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Publisher Description

The Cobra Event is set in motion one spring morning in New York City, when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill. Hours later she is having violent seizures, blood is pouring out of her nose, and she has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. Soon, other gruesome deaths of a similar nature have been discovered, and the Centers for Disease Control sends a forensic pathologist to investigate. What she finds precipitates a federal crisis.

The details of this story are fictional, but they are based on a scrupulously thorough inquiry into the history of biological weapons and their use by civilian and military terrorists. Richard Preston's sources include members of the FBI and the United States military, public health officials, intelligence officers in foreign governments, and scientists who have been involved in the testing of strategic bioweapons. The accounts of what they have seen and what they expect to happen are chilling.

The Cobra Event is a dramatic, heart-stopping account of a very real threat, told with the skill and authority that made Preston's The Hot Zone an internationally acclaimed bestseller.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 27
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Sciiieeennnccceee ,


I'm 13 and my older brother had to read this story for his summer reading and I eventually picked it up. At little confusing at times, but overall, an awesome book! I learned so much about viruses and it truly creeped me out but intrigued me at the same time. During the last few chapters, i was shaking like crazy with excitement!

crazy-science-girl ,

Absolutely Riveting.

I received a paperback copy of this book over five years ago. It is, frankly, rather creepy, but one of my favorites nevertheless. Richard Preston writes "The Cobra Event" in a rather similar style to "The Hot Zone" and "The Demon in the Freezer", although the latter two are nonfiction, which makes this book-- about a man-made, lethal virus being released in NYC-- all the more eerie. The book has quite a bit of gore; better avoid it if you're squeamish. Definitely a great read if you're fond of fiction about bioterrorism and infectious diseases..

Luciano Mogorovic ,

Great book!

The cobra event is a fantastic book! A great storyline and a great ending! I love reading a good book and would recommend this to anyone! Great Book!

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