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Action Adventure With Brains!

Tim Byrd "author of Doc Wilde & The Frogs of Doom"
The list author says: "It's not hard to find action-packed stories...but it's a lot harder finding such that actually have some intellectual spark to them. I'll point you to some that'll make both your pulse and your mind race."
The Descent
The Descent
"Jeff Long has written one of the best flat out adventure novels I've read in probably more than a decade. THE DESCENT starts with a clever premise and runs full tilt, dragging its characters and the reader along as it becomes more audacious, more artful, more epic, chapter by chapter."
Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom
Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom
"Doc Wilde is my love letter to Doc Savage and other pulp heroes whose adventures enriched my childhood. Kirkus Reviews: "Written in fast-paced, intelligent prose laced with humor and literary allusions ranging from Dante to Dr. Seuss, the story has all of the fun of old-fashioned pulp adventures.""
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)
"Martin's War of the Roses-inspired fantasy epic is epic, intricate, exciting, moving, and leaves so much other fantasy in its wake it seems to belong to a different, more elevated genre."
The Last Oracle (Sigma Force)
The Last Oracle (Sigma Force)
"James Rollins brings a deft writing style to modern pulp adventure stories full of cool tech, strange biology, and smart heroes."
The Tomb (Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack)
The Tomb (Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack)
"Wilson's fascinating hero Repairman Jack debuts in this sharp novel, a modern pulp tale of resourceful heroism and really scary monsters."
The Fall of Reach (Halo, Bk. 1)
The Fall of Reach (Halo, Bk. 1)
"Unlike most licensed fiction, Nylund's Halo novels are well-wrought, intelligent, thoughtful science fiction, full of incredible action and an amazing depth of cultural allusion."
Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, Vol. 1)
Elric: The Stealer of Souls (Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné, Vol. 1)
"Moorcock created many of modern heroic fantasy's essential tropes, and at the same time transcended them with intricate, strange stories told in wonderfully poetic prose."
Temple
Temple
"Great old fashioned jungle adventure with modern espionage, high tech, and intrepid scientist heroes."
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted
Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted
"Joss Whedon's take on the X-Men is brilliant, funny, and leads to one of the most moving and powerful conclusions in comic book history. Fantastic storytelling, with truly gorgeous art by John Cassaday. This is true literature with pictures."
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
"A rollicking, action-packed account of the Spartans' stand at Thermopylae so authentic it's required reading in some university course."