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The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,254 Ratings  ·  450 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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Edward Lorn
Dec 18, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donald Trump supporters
Recommended to Edward by: A lapse in judgment
Fuck this book with a spiked baseball bat soaked in concentrated lime juice.

Our hero Dirk Pitt slaps a crying woman because she's still sad over the death of her husband. He then proceeds to tell this thirty-year-old woman that someone should have bent her over their knee and spanked the grief out of her long ago. And then they have sex.

To recap the order of events:

Slaps her.

Says she deserves to be treated like a child.

Fucks her.

All this within six minutes of meeting this woman.

34 pages in an
This was my first foray into this adventure kind of novel. At least I think that's what it was. It was ok, but pretty mindless entertainment. I feel like I just ate an entire bag of chips or something completely empty of nutritional value.

It had its exciting, action-filled moments, but the characters... I had some problems with their lack of depth and the outright sexism really bothered me. I suppose I've been lucky not to read anything before that this blatantly objectifies females, and even m
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
Bob O'G
Oct 04, 2014 Bob O'G rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 18, 2014 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jane Stewart
2 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 i
Jorgen Schäfer
Feb 22, 2013 Jorgen Schäfer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
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
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
Molly Jo
Nov 26, 2011 Molly Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books
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
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
Mikael Thinsz
Apr 28, 2015 Mikael Thinsz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Den här boken vacklar mellan att vara så dålig att det är underhållande och att bara vara medioker.

Från det överförälskade sättet författaren gillar att beskriva huvudpersonens manlighet, till att beskriva all typ av militär hårdvara med samma förtjusning och till det rent skrattretande sättet som kvinnor porträtteras så finns det bara en beskrivning som passar in: gubbporr. den var lite intressant i slutet.
Otroligt fånig.
Men stundtals underhållande.

0/10, Helt okej bok.
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
Greg Z
Feb 05, 2016 Greg Z rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I read the first ten Fleming/Bond books last year, and it seems to me Cussler was trying here to emulate Fleming/Bond. The result is disastrous: Dirk Pitt is a sexist, racist jerk and the plot is just lame. Comparatively, James Bond is a gentleman and a fine humanitarian. I've read a number of Clive Cussler's books ("Sahara" and "Treasure" are very good imo) and thought I'd go back to this one, his first published work. Apparently the first book he actually wrote was "Pacific Vortex", but my gue ...more
Scott Welch
Sep 15, 2015 Scott Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
The one that started it all...the first published (second written) adventure of Dirk Pitt and the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) is well worth picking up as the story contains all the hallmarks Cussler established and has used for Pitt and his crew ever since - including a great plot (and subplots), characters you love and hate, and high-quality action that keeps you turning pages.

As a note, this Pitt story does not begin with an historical prologue that later ties into Pitt's adve
Sep 03, 2013 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 18, 2016 Mahlon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was thrilled when I found this at a garage sale or a quarter, having read and enjoyed almost all of The Isaac Bell series, I thought I was ready to transition into Dirk Pitt, And then I read it.

It had passages like this "I told her that her heart shouldn't be chained to a coffin full of bones, and slapped her hard" after which he makes love to this woman minutes after meeting her. Dirk Pitt? More like Jerk Pitt. I'll stick with Isaac Bell, he knows how to treat a woman.
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
Jan 20, 2016 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dirk Pitt seems to be developing nicely in this book, (I believe this was the 2nd book actually written though the first to be published) but this style of writing seems to be very old fashioned, compared to later books. Also, is it just me or does Dirk Pitt seem to be a bit of a wimp in this book. So what if he trudged hours through a labrynthe and felt like he couldn't go on, i've done tougher things in my life, this character is meant to be larger than life.
Aug 28, 2010 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Aaron Benarroch
Es el Cussler más clásico: quienquiera lo reconocería en una cata literaria a ciegas.
Replica en esta entrega de Dirk Pitt su fórmula vencedora: el joven aristócrata adicto a la adrenalina que va por el mundo sacando las castañas del fuego a las fuerzas armadas americanas, seduciendo alguna que otra modelo entre tanto. Una increíble perspicacia, una pericia con las armas también fuera de lo común y, marca Pitt, un sex appeal aturdidor le ayudan a cumplir con su cometido.
Como ya dicho en otras re
Feb 02, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A cheap potboiler. Reminded me of the simple 30-minute TV westerns from the 50s and 60s, in terms of its plot, character interactions, light and semi-comical bantering between characters under duress, and implausible actions. One gets the impression that the author has created Pitt as the character he would like to have been in real life, but that person would be insufferable.
Dirk Pitt is an obnoxiously conceited, smart aleck who thinks he is superman, god's gift to women, and the most clever pe
Colton Russell
Mar 12, 2015 Colton Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried to make this as vague as possible to avoid spoilers.

In “The Mediterranean Caper” by Clive Cussler, Dirk Pitt uses his training to uncover the mysteries of a smuggler, with a nasty past. Pitt uses his training he received through the air force to survive and to uncover the secrets of someone seeking to force the boat, which Pitt was assigned to evacuate the waters surrounding Thasos. Pitt uses his wits to figure out the plans of one of the largest criminals in the world. Pitt’s manhood a
Ryan Crompton
Dec 10, 2014 Ryan Crompton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Luis Fernando Franco
No es el gran libro, pero tampoco está mal. Las críticas de las feminazis me parece que tienen algo de sentido, pero están demasiado exageradas, la protagonista femenina Teri, no es ni remotamente "accesoria", es una (view spoiler) ...more
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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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