Medusa: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

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A plague that threatens to eradicate millions...

A ruthless cabal on a quest for domination...

Mysterious undersea events lead Kurt Austin and the NUMA team to discover a hideous series of medical experiments, an extraordinarily ambitious Chinese criminal organization, and a secret new virus that threatens to set off a world-wide pandemic.

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Overview

A plague that threatens to eradicate millions...

A ruthless cabal on a quest for domination...

Mysterious undersea events lead Kurt Austin and the NUMA team to discover a hideous series of medical experiments, an extraordinarily ambitious Chinese criminal organization, and a secret new virus that threatens to set off a world-wide pandemic.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the eighth Kurt Austin adventure, a lethal flu virus emerges in China, and the Chinese and American governments join together to search for a vaccine to prevent a global pandemic. Research suggests the sea holds the cure, but when the vital deep sea research laboratory goes missing, NUMA's Special Assignments Team with Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala pursue leads into danger to recover the invaluable resources. Scott Brick adds texture to one of Cussler's deep sea adventures; the timbre and tone of his voice are pleasing—even as he ratchets up the tension to the story's memorable climax. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 20). (June)
Library Journal

In the latest in the long line of popular adventure novels by Cussler, whose first major success, Raise the Titanic, now seems eons ago, an influenza pandemic in China threatens to explode and kill countless millions. While a joint U.S. and Chinese team makes strides on a vaccine, bad guys working on their own vaccine to gain great wealth and power kidnap the scientists. Enter Cussler hero Kurt Austin (The Navigator) and his NUMA® buddies to take on the villains, and who do you think will win? Cussler loves to combine history with current action, so the key to a vaccine lies in the log of an 1847 whaling ship owned by the descendants of a crewman. VERDICT Cussler's thrillers are predictable and over the top, attributes relished by his legions of fans, and this one is filled with action, heroics, and apparently plausible science, which makes for great summer escape reading. [See Prepub Alert, LJ2/1/09.]—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI


—Robert Conroy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425235096
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Series: NUMA Files Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 294,957
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

Clive Cussler is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Spy and Lost Empire. He lives in Arizona.
Paul Kemprecos has coauthored all five previous NUMA Files novels with Cussler and is a Shamus Award-winning author of six underwater detective thrillers.

Biography

Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Tantalizing and Frighteningly Real

    In Medusa, a series of seemingly unrelated events combine into a cold, calculated scheme which will kill millions of people and dangle the fates of nations in the hands of a few Chinese madmen. The story begins in 1848 on the whaling ship, Princess, when the crew falls under a strange illness while sailing the Pacific. The strange potion that cures them is remarkable and most of the men live to a ripe old age, relatively free of disease.

    Years later, a strain of the virus which afflicted the men of the Princess, rears its ugly head again. Ruthless experiments on human patients test a cure of sorts, but the virus threatens to leap the bounds of containment and it's finally time to destroy the evidence - the patients themselves.

    A disgraced Chinese physician, Dr. Song Lee, is plucked from the remote countryside and rushed to assist with the research for a cure. Unfortunately, research performed at Bonefish Key is linked to a savage attack on a bathysphere, stranding two men on the bottom of a very cold, dark ocean. Rescue barely comes in time and the researchers struggle to understand how the two events are connected.

    Meanwhile, a Chinese criminal group with ties all around the world, disguises itself behind Pyramid, a huge organization with great power and influence. Dr. Lee's successes in working toward a cure for the virus threaten Pyramid's plans to allow a worldwide outbreak, with Pyramid holding the only vaccine. As such, Pyramid could name its price for the vaccine, enslaving governments desperate to save their people. Dr. Lee cannot be allowed to continue. A ruthless assassin closes in to silence Dr. Lee once and for all!

    Fast paced and frighteningly real, this book is a real page turner. Crisp details of massive submarines, undersea laboratories, government politics and twisted, insane minds are interwoven with the bonds of friendship, technical expertise, love and desperation into a riveting account. From the moment you crack the cover, you won't want to put this book down. Worthy of a second read, to catch some of the details.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Quest of hesta

    Help me hesta cries she sees u and smiles before frowning then screaming shes here! Dont use your eyes! Medusa cackles as a fury swoops in and carries of hesta. I will tell u wherer shes gone if u defeat me

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    I stopped reading this book about halfway through. It isn't a ba

    I stopped reading this book about halfway through. It isn't a bad book - I simply lost interest. It is still worth giving it a go, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Holly

    Thank you

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Janary 28,2012

    I hate this book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Paid by the word

    To those who like this book you must have pretty low standards. In addition being slow and predictable there were some glaring errors. First you can't change the genetics of an organism that is a community organism. They do not share the same DNA. Second you do not buddy breath any more. All scuba setups have two seperate air hoses. Finally if I read about his "coral blue eyes" one more time I will scream.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    The first chapter was great

    It had been a while since I read a Clive Cussler novel. I read the first chapter in the store and bought the book to finish it. The first chapter is vintage Cussler. It grabbed me instantly. The rest of the book was an enjoyable high seas adventure.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

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    An Exciting Action-Adventure Yarn!

    This is my very first Clive Cussler novel. I listened to the CD version before reading and I became hooked on Cussler's work. Not many authors today avoid excessive language and violence. Clive Cussler is a brilliant writer and a gentleman. The Ernest Hemmingway of the 21st century.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Somewhat slow at times

    This was another easy to read and somewhat easy to follow book by Cussler. I've read them all and by far my least favorite is the Kurt Austin story lines. OK OK I have to say I am really partial to Dirk Pitt and the way those stories are written. But I am finding Iassic Bell to be as good. Read the Chase, The Wrecker and The Spy All pretty good yarns!

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    The same stuff different book

    I reads like many of Cusslers books but still enjoyable.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    well done

    very well done and exciting. Of the various authors with whom Cussler collaborates, the series with Kemprecos is one of the best.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

    RE: my idea

    This book was not one of my favorites or what I believe to be one of his best. It was a little slow in some areas but not too bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Another good book from Clive Cussler

    Any book I have ever read by Mr. Cussler has always been a great read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Richard

    I have read all Clive Cussler books and find them great. I ESPECIALLY like Dirk Pitt novels. The books are without bad language, sex and blood. The writing leaves enough to the imagination to keep you reading.
    Preferrably, I would like Cussler to stick to Dirk Pitt as a base, but realize this may not be practical.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    Another extremely exciting, fast pace can not put it down Cussler book. While one might say the Cussler books are all the same like the John Grisham books. The only common thread, quite necessarily are the main characters after that it is a good

    deal of inovative thought. While a bit far featched there is enough underlying facts supported by today's realities to make the story near believable. As my wife asks after reading all of Cussler's " can't put it down" books, " Why don't they make it into a movie "

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Topical plot

    The plot revolves around a possible pandemic. Like SARS, it originates in China, but all is not what it appears to be, which makes for a good story.

    Medusa, like Cussler's other books, contain a lot of nautical information. It is a easy read, and unlike some popular authors, is isn't filled with blank pages and short chapters.

    The plot has a few holes in it, which is why I am giving it 4 stars. Most readers will not have the technical background to spot them, which is why I am not listing them. Medusa is a good story, and I recommend it.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Medusa

    Medusa, the adult stage of a jellyfish, whose sting can be painful.

    Clive Cussler does it again. Another great book in the "Numa File" series. Those that enjoy his adventure style of writing will not be disappointed. It is hard to put this book down (as is usual with his books),once you start reading. One wants to read it straight through from beginning to end, but if you can, stretch it out over seversl days. You will not be disappointed. Now the wait begins for the next book from the "Master" of adventures.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Medusa

    good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

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    MEDUSA triumphs over Triad

    Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala have another suspense-filled and thrilling adventure as they put a stop to the criminal triad's plan to take over China at the expense of half the world's population. With the help of a beautiful (what else) Chinese scientist they and the rest of the NUMA team prevail.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    From Clive it is another Page Turner.

    I always enjoy any of the books under Clive Cussler by line. I like the NUMA and Brad Pitt. If you like Clive or have never read him try this book. You will go back and get his other books and you will be hooked. Read and enjoy!

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