The Riddle of the Sands Paperback – 24 Feb 2011
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A triller anticipating Frederick Forsyth and Len Deighton...never loses its pace. (Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Set in the treacherous seas and shifting sands off the north German coast, Erskine Childers' novel of adventure and intrigue caused a sensation when it was published in 1903, and remains on of the greatest spy stories ever written. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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For sailors and non-sailors alike, this is a classic spy novel where the protagonists' curiosity and sense of adventure combine with sinister military planning in the misty waters around the Frisian islands. If you enjoy historical novels, this is a great read.
The story concerns two men who uncover the covert plans of the German navy whilst under the pretext of hunting for duck. Whilst the first half of the book concerns itself with aspects of sailing and builds up a tremendous atmosphere that evokes the period and bleakness of the coast of Germany, the pace accelerates as the incredible truth eventually becomes apparent...
Having re-visited this book over and over again, for me it represents my defining image of the twilight of the British Empire. This is a must for all lovers of well -written spy and adventure stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are a lot of sailing terms which slows down the pace of the narrative, sometimes making in a little hard to follow for a non sailor. That said it is an enjoyable read.Published 18 days ago by Melanie Gibson-Walsh
Good book nothing like film depicts. Bit long winded in plotting coast line . Not much mention of the people in so long a book. Some parts were a it boring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann Pratt
Interesting story. Maybe too many descriptions of sailing techniques.Published 3 months ago by rusty
what a great read but i think it is for the person who has a sailing background. Peter Moseley, Commodore Vilamoura Cruse Club.Published 3 months ago by PETER
A boys own type adventure laying the foundation for spy thrillers to come.Published 5 months ago by Duke
I have bought several copies of this great old adventure tale recently. They have all been passed on to friends.Published 5 months ago by David Plummer