The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler

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A world war I vintage Albatross fighter attacked an US airfield in a remote island in Greece. Dirk Pitt who was flying near that area and was en-route to assists the NUMA research ship facing sabotage, received the distress call from the control tower. After successfully managing to chase the attacker away and some initial investigation regarding the sabotage on the NUMA ship, he realised that the two cases are linked together somehow. In the process, he found the connection linking the two events together and with some help from interpol managed to crack down a smuggling racket linked with World War II war criminals.

As with the previous book, the best thing I liked about this book is the lack of modern gadgetry and pure instinctive and detective skills in the main character. There was no super hero like bravery, but yet the character was a hero in a more practical sense. The language of the book is very simple and there is no unnecessary complications in the plot. The story moves very smoothly and does not have any gaps. This is an action plot, but yet there is no unnecessary gunfights or unarmed combats in the plot. It more or less fits into the category of “adventure”. One of the disappointing part of the whole plot was treating the female characters as merely sex objects. This reminds be of James Bond plots where the heroin in the whole plot have not much of a role to play and inspite of being very good at what they are, they all were seduced by James Bond and they kind of liked that. But again, this novel was written more than 40 years back and perhaps that could be the general mindset at that point of time. Thankfully, this dis-pleasing part was somewhere in the beginning and in the last couple of pages when Dirk Pitt “borrowed” one of the female interpol agents.

About Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler is a fiction writer and founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, (NUMA). NUMA is a non-profit organisation that dedicates itself to preserving American maritime and naval history.

Clive Cussler begin writing in 1965 and published his first fiction novel in 1973, featuring Dirk Pitt as the main character. So far 23 books have been published in the Dirk Pitt Series. In addition to the Dirk Pitt series, Cussler has written NUMA Files (13 books) series, The Oregon Files (10 books) series, Isaac Bell (8 books) series, Fargo Adventure (7 books) series with other authors.

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Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer

Best Kept Secret Book CoverThis is the third book in The Clifton Chronicles series. The story continues from where it left off. I am highly impressed by the way the plot is taking the turn. The author is really a brilliant story teller. Also in this series there is a quite lot to learn about the British culture around the 2nd world war era. Harry Clifton and Emma Barrington are now getting older and Sebastian Clifton has started appearing in this book now.

The book ended at a very critical juncture and it will be interesting to read the next part to find out what happened to Sebastian and his friend Bruno.

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Pacific Vortex! by Clive Cussler

Pacific Vortex Book CoverI have read this kind of a book – book based on the cold war era, after a very long time.

A US nuclear submarine under testing got lost in a area in Pacific ocean called, Pacific Vortex. This book is about finding that submarine.

The character of Summer was somewhat filled with contradiction – on one hand she saves Dirk Pitt from her father and on the other she joins her father in a certain death situation.

This is the first book which I have read in the Dirk Pitt Series. Looking forward to the other books.

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The Old Man and His God by Sudha Murthy

The Old Man and His God Book CoverThis book is a collection of real life incidents by Sudha Murthy. Some of the incidents mentioned in this book really made you think about various aspects of life.

We all meet various characters in real life but most of us just choose to ignore and continue. The author has penned these experiences, this clearly indicates how carefully she has thought of these events.

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Blindsight by Robin Cook

Blindsight Book CoverThis book is a little slow in progression and the author has successfully maintained the mystery for around 75% of the book. The plot is not unique, but the involvement of Mafia and drugs in this plot is done in a very good way. We could see a similar plot in one of the other books by Robin Cook – Coma, albeit in a different way. It looks like people can go to any length for meeting the demand and supply curve in the organ transplant ‘business’.

The story revolves around the drug overdose related deaths of upscale people in good professions. And then there were many homicides Queens area. The young pathologist Laurie Montgomery found a pattern and initiated an investigation on her own which got her fired from the job, and made her run for her life.

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