First published in 1903, Childers� novel caused a sensation in Britain. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. If you know a keen yachtsman who also likes thrillers, this is the book for them. Good Kindle transfer too exept for the problem that the charts are at the end of the book and it is difficult to refer to them despite this being quite important in terms of appreciating the story. Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020. "The Riddle of the Sands" is a vintage spy thriller from the early 1900's. Please try again. It seems the narrator and his companion were much too often battling sand bars, fog, or being tossed about in the Baltic or North Seas. Please try again. The author definitely has a magnificent way with words. The eBook comes with four maps, which are discussed in the text. The book is lifted above being merely an enjoyable but perhaps forgettable novel by virtue of two things, the first is the authors obvious love of sailing, the book is rich in details of sailing and is almost a manual on how to sail a small boat. Wonderful sailing adventure story, but needs maps, Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2016. I read it years ago and wanted a new copy to keep in my library. I enjoyed it very much. I used Google maps to follow the journey and it made it more real for me. . He was killed by firing squad by the British during the fight for independence in Ireland, but before that he was a supporter of King and Empire and this lovely story is a cautionary tale for the Brisitsh people of the time, before World War One when Britain unknowingly faced a dangerous enemy across the waters in Kaiser Bill's militaristic Germany. I is a good story of how an "average" bureaucrat can find himself in a unusual situation--one that tests his courage and abilities.

I found the plot a little harder to follow as regards the spying and German intentions, although it is interesting that this book was written well before WW1, but the concerns about Germany's ambitions were clear to some - but not all. On 10 November, he was arrested by Irish Free State forces at his home. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. --This text refers to the. Erskine Childers was a fascinating character whose life would make a fine subject for a historical novel. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues?
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items. Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2014. adds poetry, and . Written by Childers?who served in the Royal Navy during World War I?as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses, A triller anticipating Frederick Forsyth and Len Deighton...never loses its pace. Its beautifully sustained atmosphere . One of the 100 best books ever? Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Please try again. Carruthers and Davies sail back to the Frisian Islands and spend some time exploring the shallow tidal waters of the area, moving closer to the mysterious site where there is a rumoured secret treasure recovery project in progress. Independent on Sunday Carruthers, a young staff member in the foreign office, is invited by Davies, a Cambridge friend, on a yachting holiday in the Frisian Islands along Germany�s north coast. Unable to add item to List. Please try again. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, includes free international wireless delivery via, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Richard Heffer is a sailor as well as a narrator, and his knowledge shows in his ability to make the sailing passages clear despite their complexity. Something went wrong. There's a problem loading this menu right now. The mystery is interesting, the social commentary more interesting, and if you are a sailor, the descriptions of rudders, tides, winds, water, and cooking in a miniscule cabin are riveting. Carruthers is appalled. The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service (Annotated), Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018. In our current time, the world is again facing a possible multi-polar world. Tempted by the idea of duck shooting, Carruthers is lured by his friend Davies into a yachting expedition in the Baltic, only to discover that the itinerary involves more than killing fowl.

. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I read it years ago and wanted a new copy to keep in my library. Great novel! An Irish nationalist, he was executed by the authorities of the nascent Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 26, 2018.
Its beautifully sustained atmosphere . If you enjoy Alan Furst novels, you might enjoy this. Recommended by a close friend who has always put me onto some real gems, the way it was described as a boys own style spy adventure for adults, I thought I was onto a winner! It is deep in sailing and nautical terms, but still very readable. He makes very risky choices that out them both in danger as they try to gather evidence. I don't often write reviews and I love this book.

(If you aren't a sailor, they're fun, but a bit much.) Published a decade before the First World War, it seems extraordinarily prescient. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? adds poetry, and . It has been made into feature-length films for both cinema and television. I read The Riddle of the Sands on my Kindle and enjoyed it immensely. . Last, the thin plot line is obscure and thin, and it certainly does not flow. I had trouble viewing them on my PaperWhite. Buchan modeled his works after Childers, but I believe that he perfected them. Its beautifully sustained atmosphere . Erskine Childers was a fascianting human being, a patriot, a sailor, a writer and they say a spy. All in all it was an enjoyable work, but one that I doubt I will revisit. . Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2020. . That said, it is also a Victorian-era tale that challenges contemporary readers with its dense and detailed expository writing about sailing and the machinations of the Germans. It has special appeal for anyone with a solid blue-water sailing background, for almost all of the book takes place in the East Frisian Islands off the northern coast of Germany.

A classic work of historic fiction. Davies seems to be obsessed with events that he thinks indicate a German plot against England. It was not an easy read for a number of reasons.

? Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Tautly written and full of unexpected twists, this is a timeless work of espionage fiction.