Book Reviews of The Cobra Event (Random House Large Print)

The Cobra Event (Random House Large Print)
The Cobra Event - Random House Large Print
Author: Richard Preston
ISBN-13: 9780679774471
ISBN-10: 0679774475
Publication Date: 10/27/1997
Pages: 507
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Book Type: Paperback
Large Print: Yes
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was excellent. It was edge of the seat thriller.
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Helpful Score: 1
It's been a while since I read this, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very fast-paced and a good read.
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This book was awesome. Nonstop action. It was scary, because this could actually really happen. I love books like this.
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Helpful Score: 1
Ehhh... the idea behind this book was solid and interesting but poorly executed. Quite simply, the writing broke the book with its overuse of passive verbs, verb tense and overall repetition of words. From the technical aspect, this book seemed like it originated from someone who had neither read a novel nor took a writing class. Despite its gore, the book talked down to its audience in an insulting fashion (perhaps Richard Preston secretly agrees with his villain?). The characters lacked personality. Why even bother to name these "people"? That is how devoid of humanity they came across. Still, the book's premise held originality and it certainly played a role in inspiring Scott Sigler's _Infected_, so for that alone the book deserves some credit. I recommend his brother's thrillers MUCH more than this one.
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This is the first book I've read by Richard Preston. While I was captivated by the premise (biological weapon), the read has too much exposition. Mr. Preston has done his research homework, but incorporates too much detail - I find myself skipping past the details to get to the meat. I'm almost done; the saving grace is that I'm still interested enough to want to find out what happens in the end.
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This book is amazing. I had to read it my sophmore year of high school for biology for extra credit. This book really drew me in. Its a really scary book to read, but in the end its just a great thriller.
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Another Great terror story by this writer that could one day become a reality.
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I refuse to give this book's plot away. But I will give you some of the reveiws for it...

"THIS BOOK SCARED THELIVING DAYLIGHTSOUT OF ME....Manages to grab you with it's authenticity of it's scientific detective work and haunt you with it's shear plausability." --Entertainment Weekly

"ONE OF THOSE BOOKS YOU LITERALLY CAN'T PUT DOWN...Makes 'The Haunt Zone' virus--far away in a rain forest--look like no big deal." --Detroit Free Press

'THE BOOK THAT PETRIFIED THE PRESIDENT
"Mr. Clinton was so alarmed by...THE COBRA EVENT, whic portrays a lone terrorists's attack on New York City with a genetically engineered virus--that he instructed intelligence experts to evaluate its credility." '
-- The New York Times
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Very exciting reading that should keep you on the edge of your seat, but I didn't finish it because the descriptions of the illness were too gruesome for me in places.
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Meh.
Medical to bio-war thriller, complete with highly trained defenders (nevertheless one makes a bone headed mistake that seemed mainly to add pathos to the story). And oh yeah, Iraqi bio weapons labs.

I gave it two stars and noted to avoid the author.
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The Cobra Event is about a bio-terrorism events as they unfold in (where else)New York City. It's very smartly written and, at least for someone not versed in Biology or virology, it seems incredibly believable. In short, this book is a page turner. I enjoyed it thoroughly and intend to read it again in the future. Although it is somewhat graphic at times, it is graphic in a realistic, almost clinical sense, which ads to the believability of the story because, instead of making the reader into a voyeur examining these deaths from a far, it places them right next to it as a doctor trying to figure out what on earth is going on.
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I literally could not put this book down, my husband kept wondering where I kept running off too every chance I got this weekend!
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The story begins one spring morning in New York City when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill. She seems to be coming down with a cold. Hours later she is having violent seizures and has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. She is soon dead. When other gruesome deaths of a similar nature are discovered, the Centers for Disease Control on Atlanta sends a pathologist, an expert in epidemiology, to investigate. What she finds precipitates a federal crisis.
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If you like a horrifying read this is the book to read. Reminds me of King and Koontz genre.
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The Cobra Event is the only book I have read by Preston. I found it quite captivating. It is also frightening that it might be realistically possible. Enjoy!
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A real thriller
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Scary !!!! I bet this kind of thing could happen !!
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Abridged - 4 cassettes - 4 hours
Read by Blair Underwood
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Really gives you something to think about! Has to do with terrorists and a genetically engineered virus. Very current and very interesting. Full of little known information about terrorists.
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Great Read.
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It was an excellent thriller. Interesting, fast paced and utterly believable. Scary, in fact.
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If you enjoy factual germ warfare reading you will be in heaven with The Cobra Event. This book is so well researched and equally well written. The story is exciting and thrilling and then your heart stops when you realize that it is all TOO real...I loved the book.
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This is a very compelling novel about a lone terrorist's attach on New York city, using a genetically engineered virus. Dr. Alice Austen, a medical pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta investigates this deadly disease. A very frightening novel, the more so because it could very well happen some day.
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Bioterrorism rampant in the metropolis.
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medical horror mystery
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Pretty Scary stuff.
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If you love medical mysteries this is the book for you. Richard Preston also wrote the HOT ZONE, and this one is even better. Hope you are forced to read it as fast as i was.
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I have started reading this book several times, but never could quite seem to get into it enough to finish.
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A very exciting book. Well worth the read.
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Very scary stuff! I really enjoyed this book even though this is not my usual genre. Some of it was dry and too techical, but still a very good story.
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Very intriguing read.
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Good fiction
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Five days ago, a homeless man on a subway platform died in agony as startled commuters looked on. Yesterday, a teenager started having violent, uncontrollable spasms in art class. Withinminutes, she too was dead. Dr. Alice Austen is a medical pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Alanta. What she knows is that the two deaths are connected. What she fears that they are only the beginning.
This is a real page turner and very thought provoking. Could this really happen? Read the book and decide for yourself, myself I fear it not only could but, it just may.
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Excellent spellbinder!
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Interesting storyline.
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Another great book by Richard Preston!
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Five days ago, a homeless man on a subway platform died in agony as startled commuters looked on. Yesterday, a teenager started having violent, uncontrollable spasms in art class. Within minutes, she too was dead.

Dr. Alice Austen is a medical pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. What she knows is that the two deaths are connected. What she fears is that they are only the beginning....
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I loved this book, couldn't put it down.
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"Five days ago, a homeless man on a subway platform died in agony as startled commuters looked on. Yesterday, a teenager started having violent, uncontrollable spasms in art class. Within minutes, she too was dead. Dr. Alice Austen is a medical pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. What she knows is that the two deaths are connected. What she fears is that they are only the beginning."
-from back cover