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Medusa (The Numa Files book 8) by Clive…

Medusa (The Numa Files book 8) (edition 2010)

by Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos

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Title:Medusa (The Numa Files book 8)
Authors:Clive Cussler
Other authors:Paul Kemprecos
Info:Berkley (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 528 pages
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Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala of NUMA and their underwater vehicles B3 and Bubbles are attacked by a mysterious submersible when they take a scientist with them on an exploration. The scientist is head of an undersea laboratory, Davy Jones’s Locker, which disappears at the same time. The Navy asks NUMA for help in retrieving the laboratory. Of course, as in most of Cussler’s books, the future of the planet depends on Austin and NUMA, this time in safeguarding the vaccine to an epidemic. Our heroes are larger than life, their love interests of this adventure smart, petite, beautiful and a bit helpless, and the Asian enemy cruel but no match for our heroes. One of the enemies is shot near the end of the book, and then….
“The body was shipped to a warehouse where the receiver complained about the quality of the merchandise. The corpse was dissected, immersed in acetone to eliminate all traces of moisture, and then given a bath of polymers. The muscles and bones were touched up with paint, and the body bent into a standing position, the arm cocked and ready to smash a tennis ball.
When the transformed corpse arrived in London to join other bodies in an exhibition that would take it to Paris and New York, a tennis racket was placed in the boney hand. In time, his skinned body would adorn T-shirts, key chains, refrigerator magnets, even the cover of the catalog sold at the traveling exhibition. “
This part is pretty hilarious, more so as I have just been to the Bodies exhibition in Las Vegas. And indeed, all those sportive corpses are Asian, so maybe….. ( )
  estroocloeck | Jan 10, 2015 |
Typical Cussler. The whaling facts and references to New Bedford and Fairhaven were especially interesting. ( )
  cmasson17 | Dec 22, 2014 |
For seven books, Clive Cussler has dazzled readers with the "spine-tingling adventures" (_Chicago Tribune_) of Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA Special Assignments Team, but in Medusa the NUMA® team faces what may be its most perilous mission of all.

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. He has no idea what he's just gotten them all into. A hideous series of medical experiments...an extraordinarily ambitious Chinese criminal organization...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 unique to Cussler, *Medusa* is the most thrilling novel yet from the grand master of adventure.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 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. ( )
  seldombites | Jul 10, 2013 |
This is another classic Clive Cussler story with NUMA people in the center of it. This one has Kurt and Joe in place of Dirk and Al. Very similar characters but still a fun story to listen too.

A severe strain of the flu has broke out in remote China and it appears to be a very dangerous strain. It spreads fast and has a high mortality rate and no treatments seem to have any effect on it. The government is trying it's best to quarantine the area but it is only a matter of time before it breaks out and moves to more populated areas, quite possibly moving from an epidemic to a world wide pandemic.

A US biomedical research group has a strong lead on finding a cure and is trying desperately to get it completed in time to prevent the disaster. When the project is nearing completion, the entire lab, with all its scientists and research disappeared. Austin gets called in to find them and save the world.

Fun story and better written than many of action stories in the similar vein. I think most of these NUMA stories would make great movies like the old James Bonds. ( )
  readafew | Nov 15, 2012 |
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"If the epidemic continues its mathematical rate of acceleration, civilization could easily disappear from the earth."

---Dr. Victor Vaughn,

The American Experience, "Influenza 1918"
"Wash inside of nose with soap and water each night and morning; force yourself to sneeze night and morning, then breathe deeply; do not wear a muffler; take sharp walks regularly and walk home from work; eat plenty of porridge."

---Influenza prevention advice in
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In all his years sailing the worlds ocean, Captain Horatio Dobbs had never known the sea to be so barren.
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very good book excpecially when they get trapped at the bottom of the ocean
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Kurt Austin puts the NUMAA team on a case involving 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.

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