The 25 Must-Read Action Blockbusters


By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager The summer movie season brings with it a barrage of action blockbusters. We’ve already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and we’ve still got Transformers: Age of Extinction, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Expendables 3. But how are we action movie aficionados supposed to fill our time between each release? Our 25 Must-Read Action Blockbusters can help fill the void! Featuring authors such as Vince Flynn (Transfer of Power), David Morrell (First Blood), Tom Clancy (Rainbow Six) and Andy McNab (Remote Control), these 25 novels are sure to get your blood pumping!

Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow and Scarecrow Returns by Matthew Reilly

Scarecrow Series

Nobody writes fast-paced thrillers like Matthew Reilly, and for sure speed and ferocity, nothing comes close to his Shane ‘Scarecrow’ Schofield series. A Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Scarecrows exploits have taken him from the freezing cold of Antarctica to the heat of the Utah desert. Wherever he goes, trouble is never far behind; the kind of trouble that can only be pacified with death-defying maneuvers and an incredible body-count.

Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park - series

We’ve all seen the Steven Spielberg’s film adaptations of Jurassic Park – and those who haven’t should do so immediately (when they’re done reading this, of course) – but nothing beats the source material. Set in an amusement park showcasing genetically recreated dinosaurs, things go haywire when the creatures escape their enclosures. Its sequel, The Lost World, is as pulse-pounding as the first.

Fun & Games, Hell & Gone and Point & Shoot by Duane Swierczynski

Charlie Hardie

The Charlie Hardie series blends bizarre plots and frenetic prose into breathless thrillers. Hardie is an exc-cop who now makes a living by house-sitting; but a chance encounter in Fun & Games ignites an unforgettable series of events that will keep readers up all night.

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