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Panic in Level 4 by Richard Preston
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Jan 03, 09

bookshelves: disease-epidemiology-viruses, non-fiction
Read in January, 2009

This book confused me a bit. I picked ti up because of the title and that it was Richard Preston (Hot Zone, Demon in the Freezer, Cobra Event). It looked like another cool book about hot viruses. And part of it was. The other parts didnt seem to fit: men building a supercomputer to compute pi in their apt., A pest that is killing the Eastern Hemlock trees, then there was a story about an ebola outbreak. Also a story about the human genome project and a horrifying story about a disease that causes sufferers to cannibalize themselves.

All was really well written. Preston has a talent for making people "real".

Overall, I did enjoy the book, but I still feel disjointed a bit.
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Reading Progress

12/31/2008 page 70
37.23% "Finding the quirky brothers building a supercomputer in their apartment entertaining but kind of wondering how it fits with the rest of the "
01/01/2009 page 88
46.81% "parasites killing trees in American's rain forests in the Smoky Mountains. Who knew we had rain forests?"

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