The Cobra Event by Richard Preston

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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.

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About Richard Preston

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Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. His novels include "Next", "State of Fear", "Timeline", "Jurassic Park", and "The Andromeda Strain". Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of "ER", he remains the only writer to have had the number-one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of Crichton's death in 2008, he was well into the writing of "Micro"; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel. Richard Preston is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author of eight books, including "The Hot Zone" and "The Wild Tree"s. Many of Preston's books have first appeared in "The New Yorker". He has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award, and he is the only person not a medical doctor to receive the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award for public health. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.
Published April 10, 2007 by Ballantine Books. 449 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime, Science & Math. Fiction

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In fact, other than the vaccines for anthrax and smallpox, there are no vaccines in the stockpile for any other agents on the material-threat list, nor are any of those vaccines in the advanced development program, nor will any of them enter the program any time soon.

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The subsequent story proceeds crisply, focusing on how a female physician at the Centers for Disease Control and assorted FBI agents trace the incident to a madman who aims to decimate our species through explosives laden with the virus--nicknamed ""Cobra."" There's authoritative exposition about...

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When two other identical fatalities — a homeless man and an antiques dealer — are reported, Austen turns medical sleuth, cleverly tracing the source of the infection to a couple of wooden novelty boxes, each containing a toy cobra that jumps out, spraying a little puff of contaminated dust at...

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