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The Riddle of the Sands | [Erskine Childers]

The Riddle of the Sands

While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Widely recognized as the first modern spy thriller, this 1902 lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses. It accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since.
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While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Widely recognized as the first modern spy thriller, this 1902 lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses. It accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since. Praised for its nautical action and richly authentic background as much as for its suspenseful spycraft, The Riddle of the Sands is the brilliant forerunner to the realism of Graham Greene and John le Carré.

©2001 Mary Daheim; (P)2002 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a book of great renown....Its beautifully sustained atmosphere...adds poetry, and...real mystery." (Ian Fleming)
"Simon Vance lends a mature sound and considerable technique to his narration, making Childers's seafaring not only apparent, but contagious." (AudioFile)

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    Barbara Plano, TX, United States 12-09-08
    Barbara Plano, TX, United States 12-09-08 Member Since 2008

    Been here for the long haul, and still hauling.

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    "Only if you love sailing..."

    Sounded interesting, but a real snoozer if you do not love sailing with all your heart and soul. I don't. The plot was lost in the interminable descriptons of sailing and shifting sandbars. A tremendous disappointment.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Alcabideche, Portugal
    2/23/12
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    "A rather tedious riddle"

    The publisher's description of this book as a "spy thriller" is, in my opinion, somewhat inaccurate!
    It took me a lot longer to listen to it than it should have done because I kept falling asleep with the tedium and rather boring storyline.
    Simon Vance gave a valiant performance but even his dulcet tones could not counteract the failure of the tale to fire my imagination.
    The story is riddled (pun intended) throughout by seafaring & yachting jargon which, for a landlubber, I found quite incomprehensible and largely unecessary.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BRAINTREE, United Kingdom
    8/1/14
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    "Captivating"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The plot unfolded at a good pace.
    The narration by Simon Vance was excellent and was well suited to the story.

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