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Clearly, whatever Kate had was a head cold with a scientific vengeance. Preston's heroine, Alice Austen, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, realizes--in the first of several gripping autopsy scenes--that the girl's nervous system had been virtually destroyed. So far, only one other person is known to have died in the same way, but he was a homeless man. Austen must connect the two cases, seemingly linked only by the subway, before the media gets hold of them and drums up a paranoia-fest--and before the virus's creator can kill again.
The Cobra Event is itself a paranoia-fest, a provocative thriller that makes you wonder exactly how much bioterrorism is taking place in the real world. Preston, best known for his terrifying chronicle of the Ebola virus, The Hot Zone, and other impeccably researched nonfictions, is not content to create fast-paced nightmarish scenes. His novel is instead a complex morality tale anchored in uncomfortable fact. Preston is keen to convey the "invisible history" of bioweapons engineering and, equally, to show the unsung heroism of his scientific detectives (along with that of the nurses and technicians who literally sacrifice their lives for medicine). Like their creator, these characters are not without a sense of humor. One calls the manmade virus "the ultimate head cold." Readers will never forget literally dozens of scenes and will never again see the subway, rodents, autopsy knives, and--above all--runny noses in the same light. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This fictional story packs a lot of facts about bioterrorism making it an educational as well as entertaining read.
I read The Cobra Event after I had finished The Hot Zone and I enjoyed Preston's style of writing so much in Hot Zone that I immediately read Cobra Event.
The Cobra Event looks at virology from a different terrifying angle - that of the significant, very real threat of a state of biological warfare.
This is the author's attempt at a fictional portrayal of a single bioterror event in the USA I would have preferred a non-fictional look at a variety of 'what if' scenarios, i.e. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph Bishop
Bought this book several times in hardback a few years ago - to read myself and then I lent them out and none came back. This book scares the pants off you!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandy B. 1952
I absolutely loved this book. Richard Preston is a master at creating a terrifying thriller that you wouldn’t put down for the world (even if Archimedes himself came up to you with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mercedes Peterson
Entertaining read, 1st book that has held my attention span in a long time.Published 2 months ago by C. Barnes
Still reading but halfway through it and very well written! Enjoying it!Published 2 months ago by Daphne