kirstennnnnn (kirstennnnnn) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler

book 214:  The Mediterranean Caper by Clive Cussler

Oh, Clive, Clive, Clive...such a chauvanistic character you have created.  I might have been able to forgive most of it based on this book originally being published in 1973, but, really, a woman willingly and even enthusiasticly "getting laid" by a man she just met and who had hit her in the face for grieving too long for her deceased husband...don't think so...stabbed in the neck, maybe, but not sex.  Anyway, this is the first book in the famed Dirk Pitt mystery, adventure series.  Except for the instance mentioned above which I find a bit offensive, the rest I can more-or-less laugh off as a he-mance.  Overly virile, super-testosterone-laden, fight-before-you-think male lead...except that he is also played off, in spite of the previously mentioned features, as super smart and clever and can figure out things that countless men (not women, as they are either jewelry or secretaries) in various international agencies cannot fathom.  This time he is up against a Nazi war criminal turned smuggler.  Well, I like adventure books, sometimes even ones targeted for male audiences.  Many parts of this one were obnoxious, but like I said I can laugh them off (actually find them less nauseating than some of the romances written supposedly for women).  Dirk Pitt has some charming characteristics, but hopefully Cussler has left violence toward women out of his following novels, or I am never going to be able to get over my dislike, try to forgive, and potentially bond with this character.  The next book in the series is Iceberg, which I do own.  I'll give it a chance after I finish a couple other mysteries I have lined up first.
Tags: adventure, mystery, unimpressed

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