The list of best action books from the authors like Philip K. Dick, Robert Ludlum, Ian Fleming who have inspired the best spy movies of all time. Including graphic novels, spy novels, and mysteries.

10. Drive (novel)

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Drive (2005) is an action novel by James Sallis. The novel was adapted as a 2011 Best thriller movie award-winning film Drive, starring Ryan Gosling

the story follows “Driver”, a man who stunts driving for movies by day and drives for criminals at night.


  • Author: James Sallis
  • Film: Drive


9. The Coldest City

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The story takes place in 1989, the year Berlin Wall is about to fall, Lorraine Broughton is the strongest agent in the MI6 organization. She has been sent to Berlin to retrieve a dossier and take down a ruthless agency. when she arrives, she hooks up with a roots station chief to help her to complete her mission.


  • Originally published: May 16, 2012
  • Author: Antony Johnston
  • Illustrator: Sam Hart
  • Film: Atomic Blonde


8. Neuromancer

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Neuromancer (1984) is a science fiction novel by William Gibson. It is one of the best-action books in the cyberpunk genre and the only novel to win the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award. It had inspired the 1995 ‧ Sci-fi/Action film Johnny Mnemonic


  • Author: William Gibson
  • Series: Sprawl trilogy
  • Film: Johnny Mnemonic


7. The Revenant

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The word “Revenant” means someone who has risen from the grave to terrorize the living. It has inspired one of the best survival movies The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Revenant (2002) is a novel of Revenge, by Michael Punke, based on a series of events in the life of American frontiersman Hugh Glass in 1823 Missouri.


  • Author: Michael Punke
  • Genres: Novel, Historical Fiction, Western fiction,
  • Adventure fiction, Biographical Fiction
  • Film: The Revenant


6. The Minority Report The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick

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The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a collection of 118 science fiction stories by American writer Philip K. Dick. It was first published by Underwood-Miller in 1987 as a five-volume set. See Philip K. Dick’s bibliography for information about the mass market reprints.

The story takes place in the year 2054, where, a specialized police department PreCrime, predicts criminal activities based on visions by psychics, called “precogs”.


  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • Book series: The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick
  • Nominations: Locus Award for Best Collection
  • Film: The Minority Report



5.The Bourne  Series (10 Books Set)

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The Bourne novel series is a series of action novels by Robert Ludlum. Best known for 2002 The Bourne film series.

The story follows Jason Bourne, a man with impressive survival skills who has amnesia, and he is seeking to discover his identity. In the process, he is trying to figure out why do groups of professional assassins, and the CIA are trying to kill him. It is the first novel of the original Bourne Trilogy, which includes The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum.


  • Originally published: February 1980
  • Author: Robert Ludlum
  • Series; Jason Bourne novel series
  • Film: Jason Bourne Series


4. Casino Royale

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Casino Royale is the best action book writer Ian Fleming. Published in 1953, it is the first James Bond book, and it paved the way for a further eleven novels and two short story collections by Fleming, followed by numerous continuation James Bond film series including Casino Royale 2006.


  • Originally published: April 13, 1953
  • Author: Ian Fleming
  • Series; James Bond film series
  • Film: James Bond Casino Royale


3. The Hunger Games (Trilogy)

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The series is set in the Hunger Games universe, the first three novels being a trilogy following the teenage protagonist, Katniss Everdeen


  • Author: Suzanne Collins
  • Series; The Hunger Games Novel Series
  • Film: The Hunger Games film trilogy


2. Red Sparrow (Trilogy)

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Red Sparrow is a novel written by Jason Matthews, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, published by Scribner on June 4. Best known for the Oscar-winning film Red Sparrow.

Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballet dancer, selects in a Russian Insights program and gets to be a sparrow, utilizing her body as a weapon to entangle a CIA agent.
We see how a little vulnerable ballet dancer gets to a professional cold heart assassin not only by acquiring stealth skills but as a manipulative super dangerous female archetype.


  • Originally published: June 4, 2013
  • Author: Jason Matthews
  • Series; Dominika Egorova and Nathaniel Nash Series
  • Film: Red Sparrow


1. V FOR VENDETTA (Graphic novel)


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V for Vendetta is a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd. Initially published, starting in 1982, in black-and-white as an ongoing serial in the short-lived UK anthology Warrior, it morphed into a ten-issue limited series published by DC Comics. It is best known for the 2005 film adaptation by James McTeigue V for Vendetta.

V FOR VENDETTA takes place in totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. A powerful story about the loss of freedom and individuality,


  • Originally published: 1982
  • Author: Alan Moore
  • Series: V for Vendetta Novel Series
  • Film: Originally published: June 4, 2013
  • Author: Jason Matthews
  • Series; Dominika Egorova and Nathaniel Nash Series
  • Film: V FOR VENDETTA (2005)

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