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The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt #2)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published January 1973)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mikael Thinsz
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.
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
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
Colton Russell
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
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
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
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
0n the remote Greek Island of Thasos, a German Albatros, a vintage World War I fighter plane, has swooped out of the blazing blue sky to attack a modern U.S. Air Force base, nearly destroying its fleet of F-105 Starfire jets. Thirty miles offshore, piloting a Catalina en route to the American scientific research vessel First Attempt, Dirk Pitt hears and responds to the Brady Field emergency call. He blows the Albatros back into the oblivion from which it came, ripping open a mammoth half-century ...more
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.
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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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