book cover of Medusa
Added by 1 of our members

Medusa

(1988)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
On the 50th anniversary of his first novel, which was followed by 26 more, including The Wreck of the Mary Deere , Innes again demonstrates his considerable talents as a storyteller. Michael Steele is a prominent Englishman living with his half-Maltese wife, Soo, on the Spanish-ruled island of Menorca, where he manages a chandlery, rents out villas and charters sea trips for tourists. The arrival of Gareth Lloyd Jones, a British navy officer searching for his treacherous half-brother, coincides with three other events: Steele's marital troubles, a pretty archeologist's tripping upon smugglers, and a separatist movement's agitation for the island's independence and alliance with Moscow. When Menorca's mayor is assassinated, Steele is caught up with political events that place Jones and his aging British navy frigate, the Medusa , at the center of a tempest in a valuable teapot, a strategically important section of the Mediterranean Sea. Innes resists the current temptation to put superpowers at odds in an inflated nuclear situation. In this modest, engrossing adventure novel he shows a skill many of these doomsday authors lack: he fashions an absorbing narrative rich in character and exotic atmosphere.

Library Journal
Gareth Lloyd-Jones is the insecure young commander of HMS Medusa , an obsolete British frigate with a crew of troublemakers currently assigned to the western Mediterranean. When the ship is ordered to Mahon, port city of the Spanish Balearic island of Minorca, Lloyd-Jones finds himself at a flash point of East-West confrontation. On a personal level, he also becomes locked in a struggle with narrator Mike Steele, an English resident of Minorca, for the attentions of Steele's wife, Suzanne. Innes again spins the threads of terrorism, international intrigue, and personal challenges into a novel calculated to please his many readers. Though the story's pace is sometimes slowed by narrative details, patient readers will be rewarded with a high-suspense ending. William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.

Genre: Thriller

Used availability for Hammond Innes's Medusa

Hardback Editions

May 1996 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Medusa
Author(s): Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0-333-65301-7 / 978-0-333-65301-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 1989 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Medusa (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0-86220-281-7 / 978-0-86220-281-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


October 1988 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Medusa
Author(s): Innes
ISBN: 0-689-12018-4 / 978-0-689-12018-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 1988 : UK Hardback
thumb

Title: Medusa
Author(s): Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0-00-223376-2 / 978-0-00-223376-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

March 1996 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Medusa
Author(s): Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0-330-34230-4 / 978-0-330-34230-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 1989 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Medusa
Author(s): Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0-8125-0391-0 / 978-0-8125-0391-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 1989 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Medusa
Author(s): Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0-00-617674-7 / 978-0-00-617674-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

February 1989 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Medusa: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Hammond Innes
ISBN: 0-7451-6052-2 / 978-0-7451-6052-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Medusa
Author(s): Hammond Innes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU