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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Interesting premise, very readable. - Goodreads
Absolutely no character development with a slow start. - Goodreads
Richard Preston is a very good writer. - Goodreads
sigh* I tried so hard to read this book. - Goodreads
It is another great book, fast-pacing read. - Goodreads
The plot is very simple but believable. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mike Day - Goodreads

Preston describes how evil men could weaponize a virus and work to cause havoc. This was a page turner. Read full review

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User Review  - Ilana - Goodreads

Amazing medical thriller!! Read full review

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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