The Cobra Event

The Cobra Event by Richard Preston

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The Cobra Event is a petrifying, fictional account of a very real threat: biological terrorism.

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 homeless man meets a similarly gruesome — and mystifying — fate, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta sends pathologist Alice Austen to investigate. What she uncovers is the work of a killer, a man who calls himself Archimedes and is intent on spreading his deadly Cobra virus throughout New York City. A silent crisis erupts, with Austen and a secret FBI forensic team rushing to expose the terrorist.

Even more frightening than Preston`s story about the fictitious Cobra virus, however, is the truth that lies beneath it. As the author writes in his introduction, "The nonfiction roots of this book run deep…. My sources include eyewitnesses who have seen a variety of biological-weapons installations in different countries, and people who have developed and tested strategic bioweapons." In fact, the only reason The Cobra Event was not written as nonfiction is that none of Preston`s sources would go on record.

Woven throughout the novel are sections of straight nonfiction reporting that reveal the terrifying truth about the development of biological weapons and the clandestine operations of Russia and Iraq. Three years of research and more than 100 interviews with high-level sources in the FBI, the U.S. military, and the scientific community went into The Cobra Event. The result is sure to shock you.

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Richard Preston was born on August 5, 1954 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Author of books on infectious diseases, bioterrorism, sequoias. His writings are based on extensive preliminary research and interviews. The author spent his childhood in Wellesley, a suburb of Boston. Little Richard was very shy. At the age of 9, he fell in love with books and began reading adult literature. With the help of books, he tried to escape from shyness, plunge into the world of imagination. After school, Richard ran to the library and looked for new books from the "science" section. It was there that he first read about Edwin Hubble`s discovery that galaxies are moving apart, that the universe is expanding, and that it began with the Big Bang. Richard graduated from Massachusetts High School in 1972 and then went to Pomona College in Claremont, California. After college, he went to Princeton University where he received his Ph.D.

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Richard Preston was born on August 5, 1954 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Author of books on infectious diseases, bioterrorism, sequoias. His writings are based on extensive preliminary research and interviews. The author spent his childhood in Wellesley, a suburb of Boston. Little Richard was very shy. At the age of 9, he fell in love with books and began reading adult literature. With the help of books, he tried to escape from shyness, plunge into the world of imagination. After school, Richard ran to the library and looked for new books from the "science" section. It was there that he first read about Edwin Hubble`s discovery that galaxies are moving apart, that the universe is expanding, and that it began with the Big Bang. Richard graduated from Massachusetts High School in 1972 and then went to Pomona College in Claremont, California. After college, he went to Princeton University where he received his Ph.D. in English. It was at the university that he met his future wife Michelle, and they soon got married. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1983, Richard wrote a nonfiction book on astronomy. It was published in 1987 and received an award from the American Institute of Physics. The book is still in print and is considered a kind of cult science book. Then there was a nonfiction book about the construction of a steel plant, about American steel. Around 1992, he became interested in the Ebola virus. Richard has written 3 books on viruses (The Hot Zone, The Cobra Event, and The Demon in the Freezer), which are included in the "Dark Biology" trilogy. In November 2009, Richard Preston was given the chance to complete Michael Crichton`s last, unfinished novel "Micro" after his death. The book was released on November 22, 2011. About a third of the book was completed by Crichton. Preston completed the book according to the author`s remaining sketches, notes, and research. His books have been translated into over 30 languages, and most of them first appeared as articles in New York. Richard Preston has won numerous awards. At the moment, Richard Preston lives with his wife Michelle, two daughters and one son in Hopewell, New Jersey. He is also the brother of Douglas Preston. Books Fiction 1998: The Cobra Event. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-679-45714-3. 2003: The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story. illus. George Henry Jennings. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-4592-X. 2011: Micro. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-087302-8. Co-written with Michael Crichton; completed after Crichton`s death. Non-fiction 1987: First Light: The Search for the Edge of the Universe. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 9780871132000; OCLC 16004290 1991: American Steel: Hot Metal Men and the Resurrection of the Rust Belt. New York: Prentice Hall Press. ISBN 0-13-029604-X. 1994: The Hot Zone. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-679-43094-6. 2002: The Demon in the Freezer. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50856-2. 2007: The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-1-4000-6489-2. 2008: Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-1-4000-6490-8. 2019: Crisis in the red Zone. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-8129-9883-2. Articles Preston, Richard (December 3, 2012). "The Talk of the Town: Gone South: Flight of the Dragonflies". The New Yorker. 88 (38): 40, 42. Retrieved 2014-12-10.