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Subject: Got any suggestions for adventure books?
Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:16 AM ET
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I really enjoyed Solomons Jar by Alex Archer http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780373621200-Solomons+Jar+Rogue+Angel and Eyes of the Virgin by Thomas F. Monteleone http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780765340283-Eyes+of+the+Virgin They were both sorta like reading Indiana Jones. Infact my review for Solomons Jar has a reference to the movies in it. Im wondering if anyone has a suggestion for books like them.

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Date Posted: 8/22/2007 11:50 AM ET
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Oooh! I sure do--  Find a copy of _She_ by H. Rider Haggard. It has a small wishlist here at PBS. The Modern Library Classics edition has a nice forward by Margaret Atwood: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780375759055-She+A+History+of+Adventure+Modern+Library+Classics

And I'll plagiarize my own review:

This is a fascinating book-- it was wildly popular when it was first published in the 1880's and was a huge influence on many authors; however, it has been mostly forgotten in the modern day. Adventure in deepest, darkest Africa, a two-thousand year-old love story, lost civilizations-- this book has it all (including some racial stereotypes which have NOT aged well). In the hand of a director like Peter Jackson, this book would make an awesome movie-- it's full of amazing visuals.

I'd definitely recommend to anyone who likes non-stop adventure tales, Victoriana, and/or proto-feminist writing.

 



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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 5:46 AM ET
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John Buchan (1875 - 1940) is most famous forThe 39 Steps, which is one of the Richard Hannay quartet. Of the other three, Mr. Standfast is just okay, while The 3 Hostages is a skip. The remaining one is Greenmantle, which I highly recommend, so much so that I think I will read it again. Also in the Haggard tradition is Lionel Davidson (born 1922). The Rose of Tibet is okay, but The Night of Wencelas is a rocker and so is The Menorah Men.   

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 5:52 AM ET
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I guess I didnt make it clear that I wanted modern adventures. Both of those books take place in this century.

ETA not trying to be snarky there. I mean they literally take place in this century one in '03 one in '06.



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Date Posted: 8/23/2007 9:08 AM ET
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Chris, do you think you'd be interested in any true adventure stories? Like Jon Krakauer's books? His books are all set in the present.

I love adventure novels and non-fiction, but the ones I read are mostly historical accounts based on true stories. I'm reading one now that is GOOD. Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King. In 1815, an American ship was shipwrecked off the coast of Africa and the crew endured a HELLISH captivity by the African locals.

I have several Genreflecting books and I'll look up modern day adventure in them today and see if I can find some suggestions.

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 9:14 AM ET
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Okay, the Genreflecting books have several chapters on adventure books. A few chapter titles are: The Lone Survivor, Disaster, Wild Frontiers and Exotic Lands, and a few more that don't seem to be what you are looking for.

Do you think the chapter on Wild Fronteirs and Exotic Lands sounds like what you want? If it is, I'll list the titles of the books for you.

 

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 10:15 AM ET
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The books Im talking about are literally like Indiana Jones. In Solomons Jar the MC is an archeologist, theres an artifact to find, bad guys want it bc it supposed to have power. Eyes of the Virgin is similar but the artifact is more of a religious icon and the MC is a member of a secret society that is supposed to protect the artifact but it gets stolen and he has to get it back.

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 11:30 AM ET
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I have not read the books you listed at the top but Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series is a good adventure series. More environmental than archealogical, though.

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 1:54 PM ET
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I have always been on the lookout for these types too.  Some that I have read are The Codex and Tyranosaur Canyon by Douglas Preston.  There is also a very good book by Wilbur Smith called The Seventh Scroll, it is a story about finding a tomb of a pharoah. There is a book that preceeds it (River God)  but I dont think that it needs to be read to understand Seventh Scroll.  River God is set back in ancient Egypt. Then there is the one that I am reading now called Amazonia by James Rollins about a group trying to find a lost  expidition as well as a unknown tribe of indians in the Amazon. Very entertaining read and if you give me a couple of days to finish I can send it to you if you want it.

Mike O

 

Date Posted: 8/25/2007 10:30 PM ET
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Although it may be too dated to fit what you're looking for, Chris, I will second the recommendation for The 39 Steps.  I felt like I was reading about the original MacGuyver.  Wait, where's the duct tape??

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 10:59 PM ET
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Well, Chris, I was just loitering on the site looking at book descriptions tonight and when I came across this one I thought of this thread.  I haven't read it so I can't say if it's any good, but it sounds like it might be what you're looking for!

The Book of Fate

Date Posted: 8/28/2007 7:36 AM ET
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I second James Rollins.  His books are very much like an Indiana Jones movie.  Also a man named Matthew Reilly has some books that are similar to James Rollins (if you end up liking his books) but some have a bit of sci-fi.  Jack Du Brul writes an action/adventure series about a geologist named Philip Mercer (these lean more toward action though).

Douglas Preston and Licoln Child's books Tyrannasaur Canyon, Thuderhead, Mount Dragon, The Ice Limit, and Riptide all sound like what you like, but they were mostly written in the 1990's. 

Date Posted: 8/28/2007 4:48 PM ET
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I second the suggestion of Clive Cussler. Especially his series about the Oregon. Lori H.