Book Reviews of The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service

The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service
The Riddle of the Sands A Record of Secret Service
Author: Erskine Childers
ISBN-13: 9780486232805
ISBN-10: 0486232808
Publication Date: 5/1976
Pages: 284
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Publisher: Dover Pubns
Book Type: Paperback
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A highly-readable adventurous account of two amateur, or, would-be English spies at the dawn of WWI. I was drawn to the book as it is known as the original Spy novel. Intrigue, suspense, nautical, with historical context, I highly recommend to fans of Follett, Le Carre, etc.
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Classic spy story first published in 1903.
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The Riddle of the Sands is a surprisingly enjoyable proto-espionage novel. Styled as an expose by a self-described "peevish dandy," it relates the adventures of two young men sailing along the German shores of the North and Baltic Seas at the turn of the last century. Carruthers, a junior civil servant, reluctantly accepts his friend Davies's sailing invitation as his other social plans dried up. Although self-centered and whiny at first, he becomes a full partner in a plan to explore the German Frisian islands in an attempt to discover what the Germans might be up to, especially a mysterious figure named Dollman. There are many nautical terms involved in this story that unfolds in long, old-fashioned sentences, but I nonetheless found it an enjoyable read on the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.
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The first modern spy thriller...

(different cover on Bonnie F.'s copy).