The action genre is characterized by more emphasis on exciting action sequences than on character development or story-telling. That is not to say that the action-adventure story does not have memorable characters or circumstances, however. Generally heroes are seen as larger than life, and many times they are prime examples of the epic hero archetype.

Action can also be known as Action-Adventure depending on criteria met. This applies to all age groups, especially popular in Middle Grade adventure stories and adult fiction with spy or adventure leads.

Also see Adventure.

City of Shattered Light
Heirs of Falcon Point
Across the Desert
The One Impossible Labyrinth (Jack West Jr, #7)
Star Wars: Visions - Ronin
BRZRKR, Volume 1
Five Decembers
The Cursed King (Inferno Rising Book 4)
Steal the Wind (Godstone Saga, #1)
Destroy All Monsters: A Reckless Book
Call It Quits (Code of Honor #8)
The Tides of Reckoning (The Outlands Saga #2)
By the Red Moonlight
Among Thieves
Better off Dead (Jack Reacher, #26)
Reaper (Cradle, #10)
Drift (Rachel Hatch #1)
The Powerbroker (Norcross Security #6)
Good as Dead
Clive Cussler's The Devil's Sea (Dirk Pitt #26)
Enemy at the Gates (Mitch Rapp, #20)
Daylight (Atlee Pine, #3)
The Sentinel (Jack Reacher, #25)
Foul Play (Stone Barrington #59)
The Noise
The Chaos Kind (John Rain, #11, Livia Lone, #5)
The Desert of Glass (Monument #2)
Lock 'N' Load (Federal K-9, #1)
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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
Legend (Legend, #1)
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

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Ernest Hemingway
Never confuse movement with action.
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