Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top 10 pulse-racing adventure books

Philip Webb, author of Six Days, had a happy childhood, roaming and exploring and was fascinated by the local rubbish dump where he played out lots of post-apocalyptic adventures with his friends. He was born in 1967 and works as a user experience consultant. He has a computer science degree and a Masters in human computer interaction. His interests include travel, art, design and film.

For the Guardian, Webb named his top ten pulse-racing adventure books, including:
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household

This classic thriller written in 1939 is steeped in tension and suspense. An unnamed Englishman goes on the run after his plans to assassinate the dictator of a European dictator are foiled. In desperation, the Rogue Male must dig deep to find the resolve and resources to outwit his hunters. The plot is sensational – exciting, inventive and utterly convincing. The hero's never-give-in attitude helped inspire the action in Six Days as Cass goes head-to-head with her nemesis.
Read about another book on the list.

Rogue Male is on Teju Cole's top ten list of novels of solitude and John Mullan's list of ten of the best chases in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue