So, we're going to break this down today. The first thing we'll hit are the elements contained in an Adventure novel.
The first thing is the easiest, and it's required in almost any novel you write. You need a plot, and in this plot, you'll need the HERO (or good guy, the Protagonist), you'll need the VILLAIN (or bad guy, the Antagonist) of course these two can easily shift in a book as exciting as an Adventure. However, well ignore that for now, and get back to the basics. You'll also need to make sure there is a struggle of some kind between them, a natural BOILING POINT (or climax), then the HAPPILY EVER AFTER OR HAPPY FOR NOW (which is the conclusion).
Now, amid all of that normal, typical stuff, there are other things that we generally see in an Adventure novel. They normally start with a journey, something that the hero has to run toward, to work for and normally, the hero(s) are bombarded with all kinds of danger and traps set by the bad guys. Of course we love to see these things come to fruition in foreign or exotic locations, and that's for a very obvious reason..
Even if there's no romance, we want to be swept away! Men want to imagine themselves doing all of the hard, tough, crazy things they don't get to do in their everyday lives, and women want to do the same thing. As a matter of fact, we're seeing a growing trend of strong, independent female heros or heroines. It's easy to understand that, women are making huge strides in every other area of life, why can't we be the ones to save the day too, right? Exactly!
Now, if you add in any additional elements or sub-genre's of Romance or Historical Fiction, or even throw in some Paranormal elements, you've got your plot primed.
So, take a fresh new look at how you want to put together that latest manuscript, or take that old Adventure manuscript out of the closet and freshen it up a bit and re-submit it. Good luck in your own adventure, and let me know if you have any questions, I'll be happy to navigate you around the booby traps!