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Title:The Cobra Event
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Richard Preston
Publisher:Random House (NY)
ISBN:0679457143
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:404
Category:Fiction, Thriller, Science fiction, Suspense

The Cobra Event by Richard Preston

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Cobra Event i The Cobra Event i is a petrifying fictional account of a very real threat biological terrorism p 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 p p 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 i The Cobra Event i was not written as nonfiction is that none of Preston s sources would go on record p p 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 interviewswithhigh level sources in the FBI the U S military and the scientific community went into i The Cobra Event i The result is sure to shock you p p p p p

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

b The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus b A highly infectious deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington D C There is no cure In a few days percent of its victims are dead A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic hot virus i The Hot Zone i tells this dramatic story giving a hair raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their crashes into the human race Shocking frightening and impossible to ignore i The Hot Zone i proves that truth really is scarier than fiction br br br i From the Paperback edition i


The Cobra Event

i The Cobra Event i is a petrifying fictional account of a very real threat biological terrorism p 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 p p 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 i The Cobra Event i was not written as nonfiction is that none of Preston s sources would go on record p p 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 interviewswithhigh level sources in the FBI the U S military and the scientific community went into i The Cobra Event i The result is sure to shock you p p p p p


The Demon in the Freezer

i The bard of biological weapons captures the drama of the front lines i br Richard Danzig former secretary of the navy br br The first major bioterror event in the United States the anthrax attacks in October was a clarion call for scientists who work with hot agents to find ways of protecting civilian populations against biological weapons In i The Demon in the Freezer i his first nonfiction book since i The Hot Zone i a i New York Times i bestseller Richard Preston takes us into the heart of Usamriid the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick Maryland once the headquarters of the U S biological weapons program and now the epicenter of national biodefense br br Peter Jahrling the top scientist at USAMRIID a wry virologist who cut his teeth on Ebola one of the world s most lethal emerging viruses has ORCON security clearance that gives him access to top secret information on bioweapons His most urgent priority is to develop a drug that will take on smallpox and win Eradicated from the planet in in one of the great triumphs of modern science the smallpox virus now resides officially in only two high security freezers at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia at a Russian virology institute called Vector But the demon in the freezer has been set loose It is almost certain that illegal stocks are in the possession of hostile states including Iraq and North Korea Jahrling is haunted by the thought that biologists in secret labs are using genetic engineering to create a new superpox virus a smallpox resistant to all vaccines br br Usamriid went into a state of Delta Alert on September and activated its emergency response teams when the first anthrax letters were opened in New York and Washington D C Preston reports in unprecedented detail on the government s response to the attacks and takes us into the ongoing FBI investigation His story is based on interviews with top level FBI agents and with Dr Steven Hatfill br br Jahrling is leading a team of scientists doing controversial experiments with live smallpox virus at CDC Preston takes us into the lab where Jahrling is reawakening smallpox and explains with cool and devastating precision what may be at stake if his last bold experiment fails


The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring

From the bestselling author of The Hot Zone comes an amazing account of scientific and spiritual passion for the tallest trees in the world the startling biosystem of Rthe canopy S and those who are committed to the preservation of this astonishing and largely unknown world


Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007

Science is about not knowing and wanting badly to know Science is about flawed and complicated human beings trying to use whatever tools they ve got along with their minds to see something strange and new In that sense writing about science is just another way of writing about the human condition from the introduction by Richard Preston br br The twenty eight pieces in The Best American Science and Nature Writing span a wide range of topics from the farthest reaches of space to the everyday world around us to the secrets hiddin in our own bodies Michael Lemonick travels to an extinct volcano in Hawaii where telescopes at the summit are providing researchers with a glimpse of the most distant galaxy ever seen and profound new insights into the creation of the universe Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a sharp witty look at Americans delirium over space travel And with surgical precision Michael Perry describes how a medical autopsy is performed Dead men can tell tales br br Here we also see examinations of the sometimes harmful impact of science on the natural world Susan Casey gives an alarming portrait of plastic waste pollution in the world s oceans including a dead zone in the mid Pacific that s twice the size of Texas Michael Shnayerson heads to West Virginia where the Appalachians are being blasted at the rate of several ridgetops a week all in the pursuit of ever elusive coal And Paul Bennett goes deep beneath Rome s streets where cutting edge excavation techniques are revealing newfound treasures in one of the world s oldest cities br br A profile of a late distinguished British ornithologist by John Seabrook reveals that the man s personal collection of bird skins now in the British Natural History Museum was largely stolen or bought and intentionally mislabeled Richard Conniff visits a former Brooklyn social worker turned primatologist who has become a fierce advocate of the lemur And Patricia Gadsby takes us into the kitchens of Europe s finest chefs to explain how the new field of molecular gastronomy is revolutionizing fine cuisine


First Light

Seven years before Richard Preston wrote about horrifying viruses in b The Hot Zone b he turned his attention to the cosmos In b First Light b he demonstrates his gift for creating an exciting and absorbing narrative around a complex scientific subject in this case the efforts by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California to peer to the farthest edges of space through the Hale Telescope attempting to solve the riddle of the creation of the universe br Richard Preston s name became a household word with b The Hot Zone b which sold nearly copies in hardcover was on b The New York Times s b bestseller list for weeks and was the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles Preston has become a sought after commentator on popular science subjects br For this hardcover reprint of what has been called the best popular account of astronomy in action b Kirkus Reviews b he has revised the text and written a new introduction


American Steel

Acclaimed writer Richard Preston chronicles the nearly superhuman effort by the Nucor Corporation America s ninth largest steel company to build a revolutionary new steel plant from the ashes of the midwestern Rust Belt Elegantly written and compulsively readable American Steel has all the elements of a great novel amazing characters gripping suspense towering machinery and a driving mission


The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story

In William Foster Sr a thirty three year old army reserve soldier is lost in action in Vietnam He leaves behind his beloved wife Sarah Ann a six year old daughter Lila and a thirteen year old son Will Jr They live in a trailer on the coast of Maine and parked beside the trailer is their father s beautiful but unreliable lobster boat the Sarah Ann The Sarah Ann s graceful curves and beautiful wood are a painful daily reminder of Will Sr s plans and dreams dreams now lost with him The December afternoons are lonely and dark for Lila and Will who must come home alone from school while their mother works They get scared when they find evidence that someone has been visiting the trailer and when they come home to find a rugged cantankerous somewhat smelly old man watching TV it takes them a while to realize he s Santa Claus br br What Santa does with the lobster boat and how he handles Will s one and only Christmas dream to have his dad back is the story of The Boat of Dreams It brings laughter surprises and tears and tells through an unforgettable story how love is the one power that can overcome all


Acid-Base, Fluids and Electrolytes Made Ridiculously Simple

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The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story, The Cobra Event, Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007, The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus, Acid-Base, Fluids and Electrolytes Made Ridiculously Simple, First Light, American Steel, The Demon in the Freezer