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
If you are a thriller fan, you o ...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
It starts out with teen Kate Moran, who is believed to have come down with a common cold, shakes it off and decides to go to School. While in school, Kate gets progressively worse, then suddenly collapses, having violent seizures and begins process of self-cannibalization. Hours later she dies in Hospital. W ...more
This one, however, is very likely the best NOVEL written ...more
With that being said, this book is terrifying. The author did a lot of research on it, but he also fictionalized some parts (mainly names and instructions on how to build weapons - for obvious reasons). The core part is that, yes, these things can and do happen all the time. We don't hear about it always but these types of biological weapons are aimed at eliminating a vast number of a ...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
+ Page 57: " [he] fitted a chain mail glove over his left hand. ...the prosector wears a metal glove on one hand … Most accidental knife ...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. ...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 found m ...more
This book is about the terrifying world of bio-terrorism and all the nightmare-inducing things that come along with that. The writer doesn't hold back at all. We're dealing with an engineered virus here, Cobra, or brainp ...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
|Play Book Tag: (PURSUE) The Cobra Event / Richard Preston - 4****||1||5||Mar 31, 2021 12:57PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Teen girl, gets sick (virus?) and possibly dies at school. [s]||3||38||Jul 10, 2018 09:32AM|
|What's the Name o...: Some kind of crazy super bug or maybe chemical, a lot of FBI activity in Quantico. [s]||5||28||Apr 05, 2013 07:27AM|