Adventure Book Lists
50 Must-Read Adventure Novels
Adventure fiction is a genre of fiction in which an adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, forms the main storyline. Adventure novels and short stories were popular subjects for American pulp magazines, which dominated American popular fiction between the Progressive Era and the s. Adventure fiction often overlaps with other genres, notably war novels, crime novels, sea stories, Robinsonades, spy stories as in the works of John Buchan, Eric Ambler and Ian Fleming , science fiction, fantasy, Robert E. Howard and J. Tolkien both combined the secondary wo Adventure fiction is a genre of fiction in which an adventure, an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, forms the main storyline.
Some adventure novels involve spaceship chases, some a scavenger hunt of tasks, and others deep dives into history and magic. Set in a fantasy, historical, futuristic, or modern land, action adventure novels lend a note of excitement and urgency to our lives. This list of fifty action adventure novels features stories all over the adventure spectrum, for those who want to be lost in a high-stakes fantasy and those who like the idea of the everyday adventure in which they could perhaps find themselves. With the heat on, they enlist the help of Private Hoffman, their partner in crime and a U. Marine, who undertakes to help them escape the authorities. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from other faeries, the ones who made cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists.
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Some might argue that the adventure novel has been undermined by the modern age: since you can fly just about anywhere for a relatively reasonable price, or experience on the internet for free, the allure of a story that takes you to far-away places and unfamiliar cultures for the sake of adventure has been lost. In reality, the spirit lives on—if only because so many fantastic adventure stories have already been written. Add to Bag. Ivanhoe , by Walter Scott It all starts here. Wilfred of Ivanhoe supports King Richard and is disinherited for his trouble, joining the king on the crusades.