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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.
Hold on to your hats. Richard Preston delivers in this page-turning masterpiece, sure to win over readers who love action and are ready for a scare. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Angela F. Schroeder
The science stuff is interesting/terrifying as you'd expect from Richard Preston. There's a completely forced/unnecessary romance that comes out of nowhere, but over all it's a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jasy Jetere
This book is absolute dreck. The use of tense wavers from paragraph to paragraph, sentence to sentence. Punctuation is missing in much of the rambling dialogue. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kevin P. Griffis
Everything I've read by Richard Preston seems riveting. This book, though fiction, is no exception. Read morePublished 12 days ago by DataJanitor
This is a bio weapon thriller. A biological agent is found in the body of an Upper East Side high school student. Read morePublished 18 days ago by carol irvin
Very real,fiction based on well documented facts.A thrilla from manilla!!!A must read for anyone who knows viral heat. Read morePublished 22 days ago by doctorrotcod
great read, end is fantastic!!!! haha I couldn't put the book down, worth the time and the money awesome book.Published 25 days ago by Christopher Ambrosio