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Medusa's Child by John J. Nance
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Sep 12, 2011

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Nance is a master at describing airplane-borne peril. He also does a swell job of describing the overzealous army officers or F.B.I. agents who tend to overstep boundaries. All of his books are great reads with realistic plots and clever mechanisms that advance the plot in realistic methods. This one is no exception.

A deceased scientist, in his will, leaves a crate to his ex-wife with instructions to deliver it to the Pentagon. Thinking it contains materials from his work in military science, she has it shipped via a private cargo carrier and accompanies it. It turns out to be a bomb. A thermonuclear bomb rigged to emit an electromagnetic pulse that will be powerful enough to destroy most computer chips, and therefore communications, banking, etc. In addition, he's rigged the bomb so that his ex-wife must stay within 15 feet of it or it will detonate (or so a typed message on a monitor indicates).. Soon, the crew and passengers (just a couple) are caught up with what they should do, while a reporter intercepts a conversation and breaks the story, spreading panic... Meanwhile, the FBI over-react, causing further problems while a hurricane offers yet another challenge...

Well-written, suspenseful, and I think, mostly believeable. Good action, Good plotting, Good characterization.


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