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This Ebola book is more terrifying than fiction

A pregnant woman, infected with Ebola, bleeds out on the table. An aide reaches her bare hands inside the woman to deliver the stillborn baby, unaware that the virus has now invaded her body, too. And this is just the beginning. Richard Preston’s terrifying “Crisis in the Red Zone” reads like a zombie apocalyptic thriller but is the nonfiction follow-up to his runaway 1994 bestseller “The Hot Zone,” about the origins of the Ebola virus. “Crisis in the Red Zone” chronicles the viral outbreak in 2013 and 2014 that started in equatorial Africa and ravaged field hospitals in places like Sierra Leone. Preston isn’t squeamish, and he expects his readers to be similarly strong-stomached. “There was something demonic about ...