The Mediterranean Caper and Iceberg by Clive Cussler
New York : Simon and Schuster, [Undated]. First edition, thus. Hardcover. 447 pages ; 25 cm. $27.95 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
THE MEDITERRANEAN CAPER
On 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 distress 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 onboard to the attack on Brady Field, Dirk Pitt knows he's onto something bigger.
His adventure begins with Teri, a glamorous, modern Greek goddess in a red bikini, who is 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.
From thrilling aerial dogfights 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 his sinister nemesis.
Just seventy-two hours ago, Dirk Pite was lying in the hot California sun with a beautiful woman, a Scotch on the rocks in one hand, but an urgent call from Admiral James Sandecker, his commander at the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), has brought Pitt out of the warm Pacific breezes and straight into a North Atlantic deep freeze. The reason: the discovery of a long-missing luxury yacht, en route to a secret White House rendezvous, frozen solid in a million-ton tombstone of ice.
Tunneling his way into the core of the berg, Pitt comes upon a gruesome scene—a crew of corpses, horribly incinerated at their posts; but the vessel's priceless cargo, which could alter the balance of world power and put the threat of annihilation at America's doorstep, has vanished.
This discovery is the springboard from which Clive Cussler, the Grandmaster of Adventure, launches a compelling and powerful story that takes Dirk Pitt to the remote, uninhabited tundra of Iceland and the frigid abyss of the North Atlantic, determined to force his deadly, unseen opponent—a multibillionaire in the business of playing God—to make his next move. But first Pitt will have to penetrate the shroud of mystery concealing a titanic network of international financial intrigue—and mass murder. Iceberg is classic Cussler.
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