lemaster_69 (lemaster_69) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Adventure books and graphic novels

1. Dark Watch, by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul. The third novel in Cussler's Oregon Files series finds Juan Cabrillo and crew attempting to stop piracy on the high seas. However, the pirates aren't the only problem they face: an international conspiracy involving Chinese slave labor is discovered, and Cabrillo's team is the only thing that can stop it. The Oregon Files series is, with each novel, somehow less interesting to me. Dirk Pitt's adventures are great, fun reads but there's an undercurrent of pessimism that marks the Cussler/DuBrul series.

2. Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher, by Lenore Hart. Fun adventure story that takes the beloved characters of Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn into adulthood. Becky's life takes improbable twists and turns (she enlists as a man in the Union army to save her husband Sid) and Mark Twain (here as Sam Clemens) proves less an author and more a hanger-on. A terrific read for anyone who loves Twain's novels.

3. The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary. This book delves into the research done regarding mystical experiences; the subjects were a group of Carmelite nuns. I actually won this book from posting a comment on an Intelligent Design blog, and while I don't agree with the conclusions the book reaches, it makes for thought-provoking reading.

4. The Silent Sea, by Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul. The seventh adventure of the Oregon and her crew finds them searching for a downed satellite in the now-hostile country of Argentina (whose military junta is getting support from communist China), which leads to a shocking discovery. The discovery, as in all Cussler novels, is related to a historical account (in this case, a Chinese expedition) and possibly a curse. It occasionally seems as though Cussler writes by the numbers, but this book is far more entertaining than some of his previous Oregon Files novels.

5. Superman: In the Name of Gog, by Chuck Austena and J.D. Finn. Superman's faces off against the Kandorian terrorist Preus, who's mobilized humanity against Superman; the Silver Banshee and Doomsday. Topping the list is Gog, whose time traveling invetion allows him to battle the Man of Steel as "an army of one".

6. Metal Men, by Duncan Rouleau. A re-read of a lively, funny reboot of the classic DC franchise. There's an origin story as well as a wild time-traveling romp that are based off ideas by Grant Morrison. Rouleau's graphic novel should be made into a series on Cartoon Network.

7. Altar of Eden, by James Rollins. Looting at an Iraqi zoo leads to the discovery of a concealed weapons lab and the escape of a horrific creature. Seven years later, in Louisiana, bizarre creatures turn up on a derelict fishing trawler with no crew. The beasts are somehow tied into a mystery involving fractal science and genetic engineering (where Rollins has done his research well), and while the book is improbable in places, it's an entertaining read. However, I still prefer Rollins' 'Amazonia' over this book.

8. Kingdom Come, by Alex Ross and Mark Waid. Rereading this for the second time, I am still in awe of Ross' artwork. The story is convoluted in places and rife with biblical imagery and verses, but still makes for an amazing read.

9. The Lightning Saga, by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns. This graphic novel brings together the JLA, JSA, and the Legion of Super-Heroes from the 31st century together in one grand adventure. "Walls" is a standout story by Brad Meltzer.

10. Superman: The Wrath of Gog, by Chuck Austen. Darkseid arrives in Metropolis to announce that he's lost Doomsday, and Clark Kent's angry that he's been demoted at the Daily Planet. Other villains Superman must face include the biblically named Sodom and Gomorrah and Weapons Master, along with Gog and Preus.

11. JLA: Second Coming, by Dwayne McDuffie and Ed Benes. The JLA aids two of their own: Red Tornado, whose soul must be brought back into its robot body and Vixen, whose powers are fading which forces her to siphon the powers of her teammates.
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