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The Cobra Event by Richard   Preston
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Jun 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: north-bay-library, novel
Read from June 11 to 13, 2010 , read count: 1

A scientist creates a virus he wants to let lose in America. He tests his new invention on a few unsuspecting civilians. These trials show him the virus is ready for dispersal thruout the human population. The doctors, scientists and FBI agents have only a short time to identify this virus before the killer strikes again. Who is this murderer and why does he believe he is helping humanity by killing? Can he be stopped? Should he be stopped? The history, science and just plain good story make for an exciting read.

And then there are the questions that arise from reading this just-about-true story: Is is more humaine to kill a child infected with an incurable, self-destructive, self-canabbalizing disease than to try to keep him alive? Should plagues be allowed to naturally reduce the human population? Do we allow biological weapons because even if we don't use them, the other side has them? What are the ramifications if a biolab has an accident?

My only negatives were the overly detailed science/ history involved with the story. Preston tried to keep this readable but it occasionally got tedius.

All in all, a fascinating book. Would make a great dvd!

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