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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.
One of the best works of fiction that I have read in a very long time. This book is fast moving, suspenseful, and terrifying in its own way.Published 13 days ago by jt
Informative, compelling, provocative. I'm happy to have it in my library.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'd recommend this book to anyone because it just has so much to it. after all its what inspired me to study virology!Published 29 days ago by Victoria Isabel Watson
This book was well written and kept me reading long after I should have been asleep - even though fiction - it is scary in the sense that it could happen ... yikes :-(Published 1 month ago by miatagirl
This is a good read, a little predictable, but most books are in some ways. The main problem, again, is Preston's desire to over-explain definitions, terms and procedures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lolacat
Richard Preston's "Cobra Event" is riveting, gut-wrenching but addictive reading. He can introduce a character with whom you identify and like, then suffer with that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth