The Riddle of the Sands Author:Erskine Childers When Carruthers is invited to join an old pal on a yachting expeditionn in the Baltic, he expects a pleasant vacation. But as the two navigate the treacherous Frisian Islands, they witness sighs of a secret military buildup that spells disaster
I recommend this book to sailors of 'small boats,' as they shall enjoy the writing within.
A selection on "The Best Mysteries of all Time," this book was immensely popular when it was released in England in 1903. According to the Afterword, "The book was hailed as the first of a new genre--the spy novel..." However, in 1821 James Femimore Cooper published his "The Spy" about a American revolutionary agent.
While some of the details of sailing bored me, what other book can you read by an author who later was executed by a firing squad for gun-running.