The Cobra Event

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The Cobra Event
Richard Preston
The book I read “The Cobra Event” is a very detailed and really gruesome book. The book starts off in the late 1990’s in New York. A girl by the name of Kate Moran, who is well later to be known as the first victim from a mysterious virus, lived her life as a usual laid back teenager. Well one day at school, out of no where, Richard Preston, which is the author, goes into great detail of Kate’s spontaneous reaction toward the virus that she had gotten that no one had known at the time. She has a terrible seizure and dies at the end of the first chapter.

Alice Austin would be the main character of this book. She was a twenty-nine year old women who is a medical pathologist in training. She specialized in death, finding out clue and gathering evidence to come up with conclusions to what was going on. Glenn Dudley is another character who had a good role in the book. He was a Chief Medical Examiner. This character was very crude to Alice Austin because she was new at the job but later get along with her. Glenn Dudley dies as they were in search of the virus. Will Hopkins would be the last person who I thought would be an important character. Alice Austin and her got along fine and at they both ended up not getting the disease from all the trouble they have gone trying to find the host.

“He stripped off the wrapper and fitted the little scalpel blade into the handle. He reached above his left ear with the scalpel and poked in into his skin until the tip touched bone, then he drew the blade swiftly over the crown of his head, making a coronal incision from ear to ear, the blade tip bumping against the hard bone of his calvarium.......With both hands, he reached up and grasped the flap of the skin that had opened across his head. There was a tearing sound.” (154-155) Richard Preston went all the way on this part showing what a little virus can cause a person to do when he/she got infected. The detail he gave, I could picture what...
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