What are the best fiction books with badass characters?

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    #1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.


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    Jonathan May
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Believe it or not I watched the movie before reading the book. The book is just as good as the David Fincher movie. It's a thrilling crime novel with slight differences to the movie - neither for the better or worse, just different. Regardless, it's a compelling story and a must-read for newer books. Check it out!"
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    #2The Godfather

    The Godfather
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family at the core of the American Mafia. This compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic.

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    Juan Greene
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love reading fictional books with badass characters. My favorite recent one was "The Godfather." It tells an amazing story and everything seems so gritty and real."
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    #3The Name of the Wind

    The Name of the Wind
    The Name of the Wind is a Fantasy Fiction novel written by Patrick Rothfuss. It was published March 27, 2007 by DAW publishing and is the first installment in the Kingkiller Chronicles.

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    Guillermina Sosa
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Too many authors of fantasy novels are so focused on the magical elements and unusual customs they write about that the lose sight of the fact that they are writing a novel. World-building is important, of course, but we still need well developed characters and interesting plots. Rothfuss provides these, and beautifully described settings, too. This book is an epic. I mean, it is one long book, but the story keeps moving, so I never lost interest. Rothfuss is one of the best fantasy writers around, and this book is a treat."
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    #4The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)

    The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)
    Stephen King's The Gunslinger tells the story of the Roland Deschain of Gilead, the last gunslinger, as he traverses the desert in pursuit of the evil Man in Black. This is the first book of The Dark Tower series.

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    Joe James
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I saw the movie before reading the novels, and this was a lot better. I've read some of King's books before, but this was a bit different. It was way more action-packed, and quite frankly, bad ass! Highly recommend for those that like action and thrillers."
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    #5The Sacred Band

    The Sacred Band
    The Sacred Band is a historical fantasy novel by Janet Morris. Set in ancient Greece, it tells the story of the remaining 23 pairs of the Sacred Band of Thebes who join the Sacred Band of Stepsons after their brothers died in battle.

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    Adam Bishop
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "When The Sacred Band begins, all mercy is lost in the fog of war as Tempus' Stepsons risk everything on a strange battlefield, infuriating gods and Fates: In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, Tempus and his Stepson cavalry rescue twenty three pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired brothers and lovers, to fight on other days. These forty-six Thebans, whose bones will never lie in the mass grave that holds their two hundred and fifty-four brothers, join with the immortalized Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons, consummate ancient cavalry fighters, to make new lives in a faraway land and fight the battle of their dreams where gods walk the earth, ghosts take the field, and the angry Fates demand their due"
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    #6American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.


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    James Payne
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "If you are looking for fiction books with badass characters, then American Psycho will be right up you alley. Patrick Bateman is not just a Wall Street banker, he is also a serial killer in New York City!"
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    #7The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity is a mystery suspense thriller book written by Robert Ludlum. It is about a Jason Bourne who woke up on an island without any memory and first published in 1980. 


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    Esperanza Varela
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Bourne Identity is very interesting, especially if you enjoy reading thrillers with a lot of mystery and suspense."
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    #8Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    Rogelio Bravo
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I have seen the movie and read the book. The characters are creative and badass. This is truly a one of a kind book with very memorable characters that I am sure you will enjoy as much as I have. "
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    #9The Martian

    The Martian

    Mark Watney is one of the first humans to walk on Mars, but he's also the first person to die there, officially. After a terrible storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to be evacuated, Mark, a world-wide known biologist, works hard to survive on the surface of the red planet. 


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    Shirley Wang
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a badass characters because of how technical and intelligent he is. He gets the job done by prolonging his life after being abandoned and left for dead. There is no touchy-feely in this book - all badass technicalities of survival. "
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    #10A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Storm of Swords is a medieval fantasy novel by George R.R. Martin. It tells the story of feuding families in the continent of Westeros, all fighting for the Iron Throne. It is the third book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire.


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    Raymond Parker
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I just finished reading this book. It was my favorite in the series."
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    #11The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Bryan Cooper
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Count Monte Cristo is an old classic that is a must on to-read list! This book is a classic version that can be compared to powerful super heroes or strong man that refuse to die and bounce back after harsh trials of life. The count is such a character-he was jailed and framed by his foes and lost everything. his youth and his love! And yet he had escaped and concocted the most powerful plot for revenge while on the mission to gain his life back."
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    #12I, the Sun

    I, the Sun
    This book tells the story of many of the Hititte kings, emphasizing in Suppiluliumas, a king also known as the Great King who was widely respected due to all his conquers, as he had conquered more than 40 nations, but couldn't get the heart of the woman he loved. 

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    Elena Zárate
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I, The Sun written by Janet Morris is an ancient story told in the time of the Hititte kings. A tragic love story this follows Suppiluliumas who could defeat all of his enemies but not conquer the woman he loved. A fun read."
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    #13Graceling (Graceling Realm)

    Graceling (Graceling Realm)
    Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.

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    #14Vampire Academy

    Vampire Academy
    Vampire Academy is a paranormal romance by Richelle Mead. It tells the story of Lissa, a vampire princess, and her guardian and best friend, Rose, during their stay in St. Vladimir's Academy. This is the first book of a six-part series.

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    Rebecca Ross
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A great series geared towards pre-teens. Not my cup of tea though although the books aren't bad."
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    #15The Way of Shadows (Night Angel)

    The Way of Shadows (Night Angel)

    The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel trilogy written by New York Times best-selling author Brent Weeks. It is about Azoth who became an assassin under the name of Kylar Stern. 


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    Lawrence Ellis
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A book that tries to get you engaged on the story but never really accomplishes its goal since the development of the characters is null. There appears to be a pre requisite to read this because as your reading you would have to fill in things you read from other series to understand were the author is coming from. "


Best What are the best fiction books with badass characters
1The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 28 Paid
2The GodfatherBooks 26 Paid
3The Name of the WindBooks 25 Paid
4The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)Books 23 Paid
5The Sacred BandBooks 22 Paid
6American PsychoBooks 21 Paid
7The Bourne IdentityBooks 20 Paid
8Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 18 Paid
9The MartianBooks 18 Paid
10A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire)Books 16 Paid

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