The Riddle of the Sands (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 2 May 2013
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"Unputdownable… a classic British adventure story, influencing both John Buchan and Ken Follett" (Observer)
"The Riddle of the Sands remains a fine read, enjoyed by people for whom sailing is a mystery and who, just like one of the books' heroes,cannot tell a mainsheet from a marlinspike" (Guardian)
"A ripping yarn, it’s just so exciting" (Ben Macintyre)
The first modern spy novel and a must-read for espionage junkies and 'chaps in scraps' fansSee 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
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 21 days ago by Ann Pratt
Interesting story. Maybe too many descriptions of sailing techniques.Published 2 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 2 months ago by PETER
A boys own type adventure laying the foundation for spy thrillers to come.Published 4 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 4 months ago by David Plummer