Read: The Mediterranean Caper


Yes I read a Clive Cussler. Damnit there are 150,000,000 copies of his books in print, so what the Hell. I had to do it. I know what you literary snobs are thinking. I know it. Don’t lie. You are thinking “I don’t read THOSE KINDS of books.” Well someone is! Including me. Let me do some explaining.

Most of the time when I see someone reading a Clive Cussler book it’s in the airport and the reader is someone in their 70’s, mostly men, and they are dressed like a Tommy Bahama ad. All’s fair. After reading this book I think this demographic fits my initial assessment.

This is basically an action story, the first detailing a character that has gone on to sell millions and millions of books and has also spawned at least one motion picture…..DIRK PITT. (The movie is Sahara. Clearly the most epic cinematic experience ever recorded.)

The book follows Pitt and his sidekick Al Giordino.(Masterfully played by Steve Zahn who is one of my all time favorite actors.) Gunfire. Sex. Action. Fights. Submarines. Cigarettes. Booze. Danger. Cops. Explosions. All the best shit that life has to offer.

Okay, the book was written in 1973, so let me explain what that means. There is a scene early on where Pitt is on the beach with a smoking hot woman he just met. She is reliving a sad personal story and Pitt just reaches across and whacks her in the face. Tells her to move on with her life and then…of…course…they end up doing it on the beach. Ahem. Well, well, well. So, pretty much everything in life has changed(or has it?) since those freewheeling, assault laden 1970’s. Just so you know…

Okay, my only relelvant point is two pronged. I read this entire book in about 2.5 hours. I needed a book like this. I was 1/8 of the way through a book about the Pre-Cambrian period and the idea that man might have encountered magic mushrooms which led to a 30% increase in brain matter, the development of language, writing and agriculture. SO I NEEDED A NORMAL BOOK PEOPLE. And it worked. I’ve got nothing against anyone putting forth literary toil and sweat. And just to piss off the establishment I’m going to read more of these. And review every single one of them.

Fight on.

7 Comments on “Read: The Mediterranean Caper”

  1. This is a wonderful, mindless pleasure. I’m confessing here that I also read these books. I also love Ludlum and Lustbader but think they both are much better authors and have more substance behind their books. But Cussler was a good distraction at times and a useful book to have on trips and certainly while I was out sea.

    I’m still getting through the two Harari books you reviewed a bit back…

    1. Larry,
      You’re from Kentucky? You read? HA! I agree. These books serve a purpose. I like the Dirk Pitt character mostly because he’s all about the water….

  2. Old Cussler is awesome. The new stuff with his ghost/co-writers blows chunks. I’ve read all of them. I wanted to grow up to be Dirk Pitt. Hell, I still want to be Dirk Pitt. Btw, Cussler kinda sorta lives near you. He has a place up in Newport Coast. Every now and then you’ll see him driving Pitt’s Duesenberg. Most of the classic cars he owns are here in Denver.

    1. Sean,
      I too went through my oceanography phase. In fact, had I lived anywhere near the water I think I might have gone that route. God knows we need it now. My goal went from oceanography to geology and then that got sideswiped by photography. And then it was just all a giant suck. I can’t believe Cussler lives here! Maybe I’ll drive over his classic in the Tacoma.

  3. I’ve read heaps of Clive Cussler, Wilbur Smith, and Michael Crichton over the years. Between every “serious” book I look for something fun to read and these are my go-to authors (helps that they all have lots of books).

    Fun fact: my mother introduced me to Wilbur Smith with “River God” in my early teens. I expected some action packed historical Egyption fiction, but didn’t bank on the *type* of action. Ha. That was an eye opener Mum!

    1. C,
      Good to know. Now if anyone gives me shit I’ll say “But C reads him too……” All “Action” is good!

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