The Cobra Event

The Cobra Event The Cobra Event is a petrifying fictional account of a very real threat biological terrorism Seventeen year old Kate Moran wakes one morning to the beginnings of a head cold but shrugs it off and goe

  • Title: The Cobra Event
  • Author: Richard Preston
  • ISBN: 9780752817125
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cobra Event is a petrifying, fictional account of a very real threat biological terrorism.Seventeen year old Kate Moran wakes one morning to the beginnings of a head cold but shrugs it off and goes to school anyway By her midmorning art class, Kate s runny nose gives way to violent seizures and a hideous scene of self cannibalization She dies soon after When a homeThe Cobra Event is a petrifying, fictional account of a very real threat biological terrorism.Seventeen year old Kate Moran wakes one morning to the beginnings of a head cold but shrugs it off and goes to school anyway By her midmorning art class, Kate s runny nose gives way to violent seizures and a hideous scene of self cannibalization She dies soon after When a homeless man meets a similarly gruesome and mystifying fate, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta sends pathologist Alice Austen to investigate What she uncovers is the work of a killer, a man who calls himself Archimedes and is intent on spreading his deadly Cobra virus throughout New York City A silent crisis erupts, with Austen and a secret FBI forensic team rushing to expose the terrorist.Even frightening than Preston s story about the fictitious Cobra virus, however, is the truth that lies beneath it As the author writes in his introduction, The nonfiction roots of this book run deep My sources include eyewitnesses who have seen a variety of biological weapons installations in different countries, and people who have developed and tested strategic bioweapons In fact, the only reason The Cobra Event was not written as nonfiction is that none of Preston s sources would go on record.Woven throughout the novel are sections of straight nonfiction reporting that reveal the terrifying truth about the development of biological weapons and the clandestine operations of Russia and Iraq Three years of research and than 100 interviewswithhigh level sources in the FBI, the U.S military, and the scientific community went into The Cobra Event The result is sure to shock you.

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    1. This is an excellent and VERY scary bio-terrorism thriller. I have read many of Richard Preston's books that relate to potential biological hazards and he never fails to bring the suspense. In fact, this book has one of the top 5 most suspenseful scenes I have EVER read in a book. I cannot talk about it too much further (spoilers, you know . . .), but lets just say a character has to make a split second decision that will have you hanging on the edge of your seat!If you are a thriller fan, you o [...]

    2. This book was amazing! Richard Preston, the author of "The Hot Zone," (the true story of the Ebola outbreak of a monkey research facility in Virginia) knows his stuff! This man is brilliant! Honestly, I can't say it enough. He knows diseases, virology, epidemiology, criminology and suspense. He KNOWS his stuff. Seriously if you haven't read any of his books, shame on you, get to it! NOW!

    3. I thoroughly disliked this book. It started by introducing a little girl and savagely killing her with a horrible nervous system destroying virus. Unfortunately I was eating lunch when I started the book and lost my appetite (which has never actually happened to me).I'm 200 pages into the book and the characters, setting, and descriptions are weak. It's like Preston followed a simple book writing formula, first introduce character, then describe character, describe setting, add something unique [...]

    4. While I would have given this book a five star rating, some parts were jumping back and worth a little too much. With that being said, this book is terrifying. The author did a lot of research on it, but he also fictionalized some parts (mainly names and instructions on how to build weapons - for obvious reasons). The core part is that, yes, these things can and do happen all the time. We don't hear about it always but these types of biological weapons are aimed at eliminating a vast number of a [...]

    5. I have always had a unexplained love of stories about epidemics and threats of apocalyptic level disease outbreaks. I like disaster movies in general, but in particular ones featuring disease, whether natural or a bio weapon. There aren't too many terrific novels in this genre, since many tend to be the same. It's exciting up until the point where the virus outbreak occurs, and then it sort of sinks into typical survivalist post-apoc fare.This one, however, is very likely the best NOVEL written [...]

    6. It begins with a common cold. You find yourself blowing your nose every moment. You sneeze occasionally. You take some cold syrup. The syrup doesn’t help. You even feel worse. You can feel yourself drifting apart. Someone’s talking to you, but you aren’t paying any attention. You feel weak and weary and disoriented. And then you suddenly drop to the floor, thrashing around violently. You feel strange blisters in your mouth. Next you begin to chew your lips and the insides of your mouth in [...]

    7. Once again Richard Preston sets out to scare us about the (very real) threat of diseases and viruses that could wipe out a significant portion of the world population. Unlike The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story this book is fiction and about what if a virus was altered and used as a weapon, rather than about a natural virus.The first half of this book is great. The slow buildup as the virus starts to be found, the uncertainty of the source or nature of it, the small snippets of real-life backg [...]

    8. This book I discovered by chance--and I am glad I did. It was a real page turner. Published in 1997 it is the horrifying story of "black biology" and the possibilities of biological weapons. The CDC, New York City police and fire department, and the FBI form "Reachdeep" -- a criminal investigation team working together to solve biological weapons mystery before a deadly "brainpox" virus is released worldwide.A great deal of the book is based on facts that we should all be aware of now. It is a t [...]

    9. "The Hot Zone" scared me to death when I read it 20 years or so ago. I missed his fictionalized version of what a bio-terror event might look like in a major city. A little stilted at times (when Preston tried to inject more fiction-type elements into the book, he is really a better non-fiction writer) but overall really well-researched and terrifying. A little dated as it's almost 20 years old, but still a good read.

    10. This author kind of reminds me of Michael Crichton and Dan Brown, in that it's written like a screen play. I read this book and still got a C in my bioterrorism course. LAME.

    11. 4.5 starsRe-read. A thrilling story that seems almost plausible by today's standards. That is what makes this story truly horrifying!Recommended!

    12. Richard Preston needs to learn how to write a cohesive story. Plain and simple. Honestly got a page in and had to stop, it was so bad.

    13. 2.5 stars. A good story but not very good writing. He lapses into encyclopedia-like explanations, often repeating the same fact thrice in one paragraph+, his metaphors are horrible, and the point of view is all over the place. Also though he brags in an introduction about how accurate it is, there really are problems in the science, at least as I understand it. + Page 57: " [he] fitted a chain mail glove over his left hand. e prosector wears a metal glove on one hand Most accidental knife cuts d [...]

    14. I have no words. Read the book. Read it, in all of its sciency amazingness. The first book to ever scare the actual living heck out of me, but in such a good, adrenaline-filled way that I don't even care. Read the book.

    15. I don't often read the afterword in novels, but I did for some reason with this one, and in doing so had some of my problems with the book confirmed. Preston admits himself that this is a blend of fiction and non-fiction: that he'd taken a non-fiction scenario and non-fiction research and fictionalised them. I found it a very uneasy blend. It's extremely detailed about viruses, their weaponising, the equipment, the strategies to combat them Research is used best when it's used sparingly. I was w [...]

    16. The Cobra Event It was a great book, equally chilling and at the same time believeable. It's the reality that gets you, knowing this could happen in the USA at any time. Following up on what my last comment said, the investigators eventually do find the identity of the terrorist. A scientist, who is employed by a mysterious company of sweedish and iraqi decent. The attacks get more and more bold though, and time seems to be running out. In Washington DC, he infects 10 people with the Newly named [...]

    17. Ehhh the idea behind this book was solid and interesting but poorly executed. Quite simply, the writing broke the book with its overuse of passive verbs, inconsistent verb tense and overall repetition of words. From the technical aspect, this book seemed like it originated from someone who had neither read a novel nor took a writing class. Despite its gore, the book talked down to its audience in an insulting fashion (perhaps Richard Preston secretly agrees with his villain?). The characters lac [...]

    18. My thrill and excitement for this novel started to dissipate a little more than halfway through. Possibly at my own fault, not sure. There were moments in which I wasn't sure if the author desired to tell a great story or to anecdote a great textbook. The story would be moving along quite nicely and then we'd pause, take a step back away from the setting & characters, and discuss real-life biology or geography or science history. Hard to get a good cadence with these odd interruptions. I fou [...]

    19. I had already read Preston's ground-breaking non-fiction The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus. But a fiction writer he ain't.Cardboard characters, a stupidly evil villain, an incredulous plot, and worst of all, poor writing.I expected much better after having read his non-fiction.No match for Michael CrichtonIf you haven't read it, I would give it a miss.

    20. The main character, Austin, works at the C.D.C. She is sent to New York City to look into a strange death where the young girl gets a simple cold and falls into set of seizures and dies within two days. I found this a very well written book but some of the passages were just frightening, in that they could be very real. The Author does in fact know how to build suspense, but some of the lead up to the story is so realistic that it is scary. The author adds historical facts that flush out the sto [...]

    21. Woah. This book is scary. I give it four stars rather than five just because I found that the nonfiction information was put into the book in a bit of a disconnected way. But the information was still fascinating and terrifying. The fictional story kept you on the edge of your seat too. What a ride. I think I need to take a break from Preston's work so I don't get too paranoid, but I love it too, so we will see.

    22. Fiction. Written very much in the style of Preston's The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story, except this is fiction and some of the things that worked well for Hot Zone didn't quite work here. The Cobra Event tells the story of a genetically engineered biological weapon and the government task force put together to stop it. There's a lot of detail. Most of it blends right in, but there are times when information is just dumped into the narrative instead of gently stirred in, and at least one of t [...]

    23. The book I choose to read was The Cobra Event by Richard Preston. It contained 404 total pages, and was published by Random House Inc. I was interested in reading this book due to my interest in forensic and medical sciences. And I had heard about his books before and wanted to try one out for myself.The main character in the novel is Dr. Alice Auster. She is the 29 year old pathologist trying to solve the mysterious cases sent her way. She is the person with is sent to help with the dead girl's [...]

    24. Richard Preston is best known for his nonfiction book The Hot Zone, a horrifying account of the Ebola virus, and other research based books. I was interested in reading his fiction book The Cobra Event. It is a chilling story about what a bioterrorist attack could look like today. Preston also has included in the story some of the history of bioweapons and information regarding bioengineering. If you want to be scared to death by a fiction book that is solidly grounded in fact and almost reads l [...]

    25. For a book that took me two tries to read it, I ended up giving it five stars, which seemed paradoxical, but it was actually pretty awesome. The problem mostly was in the beginning, because it was a slow start and it took a bit to really build up the action after the "prologue" where the girl died in her high school. But man, once it got to the action, it really jumped in and I couldn't put it down. It was a perfect blend of fiction and real life science and it kept me wanting to read more every [...]

    26. This was the first book I ever bought to read for pleasure on my own. It's still on of my all-time favorites. This also started my obsession with medical thrillers. I really respect how Richard Preston stuck with what he knew really well. Since he had written only non-fiction before this, he did a great job sticking to procedures, descriptions, and movement rather than characters and emotions. The plot is very simple but believable. If you're a little bit crazy like me, you even agree with the a [...]

    27. I read the majority of this book with my shirt over my mouth and nose, the scenes in this novel were disturbing and I couldn't help it. This had more gruesome descriptions than The Hot Zone, or I was just more disturbed because the autopsies were on humans, not monkeys. Biological warfare is the weapon of the future, I think. As T.S. Eliot wrote, the world will end not with a bang but a whimper. Disease causes a whimper, not a bang.This novel follows Alice (does Preston always center on female p [...]

    28. I loved this book. It is a great medical mystery. You will love it if you're into that kind of thing. The suspense is incredible. And the mystery. Oh. I never knew what was coming next. I loved all the twists and turns. And I must admit, I loved the gory parts too. I would not recommend this book if you are in any way squeemish. There are some intense passages in which a lot of gory images are presented. Richard Preston does an amazing job of presenting the story. The imagery is incredible. I co [...]

    29. I just recently finished reading this about a week and a half ago, right before Thanksgiving. I loved it! I know I say this about a lot of books on my list, but I usually only review books that are at least somewhat worth my while. I enjoy science fiction, but I also enjoy books about disease. This is both of those things, but it is also an action-packed thriller, along with a mystery/suspense type story. I enjoyed the tone, the writing style, the historical references, and that chilling feeling [...]

    30. This book is absolutely terrifying. The very real possibility of a bioweapons attack and the potentially massive lethality of an event like this is more frightening than any boogeyman that King or Koontz could conjure up. The book is well-researched, educational, and at times incredibly graphic in its descriptions of the horrific effects of bioweapons on the human body. With the spectre of another terrorist attack in the back of most (if not all) Americans' minds, Preston's pre-9/11 fictional ac [...]

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