Medusa's Child

Medusa's Child

Book - 1997
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Everything in America is about to stop... 10,000 feet over Washington, D.C.! With the same breathtaking heroics that brought his bestsellingPandora's Clockinternational acclaim, John J. Nance once again spins today's headlines--this time about the threat of nuclear terrorism--into an all-too-realistic story of high-flying suspense.   For thirty-year-old captain Scott McKay, the transport run from Miami to Denver will give him the money he desperately needs to keep his fledgling air cargo company flying.  When a mysterious crate is discovered on his plane, however, McKay is ordered to abandon his present course and fly the crate and its owner, Vivian Henry, to Washington, D.C., before going to Denver.  McKay takes the forced detour in stride--until a strange noise comes from deep inside the crate.  It is the voice of Vivian's husband, Dr. Rogers Henry, warning that the shipment they are carrying is actually a fully armed Medusa device, a thermonuclear bomb that can destroy every computer chip over an entire continent, and blast the Silicon Age back to the Stone Age.  And it is set to go off within hours.   As panic spreads from the small community of nuclear scientists who used to work for Dr. Rogers Henry to the White House and eventually to the general public, a group of rogue military officers conspires to disobey the President's orders and secure the technology of the Medusa device, whatever the cost.  Will Captain McKay and his crew trust their own instincts to dispose of the bomb, or will they let a misguided government dictate their actions? Using his inside knowledge of the airline industry, as well as his expertise as a pilot, John J.  Nance has once again turned our worst fears into a terrifyingly realistic story.  Medusa's Childwill take readers into the center of a spine-tingling crisis.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c1997.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385483438
0385483430
Characteristics: viii, 388 p.

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May 23, 2015

A good potboiler airline thriller involving a dead scientist with a grudge, a crew in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a nuclear bomb with some unusual qualities. Nance paces the story well and keeps driving up the tension throughout.

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