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by Richard Preston

  • Author: Richard Preston
  • ISBN: 0752814354
  • ISBN13: 978-0752814353
  • ePub: 1983 kb | FB2: 1672 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Select Editions; 1st Edition - 1st Printing edition (1998)
  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Votes: 619
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The Cobra Event ePub download

Ballantine books, new york. Praise for The Cobra Event. This book is dedicated to my brother.

Ballantine books, new york. David G. Preston, . and to. all public health professionals

If it's blood and the macabre that entice you, the first attack of Preston's man-made 'Cobra' virus in Chapter 1 is a grabber. -San Francisco Chronicle.

If it's blood and the macabre that entice you, the first attack of Preston's man-made 'Cobra' virus in Chapter 1 is a grabber.

Richard Preston (born August 5, 1954) is a writer for The New Yorker and bestselling author who has written books about infectious disease, bioterrorism, redwoods and other subjects, as well as fiction. Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated Wellesley High School in Massachusetts in 1972 and attended Pomona College in Claremont, California.

The Cobra Event is a 1998 thriller novel by Richard Preston describing an attempted bioterrorism attack on the United States. The perpetrator of the attack has genetically engineered a virus, called "Cobra", that fuses the incurable and highly contagious common cold with one of the world's most virulent diseases, smallpox. The disease that results from the virus, called brainpox in the novel, has symptoms that mimic those of Lesch–Nyhan syndrome and the common cold.

The Cobra Event book. 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 owe it to yourself to read this book!

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously

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)

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.

Publisher: Random House, 1997.

Author: Richard Preston. Publisher: Random House, 1997. Seventeen-year-old Kate Moran wakes one morning to the beginnings of a head cold but shrugs it off and goes to school anyway.

The Cobra Event (v. ). Richard Preston, 1997. It is the greatest art of the devil to convince us that he does not exist. Arc of the Circle New York City, Late 1990s. Kate Moran was an only child. She was seventeen years old and lived with her parents in a loft apartment on the top floor of a handsome old building to the west of Union Square, just on the edge of Greenwich Village.

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Five days ago, a homeless man on a subway platform died in agony as start- led commuters looked on. Yesr=terday, a teenager started having violent, uncontrollable spams in art class. within minutes, she too was dead. Dr. Alice Auster is a medical pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. What she knows is that the two deaths are connected. What she fears is that they are only the bebining...
A couple of years ago I bought a couple of paperbacks to get an easy introduction
to virus diseases. I had read about Ebola. It breaks out in the news every year and I
wanted to learn about it, but then bought some books I forgot to read. This is wrong -
educated people need to force themselves into the world's most important subjects.
One asks, how concerned should one be about panics in Africa where thousands die while
drawing the attention of Drs without Borders? Very concerned, it turns out. Richard
Preston has convinced me, with "Hot Zone" and "Freezer", that it could happen here -
many issues he covers here are possibles. And, the details are fascinating -
how viruses are discovered and studied, how safety procedures are developed, the
tremendous costs in dollars and in lost-people, including scientists, when first
responders try to save others from the tragedy. This book is action packed. Winner!
I suggested this book for my club thinking it would be a great beach book. It was exactly that. Fast-paced, easy reading, but still thought provoking. Definitely not "mind-candy." I devoured it with the same enthusiasm as last summer's book, "Gone Girl." In fact, I saw many parallels between the two, not least the illustration of the frightening amount of damage that one individual can inflict upon the lives of others. Fortunately for the vast majority of humanity who are not sociopaths, circumstances very rarely converge as they do for the antagonists of both of these novels, bestowing them with brilliance and insatiable neediness and immorality and blind ambition and vast amounts of idle time.

The novel begins with the grisly death of a seventeen-year-old girl in Manhattan. Cause of death is determined to be due to a pathogen of unknown origin. Similar deaths follow, which sets us on the course of a "bio-investigation" (for lack of a better word) which in turn becomes a full-scale operation including the FBI, NYPD, CDC and NSA. There is much historical and scientific information given by way of backstory, sometimes a little awkwardly. While the book itself is fiction, the science and history upon which it is based are accurate, making it that much more alarming.

Preston is a Science Journalist by profession, not a novelist. This is evident in the style of the work. It can be awkward, as stated above, maybe even a little cheesy...not Dan Brown cringe-inducingly bad, just not crisp. In spite this, there are some passages that are brilliant, almost poetic. These are always in his descriptions of forces of nature, which clearly evoke passion in the writer.

Bottom line: a fun (well, as much fun as gruesome illness can be), exciting trip to the world of forensic pathology. Club meeting should include other guilty pleasures such as cheap Chianti, Velveeta dip and raw cookie dough (c'mon, we all love it.)
I LOVED the Hot Zone. Brilliant work that was beautifully well-written. It was a nonfiction that read like a novel. Unfortunately, this is fiction that reads like nonfiction which is not so good. Flat characters, stilted diolague, and way to much detail. I now feel as if I could actually preform an autopsy, if I needed to. Pages and pages of detailed description on just about everything and then a jarring jump back to the storyline. It felt as if the book couldn't decide what to be. You keep having to switch back and fourth; is this a story now, or is this a dissertation on the many subjects that Mr Preston obviously has extensive knowledge. Fascinating and terrifying subject that, in this case, would have been better served as nonfiction.
Is this book perfect? No. As fiction it has its faults most especially that overdrawn final adventure in the unused tunnel areas of the New York subway system. However the balance of the book is tense, exciting and highly instructive. The author has received extensive input from government experts on infectious diseases. This includes experts from all the relative agencies including the FBI, CDC, USAMRIID, US Navy Biological Defense Resarch Program, the Office of the chief Medical Examiner of NYC,and the medical center at Princeton, NJ, the NY subway historian, and on and on. He names his sources and they are very impressive. While this is a book of fiction a large part of it represents authentic events and highly accurate relevant biology. As fiction this book is clearly one of the best I've ever read. As they say a page turner hard to put aside or forget. In short despite some flaws it is still an A+ in my opinion. On balance this book will not merely entertain you but will also educate you. The author had previously established his credibility in non fiction works, books and long articles in the New Yorker magazine. A word (okay more than a word) about my credentials... I'm a retired PHD in Physics who did a lot of applied research in my career (including some teaching) and know a bit about how scientists work and how seriously the better of them takes their work and enjoys doing it. The scientists and technicians in the Cobra Event ring true.
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