Medusa: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

Medusa: A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files Series)

by Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos

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Deep-sea explorer and government operative Kurt Austin must save the world from a deliberate viral outbreak in this thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author

In the Micronesian islands, a top-secret U.S. government-sponsored undersea lab conducting vital biomedical research on a rare jellyfish known as the Blue Medusa suddenly disappears. At the same time, off Bermuda, a bathysphere is attacked by an underwater vehicle and left helpless a half-mile below the surface, its passengers—including Zavala—left to die. Only Kurt Austin’s heroic measures save them from a watery grave, but suspecting a connection, Austin puts the NUMA team on the case.

Austin's team has no way to prepare for what comes next: a hideous series of medical experiments, an extraordinarily ambitious Chinese criminal organization, and a secret new virus that threatens to set off a worldwide pandemic. Austin and Zavala have been in tight spots before, but this time it’s not just their own skins they’re trying to save—it’s the lives of millions.

Filled with the high-stakes suspense and boundless invention that are unique to Cussler, Medusa is the most thrilling novel yet from the grand master of adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101057315
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Series: NUMA Files Series , #8
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 32,692
File size: 726 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Cussler is the author or coauthor of over fifty previous books in five bestselling series, including Dirk Pitt®, NUMA® Files, Oregon® Files, Isaac Bell, and Sam and Remi Fargo. His nonfiction works include Built for AdventureThe Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, and Built to Thrill:More Classic Automobiles from Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt, plus The Sea Hunters and The Sea Hunters II; these describe the true adventures of the real NUMA, which, led by Cussler, searches for lost ships of historic significance. With his crew of volunteers, Cussler has discovered more than sixty ships, including the long-lost Confederate ship Hunley. He lives in Colorado and 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.


Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth:

July 15, 1931

Place of Birth:

Aurora, Illinois


Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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Medusa 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
AnnBKeller More than 1 year ago
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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NaHa0827 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it was a very interesting book excspecially when they got trapped at the bottom and the people at the surface had to find a way to get to them.
whiteknight50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Clive Cussler's novels, and this one was the same. It was a reasonably good story, and a fairly quick read. I did find that this book had several rather campy references to earlier books, and introduced characters such as Dirk Pitt and Admiral Sandecker from his earlier novels, with very little purpose in moving forward the story. The story would have been stronger without them. I also felt that while the characters of Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala were fun, they didn't hold a candle to Dirk Pitt, having lost a lot of that larger than life quality which drove most of Clive Cussler's earlier books, and without that quality, the books lost some of their charm. Still a good story, and worth reading.
vernefan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Sting of the JellyfishAlthough for the past few years I have been staying away from Cussler's books due to the extreme predictability and improbability of his stories, I decided to try again with his new Kurt Austin thriller "Medusa". After seeing the amazing jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium a few times, the jacket cover of the book pulled me in, allowing me back into Cussler's realm of deepsea action stories. I do agree with other reviewers that it has become apparent of late, that Cussler is outlining the stories and using other co-authors to pen the actual narratives. I felt that with "Medusa" it showed, and I was happier for it. There was much more substance to this novel and thankfully the action scenes were very realistic, not over-the-top improbable, which made for a much more enjoyable experience. I think that the one ingredient that makes this book more of a hit is that it offers the reader an array of interesting information on a host of topics we might not have known of or realized existed. This plot involves the history of New England whaling, and some very cool high-tech underwater diving and exploration equipment such as deepsea rovers, hard-shell diving suits, submersibles like the original Beebe bathysphere, and Typhoon class submarines. It was also fascinating to learn of the magical islands of Micronesia with it's ruins of the lost primitive city of Nan Madol that I had never heard of. Readers also get an up front and personal, not so picturesque portrait, of the horrors of what a pandemic outbreak of an influenza virus could bring to this world if certain measures are not taken. But the star of Medusa's show however, is how the authors use tropical water jellyfish as an angle that on one hand causes the story's crisis, yet on the other hand will save the day. The part that the jellyfish have to play in the book, again brings intriguing and wondrous knowledge to us die-hard Cussler fans, offering an intimate view of this amazing underwater creature that can either glide through the sea like fanciful ghost-like fairies, or can reach out with their lengthy spindly tentacles for a fatal kiss of death. Yes this was a typical Cussler "hero saving the world from impending doom" suspense thriller. Yet, I think Kempreco's input throws a positive note to the Austin/Zavala team stories because they are just more believable than the Dirk Pitt/Giordano tales that had become beyond credible for a real world experience. Many times while flipping the pages I found myself stopping to turn on the internet and check to see if what the authors were drumming up were authentic. To my surprise, they were, which made me a much more happier camper knowing this was not just all within an imagined fictional arena that sometimes these novels can bring us. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to have once again enjoyed another Cussler novel after my vow a few years ago to never pick one up again. Now I will. Medusa is a very enjoyable and entertaining read and I give it four blue glowing jellyfish stars.
TomWheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another typical hero-saves-the-world-type story that has become the genre of so many of Clive Cussler's books. However, I did enjoy it and it was a page-turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good and fun to read! I own them all and preorder those on the way!
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seldombites More than 1 year ago
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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Great reading. Clive does it again!
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T-RadSR More than 1 year ago
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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