The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt Series #1)

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A LUFTWAFFE ACE WHO WOULDN'T DIE...
A BRUNETTE BEAUTY WITH DANGEROUS SECRETS...
A LETHAL, BILLION-DOLLAR CARGO!


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 ...

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Overview


A LUFTWAFFE ACE WHO WOULDN'T DIE...
A BRUNETTE BEAUTY WITH DANGEROUS SECRETS...
A LETHAL, BILLION-DOLLAR CARGO!


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 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 trouble shoots his way through one of his most daring, desperate adventures!

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What People Are Saying

Tom Clancy
A new Clive Cussler novel is like a visit from your best friend.
From the Publisher
Praise for Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt

“Dirk Pitt is oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones. Exotic locations, ruthless villains and many narrow escapes—Cussler’s fans come for swashbuckling [and] he delivers.” —Associated Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671632564
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 5/2/1986
  • Series: Dirk Pitt Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Clive  Cussler

CLIVE CUSSLER is the author of many New York Times bestsellers, most recently Poseidon’s Arrow, The Striker, and Zero Hour. He lives in Arizona.

Biography

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 since the College was founded in 1874 that such a degree was bestowed.

Cussler is an internationally recognized authority on shipwrecks and the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA) a 501C3 non-profit organization (named after the fictional Federal agency in his novels) that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history. He and his crew of marine experts and NUMA volunteers have discovered more than 60 historically significant underwater wreck sites including the first submarine to sink a ship in battle, the Confederacy's Hunley, and its victim, the Union's Housatonic; the U-20, the U-boat that sank the Lusitania; the Cumberland, which was sunk by the famous ironclad, Merrimack; the renowned Confederate raider Florida; the Navy airship, Akron, the Republic of Texas Navy warship, Zavala, found under a parking lot in Galveston, and the Carpathia, which sank almost six years to-the-day after plucking Titanic's survivors from the sea.

In September, 1998, NUMA - which turns over all artifacts to state and Federal authorities, or donates them to museums and universities - launched its own web site for those wishing more information about maritime history or wishing to make donations to the organization. (www.numa.net).

In addition to being the Chairman of NUMA, Cussler is also a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London. He has been honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

Cussler's books have been published in more than 40 languages in more than 100 countries. The author lives in Arizona.

Biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

Good To Know

Cussler worked for many years in advertising and was responsible for coming up with Ajax's "White Knight" commercial catchphrase, "It's stronger than dirt."

The Board of Governors of the Maritime College, State University of New York, considered Cussler's 1996 nonfiction book, The Sea Hunters, equivalent to a Ph.D. thesis and awarded Cussler a Doctor of Letters degree in 1997.

Cussler is a fellow in the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London, and has been granted the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration.

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    1. Hometown:
      Phoenix, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 15, 1931
    2. Place of Birth:
      Aurora, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997

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Chapter One Major Dirk Pitt adjusted the headset on his thick black hair and slowly turned the channel crank on the radio, trying to fine-tune the reception. He listened intently for a few moments, his dark, sea-green eyes rejecting a trace of bewilderment. A frown cut his forehead in a series of grooves and hung there in the tanned leathery skin.

It wasn't that the words crackling over the receiver weren't understandable. They were. He just didn't believe them. He listened again, and listened hard over the droning roar of the PBY Catalina's twin engines. The voice he heard was fading, when it should have been getting stronger. The volume control was turned to fu11-on, and Brady Field was only thirty miles away. Under those conditions, the air trainee operator's voice should have blasted Pitt's eardrums out. The operator is either losing power or he's seriously injured, thought Pitt. He pondered a minute and then reached over to his right and shook the sleeping figure in the co-pilot's seat. "Come out of it, sleeping beauty." He spoke in a tone that was soft and effortless, yet had a way of making itself heard in a throbbing airplane or a crowded

Captain Al Giordino wearily raised his head and yawned loudly. The fatigue of sitting in an old vibrating PBY flying boat for thirteen hours straight was evident in his dark, bloodshot eyes. He flung his arms upward, puffed out his barrel chest and stretched Then he came erect and leaned forward, peering out in the distance beyond the cockpit windows.

"Are we over the First Attempt yet?" Giordino mumbled through another yawn.

"Almost," replied Pitt. "There's Thasos dead ahead."

"Oh hell," Giordino grunted; then grinned. "I could have slept another ten minutes. Why'd you wake me?"

"I intercepted a message from Brady Control that said the field was under attack by an unidentified aircraft."

"You can't be serious," Giordino said incredulously. "It must be some kind of a joke."

"No, I don't think so. The control operator's voice didn't sound like it was faking." Pitt hesitated and kept an eye on the water only fifty feet away as it flashed under the PBY's hull Just for practice he had wave- hopped the last two hundred miles; a means of keeping his reflexes honed and sharp.

"It might he that Brady Control was telling the truth," said Giordino, peering through the cockpit windshield "Look over there toward the eastern part of the island."

Both men stared at the approaching mound rising out of the sea. The beaches bordering the surf were yellow and barren, but the round sloping hills were green with trees The colors danced in the heat waves and vividly contrasted against the encircling blue of the Aegean. On the eastern side of Thasos a large pillar of smoke rose into the windless sky and formed a giant, spiral-shaped, black cloud. The PBY a bow soared closer to the island, and soon they could distinguish the orange movement of flames at the base of the smoke.

Pitt grabbed the mike and pressed the button on the side of the handgrip. "Brady Control, Brady Control, this is PRY-086, over." There was no response. Pitt repeated the call twice more.

"No answer?" queried Giordino.

"Nothing," returned Pitt.

"You said an unidentified aircraft. I take it, that means one?"

"That's precisely what Brady Control said before they went off the air."

"It doesn't nake sense. Why would one plane attack a United States Air Force Base?"

"Who knows," Pitt said, easing the control column back slightly. "Maybe it's an irate Greek farmer who's tired of our jets scaring his goats. Anyway. it can't be a full-scale attack, or Washington would have notified us by now. We'll have to wait and see." He rubbed his eyes and blinked away the drowsiness. "Get ready, I'm going to take her up, circle in ever those hills and come down out of the sun for a closer look."

"Take it nice and easy." Giordino's eyebrows came together and he grinned a serious grin. "This old bus is way overmatched if that's a rocket firing jet down there."

"Don't worry," Pitt laughed, "My main goal in life is to stay healthy as long as possible." He pushed the throttles forward, and the two Pratt & Whitney Wasp engines increased their beat. His large, brown hands moved effciently, pulling back on the control column, and the plane aimed its flat snout at the sun. The big Catalina rose steadily, gaining altitude by the second, and circled above the Thasos mountains in the direction of the smoke cloud.

Suddenly, a voice broke in over Pitt's headset. The unexpected sound nearly deafened his ears before he could lower the volume -- the same voice he heard before, but stronger this time.

"This is Brady Control calling. We are under attack! I repeat, we are under attack! Come in... anybody, please reply!" The voice was near hysteria.

Pitt replied, "Brady Control, this is PRY-086. Over."

"Thank God, someone answered," the voice gasped.

"I tried to raise you before, Brady Control, but you faded and went off the air."

"I was hit in the first attack, I...I must have passed out. I'm all right now." The words sounded broken, but coherent.

"We're approximately ten miles west of you at six thousand feet." Pitt spoke slowly and did not repeat his position. "What is your situation?"

"We have no defense. All our aircraft were destroyed on the ground. The nearest interceptor squadron is seven hundred miles away. They'll never get here in time. Can you assist?"

Pitt shook his head from side to side from habit. "Negative Brady Control. My top speed is under one hundred ninety knots and l only have a couple of rifles on board. We'd be wasting our time engaging a jet."

"Please assist," the voice pleaded. "Our attacker is no a jet bomber but a World War I biplane. I repeat, our attacker is a World War I biplane. Please assist."

Pitt and Giordino merely looked at each other, dumbfounded. It was a full ten seconds before Pitt could pull his senses back into reign.

Copyright © 1973 by Clive Cussler

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Table of Contents

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Interviews & Essays

A 40th Anniversary Q&A with Clive Cussler

"The Grand Master of Adventure"

Q: So many of your great adventure novels revisit a key legend or occasion in history as the impetus for the story...What is the historical event you most wish you had been present to witness?

A. The Battle of Gettysburg

Q: Your vintage car collection is legendary?What classic car do you regret not getting when you had the chance?

A: 1932 Maybach Zeppelin.

Q: Is there one villain of the scores you have created in your books over the past forty years of whom you remain particularly fond? And if so, why?

A: His name is Foss Gly. I killed him off in two books—NIGHT PROBE! and CYCLOPS. He was as nasty as they come. I took his name off a tombstone in Green River, Utah.

Q: If you could share a beer with any person from history, who would it be? And if you could have a shot of tequila with any historical figure, who might *that* person be?

A: Abraham Lincoln. And George Washington.

Q: If you were not a writer, what career would you have wanted to undertake? During the Sixties you had a successful stint in advertising...But what about a profession that you never had the chance to try?

A: Acting.

Q: Do you recall where and when you had your first taste of tequila? Your dedicated fans know it has long been one of your favorite libations.

A: When I was in the longest bar in the world in Tijuana, when I was eighteen.

Q: As the author of five different bestselling adventure series—Dirk Pitt, the NUMA Files, the Oregon Files, the Isaac Bell novels and the Fargo adventures—with four of them appearing each year, how are you able to manage all of those complicated plots and the ever-growing stable of characters? It must require a flow-chart the size of an entire wall.

A: I lean to my coauthors, who are very creative. Overall it's like a juggling act.

Q: Does it seem to you that there are fewer Adventure writers these days, compared to other popular fiction categories such as Mystery and Espionage? When you were growing up, it was the dominant form of fiction, wouldn't you say?

A: Thriller and adventure tales are actually booming. Mystery and spy novels are still out there, but they are not as strong as they once were.

Q: If you ever met Dirk Pitt in person, is there anything for which you'd like to apologize, putting him in constant peril as you do time after time?

A: As long as he is still alive, I have no guilt.

Q: What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

A: Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

Q: And what was the worst?

A: Become a new car salesman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    not bad

    interesting story, not great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    I gave this book one star because there was no option for zero

    Dont waste your money on this piece of junk

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Fun Read

    Had read a couple of Cussler books but had been a while. Picked this up and have really enjoyed it. Quick easy read but keeps you interested.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Clive Cussler books (I've read 3) are WAY better than Tom Clancy's

    The Dirk Pitt series is a cross between the TV show JAG, and James Bond 007 movies! Unlike all the booring fluff of Tom Clancy's books, there's action from cover to cover with Clive Cussler. There's very little of the booring "what's everybody thinking about" in these books. If you want Action, gadgets, suspense, hard to predict plots, and a little romance, this is the series for you. If you're tired of hundreds of pages of self-contemplation, then this is the series for you. Try one and see the difference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2010

    Older in the Dirk Pitt series

    Not as well written as later books in this series, but still a good read.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    full of surprises...

    Another fun Dirk Pitt adventure. This is a quick thrill ride with a lot of surprises. I absolutely love the characters of Dirk Pitt and his sidekick Al Giordino.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    Great, short CC

    This was the first CC novel I read, and it got me hooked! It was short, but it was full of action. It made you feel like you were actually on a Mediterranean island yourself! Great detail, and it kept me coming back for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Good one to see classic Cussler

    This is one of the best Dirk Pitt books out there, if you want to break into Cussler this is one you want to read. It's short, but packs one heck of a punch. Good to start with

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    Great Read

    Clive Cussler novels are great for an escape into a world of adventure. I found it hard to put this one down. Perfect for a beach day or plane ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    I think I was the first one to read MC!

    Cussler is awesome, The combo of historical fact twisted with fiction never gets old. Dirk Pitt may be getting a little banged up at this point but I hope he has at least a couple more adventures in him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    Good but not new

    This book was published in 1977. Good book but not new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Not What I Had Expected

    Itwas an okay book, however the main point of the book was a fish! In other books of his that I have read it is something exciting, and it occurs separately, where in Mediterranean Caper, it was 'Hey look, I found the fish.' It just wasn't one of his best books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    An Awesome Story

    This is Clive's first published novel. If you enjoyed even a minute of the movie 'Pearl Harbor', you'll definitely enjoy this book. There is a dogfight between a lumbering PBY Catalina amphibious plane, and a World War I biplane that must be brought to the silver screen someday. We go from the dogfight to beneath the Mediterranean Sea and into a world of intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    Good, but not his best

    While this book keeps your blood pumping in his usual style, you can definately tell that this is one of the first Dirk Pitt novels written. Good and sound, but the enhanced detail of his later books could make this one of his best ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Clive does his best

    VERY GOOD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Wonderful!

    I have read most of his novels and this one is not as intertwined with other plots, but Clussler does not let you down! Wonderful characters with drastic measures!

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