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If you miss the great airborne adventures of writers like the late Ernest K. Gann, John Nance might help take up some of the slack. His Pandora's Clock--it became a TV movie--featured a nasty virus rampant at 35,000 feet. His latest has the widow of a world-class scientist trying to deliver to the Pentagon an invention that could shut down computers everywhere, thus ending civilization (and online bookselling) as we know it. Lots of hairy, if somewhat implausible, action--sure to be exploited in another TV movie. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
YA?From the intriguing jacket cover to the final page, suspense abounds in this thrilling novel. When Scott McKay, captain of his private cargo plane, takes on two passengers and their cargo crates, he and his crew discover that they are in for the flight of their lives. While over Washington, DC, a strange noise comes from deep inside the crate owned by Vivian Henry. It is the voice of her husband, a nuclear scientist who was believed dead. The people onboard are informed that the shipment that they are carrying is a fully armed Medusa device, a thermonuclear bomb that will not only kill millions of people, but can also destroy every computer chip on the continent, blasting the country back into the Stone Age. It is set to go off within hours. Panic erupts in the world of nuclear scientists who used to work for Dr. Henry, for they realize that this threat is a real possibility. Fear spreads through the White House and the general public, as a group of rogue military officers conspire to secure the bomb at any cost. Captain McKay and his crew soon discover that they are being deceived, and that everyone's life is in danger. Mistrust, deceit, and spine-chilling action flow from every page of this story.?Anita Short, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This book by Nance ranks right up there with Pandora's Clock. When I was in a bookstore a few years ago, I bought Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child together, and read them in that... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2001 by Jeff Pudelski
Nance has done better work, both with characters and plot. This book stretched credibility and the characters seemed generic to this type of story. Still, it's a page turner. Read morePublished on July 29 2000
I think this was an awesome novel filled with top-notch suspense. You will not be able to put it down once you start.Published on March 24 2000 by Matt Kratz
After you read this book get a copy of "Venom Virus" by Richard Parry from 1992. Compare the endings. Suspiciously similar.Published on Oct. 4 1999
After reading Pandora's Clock I thought a book could not be better! THAT WAS WRONG. This is the best book that's ever written. It's great from the first to the last page. Read morePublished on March 4 1999
This book was even better than his last. The suspense was undaunting. Again, they had to make this into a lame TV movie. This could have been a great movie. Mr. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 1999
Medusa's Child is one of the most suspenseful books I have read in a LONG time. The basic plot is a cargo 727 is carrying a live thermonuclear bomb that, in the process of killing... Read morePublished on Dec 21 1998
What a page turner! This is the first of Nance's books I have read and I expect to read more in the near future. Think about it... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 1998