I’m a book addict! I love adventure books, thrillers and police novels, give me one of those books and I will finish it in 2 days. Tops! I And since I love traveling, you guessed it, I really enjoy reading an adventure book that has the action placed around the world. A couple of years ago I’ve found some good authors and their story telling is captivating, that inspired me to write a book myself. However, it’ not finished, still working on it (*wink).
There are two great authors, whom I read with pleasure every time I find one of their books, these are Clive Cussler and Dan Brown. Now I know there are some people who do not agree with me regarding Dan Brown’s books, but let’s be honest the guy really knows how to write a good adventure/suspense book. And from what I see, I like books that have some truths in their plot, I believe this is one of the most important aspects for me.
10 Adventure Books That Will Convince You To Travel
I chose to separate the two authors with five books each. Some of these books I have read them and some are on my list. If you want, you can tell me in the comments below if you’ve read them or if you plan to!
Let’s get into the post.
Plot: In 1987, Dr. Gene Seagram leads the top-secret Pentagon program Meta Section, which secretly attempts to leapfrog current technology by 20 to 30 years. One result: the Sicilian Project, which uses sound waves to stop incoming ballistic missiles. The immense power needs of the Sicilian Project can be met only by an extremely rare mineral called byzanium. After satellite data pinpoints the most likely source of byzanium, Meta Section sends Sid Koplin to Novaya Zemlya, an island off the northern coast of the Soviet Union. There he discovers that the byzanium ore has already been mined. While making his way back to his hidden boat Koplin is shot and captured by a Soviet guard but is rescued by the story’s protagonist, Dirk Pitt.
I know, I know, by this time you must over Titanic and any news related to that tragedy, BUT since everyone on the planet saw the movie with Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, let’s give a chance to this novel and why not, the movie, because yes this one also has a movie adaptation (Raise the Titanic (Film) ).
Plot: A week before the surrender of Confederate forces of Robert E. Lee in 1865, the Confederate Navy ship CSS Texas is being loaded at a dock with crates supposedly filled with documents. The ship’s captain Tombs has been ordered to take the ship past a Union blockade and to any neutral harbour where she should dock until summoned by a courier. At the last-minute the secretary of the Confederate navy and an admiral arrive and mention that he will be taking a prisoner on board. Tombs is shocked when the prisoner arrives under heavy guard with Confederate soldiers in Union uniforms. The ship gets under way and is battered by the Union navy trying to attempt to pass the blockade into the open sea. To make matters easier, Tombs brings the prisoner onto the deck, and the Union soldiers stop firing and salute.
The plot then moves to 1931, when a lady, Kitty Mannock, is flying over the Sahara in quest of a new aviation record. A severe sand storm fouls her carburetors and her plane crash lands in the desert. While her landing is on level ground, the plane reaches the edge of a ravine and tips over. Even though a search is launched she is not found.
The plot then moves to 1996. A convoy of tourists are crossing the Sahara on a fleet of Land Rovers when they reach a scheduled stop at a village in the country of Mali. They find it is unusually deserted, but as they are refreshing themselves at the village well they are attacked by red-eyed savages who kill and eat them. Only the tour guide escapes with his life.
And I will leave it for you to discover the novel and why not, the places too!
Fun fact: For those of you who don’t know, “Sahara” has a film adaptation starring Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt, Steve Zahn as Al Giordino, and Penélope Cruz as Eva Rojas.
Plot: This novel centers around the exploits of Clive Cussler’s characters Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala. These two and other members of NUMA respond to several mysterious incidents. One is the sudden disappearance of an underwater lab conducting experiments on a rare jellyfish (the Blue Medusa), an attack on a bathysphere that almost kills passenger Zavala and an attempt to kidnap a Chinese scientist at a remote lab in the Florida Keys. The NUMA team seeks to discover who is behind these incidents. They discover a criminal organization based in China that is conducting unethical medical experiments on humans and intends to create a deadly virus that it will threaten to unleash in an attempt to blackmail the world into surrendering to its whims.
Fun fact: Clive Cussler is the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), a non-profit organization with the same name as the fictional government agency that employs Dirk Pitt. Cussler owns a large collection of classic cars, several of which (driven by Pitt) appear in his novels. (Source: Wikipedia)
Spartan Gold (Fargo Adventures Series) (read it)
Plot: Clive Cussler introduces a new team of adventurers with this book, the Fargos, who have a knack for stumbling into the plots of evil egomaniacs. This adventure starts when they stumble across a one-man World War II German submarine, which is still intact. Inside, they find a bottle that they discover came from Napoleon’s “lost wine cellar.” Immediately, representatives of power-hungry millionaire Hadeon Bondaruk attempts to get the bottle at any cost. They begin a quest to discover why this bottle so important that Bondaruk is willing to kill to get it. This adventure takes the Fargos to the Bahamas and over much of Europe before they discover Bondaruk’s evil plans for regional domination.
Co-author Clive Cussler has a habit of making cameo appearances in many of his novels. In this one he makes a brief appearance when the Fargos are hunting for one of Napoleon’s wine bottles on Rum Cay, in the Bahamas.
Plot: Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery—the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan codex, larger than anyone has ever seen. The codex contains astonishing information about the Mayans, their cities, and mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them—as the Fargos are just about to find out who.
Places to visit from Clive Cussler’s books:
- Mexico (The Mayan Ruins)
Let’s brake the ice with one of his most famous book…
Plot: While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of da Vinci…clues visible for all to see…and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and da Vinci, among others. The Louvre curator has sacrificed his life to protect the Priory’s most sacred trust: the location of a vastly important religious relic, hidden for centuries.
In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei—a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory’s secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory’s secret—and a stunning historical truth—will be lost forever.
The book also has a film adaptation, go check it out, Tom Hanks is Robert Langdon.
Crazy fact: YES, all these places exists in real life, I’ve seen them!
Origin (read it)
Plot: Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
Dan Brown’s writing is very very complex and you must be “awake” when you read it because it gives many details and you need to be able to remember those at some point in the book. They are all connected.
Plot: When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati… the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth.
Also, this book has a film adaptation.
Plot: In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling–a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths… all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
Film adaptation film here too! However, I’d like to read the books, I’ve seen the movies, but I’d like to see if it is similar to the books.
Plot: Chillingly current and filled with more intelligence secrets than Tom Clancy, Digital Fortress transports the reader deep within the most powerful intelligence organization on earth–the National Security Agency (NSA)–an ultra-secret, multi-billion dollar agency which (until now) less than three percent of Americans knew existed.
When the NSA’s most classified technological wonder–an invincible code-breaking machine–encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls in its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power.
I really need to read this one next!
Places to visit from Dan Brown’s books:
- Paris (Louvre Museum)
- Vatican City
- Spain (Barcelona, Bilbao)
- Hungary (Budapest)
- Washington D.C.
Have you visited some of these places so far? Let’s talk in the comments below!
P.S.: Do you enjoy these long posts with details or do you like more shorter ones?