The Virus That Ate L.A.
An intelligent microbe race that can live symbiotically in other intelligent beings is colonizing the human race throughout the civilized universe.
A US Army medical team converges on the Sumatran jungle camp of a missing American scientist, working feverishly to find the source of a deadly Ebola-like disease and to prevent its spread.
Molecular biologist Kaye Lang's theory -- that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can return to life -- has become a chilling reality. The shocking evidence: a "virus-hunter" has tracked down a flu-like disease that kills expectant mothers and their offspring.
After being sent aboard the Navy ship that is isolating a deadly new bacteria, forensic pathologist Joanna Blalock quickly learns that someone is purposely spreading the disease and killing those on board, and she must stop the ruthless killer before it is too late.
"It's a massive hospital space station on the Galactic rim--384 levels, a staff of thousands--where human and alien medicine meet. But Patient Hewlitt, new to Sector General, doesn't want to meet alien medicine--or alien doctors, or alien nurses, or aliens of any kind. Which is just too bad; he's an interesting case, and he'll have to get used to it. In the meantime, it's always been an article of faith among Sector General's multispecies staff that infections can't pass from one alien race to another. But in this season of anomalies, it looks like they might have their first-ever interstellar virus on their hands, their tentacles, their cilla...."
When a renegade doctor smuggles a deadly virus out of the Angolan jungle, the fuse is lit on a time bomb of terrifying proportions--a doomsday disease that could devastate America.
The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.
"The Cobra Event is the story of a secret counter-terror operation. It is set in motion 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, 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 in Atlanta sends a forensic pathologist. an expert in epidemiology, 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."
Kay Scarpetta, medical examiner, is up against an apparent serial murderer who leaves a fatal virus in his dismembered victims.
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