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Famous Adventure Novel Books and Novels

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List of famous adventure novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular adventure novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best adventure novel novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

These books, like Sin City and Treasure include images when available.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best adventure novel books?" and "What are the most famous adventure novel books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable adventure novel titles on Amazon with just one click.
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    Derek Benz, J.S. Lewis
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    First Published2008-01

    SubjectsAdventure, Animal

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction, Action, Adventure fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Fall of the Templar is the third book of the Grey Griffins series written by American authors Derek Benz and J. S. Lewis, and published by Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press. The book...  more
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    Gordon Korman
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    Genres (Book)Crime Fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Swindle is a 2008 book by Gordon Korman. The book is about a 6th grader named Griffin Bing who has found the answer to his family's financial problems when he discovers an extremely rare Babe Ruth...  more
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  • 3

    First Published1916

    SubjectsKhyber Rifles, Adventure, India, British Raj, British Cuisine

    Genres (Book)Historical fiction, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    King of the Khyber Rifles is a novel by British writer Talbot Mundy. Captain Athelstan King is a secret agent for the British Raj at the beginning of the First World War. Heavily influenced both by...  more
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    John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir
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    First Published1910

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Prester John is a 1910 adventure novel by John Buchan. It tells the story of a young Scotsman named David Crawfurd and his adventures in South Africa, where a Zulu uprising is tied to the medieval...  more
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    Clive Cussler
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    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Dragon is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the 10th book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt. In 1945, a B-29 bomber carrying a third nuclear bomb to Japan is shot over...  more
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    Frank Herbert
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    First Published1965

    SubjectsGalaxy, Space opera, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Philosophy, Planetary romance, Military science fiction, Conspiracy fiction, Psychological thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Dune is a 1965 epic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It won the Hugo Award in 1966, and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is the world's best-selling science fiction novel and is...  more
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    #81 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#43 of 171 The Greatest American Novels#54 of 169 Books You'll Never Finish Reading

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    James Hilton
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    First Published1933

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Visionary, Adventure, Asia

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Non-fiction novel, Lost World, Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Lost Horizon is a 1933 novel by English writer James Hilton. The book was turned into a movie, also called Lost Horizon, in 1937 by director Frank Capra. It is best remembered as the origin of...  more
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    Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
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    First Published2004

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Lost City is a 2004 novel by Clive Cussler. It was printed by Penguin publishers ISBN 0-7181-4735-9. It tells of Kurt Austin's dealings with the Fauchard family, which has dominated the weapons...  more
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    Anthony Horowitz
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    First Published2002-07-08

    SubjectsTennis, Adventure, Terrorism, England

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Children's literature, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Skeleton Key is the third book in the Alex Rider series written by British author Anthony Horowitz. The book was released in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2002, and in the United States on April 28,...  more
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    Joseph Conrad
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    First Published1902

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Ocean, Classics, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Typhoon is a novel by Joseph Conrad, begun in 1899 and serialized in Pall Mall Magazine in January–March 1902. Its first book publication was in New York by Putnam in 1902; it was also published in...  more
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    Annette Curtis Klause
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    First Published2006

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Adventure fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Freaks: Alive on the Inside is a fantasy romance and adventure novel by Annette Curtis Klause....  more
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    Anthony Horowitz
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    First Published2006-04-01

    SubjectsSupernatural, Peru

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Adventure fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Evil Star is the second book in The Power of Five series by British author Anthony Horowitz. It was published and released in the United Kingdom on 1 April 2006 by Walker Books Ltd and in the United...  more
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  • 13

    First Published1922

    SubjectsJustice, Piracy, British Cuisine

    Genres (Book)Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Captain Blood: His Odyssey is an adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, originally published in 1922....  more
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    Michael Crichton
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    First Published1980

    SubjectsEspionage, Sign language, Adventure, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gorilla

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Lost World, Suspense, Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Congo is a 1980 science fiction novel by Michael Crichton. The novel centers on an expedition searching for diamonds and investigating the mysterious deaths of a previous expedition in the dense rain...  more
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    Edgar Rice Burroughs
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    First Published1915

    SubjectsLiterature, Earth, Classics, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Reference, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Pellucidar is a 1915 fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the second in his series about the fictional "hollow earth" land of Pellucidar. It first appeared as a four-part serial in All-Story Weekly...  more
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    Clive Cussler
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    First Published1975

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Techno-thriller, Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Iceberg is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United States by Dodd, Mead & Company in 1975. This is the 2nd published book to feature the author’s primary protagonist Dirk Pitt....  more
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    Mick Farren
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    SubjectsImperialism, International relations, Friendship

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Kindling is the first novel in the Flame of Evil series written by Mick Farren, featuring The Four: a mythical group of young adults with supernatural powers. Its first edition was published in...  more
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    Louis Sachar
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    First Published1998-08-20

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics, Cambodia, Adventure, Friendship

    Genres (Book)Satire, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Holes is a 1997 young adult novel written by Louis Sachar and first published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery...  more
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    James Blish
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    SubjectsClassics, American science fiction

    Genres (Book)Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Speculative fiction, Adventure novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Cities in Flight is a four-volume series of science fiction stories written by James Blish, originally published between 1950 and 1962, which were first known collectively as the 'Okie' novels. The...  more
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    Edgar Rice Burroughs
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    First Published1914

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Adventure fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    At the Earth's Core is a 1914 fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in his series about the fictional "hollow earth" land of Pellucidar. It first appeared as a four-part serial in...  more
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    Clive Cussler
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    First Published1988

    SubjectsUnited States of America, History, Adventure, Greenland, Espionage

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Speculative fiction, Adventure novel, Techno-thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Treasure is an action-adventure novel by Clive Cussler. This is the ninth book featuring the author’s primary protagonist, Dirk Pitt....  more
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    Anthony Horowitz
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    First Published2000-09-04

    SubjectsClassics, Adventure, Terrorism, England

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Thriller, Fiction, Spy fiction, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Stormbreaker is a 2000 New York Times Bestselling young adult novel by British author Anthony Horowitz and the first novel in the Alex Rider series. The book was released in the United Kingdom on 4...  more
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    Patrick O'Brian
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    SubjectsChina, Literature, Adventure, Antiquities, Tibet

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    The Road to Samarcand is a novel by English author Patrick O'Brian, published in 1954 and set in Asia during the 1930s. Magazine Publishers Weekly writes about the novel: "Six decades later,...  more
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    Chris Wooding
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    First Published2006

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Alternate history, Fiction, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Storm Thief is a 2006 dystopian science-fiction novel written by Chris Wooding and published by Scholastic Books. It also has elements of the Gothic, tech-punk, and alternate history genres. It is...  more
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    Lisa Ann Sandell
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    First Published2007-05-01

    Genres (Book)Historical novel, Adventure fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Song of the Sparrow is a young adult novel by Lisa Ann Sandell, published in 2007. It is written completely in lyrical form. It is set during the Dark Ages in Britain and is a retelling of the story...  more
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