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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.
Great book - got a little wordy on the tech parts but overall I would recommend it.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Received this book extremely fast. Had very few marks on it and was better than I was expecting! Awesome book! Thank you!Published 2 months ago by Jordan Turner
Scary, but real scenario grips you and keeps you involved until the end. Great read and definitely worth the time!!Published 3 months ago by AbqCERT
Well researched, highly detailed page turner about a very plausible outbreak of a deadly engineered weaponized virus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very realistic depiction of a fictional bioterrorist event. It is frightening how easy this could happen!! The author makes it real for you - I could not stop reading.Published 3 months ago by Barbara