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The Riddle of the Sands
     

The Riddle of the Sands

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by Erskine Childers
 

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At the end of his narrative--which, from its bearing on studies and speculations of my own, as well as from its intrinsic interest and racy delivery, made a very deep impression on me--he added that the important facts discovered in the course of the cruise had, without a moment's delay, been communicated to the proper authorities, who, after some dignified

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At the end of his narrative--which, from its bearing on studies and speculations of my own, as well as from its intrinsic interest and racy delivery, made a very deep impression on me--he added that the important facts discovered in the course of the cruise had, without a moment's delay, been communicated to the proper authorities, who, after some dignified incredulity, due in part, perhaps, to the pitiful inadequacy of their own secret service, had, he believed, made use of them, to avert a great national danger. I say 'he believed', for though it was beyond question that the danger was averted for the time, it was doubtful whether they had stirred a foot to combat it, the secret discovered being of such a nature that mere suspicion of it on this side was likely to destroy its efficacy.

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BN ID:
2940012540157
Publisher:
New Century Books
Publication date:
11/25/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
252 KB

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The Riddle of the Sands 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Bert-Munson More than 1 year ago
If you are used to reading spy novels by modern authors such as Ken Follett, you will find "The Riddle of the Sands" a bit slow. It is interesting from an historical perspective because it was one of the first spy novels published, (second only to Kipling's "Kim", I understand) and because of the British characters' concern about the threat of war with Germany when the book was published, about 1910. The characters operate in German waters by sailing yacht, and there is much about boating, navigation, and sailing, so if you are a sailor, you might enjoy that aspect of the book. I thought the book was worth reading even if it was not spellbinding. Merton Munson
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Ok (;
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Watched in anger but did nothing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stared in interest then nodded and ran back.
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StormStar hissed, quickly picking up the kitten, running back to camp.