Media Mondays – Gone Viral

Richard Preston Texts

I recently finished reading a novel titled The Cobra Event by Richard Preston. It was a fictional read and explores topics similar to The Hot Zone, Richard’s first book written on the subject of infectious diseases. Both books explore the emergence of a virus and its initial outbreak; however, The Hot Zone is a non-fiction read while The Cobra Event is Richard’s debut in fiction writing. Additionally, in The Cobra Event, the virus is human-engineered in a Malthusian-inspired desire to control population growth rather than a pre-existing virus such as influenza, Ebola, or smallpox.

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