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.

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The Noise
Bombshell (Hell's Belles, #1)
Breaking Badger (Honey Badger Chronicles, #4)
Down Range (Garrett Kohl #1)
Paper & Blood (Ink & Sigil, #2)
The Island (Dewey Andreas #9)
Hostile Intent (Danger Never Sleeps, #4)
Bloodless (Pendergast, #20)
The Endless Skies
King Bullet (Sandman Slim, #12)
Eyes of the Forest
僕のヒーローアカデミア 31 [Boku no Hero Academia 31] (My Hero Academia, #31)
Citadel (The Palladium Wars #3)
Uncharted (Survival Instincts, #2)
The Cellist (Gabriel Allon, #21)
Drift (Rachel Hatch #1)
The Noise
In Her Tracks (Tracy Crosswhite, #8)
A Gambling Man (Archer #2)
Let There Be Light (Sled Dog, #2)
Ocean Prey (Lucas Davenport #31)
Drown Her Sorrows (Bree Taggert, #3)
The Sentinel (Jack Reacher, #25)
Daylight (Atlee Pine, #3)
Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine, #1)
Dark Sky (Joe Pickett, #21)
Finding Her Chance (Stealth Ops, #4)
Magical Midlife Meeting (Leveling Up #5)
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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)
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Legend (Legend, #1)

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