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The Riddle of the Sands

A Record of Secret Service Recently Achieved

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Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 110,439 / 313 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.4
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 12,210
mnybks.net#: 1695
Origin: gutenberg.org

Two young Englishmen, messing about in boats, notice some suspicious German naval activities -- and are drawn into a world of intrigue and excitement!

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perambulator and some hot and dusty children lagging fretfully behind; some rustic sightseers draining the last dregs of the daylight in an effort to make out from their guide-books which of these reverend piles was which; a policeman and a builder's cart. Of course the club was a strange one, both of my own being closed for cleaning, a coincidence expressly planned by Providence for my inconvenience. The club which you are 'permitted to make use of' on these occasions always irritates with its strangeness and discomfort. The few occupants seem odd and oddly dressed, and you wonder how they got there. The particular weekly that you want is not taken in; the dinner is execrable, and the ventilation a farce. All these evils oppressed me to-night. And yet I was puzzled to find that somewhere within me there was a faint lightening of the spirits; causeless, as far as I could discover. It could not be Davies's letter. Yachting in the Baltic at the end of September! The very idea made one shudder. Cowes, with a ple

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 4 reviews: ****
2016.03.27
ferri
*....

I stopped reading at one third of the book. It was quite boring for me. And strange writing for me as a non-English reader.

2010.11.13
Perrot
*****

That book is fascinating: the premonition the author had of the coming world war; the description of sailing in that very difficult region and sea. Each detail is true and for people who love the sea it is a book worth to be read. After reading this book I wanted to see the land where the action is supposed to take place. So I spent 3 days in Nordeich last early summer and took the ferry to Norderney through the same channel and the sands which are called "Watt" in German. It was great!

2009.05.04
Dick Atkinson
*****

This is a superb book if you like esoteric detail - about boats, channels, sandbanks, marshes, and the political situation before WWI. I loved it, and I would also recommend the very worthy film adaptation with michael York.

It is fascinating that Childers wrote this as a patriotic attempt to warn the British establishment about Germany's warlike intent - yet he was later executed as a traitor because of his involvement in the Irish struggle for independence. What a rich irony.

But read the book - it is a superb period piece and a well-paced thriller.

2008.08.14
Carter
*****

A fabulous read, and an insightful character study as well. Two young men take a boat trip that ends in a tense battle of wits against the Germans.


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