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Book Review | The Cobra Event by Richard Preston

Date Published | April 10, 2007

Book Club Date | August 2021

Goodreads Rating | 5

Overall | This is a fictional account of what could happen with bioterrorism – it read like a Stephen King novel and had me glued to the page from start to finish. 

Pros | Fast-paced thriller with tons of factual information about Ebola, virus recombinant RNA and other scientific information.

Cons | None – this book was amazing

Warnings | None

POV | Third Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | Yes

Description | 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 by Richard Preston
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