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The Demon in the Freezer: Brief Book Reviews

demon in the freezerThe Demon in the Freezer: A True Story by Richard Preston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Had Preston focused solely on smallpox, this story could have been on the level with HOT ZONE. By trying to weave the anthrax attacks of 2001, Preston fractured the narrative and lost momentum with the larger story (the history, eradication, and bio-warfare threat of a resurrected smallpox virus). I felt he tried to connect the two to the detriment of the story. Bummed to say the least. THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER had real potential. It just wasn’t met. With that said, I am looking forward to reading Preston’s other works like THE COBRA EVENT and PANIC IN LEVEL 4.