Action & Adventure

Action and adventure fiction is the epitomy of escapist reading. Browse all our articles, starting with the most recent, featuring books that contain elements of action and adventure, whether it is travel, charting new frontiers, hunting down others or being hunted themselves. Often there is some sort of peril to evade, mystery to solve and/or justice to deliver.

Recent stand out reads in this genre for us include The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang, Stuart Turton’s The Devil and the Dark Water and TJ Newman’s Falling, and then of course you can’t go wrong with the iconic bestsellers Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. All these novels are guaranteed to entertain. There is a book to satisfy everyone’s quest for adventure from the safety and comfort your favourite reading chair.

The One Impossible Labyrinth by Matthew Reilly, Review

The One Impossible Labyrinth by Matthew Reilly, Review

The One Impossible Labyrinth is the 7th novel and triumphant finale in Matthew Reilly’s warm-hearted Jack West Jr action thriller series. Read my full review. The One Impossible Labyrinth (Jack West Jr #7) Synopsis THE END IS HERE Jack West…

Man Down by Irma Venter (trans.) Review: Feisty suspense

Man Down by Irma Venter (trans.) Review: Feisty suspense

Man Down (Rogue #2) by Irma Venter is an action-thriller with fascinating feisty female leads and a laser-focused narrative. Read my full review. Man Down Synopsis In Irma Venter’s follow-up to the electric Hard Rain, Ranna Abramson returns home to the lion’s…

The Bounty by Janet Evanovich & Steve Hamilton, Review

The Bounty by Janet Evanovich & Steve Hamilton, Review

The Bounty by Janet Evanovich and Steve Hamilton is the 7th action-packed globe-trotting adventure in the Fox and O’Hare series. Read my full review. The Bounty Synopsis Straight as an arrow special agent Kate O’Hare and international criminal Nick Fox have…

Shiver by Allie Reynolds, Review: Chilling dramatic thriller

Shiver by Allie Reynolds, Review: Chilling dramatic thriller

Shiver by Allie Reynolds is a new propulsive locked-room thriller and chilling psychological drama. Read on for my full review. ^ Not to be confused with Maggie Stiefvater’s bestselling YA fantasy novel Shiver (2009). Shiver Book Synopsis A reunion weekend…

The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly, Review: Audacious

The Two Lost Mountains by Matthew Reilly, Review: Audacious

The Two Lost Mountains is the latest audaciously good-hearted action-adventure thriller in Matthew Reilly’s much-loved Jack West Jr Series. Read on for my full review. The Two Lost Mountains Book Synopsis AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY BUT AT A TERRIBLE PRICE… Against all…

End of Pride: LJ Duncan on Genre and his new novel

End of Pride: LJ Duncan on Genre and his new novel

Today we welcome LJ Duncan to discuss whether authors choose a genre or a genre chooses them, and in this context his new novel End of Pride (Soteria Trilogy#1). Disclosure: If you click a link in this post and make a purchase,…

The Burning Island by Jock Serong, Review: Engrossing prose

The Burning Island by Jock Serong, Review: Engrossing prose

The Burning Island by Jock Serong is an engrossing historical adventure, a mystery thriller and tale of great love. Read on for our full review. The Burning Island Book Synopsis A father’s obsession. A daughter’s quest. Eliza Grayling, born in Sydney…

The Doctor of Aleppo by Dan Mayland, Review: Confronting thriller

The Doctor of Aleppo by Dan Mayland, Review: Confronting thriller

The Doctor of Aleppo by Dan Mayland offers readers a compelling action thriller and confronting modern-history lesson. Read on for our full review. The Doctor of Aleppo Book Synopsis While working in the ancient Silk Road city of Aleppo, American Hannah Johnson…

The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun, Review: Gristly food for thought

The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun, Review: Gristly food for thought

The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun is slim but impactful Korean literature… gristly food for thought for those planning post-pandemic travel itineraries. The Disaster Tourist Synopsis Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working as a programming coordinator for…