Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

Valhalla Rising is another Dirk Pitt Adventure by Clive Cussler. He is one of my favorite action adventure novel writers. I like this Dirk Pitt series because those are always about historical incidents, treasure hunting as well as action. You have have all in one when you read Dirk Pitt novels. Clive Cussler sometimes use him self as a side character without harming the story line.

Pitt’s NUMA survey ship happens to be in the vicinity when the world’s newest and biggest cruise ship founders and sinks, giving Pitt the chance to stage the daring rescue of nearly 2,000 passengers. Among those who perish is a famous scientist whose revolutionary engines powered the ship to her watery grave; while Pitt is unable to save Dr. Egan, he rescues his beautiful daughter Kelly from the sea, and later from a murder attempt aboard the rescue vessel.
Pitt and his trusty pal Al Giordino track the sinking to the boardroom door of a multinational conglomerate called Cerberus, whose evil CEO has designs on the world’s oil supply. He’ll do anything to keep Egan’s advanced engines and secret formula for frictionless oil off the market–even sabotage another vessel, this time a luxury passenger submarine. By the time our heroes have foiled the mastermind’s nefarious plots, they’ve also uncovered the existence of a working submarine nearly a century before one actually existed–irrefutable proof of a Viking landing on the Hudson River–and the remains of the British sailor who inspired Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo.

I enjoyed reading Valhalla Rising and I don’t know what others say but it’s a brilliantly written novel. Anyone who love sea/treasure type action adventure novels would enjoy it. Also Dirk Pitt series is something you can enjoy reading. Maybe plot is not believable and this is not one of the greatest action adventure novels but still Valhalla Rising is not bad book which make you bored.

Allan Quatermain by Rider Haggard

Allan Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard the last novel of this Allan Quatermain series. This book is no so popular unlike first book of the series, King Solomon’s Mines. Still it’s a great novel which is full of adventures, romance, remote Africa, ancient lost civilizations. Rider Haggard is founder of lost world type novels. His novels are great and you can put same level as today’s thriller novels.

At the beginning of this adventure Quatermain has lost his only son and longs to get back into the wilderness. Having persuaded Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good, RN, and the Zulu chief Umslopogaas to accompany him they set out from the coast of east Africa into the territory of the Masai and while staying with a Scottish missionary are attacked by a group of these tribesmen whom they overcome with heroism. There follows a voyage by canoe along an underground river to a lake in the kingdom of Zu-Vendis on the other side of a range of mountains. The Zu-Vendi are a warlike white race entirely isolated from other African races and when Curtis and Quatermain’s party arrives are ruled jointly by two sisters, Nyleptha and Sorais. The priests of the Zu-Vendi religion are hostile to the explorers but they are protected by the queens: however both fall passionately in love with Curtis and this together with the rejection by Nyleptha of the nobleman Nasta results in a civil war between them (Sorais and Nasta’s forces against those of Nyleptha, Curtis and Quatermain). After a battle in which Queen Nyleptha’s forces are outnumbered she is nevertheless victorious but then threatened by the treachery of the priests who plan to murder her in the palace. Umslopogaas and one loyal warrior manage to save her from this, killing Nasta and the chief priest Agon in the Fight on the Stairway. Sorais, defeated and jealous, takes her own life: Nyleptha and Curtis become King and Queen and Quatermain dies from a wound suffered in the battle.

This is the ending novel of  Allan Quatermain series since he dies at end of the story. Rider Haggard is one of my favorites authors and I enjoyed his all novels of  Allan Quatermain series. If you like those Lost world genre books and also historical adventure novels you are gonna love this book.

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

Five on a Treasure Island is the first book of Famous Five Series written by by Enid Blyton who is one of the best-known and best-loved writers of children’s stories. The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy about a shipwreck off Kirrin Island.

Julian, Dick and Anne arrive at their uncle’s for the summer where they are introduced to their cousin – the tomboyish Georgina who prefer to be called as George. Together they set out to investigate the nearby island that belongs to George’s mother and run straight into danger and adventure. There is a wreck submerged on the island that suppossibly has a fortune in gold inside, but several dives to the ship have yielded nothing. Then one night a fierce storm whips up and the wreck is brought to the surface.

Since the Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942, this book has been read by millions of children for decades loved by all of them. For some children this book is the begin of book reading hobby. This is one of my very first English children’s novels I have read and I was going to Library as soon as I read each of Famous Five series. This is a great book to be given as a gift to any child.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe is a great adventure novel which reminds you the Treasure Island’s Ben Gunn character. Daniel Defoe‘s enthralling story-telling and imaginatively detailed descriptions have ensured that his fiction masquerading as fact remains one of the most famous stories in English literature.

As a boy growing up in 17th Century England, all Robinson Crusoe wanted to do was be a sailor. His parents tried to dissuade him — it was a dangerous occupation, and certainly a middle class child like him could find a calling much safer and more comfortable. Naturally, he didn’t listen, and essentially ran away from home, finding opportunities to sail on a few ships and encountering a few dangers until he finally reached Brazil, bought a plantation, and looked forward to that comfortable life of prosperity his parents said would be his if he’d only use his head.But Crusoe is one to push fate. He embarks on a ship bound for Africa to collect slaves, and during a storm in the Caribbean Sea, the ship is wrecked and the crew drowned except for Crusoe, who manages to swim to the shore of a deserted island. Unable to get back to civilization, he salvages as many goods as he can from the wrecked ship and resolves to survive as long as possible in this new, unwelcome habitat.

Robinson Crusoe is not just a children’s classic but also anyone can enjoy this adventure novel.  The author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, is generally credited with being one of the first novel writers in the English language. He has details the island life beautifully taking reader right into the story.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson can be told as the ultimate pirate novel of all times. It was first published in 1883 but like those great children’s classics still everyone can enjoy the book. Classic novel Treasure Island is a magnificent creation which run children’s imagination to maximum level. Treasure Island is a novel filled to the brim with tales of adventure, betrayal and, something which make all children excited about .. treasure !! I still remember how much I enjoyed this book when I first read it as a 12 years old boy.

Jim, is a preteen who lives with his parents at the little inn and tavern that they own. A rough and unruly customer comes to stay with them, a salty old pirate with inappropriate stories and foul drinking songs. Jim is enthralled with the man and befriends him; the old crusty pirate even pays Jim to “Keep an eye out for a man with one leg.” When the rest of the pirates locate the inn where Jim and his family live, they make an appearance, demanding something that the old pirate had taken from them. Through an act of both luck and bravery, Jim and his mother escape the pirates and take with them the hidden object – a map showing the location of an enormous buried treasure. Jim, the good Doctor, and a few other individuals from town decide to rent a boat to go after the treasure… but when they start their voyage, a man with one leg joins the boat as the cook and the rest of the crew isn’t behaving quite properly. The rest of the tale involves mutiny, back stabbing, treachery, treasure, gunfights, castaways and adventure of the highest caliber.

A treasure map where X marks the spot, a schooner set to sail, a onelegged seaman with a parrot on his shoulder, a boy whose bravery will be tested by murder, mutiny, and betrayal — Robert Louis Stevenson’s well-loved tale is the ultimate swashbuckling adventure. Sweeping a path from the sleepy English coast to the raging high seas to a tropical island concealing a buried treasure, this story of friendship and greed, loyalty and courage stars an unforgettable cast of characters: young Jim Hawkins, the terrifying Blind Pew, the wild man Ben Gunn, and one of literature’s most dastardly villains, the charming, crafty, and utterly unscrupulous Long John Silver.

Treasure Island is entry point to world of pirates for children. Any child would enjoy this great children’s novel without doubt. It’s an old fashioned action adventure clearly written with children about the age of 12 in mind. Treasure Island hardcover book would be a great gift for any preteen who love adventure. It would something they would treasure for rest of the life.