ADVENTURE NOVELS: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Cussler, Clive. Atlantis Found. 2000. 532 pages. American, 21st c.

 

Atlantis Found is a little Indiana Jones, a little James Bond (Roger Moore days) and a bit of a spoof on both of them. Let's see, greedy rich people don't care if what they do to further their own dreams causes chaos on a global level, so government employed adventurer Dirk Pitt shows up in the nick of time to save the day with wit and uncanny reflexes and endless knowledge of how to survive almost anything. Fun reading if you donít mind the occasional over-the-top prose.

 

Haggard, H. Rider. Three Adventure Novels: She, King Solomon's Mines, Allan Quatermain. 1880s; rpt. 1979. 636 pages. Anglo, 19th c.


She is probably the strongest novel in the collection, with the introduction of Ayesha, who is immortal and rules her band of followers with an iron hand. When Ludwig Horace Holly and his ward appear in her forgotten nation, an ancient love triangle is revived. An exploration of the power of beauty and the violent nature of passion.

King Solomon's Mines introduces the characters of Allan Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good as they go searching for King Solomon's legendary mines. The evil Gagool, wise woman and witch smeller, opposes them in their mission as they brave everything to find what they seek.

Allan Quatermain continues the adventures introduced in the book before, with the friends restless for new adventure. Their searching takes them among the Zu-Vendi, an isolated people of Persian descent. They are caught up in the warring between the beautiful twin queens Sorais and Nyleptha and love threatens even the bond between the adventurers themselves.

 

Warning: These books were written by a white man in the days of the British Empire and set in Africa, a colonial "possession." They reflect 19th century Anglo attitudes towards race and women that 21st century folks can find offensive.