Action and Adventure Books

Action and Adventure stories cut straight to the rapidly-beating hearts of our adrenaline-production centers, to satisfy our desire for travel, excitement, danger and high drama – whilst we remain sitting or lying comfortably in the familiar surroundings of our home…

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Action fiction is the literary genre that includes spy novels, adventure stories, tales of terror and intrigue (“cloak and dagger”), and mysteries. This kind of story utilizes suspense, the tension that is built up when the reader wishes to know how the conflict between the protagonist and antagonist is going to be resolved or what the solution to the puzzle of a thriller is.

Action fiction is a form of genre fiction whose subject matter is characterized by emphasis on exciting action sequences. This does not always mean they exclude character development or story-telling. Action fiction is related to other forms of fiction, including action films, action games and analogous media in other formats such as manga and anime. It includes martial arts action, extreme sports action, car chases and vehicles, suspense action, and action comedy, with each focusing in more detail on its own type and flavor of action. It is usually possible to tell from the creative style of an action sequence, the emphasis of an entire work, so that, for example, the style of a combat sequence will indicate whether the entire work can be classified as action adventure, or a martial work. Action is mainly defined by a central focus on any kind of exciting movement.

Source: Wikipedia > Action Fiction

Whether it’s a boys-own yarn read at bedtime, inspiring dreams of pirates, lion-hunts and eye-patched villains – or a grown-up tale of Bond-like secret agents, adventure-seeking archaeologists, or an ordinary Joe or Joleen suddenly finding their life turned upside down by malevolent unknown forces – a good action and adventure book will transport you to far flung places, raise your heart-beat, then whisk you at high speed through mysteries, suspense and thrills, on every page, at great pace, until you finish your book, breathless, wide-eyed and probably a little hungry from the exertion.

Action and Adventure books classic - The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Action Novel Classic The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Action and Adventure books classic - The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Top Selling Action Novel: Alex Cross Run by James Patterson

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Tom Clancy (Action & Adventure author) interviewed on Manufacturing Intellect

Here’s an interview I found on the ‘Manufacturing Intellect’ channel, with Tom Clancy.

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A Man to Die For

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Her Daughter’s Mother

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The Undoing

Read the "rollickingly good literary thriller" and New York Times Bestseller -- and watch the most talked about TV series of 2020, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant.   Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted...

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The Manila Deception

*** FROM USA TODAY & MILLION COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR J. ROBERT KENNEDY *** AN ENTIRE VILLAGE WAS MASSACRED TO KEEP THEIR SECRET. AND THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING. Near the end of World War II, a massive amount of looted gold and other priceless items was transported by...

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The Gift

The perfect daughter is dead. And a secret is eating her family alive… Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers...

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You Betrayed Me

A Goodreads Big Thriller of Fall 2020   “Complex…exhilarating. The constant twists will keep the readers hooked… a nonstop thrill ride.” —Publishers Weekly, Pick of the Week for You Betrayed Me “Chilling…a generous...

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Running Under Sail

Connie Barrera resorts to tricks she'd rather forget when a stalker pursues her charter guest. Determined to break from her past, Sadie Storm has chartered Diamantista II. She's running from her ex, Jonas Pratt, while she focuses on her singing career. But Pratt can't...

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Whiskey When We’re Dry

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The Other Daughter

Nine years ago her daughter was taken. And now she’s back. Two-and-a-half-year-old Holly is playing happily in a pink plastic playhouse, while her mother Rachel sips coffee and chats with a friend nearby. It should be an ordinary day for all of them. But, in...

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Red Means Run

When superstar lawyer Mickey Dupree gets a legendary record producer off a murder charge, the victim’s husband, Virgil Cain, is overheard telling a crowded bar that ‘someone ought to blow Mickey’s head off’. So when Mickey turns up dead on...

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Russia Girl

A sex trafficking victim wreaks vengeance on the criminal gang who enslaved her. Born into poverty in the heart of Eastern Europe, Natalia Nicolaeva dreams of a better life. When she is offered a job abroad, however, the promise of the outside world is as terrifying...

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The Omega Strain

Mitch Herron's business is death and business is good. But Herron’s latest job is no cakewalk, because terrorists ambush Herron and turn him into a walking bioweapon. With only days before he's used to spread a lethal contagion, Herron must hunt down the fanatics. The...

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The Innocent Wife

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER You Love Him. You Trust Him. So Why Are You So Scared? Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a...

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The Opium Prince

Jasmine Aimaq’s stunning debut explores Afghanistan on the eve of a violent revolution and the far-reaching consequences of a young Kochi girl’s tragic death. Afghanistan, 1970s. Born to an American mother and a late Afghan war hero, Daniel Sajadi has...

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The Revelators

In this gripping new crime novel from the New York Times-bestselling author, Quinn Colson returns to take down a criminal syndicate that has ravaged his community, threatened his family, and tried to have him killed. Shot up and left for dead, Sheriff Quinn Colson has...

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Deep Roots

In the mangroves of Belize, something ancient lies hidden beneath the roots. And when it surfaces, so too will one of man's baser inclinations. The root of all evil: GREED.Boone Fischer and Emily Durand have enjoyed months of quiet on the tiny island of Caye Caulker....

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The Magpies

Meet the neighbours from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and readers describe as "fast-paced," "chilling," and "impossible to put down.” When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan...

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The Second Perimeter

Washington fixer Joe DeMarco returns in a “highly readable” and “fast-paced” thriller that takes readers into the lethal world of international espionage (Publishers Weekly).   Author of House Witness, 2019 Edgar Award Finalist for...

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The Art of War

Grafton and Carmellini must prevent a surprise attack far more devastating than Pearl Harbor in this high octane thriller in Stephen Coonts's The Art of War. “When it comes to military fiction, Coonts remains on every fan's...

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K-9 Mystery Series (Boxed Set)

Two gripping books that will keep readers flipping pages... "Bev Pettersen packs a lot of tension into this fast-paced story. Awesome! Five stars!" T.R. Ragan, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author "Diving into a new Bev Pettersen book is...

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The Ninja

In this New York Times–bestselling thriller, a martial artist’s past returns to haunt him—in the form of a murderous ninja.   Raised in Japan by a British father and a Chinese mother, young Nicholas Linnear felt at home only in the dojo,...

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Til Death Do Us Part

Megan thinks that she has the perfect husband and the perfect life. Craig works so that she doesn't have to, leaving her free to relax all day in their beautiful and secluded country home. But when she starts to long for friends and purpose again, Megan applies for a...

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Hidden Justice

The bestselling authors of Yesterday's Gone, Pretty Killer, and No Justice bring you a brand new unforgettable thriller that blends mystery and suspense into pulse-pounding, revenge-seeking, fast-paced thriller action.Frank Grimm is a retired...

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Sleight of Hand

In the City of Angels, if you want to get away with murder, you call Bristol Kelley. She’s an expert at manipulating the facts of a crime scene to tell whatever story her guilty clientele is willing to pay for. But when she reluctantly takes on a job to...

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Habitat Zero

In the Pacific Ocean, a Silicon Valley magnate vacationing on his luxury motor yacht Carpe Diem, stumbles across a floating island of pumice. Two weeks later, the motor yacht returns to its home port in San Diego on autopilot – but when it arrives, nobody...

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The Edge of Alone

The seventh novel in the internationally bestselling series of thrillers from Sean Black. THE EDGE OF ALONE An isolated school for troubled teens. A series of mysterious deaths. A father frantically trying to rescue his daughter before it's too late. But when the law...

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Features a new introduction on the origins of the Will Trent novels and Undone’s place in the series In the trauma center of Atlanta’s busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city’s poor, wounded, and...

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The Last Odyssey

To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical...

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The Complete Jimmy Sangster

All nine books -- a wild, highly acclaimed collection of spy thrillers and crime novels -- by Jimmy Sangster, the legendary novelist and Hammer House of Horror screenwriter/director THE SPY KILLER Ex-British spy John Smith is nearly broke, has bad teeth, is lousy in...

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People Like Her

"Beyond being a brilliant skewering of social media and influencer culture, People Like Her is, quite simply, a damn good thriller . . . With three unreliable narrators, the novel reads like Gone Girl on steroids in all the best ways.”—...

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133 Hours

What happened to Briony in the last 133 hours?Briony has no recollection of where she’s been, or what has happened. Has she been ill or had a breakdown - or could she have been drugged and abducted?Doubting her sanity, Briony is fearful of what lies beyond the...

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Home Before Dark

In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more...

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The Tahitian Pearl

A businessman is found murdered in a Monaco Hotel room. A billionaire’s yacht is attacked by pirates. The search for a 500 year old treasure ship has just turned deadly. John Otter is in the middle of it all, and he must stay ahead of those pursuing him before...

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Problem Child

She’s cold, calculating, and can deceive with a smile. Jane Doe is back in the Amazon Charts bestselling series—and this time she’s met her match.After a brutal childhood, Jane Doe has been permanently wired to look after herself and only herself....

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