The Cobra Event
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 home...more
Richard Preston makes books with a lot of research in them, even fiction books he make can be very accurate. The reason his books are so interesting is that they speak the scary truth. His books THE HOT ZONE and DEMON IN THE FREEZER are nonfiction but feel like they should be science fiction, These two books shows how scary the real world is. THE COBRA EVENT is a realistic science fiction book, the fact that he research scenarios to very accurate detail, some eve...more
Dr. Alice Austen of the Centers for Disease Control is on the trail of a new strain of virus. A man is releasing bits of this virus into the New York City population. A homeless man dies and is quickly followed by a young girl. Now they must locate this man before he causes a widespread epidemic. He has no intention of being caught though and will not go down without a fight.
It took me a bit to get into this book. That being said, it had some really inte...more
A great deal of the book is based on facts that we should all be aware of now. It is a t...more
It started by introducing a little girl and savagely killing her with a horrible nervous system destroying virus. Unfortunately I was eating lunch when I started the book and lost my appetite (which has never actually happened to me).
I'm 200 pages into the book and the characters, setting, and descriptions are weak. It's like Preston followed a simple book writing formula, first introduce character, then describe character, describe setting, add something unique...more
My removal of a star certainly had nothing to do with plot or characters. I didn't quite notice this in The Hot Zone, but Preston's method of storytelling is a double-edged sword; very straightforward, but in such a way that it creates vivid imagery. It does get tedious, however, when the sentences would reduce themselves t...more
I was 14 when I read my first Richard Preston book, "The Hot Zone". It really stuck with me and still scares the bejeezus out of me. I knew "The Cobra Event" wouldn't let me down.
While not big on secondary, more personal stories, Preston gives the reader plenty to think about. Secondary romance stories are not needed. "The Cobra Event" is about biological weapons. The book was extremely well res...more
The Cobra Event tells the story of a genetically engineered biological weapon and the government task force put together to stop it. There's a lot of detail. Most of it blends right in, but there are times when information is just dumped into the narrative instead of gently stirred in, and at least one of t...more
Bringing his knowledge of biological warfare, the author knows how to write a riveting tale that is terrifying; the story exposes the testing of biological weapons carried out in the 1960s, which have devastating and deadly effects thirty years later. The characters are compelling yet vulnerable. It is a page-turning thriller with startling and scary revelations. It makes you wonder if these precarious types of experiments are still going on today, and how these dangerous agents...more
I enjoy science fiction, but I also enjoy books about disease. This is both of those things, but it is also an action-packed thriller, along with a mystery/suspense type story. I enjoyed the tone, the writing style, the historical references, and that chilling feeling...more
The problem is that Preston just couldn't shed the science-writer persona long enough to become a bona-fide sci-fi writer. He repeatedly slows down the story to show off a lot of research that isn't creative enough as fiction or accurate enough as science. Then exactly half w...more
|What's The Name o...: Some kind of crazy super bug or maybe chemical, a lot of FBI activity in Quantico. [s]||5||23||Apr 05, 2013 07:27AM|