Adventure Fiction

Popular adventure fiction books typically include a gripping main character and an incredible quest. Adventure fiction books enchant readers with the excitement of new lands, peoples, and escapades. Plots are always fast-paced, the main protagonist meets and overcomes obstacles, and settings change quickly and often.

Collectors who want to buy adventure fiction books should begin with classic tales of excitement, such as Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Stevenson's tale is chock-full of dangerous pirates, a buried treasure, and acts of heroism. For collectors who want to keep sailing the seas of adventure, Herman Melville's Moby Dick deserves a place on the shelf; captain Ahab's fanatical desire to exact revenge on the white whale that took his leg is full of the stark imagery of man vs. the sea.

Other collectible adventure fiction books include Baroness Orczy's historical fiction story, The Scarlet Pimpernel, which is an action-packed foray into the French Revolution where Sir Percy Blakeney leads desperate rescues in a race against time. No collection is complete without Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers. Set in 1600s France, the adventurer d'Artagnan sets out to join the Musketeers and becomes fast companions with three of the most swashbuckling soldiers in the king's employ. Adventure fiction books encompass more than just your average hero, though. For a unique take on adventure, readers can race along with non-human protagonists. Jack London's The Call of the Wild is set against the harsh Canadian Yukon, where the sled dog Buck must fight to find his true place in the world.

In the market for something fresh? Adventure lovers may want to scoop up Clive Cussler's Treasure of Khan, which shadows Dirk Pitt on his quest to uncover the treasure of Genghis Khan. An author who has won praise from Tom Clancy is Jack Higgins, whose Night of the Fox is a fast-paced WWII adventure that can tempt any fan. Adventure fans will find that their libraries never lack for exciting reads when they buy adventure fiction books.