The First Modern Spy Thriller: The Riddle of the Sands Two
sail-boaters are cruising off the coast of Germany on a vacation.
To their amazement they discover a German military exercise-a
trial-run for the invasion of England. From that starting point we
are whisked through a series of mysteries, bluffs, counter-bluffs,
and wild nautical maneuvers as our sail-boaters try to learn more
and get their information back to England. Through it all, Childers
brilliantly captures the style and attitudes of the day. His use of
military terms and concepts is creditable, and his depiction of
small boat sailing is impeccable. What is astonishing is that the
book was written before WW-I and correctly anticipates the coming
military aggressiveness of Germany. As such, it created a sensation
when it was first released, and remains a classic, perhaps THE
classic, spy-action-adventure novel to this day. Whether you are a
boater, a military buff, a spy novel fan, or just like a good
thrilling read-this book is for you. Move over Ian Fleming and make
way for your grandpa
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