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The Mediterranean Caper [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Clive Cussler , Bruce Greenwood
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Aug. 1 1996 Dirk Pitt Adventure
Dirk Pitt responds to a call of distress and finds himself coping with a modern Greek goddess in a red bikini, a vast drug-smuggling ring, a still-active Nazi criminal, and a perilous undersea labyrinth. Read by Bruce Greenwood. Book available.

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"Get-to-the-next-page excitement...Dirk Pitt is a combination James Bond and Jacques Cousteau." -New York Daily News

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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 plays a deadly game of hunter and hunted with the elusive head of an international smuggling ring.

Dirk Pitt, intrepid hero of Clive Cussler's smash bestsellers Dragon, Sahara, and Inca Gold, is hot on the trail of a mammoth drug conspiracy controlled by a missing Nazi war criminal. On land and in the depths of the Aegean, Pitt troubleshoots his way through desperate adventures!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pitt of the Aegean May 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 hot Grecian beauty. It's a thin Pitt adventure - closer to the Kurt Austin NUMA books, but still above them. It's closer to "Pacific Vortex" than one of the larger (and globe-spanning) novels like "Cyclops" or "Raise the Titanic". A lot of it is over-the-top (even with their planes on the ground, wouldn't a USAF base have other forms of protection? And are 20 ton airplanes a tad bit more damage resistant?) On the plus side, it's still a dependable Pitt actioner and Cussler (still keeping himself out of the story) gets some good use of the hot Aegean settings.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Machismo garbage May 21 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Considering the obvious success Clive Cussler has had with his novels, I thought it was time I gave one a try (they're popular, they can't be that bad... wrong). With this in mind I thought I'd start at the beginning (which is really Pacific Vortex, as it was written before 'The Mediterranean Caper' - or 'Mayday!' as it's called in Australia - was published).
However, while I won't comment on the literary merits of Pacific Vortex (think an utterly dumbed down James Bond - and that's really dumb), it was supremely advanced over the stilted dialog and so-called machismo of the Mediterranean Caper. In fact, I wasn't even able to get past 35 pages of this truly awful example of writing.
And why is that, you ask?
Let's look at the following text taken from the book. To put you in the scene our 'hero' Dirk Pitt has gone down to the beach one early morning. While there a beautiful young woman stumbles across him. Naturally they talk and she reveals how her beloved husband was killed in a car crash eight and a half years previously:
<and let's now read the literary brilliance of Clive Cussler:>
'It's been eight and a half years now,' she replied in a whisper.
Pitt felt dazed. Then anger set in. What a waste, he thought. What a rotten waste for a beautiful woman like her to grieve over a dead man for nearly nine years. The more he thought about it the angrier he became. He could see tears welling in her eyes as she lost herself in the remembrance, and the sight sickened him. He reached over and gave her a hard backhand slap across the face.
Her eyes jerked wide, and her whole body tensed from the sharp blow. It was as if she was struck by a bullet. 'Why did you strike me?' she gasped.
'Because you needed it, needed it badly,' he snapped.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MOVE OVER HE-MAN! March 23 2002
By Sesho
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dirk Pitt is a man's man. He is the ultimate machismo. He was the Hollywood action hero before there was such a thing. Pitt is the man described in the theme song for the James Bond film "Thunderball". The type of hero that he is has been outdated, whether wrongly or not, in our more politically correct times. It's wrong to rescue a damsel in distress now. It's wrong to be ruthless when it comes to the feelings of others. Ours is an age when we tell the truth on one hand and gently coo "I'm sorry for telling the truth" with the other. Pitt is a throwback to old style pulp fiction heroes and I don't see anything wrong with that.
The Mediterranean Caper is the first published novel starring Dirk Pitt. It opens with an attack on Brady Air Force Base, which is located on the Greek island of Thasos. Without warning a German bi-plane identical to those used in World War I strafes the airfield, causing much damage to the facility and its aircraft. By coencidence, Dirk Pitt and his best friend, Al Giordino are flying to the base and are able to win an air battle against the attacker. The wounded bi-plane manages to fly away and disappears into thin air and so begins the mystery.
Dirk Pitt is the Special Projects Director for the US National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA). What that really means is that he is a troubleshooter. When things are going wrong he is sent in to solve the problem. In this book he has been called in to investigate the sabotaging of a NUMA research ship called The First Attempt. The ship's mission is to locate and capture a fish that is considered a living fossil. Someone does not want this to happen and is sabotaging the ship's equipment. Dirk just happens to fly in as the seemingly unrelated plane attack on the base is going on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes it's far-fetched, but it's so much FUN . . . Jan. 26 2001
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Clive Cussler's books always remind me of a James Bond movie. The plots are preposterous, the hero is far too perfect, and the women fall into his bed much too easily. Nevertheless, they're so much fun that they keep you turning the pages until the very end. The hero, Dirk Pitt, is an Air Force Major on assignment to the National Underwater Marine Agency (NUMA) as a kind of trouble shooter. In this case, Pitt is sent to Thasos (a small island off the coast of Greece) to investigate sabotage attempts being made against a NUMA scientific expedition. He immediately finds himself in the middle of an air raid on a U.S. Air Force base - a raid made by a World War I era biplane. Pitt ultimately winds up bringing down a Nazi war criminal who has eluded justice long enough to become perhaps the world's most clever and dangerous smuggler. In the process he becomes romantically involved with a beautiful Narcotics agent posing as the smuggler's niece while narrowly escaping death several times. In short, if you like James Bond you'll love Dirk Pitt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book !!!!
This was the first Clive Cussler book Ive read, and I loved it. I thought it was great! The whole story, the characters, everything !!! Read more
Published on March 20 2005 by Michael Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure !!!
A great book from start to finnish...... Cant wait to read the rest of the Dirk Pitt series. Im sure they will be jsut as good if not better. Read more
Published on March 4 2005 by Michael Beveridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Heck of a story poorly written
This was my first Cussler novel (I figured I'd start at the begining) and it's a decent enough yarn but atrociously written. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Phil Gaston
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Fun!
I first started reading Cussler when I found Pacific Vortex at my condo complex's library. I became addicted. Read more
Published on March 20 2003 by "musicmoviesandbooksbuyer"
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Dirk Pitt Adventure
Hey, not literature but still a lot of fun! Don't miss any of about the first 10 books in this series.
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by "mnlaustin"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mediterranean Caper
Very entertaining! My husband and I have been reading (and re-reading) Clive Cussler's novels for over 15 years. All his books contain lots of action and history. Read more
Published on June 4 2002 by Student File
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dirk Pitt debut
I recently read this book again for the first time in twenty years. I now realize what captivated me to read all of the Dirk Pitt novels. I have begun to read them all again. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by Kevin Logar
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much a Caper
I must admit is was a bit suprised to find out that Darius was secretly working for Erik. Even more so suprised to find out that Erik was had took someone else's identity. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2001 by R. H Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, but not the First
Amazon lists this book in their "First Books in the best series I've read" section. Although this is a fantastic book, it is not the 1st in the Dirk Pitt series. Read more
Published on March 20 2001 by Richard L. Banks
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