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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
Posted August 4, 2011
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.
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Posted February 12, 2014
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 meWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 27, 2011
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.
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Posted August 3, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 15, 2009
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.
Posted August 13, 2009
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 "Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2009
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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.
Posted August 8, 2009
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.
Posted August 1, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2009
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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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.