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Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

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Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby kuilis » Sun May 15th, 2016, 9:41 pm

Sorry to start another topic, just seems like folks here know their business on historical fiction. :)

Can anyone recommend some adventure novels with historical setting anytime between 1900-1939? Something with similar themes to Indiana Jones or The Mummy (treasure hunting, exploration, etc.) but preferably with a bit more realism, i.e. no monsters or aliens. Would prefer the Far East as a setting but would also be interested in South America or Europe. Doesn't matter if the book was written back then or today.

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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby SGM » Mon May 16th, 2016, 5:26 am

Never read them myself but Rider Haggard might suit. Many of his novels were written during this time and so might reflect the period you want. I have only seen the films. Ditto Erskine Childers' Riddle of the Sands.
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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby kuilis » Mon May 16th, 2016, 1:45 pm

SGM wrote:Never read them myself but Rider Haggard might suit.

Cheers. I think most of them are set somewhat earlier (19th century) but I've still heard he's a great writer and King Solomon's Mines is still on my reading list.

SGM wrote:Ditto Erskine Childers' Riddle of the Sands.


Just read a plot overview of it, sounds very interesting. Thanks again.

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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby SGM » Mon May 16th, 2016, 5:02 pm

Some of John Buchan's fit into your time period, being arranged around the outbreak of WW1 and the aftermath. I think a couple are based in Africa (or South Africa). Some are set in a much earlier period.
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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon May 16th, 2016, 7:28 pm

Wilbur Smith's Assegai is set in 1906 Kenya. It brings together two series of adventure / family sagas mostly set in Africa.
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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby Mythica » Tue May 17th, 2016, 1:04 am

Clive Cussler? Haven't read him myself but whenever I see his covers I think it looks Indiana Jones-ish.

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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby kuilis » Tue May 17th, 2016, 2:09 pm

SGM wrote:Some of John Buchan's fit into your time period, being arranged around the outbreak of WW1 and the aftermath. I think a couple are based in Africa (or South Africa). Some are set in a much earlier period.


Thanks I'll have a look.

MLE (Emily Cotton) wrote:Wilbur Smith's Assegai is set in 1906 Kenya. It brings together two series of adventure / family sagas mostly set in Africa.


Haven't heard of that one. Thanks.

Mythica wrote:Clive Cussler? Haven't read him myself but whenever I see his covers I think it looks Indiana Jones-ish.


I've read most of his Isaac Bell stories, but I think apart from those his other works are set in the modern times.

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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby Margaret » Tue May 24th, 2016, 2:17 am

There are two novels by Bartle Bull, Shanghai Station and China Star, set in 1918 China. You will likely find more if you browse the Asia page at HistoricalNovels.info. Happy hunting!
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Re: Adventure novels set between 1900s to 1930s?

Postby RLStevenson » Mon March 13th, 2017, 8:25 pm

I'd second the suggestion of King Solomon's Mines. It is closer to last 1800s, but still has an Indiana Jones vibe. It very cleverly deals with superstitions and magic while keeping everything grounded in reality and has everything you could want from an adventure novel - treasure hunting, foreign lands, indigenous peoples and customs, battles, exploration...


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