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Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #2)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  10,337 ratings  ·  352 reviews

On an isolated Greek island, a World War I fighter plane attacks a modern U.S. Air Force base...a mysterious saboteur preys on an American scientific expedition...and Dirk Pitt plays a deadly game of hunter and hunted with the elusive head of an international smuggl
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 3rd 1996 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1973)
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I don't mind some objectionable items but mistreatment of women is one thing I can't abide. Thankfully there was only a small amount of this at the beginning. I am at a loss as to why authors feel that a misogynistic attitude is a must in action books. Dirk Pitt is a dick! This shows in his cavalier and demeaning attitude toward women and in his over the top arrogance. The book was long on action and short on believable plot. Needless to say, Dirk Pitt rises up and saves the day. I am not sure I ...more
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. Not for me, but it might be good for teen boys and adults in that kind of mood.

A group of scientists are looking for a fish that may exist in the Mediterranean Sea. They thought it was extinct. Someone is sabotaging things. Dirk Pitt is assigned to help them. Some bad guys are nearby doing bad things.

I enjoyed the Lee Child books about Jack Reacher, and I thought this author might be similar. Although I’ve compared Jack to a comic book hero, I find Dirk
A cover blurb on another Dirk Pitt novel compares the hero of Clive Cussler's novels to James Bond. The comparison is an apt one, especially when it comes to the first two novels in the series The The Mediterranean Caper Dirk Pitt 2 and Iceberg Dirk Pitt 3.

In the same way that Fleming used Bond as a way to comment on the ways in which masculinity could and should be defined, Cussler defines what is masculine through the opinions, actions and attitudes of one Dirk Pitt. For example, in Caper, Pit
Jorgen Schäfer
Clive Cussler’s The Mediterranean Caper starts out just as Major Dirk Pitt arrives on an island near Greece to investigate a series of mishaps on a science vessel looking for a rare fish. The arrival coincides with the attack of an old World War I war plane attacking an US Air Force air field. Dirk Pitt can drive the old war plane off with his own non-combat plane, but is now drawn into a strange fight seemingly about fish.

The second book in the Dirk Pitt series keeps up the story of the James B
Leah Kautz
This was my 2nd Dirk Pitt book (Dragon was my first) that I picked up after realizing that the BF owned enough of the series that I could read it in some semblance of order. Though I know it doesn't make a huge deal of difference with these novels, I still did find it more enjoyable to start at least close to the "beginning".

These are a mix of what I like to call my "Guilty Pleasures" and something more substantial, as even though they are easy reads, they have enough accurate and new informatio
Jim Thomsen
The first six Dirk Pitt books filled some lonely hours for me between the ages of 14 and 16, when I was in a Christian boarding school and bored out of my mind for long stretches at a time. They were fast, fun and forgettable, well-suited to whiling away long nights and eternal weekends.

I picked them up again for the first time in nearly 30 years, wondering if they still held up for me. The answer is "no," but is that because my reading tastes have evolved in my mid-forties, or is it because Cl
Tim Basuino
It’s hard to believe, but Clive Cussler has been active for over forty years, writing about Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino, Admiral Sandecker and others for the most part.
It has been described elsewhere that Dirk Pitt is part James Bond and part Jacques Cousteau, and I think that is an apt analysis – like Bond he invariably is able to escape scrapes that a thousand lesser men would be unable to do, is slightly on the naughty side and for the most part doesn’t age. Like Cousteau he has an undying love fo
Maxi Bransdale
I was having a conversation with my dad the other day about the first ‘serious’ book I read. You know, that moment when you graduate from The Famous Five into more adult fiction. I racked my brains and came to the conclusion that it was Mr Cussler that first welcomed me, at the tender age of eleven, into the wonderful, and often mystical, world of adult fiction. So coming back to this book is sentimental for me. I have a lot of fond memories of the Dirk Pitt novels, not in the least because they ...more
Molly Jo
Clive Cussler books fall into the category I like to call "Brain Candy": completely entertaining and teaches me something completely new. If you've seen the movie Sahara, then you're already familiar with these characters. I LOVE that movie and was happily surprised to realize it was a book in a very extensive series.

Dirk Pitt and Al Giardino work for the National Underwater Marine Agency and have been sidekicks since their much younger days. The interplay and banter between the two is entertain
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Benjamin Thomas
This is another series that I haven't read in order but I am now making an effort to go back and fill in some holes. Some say this is the 1st Dirk Pitt novel, (and I believe it was the first one published - 1973) while others say it's the second. Regardless, it is an early version of Dirk Pitt that is quite a bit rougher around the edges than the one I know better from later books in the series. There was even one early scene where Dirk's actions rather turned me off (even given the time period ...more
Barbara ★
Damn I just love Dirk Pitt! He's not a hottie, heck according to Cussler, he's not even handsome; regardless, he always gets the girl. He's just like MacGiver, from that old TV show. Give him a toothpick and a high heeled shoe and he can get out of any death-defying scrape imaginable. Dirk is quick on his feet and even though he always gets caught, his unconventional tactics will amaze you. This time he and Al Gordino are sent in to Greece to help one of NUMA's research vessels that have been sa ...more
Well this is the first published Dirk Pitt book, but the second one written by Clive Cussler. This also happens to be the first book of his I've read. There are a lot of synopses of this to read so, I won't get into that here.

It was an okay book. It's a basic adventure/mystery story with remnants of classic pulp fiction style. The story line was fairly predictable and the characters two dimensional.

I gave it three stars instead of two, because the pulp factor was fun and at times funny. Althoug
Don't waste your time reading this one. The plot is fine, typical beach reading, but... There's fine line between machismo and misogynistic kak, and this particular book crosses it. It's the difference between a dog pissing to mark his territory, and a dog pissing on you to mark his territory. I like Cussler's stuff, but if I'd started with this one I would have developed a permanent sour opinion for him. Thank God it dawned on him that women can read too, and changed a few things later in the s ...more
Ryan Crompton
I cracked this book open a couple days ago, after (re) discovering it in a tucked-away corner of the library. When I finished, I checked the copyright.


It's 40 years old. Older than me.

But it's held up surprisingly well. Unlike the Dirk Pitt novels Cussler would construct later in his career, there are no outlandish coincidences, no famous people, no interjection of Cussler as a character. Suspension of disbelief while reading this book doesn't require actively gritting one's teeth and quiet
Tym razem w moje ręce wpadła powieść "Afera Śródziemnomorska" autorstwa Clive'a Cusllera, który słynie z powieści sensacyjno-przygodowych.

Książka rozpoczyna się ciekawie, bo od ataku Albatrosa, który był ostatni raz widziany w okresie I wojny światowej.
Major Dirk Pitt wraz z kapitanem Al Giordino przypadkiem znaleźli się w pobliżu ataku. Jak się okazało ten atak stał się poczatkiem przygód dzielnego majora Pitta.
Statek Numa, który prowadzi badania naukowe odkrywa serię tajemniczych działań, któr
I did not read this entire book. I wanted to like it because I love the concept of Dirk Pitt, but I can't get past his view of women.

As early as page 27 of the book, Dirk gets angry because a woman has had the audacity to still be in mourning over a husband that died 9 years previously. For this crime, he slaps her. When she asks him why he hit her, he responds with the following:

"Because you needed it, needed it badly," he snapped. "That torch you carry around is as worn out as an overcoat. I
Okay... You know those times when you just want to spend some time alone with a story in which the hero will definitely win... why? Well... because he's heroic, of course?!? But the point is that you did not want to waste any grey matter on interpreting esoteric emotions or imagery no matter how beautifully painted. This then is just such a book for you. Dirk Pitt is the James Bond type hero who'll triumph (because of all of his heroic capabilities, of course!) and all you are expected to do as ...more
Thomas Hooker
Set on a small island off the coast of Greece, The Mediterranean Caper follows the story of ex-Military officer Dirk Pitt and his team of oceanographers as they try to piece together a series of attacks and acts of sabotage occurring on the island. Soon after their arrival, a World War 1 era German plane attacks an American Base on the island, leaving it in smoldering ruins. The fast-paced events that follow uncover a massive conspiracy and, furthermore, an illegal smuggling ring with the island ...more
Thank goodness for charity shops/stalls, etc.! Thanks to one run in our church I picked up several books by Clive Cussler - he was completely unknown to me a few weeks ago & now, after reading two of his novels, I'm hooked on him! He's become my favorite author at the present time!

Normally I only buy SciFi books, especially Star Trek novels, but they are very difficult to find in the charity stalls/shops. Even an Oxfam bookshop in town doesn't have any!

I say thank goodness for charity shops
I am openly admitting that I am violating some rule by reviewing this book because I did not finish it. I read 150 pages of this nonsense before giving up. I purchased it because Clive Cussler is on every bookshelf of every book retailer in the country and I guess I was curious. Here's a few reasons why I could not stand this drivel. This book contains a recurring character in Cussler's work named Dirk Pitt, which is a name so contrived I can't believe a human being let it escape his thought ban ...more
The Mediterranean Caper is the first Dirk Pitt novel, (although Cussler later wrote a book that takes place before this one). I don’t normally read these kinds of Action/Adventure novels; they just aren’t my kind of thing. Caper was interesting, though. It felt like your standard James Bond/Indiana Jones kind of thing. Dirk Pitt is a senator’s son, graduate of the Air Force Academy, and the special projects director for NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency). He is also an arrogant ass-ho ...more
José Ramón
Es mi segundo libro con este autor, primero leí "Rescate al Titanic".
Sinceramente me ha parecido entretenido y ameno. Me lo he leído en dos noches y muy recomendable para pasar el rato.
La historia es sencilla, y tiene ciertos giros interesantes, aunque para mi predecibles. Es una de esas novelas donde un "hombre normal" se enfrenta casi en solitario a una gran red, con enorme poder y recursos.
No quiero estropearle la historia a nadie, pero si me recuerda a estos héroes de la guerra fría que se
This was the first published book in the best-selling Dirk Pitt series. Lots of adventure, romance, and evildoers to overcome though perhaps a bit dated. Listened the audio version reliably read by Michael Prichard.
Richard Turner
I read this book for nostalgia. As I am a great fan of Clive Cussler, it was interesting to go back to the beginning and see how things all began. I had forgotten how much this read like a Sean Connery early Bond film. Thank goodness things have changed for the better over the years. Still for a fan it was a pleasant enough trip down memory lane.
Well, you can certainly tell that this book was written back in 1973. The actual plot and storyline still hold up. There isn't that much of a technology problem, but the attitude of the male characters toward the women is downright pre-historic! I kept hoping for a strong female character to put these men in their place. In this book, in particular, you can see the influence of the James Bond movies. Where you have a female character who depends on her physical feminine attributes to get over on ...more
Not only should you not read this book, but if you discover someone else reading it, arrange an exorcism immediately.

It is an execrable magpie's nest of hoary cliches, lazy plotting, ritual misuse of common words (as well as commas), willful scientific misunderstanding (see: the fish), and inept phrasing.

In its defence, the finale is strong. But every preceding page, and there are many, is littered with work that can only be described as that of the rankest amateur. It is painful to endure. Here
I really enjoyed this book. Personally Im not a big war or mystery reader, however this book really got to me. I like the flow of the book and the way it was written. How the main character seemed to always be one step ahead but the reader never saw it until it was sprung upon them. Usually books allow for an easy guess at what will happen and how it comes out, but instead in this book I couldn't guess on what was happening, or how the end might turn out. Also it was an interesting story line, a ...more
Like all Clive Cussler books, in my opinion, this book was quite good. However, I didn't like it near as much as his others. I felt it was a bit too short and was a bit of a letdown after some of his other books that involve insane world takeover plots, raising the Titanic, super viruses/bugs that will kill most of the world, etc. Although this book comes early on in the Dirk Pitt storyline, I didn't read it until after reading most of the other Dirk Pitt books. So perhaps I should give it a pas ...more
Samantha Jeffree
As a 28 year old female, I personally am not offended by the reference to women in this book. Okay, it is a little extreme, but so is James Bond.
I have been reading Clive Cussler books since I was a young teenager - raiding the bookshelves I discovered these and although they were probably above my age bracket, really liked them and still do.
This is one of the first in the series and it is different to the later ones, but still entertaining. I don't read Cussler books to believe every word that'
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Cussler began writing novels in 1965 and published his first work featuring his continuous series hero, Dirk Pitt, in 1973. His first non-fiction, The Sea Hunters, was released in 1996. The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered The Sea Hunters in lieu of a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in May, 1997. It was the first time ...more
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