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The Riddle of the Sands | [Erskine Childers]

The Riddle of the Sands

The Riddle of the Sands, regarded as the first great modern spy story, had an immense influence on the official and popular imagination of the early 20th century. Against the backdrop of the Anglo-German Great Naval Race, Carruthers and his friend, Davies, explore the Frisian Islands in the North Sea. Their discovery of a carefully laid plan for the invasion of England creates a spellbinding adventure story.
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The Riddle of the Sands, regarded as the first great modern spy story, had an immense influence on the official and popular imagination of the early 20th century. Against the backdrop of the Anglo-German Great Naval Race, Carruthers and his friend, Davies, explore the Frisian Islands in the North Sea. Their discovery of a carefully laid plan for the invasion of England creates a spellbinding adventure story.

(P)1998 HNP

What the Critics Say

"This is a book of great renown....Its beautifully sustained atmosphere...adds poetry, and...real mystery." (Ian Fleming)

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    Amazon Customer 05-13-11

    I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.

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    "Great seafaring spy story from 1920's England"

    Just finished Part One and am really enjoying listening to this novel set just prior to World War I on the North Sea coast of Germany. It involves two young Englishmen sailing the coast in a small boat looking for German spies. The narrator is excellent and if you like sailing, intrigue and dry British humor, I highly recommend it. The writing is much better than your average spy story and the descriptions of the sea and the boat and the coast are quite poetic. I wish there was another book available by the same author.

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    DERALD 10-21-06
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    "Total suspensese"

    I read the reviews of the other copies of this book that had audio problems in the past. I am grateful that this remake was done. This is a remarkable story for many reasons. It is so well written,suspenseful,colorful characters , interesting topic. I can't believe this is the only book written by this author. I find myself wanting to know more about the author and his background in intelligence.

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    Phillip 05-01-14
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    "Excellent read for Naval-minded history buffs"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend, and especially for those who enjoy sailing and all things Naval. This veteran of the Navy and avid sailor certainly appreciated it. I think it would be good enough to satisfy the average land lubber, but certainly the appeal would be strongest for the nautically minded.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was great to guess along with the characters as to the activities and intentions of the Germans, also, it fleshes out background strategic details of WWI naval history that continue to fascinate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Certainly all the sailing and nautical details that permeated the entire book.


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