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Initial post: 5 Apr 2012 13:58:59 BDT

I'm wondering if any of you kind Kindle owners would be able to help me. I'm really into action / archaeological adventure books ideally set in the rain forest / jungle / lost islands etc. My very favourite authors are Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child and James Rollins and I particularly love both these authors early work. Could anyone out there recommend some new authors for me please.......

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2012 18:01:40 BDT
LEP says:
The only ones I can think of are by Rider Haggard.

Posted on 5 Apr 2012 21:35:41 BDT
Adam says:
Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt adventures...

Flood Tide (A Dirk Pitt novel)

Black Wind: Dirk Pitt Series, Book 18 (Dirk Pitt Adventure)

Posted on 5 Apr 2012 22:30:18 BDT
Dogmatix says:
Wilbur Smiths "Seventh Scroll" trilogy
River God
Seventh Scroll
This series has everything you could ask for plus the fact that Wilbur Smith is a brilliant author.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2012 23:50:39 BDT
Roger Weston says:
Hi Andrea, Have you tried Andy McDermott, Scott Marianni or Matthew Reilly?

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 04:22:18 BDT
Many thanks for taking the time to help me guys. I will get samples of them all

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 05:17:00 BDT
Have you read anything by John Buchan?

Prester John is a rattling good adventure story, and there are lots more.

Posted on 6 Apr 2012 12:40:16 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
some of Desmond Bagley's books are set in exotic locations and it's usually good action stuff

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 12:12:36 BDT
ajk77 says:
Isabel Allende's City of the Beast and sequels have exotic locations but were probably aimed at teens.

Possibly Alistair Maclean, Hammond Innes though may be a little dated as Buchan certainly is. A slight problem with Buchan for modern taste is the ingrained racism - he's liable to describe a positive character as 'a white man' and references to kaffirs and dagoes are common. In the Rider Haggard period there was Kipling's Kim and of course Robert Louis Stevenson e.g. Kidnapped/Catriona, Treasure Island, the Prisoner of Zenda and later the Riddle of the Sands, Conan Doyle's Lost World and his pirate stories.

How about James Clavell? Sho-Gun was very popular. Or Frederick Forsyth's Dogs of War about merceneries in Africa. Or possibly some of Nevil Shute's efforts with Australian settings?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 17:36:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2012 17:45:15 BDT
LEP says:
Well of course Buchan is the same sort of period as the Bulldog Drummond books, I think, and those are very 'imperialist' in tone. However, if you can ignore that Buchan's books are good. Maclean and Innes are of a later period, so perhaps miss the 'imperialism' overtones. A number of Maclean' are set during the 2nd WW. They are good adventures.

I'd also recommend anything by Wilbur Smith.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 17:41:18 BDT
LEP says:
Ice Cold in Alex and also The Flight of the Phoenix are another 2 that are good.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 18:17:17 BDT
LEP says:
Treasure; Inca Gold; Sahara - all by Clive Cussler
Congo; The Lost World - Michael Crichton
Jules Verne
The Beach - Alex Garland
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Secret of the Sands - Rai Aren
Nemesis - Bill Napier
Dark Gold - David Angsten

There might be one or two YA books above.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 15:22:09 BDT
Boo Car says:
You could try the odd Matthew Reilly novel. You have to be able to ignore all of the problems with his writing and simply allow yourself to be drawn along with the rapid plot. Every one is a bit like a Steven Siegal film in novel form.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 15:58:07 BDT
Dogmatix says:
Oh! dear, I think that the mention of Steven Seagal films may have just killed off that last suggestion......

Everything asked for in the original posting can be found in most of Wilbur Smith's novels, usually set in Southern Africa.
Another name I would recommend is Bryce Courtney, who, although being Australian, writes many novels about Africa, I can recommend, "The Power of One" and it's sequel, "Tandia", another good one is "Whitethorn"

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 15:59:12 BDT
Boo Car says:
Fair comment...

Is that the same The Power of One as the film?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 17:30:52 BDT
LEP says:
James Clavell's Shogon's books are adventurous, but are set in Japan not Africa.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2012 17:42:16 BDT
LEP says:
Wolf Winter by Claire Francis is a thriller adventure set in Norway. Very good book.

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Posted on 28 Apr 2012 19:12:42 BDT
Roger Weston says:
Hi Andrea,

I just thought of a book that you might enjoy. It's called Ice Bound by Dean Koontz. Koontz doesn't normally write in this genre; however, back in the 1970s he wrote this one novel in the tradition of Alistair MacLean. It well written and entertaining from start to finish. By the way, Alistair MacLean is another one you might enjoy.

Posted on 28 Apr 2012 19:13:36 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 12:26:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 May 2012 12:28:03 BDT
Boo Car
You summed it up completely- I think Contest has to be my favourite- Alien v Predator set in a library!Though I now have the urge to go and get a copy of Temple again-jungle, temples, government agencies all set at supersonic pace

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2012 13:45:02 BDT
Jake C1415 says:
Stormbringer (Apocalypse Then) This is certainly is an action adventure and there are aspects of 1930's archeology examined in it. Read the spiel and reviews to make your own mind up.
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