The adventure that started it all, introducing readers to Dirk Pitt, "oceanography’s answer to Indiana Jones" (Associated Press), and a #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
On a quiet Greek island, a U.S. air force base has come under attack—by a World War I fighter plane . . . a famous yellow Albatros supposedly lost at sea in 1918.
Now it is up to Dirk Pitt, Al Giordino, and the rest of the NUMA team to root out the elusive truth behind the incident—and find out how it’s connected to mysterious acts of sabotage against a scientific expedition, an international smuggling ring, and a dark-haired beauty with some dangerous secrets. The search for answers will lead Pitt from a lavish island villa, to a moving freighter eerily empty of crew, to a massive underwater cavern housing the heart of a criminal operation that is larger and more elaborate than he ever could have imagined . . . a lucrative operation that its mastermind would kill to protect.
With its fearless and dashing hero, high-stakes action, and non-stop excitement, The Mediterranean Caper is classic Dirk Pitt . . . and classic Cussler.
About the Author
Date of Birth:July 15, 1931
Place of Birth:Aurora, Illinois
Education:Pasadena City College; Ph.D., Maritime College, State University of New York, 1997
What People are Saying About This
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
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?
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.