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Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,550 ratings  ·  47 reviews
A New York Times Notable Book

The man who led the battle against Ebola inThe Hot Zone teams up with the bestselling co-author ofMind Hunterto chronicle his extraordinary thirty-year career fighting deadly viruses.

For three decades, Dr. C. J. Peters was on the front lines of our biological battle against “hot” viruses around the world. In the course of that career, he lea
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 13th 1998 by Anchor (first published 1997)
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Ticklish Owl
I've read this book nearly every year since it was published, and I still enjoy it. The science in this book is somewhat dated, but you still get an accurate account of what it's really like to work in this field. I wish Peters would write a follow-up to this book.

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It was books like this that made me want to be an epidemiologist at one point in my life. And then I realized that I hated studying science.

This book falls in the same line as The Hot Zone, but it is far more clinical than Preston's style. Peters has a long, and interesting history in the field of virology and epidemiology. He gives a very personalized version of major outbreaks over the course of a few decades. It shows his advancement as a doctor and a researcher while also giving the reader a
Betsy Curlin
This book is a good account of what it's like working for the CDC and chasing after viral outbreaks around the world. It can be a bit tiresome to read at time, because there is a lot of prose, but if you can stick it out, you will learn a lot about the field experiences that come with this type of work, as well as the hazards of being exposed to deadly viruses. I just wished he had left out more of the stuff about his personal life, and stuck to his professional life.
John Daly
C.J. Peters is one of a rare breed. He has gone to the ends of the earth to seek out the most infectious and lethal diseases -- diseases for which there were no treatments -- in order to provide a scientific basis for their control. A highly trained physician and immunologist, spent his life in government agencies and universities when he could easily have earned more in private practice.

Read this unassuming book and you will discover a lot about emerging diseases, especially Ebola and its relat
I Finally finished this book. It is certainly not for everyone - there were times when I didn't want to put it down, and also times where I opted to pick up and start another book instead. So it is a book that you need to want to finish.

That said, it is an interesting overview of the world of viruses, as told by C.J. Peters who has vast experience with a number of viruses. Hearing the stories of attempting to identify outbreaks, determine whether or not the virus is new or one that has been seen
If you have any interest in medical research and/or epidemiology, this book is pretty much mandatory reading. CJ Peters has a very distinguished career in his chosen fields, having been a colonel in USAMRIID as well as the head of Special Pathogens in the CDC.

This book is essentially an autobiography with a focus on his work in chasing viruses.

It's very well written, and I think it could be enjoyable to both the layman as well as the epidemiology geeks.
Peters has lead quite the life, travelling around the world chasing viruses. I was really in it for the microbiological/scientific/medical aspect and, at first, was a little concerned about how much personal, straight autobiography there was. As I moved along, though, I found that to be an important part of the book. Reading about his life really gives the reader a great sense of how all-encompasing this particular type of work is. Most people's jobs effect their life, but not always to this gre ...more
There was some excellent science in this book, which is part auto-biography, part virology and other pathogen exploration, and part ego. Read it for the science.
Excellent treatise on viruses and the worst-case scenarios that could very well happen.
Very informative and interesting. I learned a lot along with being entertained.
David Barton
a good read. somewhat informative but nothing particularly special.
This book offers good and interesting insight into the world of biotechnology, virology, and the life of a virus hunter. It's more informational that conversational but still an interesting story. I recommend that someone read the Dark Biology series by Richard Preston first to take their first steps into this genre and if still interested, then read this book for additional interesting information. I have read it multiple times and I still enjoy it. This genre is a favorite of mine.
Mar 01, 2011 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: School Library
I won't try to describe all the stuff this guy did, but it's fascinating to hear about all the different viruses he's dealt with.

There's a lot of complex concepts in here, but it's worth trying to figure out.

The only thing I don't like about him is that his first two marriages ended in divorce. Well, I don't think he liked that either, though, so I won't go on about it.

C.J. Peters is one heck of an epidemiologist.
While at first I was a little put off by the very personal focus of this book (I picked it up expecting something more science and less memoir), I nevertheless found it very engaging and interesting once I realized that my preconceptions were off. CJ Peters' career and the viruses and other pathogens he's studied are both dangerous and fascinating. This book is a fun, fast read.
Oct 04, 2007 Violet_violence rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in science
I just recently finished this book. It was a bit boring at times and very intense at other times. I found it much more interesting to read about the deadlier diseases than the "dull" ones. Go figure. I'm morbid. Anyway, I love epidemiology and virology, so this book was definitely good, but somewhat slow at times.
Part autobiography, part medical thriller, this chronicles the career of C.J. Peters, virus hunter. It was an interesting read, and I liked reading about the Reston Ebola outbreak from his point of view, as well as learning about other horrific diseases around the world.
Interesting book about work at CDC and the most sexy stories of being an epidemiologist. I got it when I was just starting my career in this field and was like a dream, I even got my copy autographed by CJ Peters. Unfortunately I got bored and could never finish it
Oct 06, 2010 SherryJo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in true scientific stories
Learn about epidemics from the point of view of those fighting to control the outbreaks. If you love true scientific stories then this is the story for you but if medical books are you then dont read it.

It turned out to be to detailed for the average joe.
Finally finished I just couldn't get through the last chapter not that it wasn't interesting or that it wasn't scary. I found this book realistically disturbing if any virus ever hits at the right place at the right time we are probably finished.
David Henry
The man had a pretty interesting career, but I was not a big fan of the writing style or commentary. He definitely came off as a twat the way he spoke of his 2nd - or was it 3rd? - wife. No respect for the neglectful family man.
Why have I had a thirteen-year long obsession with the Ebola virus? I do not know -- there are many mysteries to life. But my alter-ego is a virus hunter, and this would be my memoir. Fighting crime and viruses wherever I go.
Jun 16, 2012 Terri added it
I thought this book was really interesting and I'm glad I read it. It is loaded with details and procedures, so you will only enjoy this if you are into the scientific details.
Very good read! If you like viruses and Epidemiology, then you could very well like this book! I enjoyed the information within and the stories as well. Great read!
Melanie Peapell
I love this book and have read it over and over. I enjoy the reality of being a virus hunter. The effect it has on people around you. Plus a good scientific read.
This was great. It had some memoir aspects, but not to the point that they eclipsed the exploration of hot zones, virus hunting, and lab safety procedures.
Josh Carver-brown
C.J. Peters sets before the reader the scary but realistic possibility of epidemics through telling his own storied work in hunting viruses.
Well-written factual book about a CDC virus hunter. Peters infuses his biography with realism and enough humor to balance out the boils and sores.
Slow to build. Very interesting, but I thought it was going to be more about human diseases. It was a lot of animal diseases.
An interesting book, as I find all books on the topic intriguing, but there are others that I have found far more riveting.
On the whole, some interesting information from someone who's spent a lot of time working with deadly viruses.
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