here was this cool idea The scientists decided to create a new version of Mouse Pox And yeah there are tons of poxes out there Monkey pox, horse pox, mouse pox They decided to tweak something in the T cells of the mouse pox gene in order to make the next batch of mice infertile after they caught mouse pox Sure, the current mice would keep reproducing, but by releasing a ton of these infected and sterile ones, the population would eventually be cut back by, I dunno, maybe 80 percent.What happened instead is that when the modified mice were allowed to grow up to achive sexual maturity, instead of being infertile or impotent, they died Like, nearly ALL OF THEM.The researchers were stunned So, at this big biomedical conference, there they were in the giant hall with their poster session going yo Can y all believe we tweaked this teeny tiny little thing and suddenly made boring old mouse pox 80% lethal Holy crap The people from WHO went nuts Because these guys were handing out their recipe to not just make mouse pox 80% lethal, it was exactly what could make smallpox which none of you little whipper snappers have had the vaccine for equally virulent.The new version of smallpox the demon in the freezer would also work on us old poots who did get the shot as kids, because this new stuff is different.Wanna scare the pants off yourself Read this.


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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 of the same agencies and people were involved in both matters, but the two threads weren t tied together as well as I would have liked Four stars It s like true crime, but with viruses Don t read it if you re sensitive to blood, descriptions of the complete failure of the human body, or animal testing.eBook No cover, and it has some formatting errors hyphens where there shouldn t be hyphens, spaces where there aren t spaces, etc.


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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 were mailed to two senators and several news agencies He reminds us about the postal workers who died from anthrax, the elderly woman who died from anthrax because she inhaled a few spores that were clinging to a letter that was processed in the same facility as the anthrax letters He reminds us that five people altogether died from that attack He also reminds us that no one was ever caught and that it would be very easy for another attack to be launched Scary and scarier.So The book is fairly disjointed It starts out as a warning about smallpox and then suddenly takes off in the direction of anthrax It jumps around fairly frequently However, I found the whole thing fascinating Preston uses a casual narrative style, which makes the book easy to read and easy to understand I won t say that I enjoyed it, but I felt the same way about The Hot Zone Fascinating and unsettling Did you know that there is a pox for just about every living creature Me either But there is And you ll hear about them all in this book.One word of warning I tried taking the book with me to a restaurant Bad move Weeping pustules and pasta primavera do not mix Srsly Eww.


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    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 stationed there The book seems like it s going to be about anthrax, based on the opening chapter, but in fact anthrax is but a tiny part of this book, which is primarily devoted to smallpox which seems irrelevant post Eradication, but isn t The meat of the book smallpox is bookended at the beginning and ending with anthrax The book is memorable for the quote This was not your mother s anthrax.


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