The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt, #2)
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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...more
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Published May 1st 1984 by Bantam (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
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...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
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
Teo Hoppe
In this outer, Dirk Pitt, NUMA's deep-diving hero, tangles with an elaborate smuggling ring that treats the Aegean waters like their own bath tub. In one of their bolder moves, the smugglers strike at nearby USAF base using nothing more than a WWI fighter. Millions of dollars worth of air force aircraft shatter and burn when struck by the primitive fighter's machine gun. Nearby, an NUMA research ship is also targeted by the smugglers. In striking back, Pitt will face a WWII U-boat skipper and a...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...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.
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...more
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
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'...more
Adam Boudreau
This is the first Clive Cussler novel published for the Dirk Pitt universe. I wish I could say that this novel stood the test of time, but it really does not. This is actually the second Dirk Pitt novel I've ever read and prior to this I've read "Pacific Vortex", which was a long unpublished first book which Cussler wasn't really interested in every publishing until overwhelming demand from fans asked for it. Between "The Mediterranean Caper" and the "Pacific Vortex" I can understand why Cussler...more
The Mediterranean Caper is the 2nd book in the Dirk Pitt series. The book revolves around a major in the US Air Force, Dirk Pitt, who travels the world with his side-kick, Al Giordino, assisting the National Underwater Marine Agency ( NUMA). The first scene is set in Greece, where a WWI plane attacks the main American base and destroys the planes. Dirk, in the process of flying to the base, appears to stop the plane from inflicting any more damage. However, Dirk must now discover the reason for...more
I am starting from the very first Dirk Pitt book - at least by most of the book sites that I can see - and after my first Dirk Pitt novel being Sahara - this Dirk Pitt is a much rougher, rowdier, and vulgar person - given to fly off at the handle and to tirades that go on for pages. I can only assume that since this is the first, from what I can tell, rendition of this character by Clive Cussler that the character was still rough and got more refined over time. It could also be that he was an in...more
Giulio Speranza
I started to read Clive cussler's 2 years ago, and now that for christams I got a kindle I started to read
the dirk pitt's story from the real start...
The story starts with Pitt e Giordino arraving on the aegian sea e dopo a couple of descriptions already one of the super adventure's of pitt starts, Pitt ia fivhting a WWI airplane wich is distructing all the airplanes on a US air force base.
After rhe battle wich is won by the ability in piloting of Pitt and the shooting skills of Giordino they're...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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