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THE COBRA EVENT by Richard Preston

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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 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 more 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 more 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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5 of 5 Not many books scare me...but... November 2, 2010
Reviewer: Nikki C. from TX United States  
Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone, amps up the terror and realism of a biological disaster in The Cobra Event. Though fiction, the details are very much fact-based.

A NY teenager falls ill with flu-like symptoms. Hours later, she is literally eating her own flesh and in grand-mal seizures. When a rookie CDC doctor is dispatched to investigate the bizarre death, the doctor realizes this is just the beginning of a chain of events leading a massive manhunt for a terrorist who is manufacturing a lethal biological weapon.

This book is not for the faint of heart! It is graphically detailed, yet with accuracy. Stephen King once stated that Richard Preston's book The Hot Zone scared the heck out of him. In the Cobra Event, the fear factor is throttled into high gear. It's relieving to know it's fiction, but unsettling to know it is entirely possible. Again, this book is very graphic.

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