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The Riddle of the Sands

Erskine Childers (1870-1922)

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1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – The Letter
3. 02 – The Dulcibella
4. 03 – Davies
5. 04 – Retrospect
6. 05 – Wanted, a North Wind
7. 06 – Schlei Fiord
8. 07 – The Missing Page
9. 08 – The Theory
10. 09 – I Sign Articles
11. 10 – His Chance
12. 11 – The Pathfinders
13. 12 – My Initiation
14. 13 – The Meaning of our Work
15. 14 – The First Night in the Islands
16. 15 – Bensersiel
17. 16 – Commander von Bruening
18. 17 – Clearing the Air
19. 18 – Imperial Escort
20. 19 – The Rubicon
21. 20 – The Little Drab Book
22. 21 – Blindfold to Memmert
23. 22 – The Quartette
24. 23 – A Change of Tactics
25. 24 – Finesse
26. 25 – I Double Back
27. 26 – The Seven Siels
28. 27 – The Luck of the Stowaway
29. 28 – We Achieve our Double Aim
30. 29 – Epilogue and Postscript

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Summary

Containing many realistic details based on Childers’ own sailing trips along the German North Sea coast, the book is the retelling of a yachting expedition in the early 20th century combined with an adventurous spy story.It was one of the early invasion novels which predicted war with Germany and called for British preparedness. The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom. It is often called the first modern spy novel, although others are as well, it was certainly very influential in the genre and for its time.The book enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I and was extremely influential. Winston Churchill later credited it as a major reason that the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow.

Reviews

s.gordon

- One of our all-time favorites

My husband and I have both read and enjoyed this vintage mystery a few times (and we're -not- interested in sailing!) - and I look forward to reading it again

Brenda flowers

- Riddle Of the sands

such an interesting story. Gazina read this wonderfully too.

Bernie

- The Riddle of the sands

If you are interested in sailing and England of 1900's this story will appeal, well read by Gesine.

M. Komossa

Excellent reading! Gesine is a lot better than most native readers. Thanks for your efforts! - Great story, too.