In school, I was forced to read a lot of books that I had no interest in reading and that made me never want to read another book.  Fortunately, as a teenager and adult, I have stumbled upon some of the best adventure books and best survival books that have helped me develop a great love for reading.  

Many of these adventure stories are fascinating, have introduced me to some of my heroes, and have taken me for a great ride while reading them.  Below are five of the best adventure books I have ever read and that you will likely ever read, all of which are available on Amazon.    

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption                  

Many of the most famous true war stories tell of soldiers who survive a harrowing experience against all odds.  In this book, Laura Hillenbrand tells of a soldier who survives several such experiences, each worthy of their own book.  Louis Zamperini, a running prodigy and former Olympian, joins the military and his plane is shot down over the Pacific Ocean in 1943.  The book chronicles his experience fighting hunger and thirst, sharks, and enemy planes on the raft, as well as his hellish circumstances in a Japanese POW camp afterwards.  You will not regret the time you invest reading about this true American hero and great man.  I’d give this book a 10 on a scale of 1 – 5.

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10

This book starts out by introducing its readers to the Herculean process of becoming a US Navy Seal, and why Navy Seals are the elite of the elite military unit in the world.  During the summer of 2005, four Navy Seals are dropped behind enemy lines to take out or capture a high profile target.  After making a critical life and death decision that would try any person’s sense of justice, these four Seals are surrounded by several hundred Taliban.  One of the Seals lived to tell the story.

I have never had a book keep me on the edge of my seat like this book did.  There were times when I cried, there were times when I laughed, and there were times when I couldn’t believe the words on the pages I was reading.  It left me with an incredible sense of pride and respect for those who fight for our freedom.  This story is simply incredible.

Blackhawk Down: A Story of Modern War

This classic book chronicles the riveting story of the 1993 fight in Mogadishu between 100 elite US soldiers and countless makeshift Somalian thugs that show no sign of backing down.  This is one of the most gripping and most detailed accounts of a battle ever recorded.  Several Black Hawk helicopters are shot down and an amazing rescue effort unfolds.  If you think the movie was great, wait until you read this book.   

We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

This true story about the escape of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian saboteur, from the Nazis may very well be the most incredible story that you have never heard of.  After being betrayed by one of his own people, Jan begins an incredible journey as he tries to escape the Nazis and get to safety in Sweden.  He suffers through injury, freezing weather, and avalanches and ultimately depends on his fellow Norwegians who risk their lives to help this complete stranger survive and escape.  Jan should have died a dozen times in this book, but each time his will to live and the touching help of the incredibly selfless Norwegians are enough to survive against all odds.  This is a story for the ages, and I guarantee that you will never forget Jan Baalsrud.   

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission

This is a moving story of the horrific treatment of our soldiers in Bataan at the hands of the Japanese, possibly the most horrible atrocities ever committed against men wearing an American uniform.  The book then chronicles the brave men who risked their lives to save these POWs in what could very well be one of the greatest military rescue missions of all time.    This well researched book will give you a greater appreciation for the men and women who wear our country’s uniform and for the risks they face during times of war.  Every American should read this book to learn of the price some pay for our freedom. 

These books belong in every home and can be found in bookstores or on Amazon.  I sincerely hope that you and your family are as moved, inspired, and amazed by these top true war books as I was when I read them.