The Mediterranean Caper Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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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!See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on March 20 2005 by Michael Beveridge
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 morePublished on March 4 2005 by Michael Beveridge
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 morePublished on July 12 2004 by Phil Gaston
I first started reading Cussler when I found Pacific Vortex at my condo complex's library. I became addicted. Read morePublished on March 20 2003
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
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 morePublished on June 4 2002 by Student File