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
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
The first half of this book is great. The slow buildup as the virus starts to be found, the uncertainty of the source or nature of it, the small snippets of real-life backg ...more
A great deal of the book is based on facts that we should all be aware of now. It is a t ...more
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The main character in the novel is Dr. Alice Auster. She is the 29 year old pathologist trying to solve the mysterious cases sent her way. She is the person with is sent to help with the dead girl's ...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
There were moments in which I wasn't sure if the author desired to tell a great story or to anecdote a great textbook. The story would be moving along quite nicely and then we'd pause, take a step back away from the setting & characters, and discuss real-life biology or geography or science history.
Hard to get a good cadence with these odd interruptions. I fou ...more
Biological warfare is the weapon of the future, I think.
As T.S. Eliot wrote, the world will end not with a bang but a whimper. Disease causes a whimper, not a bang.
This novel follows Alice (does Preston always center on female p ...more
Cardboard characters, a stupidly evil villain, an incredulous plot, and worst of all, poor writing.
I expected much better after having read his non-fiction.
No match for Michael Crichton
If you haven't read it, I would give it a miss.
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
For example: The C.D.C has a coveted award called the John Snow Award. It is presented each year to the E.I.S officer who is judged to have done the best case investigation. Walter Mellis was suggesting to Alice Austen that there was a possibility that the New York case could lead to a John Snow Award.
The characters were not very detailed either.
|What's The Name o...: Some kind of crazy super bug or maybe chemical, a lot of FBI activity in Quantico. [s]||5||27||Apr 05, 2013 07:27AM|
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