The Cobra Event

The Cobra Event

A Novel

Book - 1997 | First edition
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The Cobra Event is set in motion one spring morning in New York City, when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill. Hours later she is having violent seizures, blood is pouring out of her nose, and she has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. Soon, other gruesome deaths of a similar nature have been discovered, and the Centers for Disease Control sends a forensic pathologist 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 and their use by civilian and military terrorists. Richard Preston's sources 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 testing of strategic bioweapons. The accounts of what they have seen and what they expect to happen are chilling.
The Cobra Event is a dramatic, heart-stopping account of a very real threat, told with the skill and authority that made Preston's The Hot Zone an internationally acclaimed bestseller. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House of Canada, c1997
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780679308805
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: xiv, 404 pages ; 25 cm


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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

I first read this for extra credit in my high school biology class and it remains one of my favorite thrillers. It’s a scary, fast-paced tale of biological terrorism and the epidemiologists trying to stop the spread of a deadly virus. A great read to go along with Pandemic (one of my favorite board games!) or Contagion (2011 movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow).

Jun 26, 2012

Lots of bio terrorism. Very realistic. Really creepy. An exiting read.

Aug 13, 2010

Terrifyingly realistic illustration of bioterrorism, but an exciting read.

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