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Old 01-06-06, 07:31 PM
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I need a good adventure book! Any tips?

While growing up I loved reading adventure stories. Madeleine L'Engle, John christopher...fantasy stories. I am having a hard time switching to Adult books that are so REAL..crimes, murders, or love. I'd like a good adventure book, but I don't want anything that has witches, ghosts, sorcery..ect. Anyone have any ideas?
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I am also looking for any books that might have short story mysteries. Like, every chapter is a different mystery. anyone know of anything like that?
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River God by Wilbur Smith

Anything by Wilbur Smith actually... May want to check out Clive Cussler's novels as well
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Thanks for replying crizzar, I will def. check them out!
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Michael Crichton's Timeline and Congo (as well as a few others) could be categorized as adventure stories.

Will second the mention of Cussler.

I think the best-written adventure stories nowadays are non-fiction. Books like Endurance, Ship of Gold, Shadow Divers, Into the Wild and countless others read like great fiction, but are true stories.

I'd recommend just spending a couple of hours in a Borders or B&N, browsing the fiction and mystery aisles and grabbing anything that looks appealing.
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Matthew Reilly writes good adventure books.
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sorry I couldn't resist

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Originally Posted by Geofferson
Matthew Reilly writes good adventure books.
Old 01-07-06, 01:08 PM
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Thanks for everbodies ideas. I will def. check them out. I only wish I could browse a Borders. I live in an iddy biddy town. But I will browse the library for your guys ideas! Thanks a lot!
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Originally Posted by Alien Redrum

I will add my to his !!!

Matthew Reilly writes a great slam bam balls to the walls action yarn!!

Take care!
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Originally Posted by Crizzar
River God by Wilbur Smith

Anything by Wilbur Smith actually... May want to check out Clive Cussler's novels as well
Crizzar speaks the truth! Both Smith and Cussler would do the trick for you.
My recommendation would be The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith. It's not just a great adventure book, it's also my favorite book I have ever read.
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Thanks guys!
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I too want to chime in for Wilbur Smith - the ancient Egypt books are great, and I also really enjoyed his Courtney series.
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I really like the Preston and Child books (don't be put off by the sub-par movie adaptation of "Relic"). I've also enjoyed books by James Rollins.
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I also enjoy Preston and Child (they also write some lesser, but still entertaining solo works), Reilly, Rollins, Smith and Cussler. I just wish there were more authors like these guys out there.

But you might also be interested in some older novels of adventure. I enjoyed H. Rider Haggard's Allen Quatermain series, especially King Solomon's Mines. You might want to try out some pulp fiction works from the early 20th Century. I love Edgar Rice Burroughs in particular and if you can find them, the Doc Savage series is fun.
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Here I hoped I would be the first to mention Wilbur Smith.
The best adventure novels I have ever read, by far.
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I'll never understand how this book didn't get made into a movie. Short capsule plot: American pilot (who part Sioux Indian) gets shots down in Siberia; he must use his Native American skills to make it to the Bering Strait, where he plans to sail to Alaska, as his ancestors did. All while being hunted by the Russians, led by a Yakut huntsman. It's exciting as hell to read. And you can get a copy on Amazon's Marketplace starting at a penny.
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Thanks everybody! I can't wait to start on all those books!
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I'm going to chime in and recommend Clive Cussler as well, but with a caveat... avoid his last 3 or 4 books like the plague. I can't really reveal why without giving away spoilers, but let's just say that the quality of storytelling went downhill.

My first Cussler book was Dragon (book #10 in the Dirk Pitt series), and I'd recommend it as a great way to start the series.
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Shiv, you get extra credit for the greatly underappreciated LL. His Westerns are amazing, but I enjoy his non-western genres even more.

My all-time favorite LL novel is The Walking Drum; wonderful action, great historical info, definitely worth looking up. Great thread, BTW.
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Just started 7 Deadly Wonders by Reilly and its a great action book. Its like a good summer popcorn movie, but more fun and quick read.
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Thanks guys!
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Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter is pretty good. Once you get past a little slow crap at the beginning, it grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go till the end.

And I would agree with staying away from the last couple Cussler books...

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