There are so many great non-fiction outdoor adventure books on the market right now, that it’s easy to forget about those “made up” stories as well! Clear your reading list (and your calendar) and add these new and classic novels to the queue.
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Everyone should read (and perhaps re-read!) this classic outdoor adventure by Jack London. It’s one of the greats. Set in Alaska during the Gold Rush, Call of the Wild is the story of a heroic dog named Buck who is stolen from his home and forced to become a sled dog in Alaska. Although there have been several film renditions of the story, nothing can improve upon London’s prose, based upon his real-life experiences in Alaska.
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
Dave Eggers’ latest novel takes us to the far reaches of the Alaskan wilderness. Josie and her children are on the run, in a rattling old RV, from foes real and imagined. What follows is a funny, often bizarre adventure that reflects on contemporary American life.
The Hunter by Julia Leigh
Exploring the Tasmanian wilderness as well as the wilderness of the mind, The Hunter is a dark journey into one man’s obsession. The Hunter arrives in Tasmania, under the employ of a mysterious Company, and is tasked to kill the last thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger). His mission takes him deep into the dark and dangerous wilderness in search of a supposedly extinct animal.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Forget Jack Sparrow for a moment and let’s talk about Long John Silver. R.L. Stevenson’s classic novel is the pinnacle of sea-faring adventures. It follows the young Jim Hawkens, a cabin boy on the Hispanola, who is pulled into a search for buried treasure. His adventure takes him onto the Spanish Main where he must contend with ruthless pirates that would give Barbossa a run for his money!