If you like books that offer a thrill ride of fast paced adventure, you're going to love the books on this list. While these books were selected to appeal primarily to men, women who enjoy non-stop action will find plenty to read here, too. Don't blame us if you are up all night reading because you just can't put these books down!
By Order of the President by W.E.B. Griffin.
Read by Roy Avers. Reading time 21 hours 7 minutes.
Seeking answers after an airplane hijacking in Angola, the U.S. president sends to Africa special forces major Charley Castillo, currently executive assistant to the secretary of homeland security. Castillo makes allies and enemies while uncovering the attackers' diabolical intentions. Presidential Agent series, book 1. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence.
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Cover of Night by Linda Howard.
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 13 hours 16 minutes.
Gunmen raid widow Cate Nightingale's Idaho bed-and-breakfast seeking a guest who mysteriously vanished. Ex-marine handyman Calvin Harris repels the invaders, but they return and take the whole town hostage. Cate, Cal, and Cal's former comrades plot a rescue operation. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence.
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Eater by Gregory Benford.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 11 hours 31 minutes.
Long before there was time, a black hole became a wandering entity, feeding on asteroids and planets and destroying everything in its path. When it reaches the edge of our solar system, three scientists must prevent it from annihilating Earth and its inhabitants.
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Fade by Kyle Mills.
Arab American Salam al Fayed, called "Fade", is an ex-navy SEAL who was treated shabbily by the military. Therefore, his initial reaction is negative when former colleague Matt Egan approaches Fade for a Homeland Security assignment. But the two soon begin an undercover operation in the Middle East. Violence and strong language.
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The Fan Club by Irving Wallace.
Read by Chuck Benson. Reading time 21 hours 56 minutes.
Four ordinary men meet in a bar and conspire to physically possess the world's most coveted and worshipped love goddess, actress Sharon Fields. The four proceed with their plan. But they don't know the real Sharon! Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence.
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Fat Ollie's Book: A Novel of the 87th Precinct by Ed McBain
Read by Ray Foushee. Reading time 7 hours 38 minutes.
Councilman Lester Henderson is killed, and detective Fat Ollie Weeks, from Money, Money, Money (RC 52928, BR 13635), is at the murder scene when someone steals his manuscript from his police vehicle. Ollie leaves the investigation to detective Steve Carella while he searches for his novel. Violence and strong language. 2002.
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Headwind by John J. Nance.
Read by Alec Volz. Reading time 14 hours 22 minutes.
When an international warrant threatens former American President John Harris, commercial jet pilot Craig Dayton defiantly takes off with Harris on board. While airborne, Harris arranges assistance from disbarred judge Jay Reinhart and a group of World War II veterans.
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Liars and Thieves by Stephen Coonts
Read by Richard Hauenstein. Reading time 10 hours 43 minutes.
CIA agent Tommy Carmellini stumbles upon a massacre at a safe house. Three escape: Tommy, a beautiful translator, and Russian defector Mikhail Goncharov. Evading assassins and the FBI, Tommy locates Jake Grafton of America (RC 53012) for help. Strong language and some violence. 2004.
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Private Practices: An Alan Gregory Novel by Stephen White
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 13 hours 53 minutes.
Storming into psychologist Alan Gregory's office, a gun-wielding husband shoots his wife, Claire, her divorce lawyer, and himself. Claire was slated to testify before a grand jury and when a fellow witness dies, detective Sam Purdy enlists Alan's help. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1993.
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Red Zone by Mike Lupica
Read by Gregory Gorton. Reading time 11 hours 38 minutes.
Jack Molloy, inheritor of his father's New York Hawks in Bump and Run (RC 51970), agrees to sell the Super Bowl-winning football team to business mogul Dick Miles. Before long, Jack regrets his decision and plots to get the team back with help from a new ally, Dick's ex-wife. Strong language. 2003.
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Term Limits by Vince Flynn.
Read by Jack Fox. Reading time 15 hours 57 minutes.
After assassinating three powerful and corrupt politicians, a paramilitary group demands that the U.S. President and Congress reform the government or face more deaths. Freshman congressman and former marine Michael O'Rourke correctly guesses the identity of the group's leaders and tries to stop them. Mitch Rapp series, book 1. Violence and strong language.
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The Terror by Dan Simmons.
Read by John Lee. Reading time 28 hours 21 minutes.
1845. Two ships searching for the Northwest Passage become trapped in Arctic ice. As food and fuel dwindle, random attacks by a mysterious monster intensify the horrifying situation. Captain Crozier fights heroically to keep decent men from turning savage in their desperation to survive. Violence and strong language.
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True Evil by Greg Iles
Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 20 hours 55 minutes.
FBI agent Alexandra Morse learns at her sister Grace's deathbed that Grace's husband killed her. Alex suspects the involvement of a divorce lawyer who arranges murders for money. His next target, Mississippi doctor Chris Shepard, helps Alex plan a trap. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.
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Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler
Read by Bob Askey. Reading time 15 hours 27 minutes.
After meeting their father for the first time in Valhalla Rising (RC 52893), twins Summer and Dirk work for marine agency NUMA investigating a brown tide in the Caribbean, where they discover mysterious ancient relics. Meanwhile Dirk Sr. rushes to save a floating resort from a deadly hurricane. Some violence. Bestseller. 2003.
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Warrior Class by Dale Brown.
Read by Gary Tipton. Reading time 18 hours 37 minutes.
General Patrick McLanahan is ready to battle shady businessman Pavel Kazakov during a mission to rescue a spy from Russia. Kazakov wants to build an oil pipeline through the Balkans. But McLanahan's hands are tied by a new American president, an avowed isolationist. Patrick McLanahan series, book 9. Violence and strong language.
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The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer.
Read by Scott Brick. Reading time 12 hours 15 minutes.
Capitol Hill staffers Harris Sandler and Matthew Mercer join a clandestine game in which participants bet anonymously on outcomes of minor legislation. When Matthew is murdered, Harris's investigation leads him and his ally, a seventeen-year-old Senate page, to a defunct South Dakota gold mine. Violence and some strong language.
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