The Riddle of the Sands

The Riddle of the Sands

by Erskine Childers
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The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

While on a sailing holiday in the North Sea, two young Englishmen encounter suspicious German naval activity off the coast of the Frisian Islands—a discovery that leads them into a world of suspense and intrigue. Initially published in 1903, this thrilling adventure is regarded by many critics as one of the best spy novels ever written, notable for its richness of technical detail about inshore sailing and unsurpassed narrative style. Introduction by Norman Donaldson. 4 maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625390271
Publisher: Waxkeep Publishing
Publication date: 07/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Erskine Childers (1870–1922) was a novelist and Irish nationalist. Born in London, he began writing military histories after serving in the Boer War, an experience that left him disillusioned with the cause of the British Empire. In 1903 he wrote The Riddle of the Sands, a pioneering spy novel that has never gone out of print. In 1914 he used his yacht to run German guns to Irish nationalists, whose cause he joined wholeheartedly at the start of the war for independence from Britain. In 1922 he was arrested and executed for carrying a pistol. His last request to his son was that he forgive the men who had betrayed him, asking the teenage boy to seek out every man who had signed his death warrant and shake their hands.

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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.
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Stared in interest then nodded and ran back.
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StormStar hissed, quickly picking up the kitten, running back to camp.