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.

The Water Outlaws
Tides of Fire (Sigma Force #17)
Rook (Jackaby)
A Harvest of Ash and Blood
チェンソーマン 15 [Chainsaw Man 15]
Deadly Depths
Once a Rogue (Roaring Twenties Magic, #2)
The Pirate and the Porcelain Girl
S.O.S. (The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves, #2)
Ebony Gate (Phoenix Hoard, #1)
Abeni's Song
Blind Fear (Finn Thrillers, #3)
Gryphon in Light (Kelvren's Saga, #1)
His Death Bringer (The District #1)
Catch Her Death (Bree Taggert, #7)
Code Red (Mitch Rapp #22)
Malibu Burning (Sharpe & Walker #1)
The Collector (Gabriel Allon, #23)
Glitter (The Golden Wolf, #2)
Dead Mountain (Nora Kelly #4)
The Girl in the Eagle's Talons (Millennium, #7)
After Death
Dead Fall (Scot Harvath #22)
Compulsory (The Murderbot Diaries, #0.5)
No Plan B (Jack Reacher, #27)
The First Death (Columbia River, #4)
Clive Cussler's Condor's Fury (NUMA Files #20)
All the Dead Shall Weep (Gunnie Rose #5)
Storm Watch (Joe Pickett, #23)
1984 by George OrwellDracula by Bram StokerAmerican Gods by Neil GaimanFahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyFrankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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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 Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

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