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Book Review | Panic in Level 4 by Richard Preston

Date Published | August 29, 2008

Book Club Date | August 2021

Goodreads Rating | 5

Overall | This the driest of all the Richard Preston books on ebola. It went off on tangents about finding pi which was boring and the self-cannibalism genetic defect which was also not of any interest to me.

Pros | It did have a section on ebola

Cons | Anything not about ebola was boring

Warnings | None

POV | Second Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | Yes

Description | Panic in Level 4 is a grand tour through the eerie and unforgettable universe of Richard Preston, filled with incredible characters and mysteries that refuse to leave one’s mind. Here are dramatic true stories from this acclaimed and award-winning author, including:


  • The phenomenon of “self-cannibals”, who suffer from a rare genetic condition caused by one wrong letter in their DNA that forces them to compulsively chew their own flesh – and why everyone may have a touch of this disease.
  • The search for the unknown host of Ebola virus, an organism hidden somewhere in African rain forests, where the disease finds its way into the human species, causing outbreaks of unparalleled horror.
  • The brilliant Russian brothers – “one mathematician divided between two bodies” – who built a supercomputer in their apartment from mail-order parts in an attempt to find hidden order in the number pi (Ï�).In fascinating, intimate, and exhilarating detail, Richard Preston portrays the frightening forces and constructive discoveries that are currently roiling and reordering our world, once again proving himself a master of the nonfiction narrative and, as noted in The Washington Post, “a science writer with an uncommon gift for turning complex biology into riveting page-turners”.
Panic in Level 4 by Richard Preston
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