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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book !!!! March 20 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Clive Cussler book Ive read, and I loved it. I thought it was great! The whole story, the characters, everything !!!
The ONLY thing I hated was the part when Dirk Pitt slaps the chick on the beach after only meeting her for like 2 minutes. That was soo stupid. BUT other than that, a great story. I have since read ICEBERG, and I still liked this one better !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure !!! March 4 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Check this book out, its a great book and a fast read. Also check out any books from AJ Quinnell (Man on Fire, Siege of Silence.....Check them all out !!!!)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heck of a story poorly written July 12 2004
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This was my first Cussler novel (I figured I'd start at the begining) and it's a decent enough yarn but atrociously written. The protagonist Dirk Pitt is a James Bondish action caricature, and the dialogue is cliched and corny. People behave and speak in laughably unnatural ways: within an hour of meeting the female lead on an Aegean beach, Pitt slaps her smartly in the face for dwelling excessively on her dead husband. She comes to her senses, and within minutes they're making love on the beach. I'm serious - it's that dumb. I might be inclined to give Cussler another try, I've heard good things about RAISE THE TITANTIC but it had better be good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pitt of the Aegean May 5 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Fun! March 21 2003
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I first started reading Cussler when I found Pacific Vortex at my condo complex's library. I became addicted. Dirk Pitt novels are all top-notch adventure stories with political suspense, romance, and high-speed car chases thrown in. This is the 2nd book in the series, though it was the first one printed, and is an exciting, riveting adventure tale. I don't want to spoil a lot, but the plot is excellent, and as always, as twisty as the roads Pitt drives his sports cars on. It all starts when Dirk Pitt, the main hero, and Al Giordano find an antique WWII Bomber plane attacking a United States Base. With the help of a beautiful secret agent, Pitt is thrown into a wild action-packed tale of danger and villanous criminals. As with many Pitt books, the political entanglements can sometimes slow the action, but I still highly recommend this story, and the rest of the series. Enjoy the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Dirk Pitt Adventure Aug. 28 2002
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Hey, not literature but still a lot of fun! Don't miss any of about the first 10 books in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mediterranean Caper June 4 2002
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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. Yet, he is still able to connect all the loose ends. The hero Dirk Pitt is a man of honor and principles. He's a quick thinker with an adventurer's spirit.
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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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