10 Adventure Novels You Should Read
If you enjoyed classics like Moby-Dick (Herman Melville), Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain), you should check out the books below as well.
At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs
During one of his travels to Sahara desert, the narrator met David Innes who had previously discovered Pellucidar. It is a world accessed by burrowing into the Earth’s crust.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The dog Buck was stolen and sold as a sled dog in Alaska. He has to fight for his survival everyday since then and becomes feral because of his experiences. The novel is set in the Klondike Gold Rush when sled dogs were popular.
Captain Blood: His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini
Dr. Peter Blood did not want to take part in the town’s defense against the Duke of Monmouth but he was arrested and then convicted after he helped the rebels.
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Allan Quatermain leads a group of explorers to find Sir Henry Curtis’s brother. The missing man supposedly went to the mythical King Solomon’s mines.
Lost Horizon by James Hilton
The novel is set in the mythical Shangri-La where a veteran named Hugh Conway has found happiness. His colleagues thought he had disappeared but he was found by one of his friends later at a hospital.
The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling
Daniel Dravot and Peachey Carnehan left India to become kings of Kafiristan. Dravot became a god at first but after being rejected by a Kafir girl, the natives were enraged and punished the two.
The Pirates of Malaysia by Emilio Salgari
The novel is the sequel to The Tigers of Mompracem and part of The Sandokan Series. It reintroduces the prince and pirate Sandokan and Yanez de Gomera. In the novel, Tremal-Naik was imprisoned so his servant Kammammuri tries to rescue him.
The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service by Robert Erskine Childers
Carruthers joins Davies on a sailing boat Dulcibella for a holiday. Davies reveals that he wants to investigate the Germans in Frisian Islands after an accident. The novel is one of the pioneers of the espionage genre.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Captain asks Jim Hawkins to look for a one-legged sailor while he stayed at Benbow Inn. When The Captain died of a stroke, Jim and his mother found the chest containing money, a map and a journal. The map leads to the hidden treasure of Captain Flint.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
After a mysterious creature thought to be a narwhal was spotted, an expedition was arranged to find and kill it. One of those included in the expedition was Professor Pierre Aronnax.