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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843549085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843549086
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,361,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The best story of adventure published in the last quarter of a century' John Buchan 'A thriller anticipating Frederick Forsyth and Len Deighton... never loses pace' Independent on Sunday 'The first and best of spy stories' The Times"

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A must-read for espionage junkies and 'chaps in scraps' fans --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This e-version, unlike some others, has a linked table of contents which greatly aids navigation. It also has the charts missing from another e-version I have reviewed. The charts are not linked in the table of contents but you can find them after 'acknowledgements' then bookmark them so that you can easily refer to them while reading the text.The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pat Ruane on 27 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book, I've read and re-read it again and again and still get something new out of it each time. The prose style is very much of its time and takes getting used to for a modern reader. Having struggled initially, I now think it's so well written, not as fast-paced as a modern story might be and all the better for it - the clarity and depth of the descriptions strike a balance between the needs of a first-time reader reading for the narrative and the boat-obsessed reader who already knows the story but wants to work out exactly what the tide is doing... I loved it before getting involved in small boats and now that I've become a boat obsessive myself, I like it even more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Man Out Of Time on 23 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
This has long been a favourite of mine, and the wonderful new Penguin edition is an absolute must have for admirers old and new.

A wonderful spy novel that should grip thriller fans as well as any amateur seafarer. The Riddle Of The Sands deserves the term classic.

The movie too made in the late 70s is also worth watching.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fabian von Stechow on 2 Aug. 2007
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A magnificent read! The language takes some time to get used to, but that was to be expected from a book that is over 100 years old. It's a great thriller and I found it difficult to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amj on 26 July 2012
Format: Audio Cassette
A Wonderful mystery adventure set in a different age prior to world war one. I have been listening to audio tapes and plays all my life and this is one of the best I have heard. I do not really know much of Linus Roache but his reading of this story is magical. An intelligent spy story with a dash of Arthur Ransome that unwinds in a very believable way. Erskine Childers was a genius writer who was tragically executed in 1922. Well recorded and charmingly read I recommend you try it as it may become a long standing listen again favourite
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell O'Callaghan on 10 Jun. 2012
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is a novel that doesn't get much of a read nowadays. Quite a few First World War books appear at first sight to be a bit dated because a) the SECOND World War came along (obviously) and b)the style in which they're written belongs to a much more jingoistic, "my country, right or wrong" public mood than we're used to these days. Nonetheless, Riddle of the Sands is still a good story. Among the sailing fraternity I'd imagine it sits on a bookshelf between The Bible and the Admiralty Charts. If you already know a bit about seamanship you'll get a lot out of it right from the start; if you don't then you'll be surprised how much you'll passively learn.
This was actually the first e-book I'd ordered that I read on a BlackBerry rather than on a Kindle. Bit of a difference, too. By the time you've increased the font size to make the print acceptable you're turning pages every couple of seconds. Something like two and a half thousand thousand pages in the whole book! The paper version is probably only three hundred and fifty; the Kindle about the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gale on 24 Dec. 2013
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I have known about this book for years, but found a copy on a charity stall and read it avidly. It was very well written, and kept up a good pace. I highly recommend it to readers, both male and female, and bought two copies for friends for Christmas presents.
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Format: Paperback
In this book we follow the nautical adventures of our heroes, Carruthers and Davies, as they sail around the treacherous coasts of Germany's Baltic coastline and East Frisian Islands trying to uncover the machinations of a number of dubious characters led by an ex-Royal Navy Officer who has (for reasons unknown) thrown in his lot with the Germans.

This book is well written, the main characters are well described but I must admit to being a little confused at times as to their whereabouts and/or direction of travel - thankfully by referring to the maps and charts included in this edition I was able to stay on track but this combined with a liberal sprinkling of nautical terms meant it was a thriller which requires the reader (me, at least) to concentrate. The passages portraying the coastal scenery and weather are beautifully crafted, evoking salt encrusted images a-plenty. The narrative can at times be a little on the slow side when compared to say a John Buchan thriller but The Riddle of the Sands ultimately rewards the reader who perseveres.

What struck me most about this book (written in 1903) was its clarion call to the British Navy to look to its laurels and confront the menace posed by the then rapidly expanding German Imperial Navy. The exponential growth of the German Navy under Tirpitz can now be seen as a major factor in precipitating the Great War just over a decade later.

The Penguin Read Red Edition is great, the cover captures the essence of the book well, the maps and charts included are clear and the typeface is very easy on the eye. Well done Penguin.
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