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The Medusa Effect (New Adventures)

The Medusa Effect (New Adventures) [Kindle Edition]

Justin Richards

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Medusa - an experimental spaceship developed by the Advanced Research Department of St Oscar's University. Missing since it was launched, presumed lost in the wars, it was a project so secret that it has never been declassified.

Now, twenty years on, Medusa is coming home.

After one of the investigation team dies suspiciously, Professor Bernice Summerfield is assigned to help discover what went wrong. But to do so she must solve a riddle. What is the strange link between the original crew and the team now on board the drifting ship? And why do their ghosts still haunt Medusa?


The Medusa was a top secret experimental ship, lost since its launch 20 years ago. Now the Medusa is coming home, but when a member of the salvage team is mysteriously killed, Benny is sent in as a replacement. Something terrible has happened on the ship and Benny must find out what.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (31 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00702LYN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Adventures: A Brief History 7 Jun 2013
By S Maslin - Published on
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The New Adventures (Virgin Publishing 1991-99)
A Brief History

Phase Zero: Doctor Who (1963-89)
A family TV adventure series that had careered between the sublime and the ridiculous for twenty-six years before finally being cancelled. It should perhaps have been cut short five years previous but the remnants of a dangerously loyal fan following still remained. Unsatisfied.

Phase One: 'Timewyrm' to 'Nightshade' (1991-92)
No more Doctor on TV? Here's a cheaper alternative to keep fans occupied: books. A mixed blessing at first, with 'Timewyrm: Apocalypse' and the 'Cat's Cradle' Trilogy being especially poor but balanced by three out-and-out classics: 'Timewyrm: Exodus', 'Timewyrm: Revelation' and, best of all, Mark Gatiss' 'Nightshade', all offering great hope for a future in print.

Phase Two: 'Love and War' to 'Death and Diplomacy' (1992-96)
A handful of trusted authors gradually emerged, moonlighting in the Missing Adventures range (and later the BBC Past- and Eighth-Doctor books) and a new companion: tipsy archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, a less cartoonish character who seemed to give writers more to work with than the trigger-happy Ace. Just like the TV show that started it all, there are times when the books might make one question one's loyalty but pick out anything by Paul Cornell, Steve Lyons, Kate Orman or Gareth Roberts and you won't feel let down.

Transition: 'Happy Endings' (1996)
With the TV movie looming, 'Happy Endings' left us with not one Seventh Doctor, but two. One to go off to get shot in San Francisco in 1999 and the other to carry on in his own little book world. This neat arrangement could not last.

Phase Three: 'GodEngine' to 'The Dying Days' (1996-97)
Wretched though the 1996 TV movie undoubtedly was, hopes still remained that televisual Who would emerge from its fetid ashes. Though we were now officially in Eighth Doctor territory, some of the post movie Seventh Doctor books are among the best of the bunch (track down 'Return of the Living Dad', 'Damaged Goods' and 'Bad Therapy'). Yet all was not well in the corridors of Chancery.

Phase Four: 'Oh No It Isn't' to 'Twilight of the Gods' (1997-99)
Copyright wrangling ensued and one casualty was the New Adventures, forbidden to carry on under the Doctor Who banner or to use the central character. The NAs had a loyal fan base of their own so what to do? Bernice - child of the New Adventures - having been the range's brightest star, was the perfect choice to carry the whole thing forward. Of these later 'Benny' New Adventures, the standard is generally high, better on average than the Doctor Who books which preceded them. There are a few rather poor books ('Where Angels Fear', 'Twilight of the Gods', 'Another Girl, Another Planet') and Dave Stone, though occasionally brilliant, could try the patience ('The Mary-Sue Extrusion'). Justin Richards, on the other hand, author of 'The Medusa Effect' and three other titles, hardly ever seems to drop below "very good indeed".

With a few reasonably good New and Missing Adventures under his belt, when it came to the Benny-NAs, Mr Richards suddenly hit a mightily impressive vein of form. His four post-Doctor New Adventures are, alongside Kate Orman's 'Walking to Babylon', the best of the lot. Suffice to say that if you've enjoyed any of his Doctor Who work (in truth, much more of a mixed bag) or even if you haven't, you will really enjoy all of his Benny New Adventures, 'The Medusa Effect' being no exception. (Note: if you're going to read all four - and you should - start with 'Dragon's Wrath', for the simple reason that it appears first. Then make your way to 'The Medusa Effect', moving on to 'Tears of the Oracle' and finally the truly wonderful 'The Joy Device'. Should you get a taste for Mr Richards' contributions to the world of Doctor Who as well, 'The Sands of Time', 'Dreams of Empire', 'Option Lock', 'The Burning' and 'Time Zero' are all excellent.)
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