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In seven previous titles, 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. In "Medusa," the team faces what may be its most perilous mission of all.
Born in Aurora, Illinois, Cussler grew up mainly in California where he attended Pasadena City College before joining the Air Force during the Korean War. Serving as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer, Cussler eventually left the service to work in advertising as a copywriter, moving on to become creative director of some of the country's most prestigious agencies. Cussler didn't begin writing novels until he was 34, and it wasn't until eight years later in 1973 that he published a novel featuring Dirk Pitt, the hero he is most famous for creating. Since then, Cussler has gone on to write a long list of best-selling adventure novels, which have been translated into 40 languages and have been sold in over 135 countries. He has served as chairman of the National Underwater & Marine Agency, and as a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York, the Royal Geographic Society in London, and the American Society of Oceanographers. Cussler is married to Barbara Knight, with whom he has had three children. He spends much of his time on his favorite hobby, tending to his sizable collection of rare and classic cars.
From the Publisher
When a deep-sea biomedical station conducting research on an elusive jellyfish (the Blue Medusa) becomes itself impossible to find--the station just disappears--and a spherical submersible gets attacked, the leader of the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) team takes decisive action. Hopefully Kurt Austin's heroic maneuvers will save the lives of those trapped far below the surface in the bathysphere--including his longtime teammate Joe Zavala. Austin might manage to postpone a massive disaster, but his team's problems are far from over, with organized crime and viral terrorism lurking in the corners. This is Clive Cussler's eighth NUMA TEAM book, and its underwater thrills are as much of a splash as ever.