The Cobra Event

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Ballantine Books, 1998 - Fiction - 432 pages
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"The Cobra Event" is the story of a secret counter-terror operation. It is a dramatic, heart-stopping account of a very real threat. The story begins one spring morning in New York City when a 17-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill. She seems to be coming down with a cold. Hours later she is having violent seizures and has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. She is soon dead. When other gruesome deaths of a similar nature are discovered, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta sends a pathologist, an expert in epidemiology, to investigate. What she finds precipitates a federal crisis. The details of this story are fictional, but they are based on a scrupulously thorough inquiry into the history of biological weapons. Preston's sources for his story include members of the FBI and the United States military, public health officials, intelligence officers in foreign governments, and scientists who have been involved in the development and testing of strategic bioweapons. His account of what they have seen and what they expect to happen and how they plan to deal with it is chilling.

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User Review  - Deelightful - LibraryThing

The technical information was fascinating, but it overshadowed the story. The characters were poorly developed and way too inhibited. I think Preston is a fine nonfiction writer, but not a fiction writer. Read full review

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User Review  - MerrittGibsonLibrary - LibraryThing

Set in New York City when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up with what seems to be a cold. Hours later, she has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Richard Preston is the author of three nonfiction books, The Hot Zone (about the Ebola virus), American Steel (about a revolutionary steel mill), and First Light (about modern astronomy). He is a contributor to The New Yorker and has won numerous awards, including the McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT, the American Institute of Physics Award in science writing, and the Overseas Press Club of America Whitman Basso Award for best reporting in any medium on environmental issues.

The Cobra Event is Richard Preston's first novel.

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