The Hot Zone by Richard Preston is a totally horrifying true story. This engaging book is testament that truth is scarier than fiction, and high school students love reading this book!! The Ebola virus kills nine out of ten of its victims so quickly and gruesomely that even biohazard experts are terrified. The initial release of The Hot Zone sold 3.5 million copies and is now, with the current 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, being rereleased. In the intervening twenty years new tools and genetic sequencing machines can better 'read' the code of the virus and its mutations, but still has the healthcare community and the nation ALERT and ON-GUARD! Regardless of all the headway with Ebola it once again has reared its ugly head and is, rightfully so, terrifying the world. The Ebola virus is still extremely contagious, debilitates those infected, and once again is present in individuals in the United States. This is a truly compelling read your students will not be able to put down!