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Book 2 of 23 in the A Dirk Pitt Adventure Series

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

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0n the remote Greek Island of Thasos, a German Albatros, a vintage World War I fighter plane, has swooped out of the blazing blue sky to attack a modern U.S. Air Force base, nearly destroying its fleet of F-105 Starfire jets. Thirty miles offshore, piloting a Catalina en route to the American scientific research vessel First Attempt, Dirk Pitt hears and responds to the Brady Field emergency call. He blows the Albatros back into the oblivion from which it came, ripping open a mammoth half-century-old conspiracy in the process.

Pitt has come to the Aegean to hunt down the mysterious saboteur preying on First Attempt -- the ship's mission is to search for a missing evolutionary link, a rare and possibly extinct fish -- but connecting the sabotage on board to the attack on Brady Field, Dirk Pitt knows he's fishing for a shark: a human shark that smells blood.

The adventure begins with Teri. She's a glamorous modern Greek goddess in a red bikini, devastatingly beautiful, devastatingly dangerous, and the key to a vast drug-smuggling ring about to bring off a lethal billion- dollar deal. As much as she's willing to reveal to Pitt, there's one secret she holds back: the truth about a missing Nazi war criminal now ruling over a corrupt empire. For decades he has managed to elude international authorities, remain one step ahead of the world's top investigators, and destroy all his enemies, except one: Dirk Pitt.

From a thrilling aerial dogfight to heart-stopping hand-to-hand combat, Dirk Pitt follows a trail of blood, treachery, and terror into the depths of a cavernous undersea labyrinth. There, in the legendary Pit of Hades, the action explodes in a climax of unparalleled excitement, as Pitt confronts the brilliance and brutali- ty of a sinister nemesis with a genius for Death.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dirk Pitt Adventure (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425197395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425197394
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on November 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have a certain fondness for this Cussler novel, sure its missing some of those fun "pretitles" style preludes that tie together seemingly unrelated historical events in an ingenious manner and it's also very politically incorrect (but not as much as PACIFIC VORTEX is). But, this Dirk Pitt adventure (the first published, though Cussler wrote the aforementioned PACIFIC VORTEX first), is a fun ride of a novel and moves along at a fast pace (it's actually one of Cusslers shortest, if not THE shortest). With some very vivid fight scenes and some nice Alistair Maclean-esque plotting (apparently Cussler used the late Scottish writer's work as a template until he found his own style) this Cussler novel really delivers and I made fast work of it reading over a weekend about a year ago.

Starting with the attack on a US airfield in the Greek islands by a biplane and involving smuggling, German fighter aces and the trademark underwater sequences for which Cussler is perhaps best known for (through his non-fiction writings as much as for Dirk Pitt) I can guarantee that this novel will no doubt charm even the harshest of Cusslers critics as long as they take it for what it is - some harmless. Mildly diverting fun.

On a sidenote, all the reviewers who are commenting on the bad writing should really lighten up, this was after all one of Clive Cussler's earliest works :)
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I will keep this review short. I have read all of Cussler's works over the past dozen years or so. I read The Mediterranean Caper perhaps ten years ago. To this day I still believe that it was my favorite of the Dirk Pitt stories. If you are a new fan of Cussler - pull this older book out. It is a classic.
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By A Customer on March 20, 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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This is the first of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt novels. This was my second book by Cussler having discovered him by reading Dragon first. AS soon as I realized there were books before Dragon I ran to the bookstore and for the first three and The Mediterranean Caper bring first I devoured it. I was hooked (officially!). It was great to find Dirk Pitt as he was first introduced to the world. A swashbuckling character part James Bond part Indiana Jones (long before there was an Indiana Jones). This is a great start toa long and wonderful life of a character. I will concede that some of the actions of Dirk are a bit over the top. He is a true womanizer , but you also have to remember when the book was originally written. That is what "manly spies" did... yeah i know its no excuse but people this is not great literature, its escapist reading. For those of you that are just now discovering Cussler you are lucky... you don't have to wait 6 months to a year for the next novel you have many to read (also the character does grow and mature...)
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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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I struggled to get through this book. I probably wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't determined to read all of the Dirk Pitt novels from start to finish in order. The beginning and middle of the story wasn't too bad. The last half of the book dragged. I agree with some of the other reviewers in that the Dirk Pitt character in this book is not one that is very admirable. Although intelligent and handsome, he's basically a male chauvinist bully to women. But readers have to remember that this book was first published around 1973. This was the era when women's rights were coming into play and men were continuously being challenged and "threatened" by women taking over. Perhaps Dirk was just symbolizing the typical male frustration at the time by being a complete jerk towards women (i.e., slapping the grieving widow, bullying the Bureau Director's secretary, etc.) I've already read another Dirk Pitt novel that was published much later and I like the character much better later in life. By the time he finds his way to 1999, he reminds me more of an Indiana Jones character instead of poor version of James Bond like he is in this book.
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