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eBook Riddle of the Sands ePub

by Erskine Childers

  • ISBN: 1421933454
  • Category: Action and Adventure
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Erskine Childers
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (January 2, 2006)
  • Pages: 280
  • ePub book: 1335 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1876 kb
  • Other: doc txt mobi lit
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 576

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Home Erskine Childers The Riddle of the Sands. The riddle of the sands, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29. The Riddle of the Sands. General Map A, frontispiece. The Riddle of the Sands (1903). A Record of Secret Service Recently Achieved.

LibriVox recording of The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers

LibriVox recording of The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers. 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.

The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service is a 1903 novel by Erskine Childers. The book, which enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I, is an early example of the espionage novel and was extremely influential in the genre of spy fiction. It has been made into feature-length films for both cinema and television. The novel "owes a lot to the wonderful adventure novels of writers like Rider Haggard, that were a staple of Victorian Britain".

Riddle of the Sands is a fictional tale of amateur espionage prior to WW1. The author definitely has a magnificent way . However, some of the exploits late in the book strain even the most generous readers' credibility. A little like the Hardy Boys, but for adults

Riddle of the Sands is a fictional tale of amateur espionage prior to WW1. The author definitely has a magnificent way with words. In fact, the amazingly precise descriptions are absolutely captivating! 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 little like the Hardy Boys, but for adults. But, to be sure, the author's style of precise narration keeps the reader's attention.

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Described by Ken Follett as "the first modern thriller", The Riddle of the Sands is the . 20 The Little Drab Book. 163. 21 Blindfold to Memmert. Robert Erskine Childers took up sailing when a sciatic injury prevented him from taking part in many sporting activities

Described by Ken Follett as "the first modern thriller", The Riddle of the Sands is the best-known sailing narrative and a true classic. It was recently ranked 37th in The Observer's list of the 100 Greatest Novels of the past 300 years. Robert Erskine Childers took up sailing when a sciatic injury prevented him from taking part in many sporting activities. He served in the Boer War, later becoming vocally critical of how British troops were treated by their commanding officers. During the Irish Civil War of 1922-3 he joined the Republican army and was arrested and subsequently shot.

The Riddle of the Sands (1903).

Robert Erskine Childers was shot by an Irish Free State firing squad Nov. 24, 1922, after being convicted of having a. . 24, 1922, after being convicted of having a small pistol. He had been one of the leaders, with Eamon de Valera, of the Irish Republican Army rebellion against the Free State leadership of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. His son, Erskine Hamilton Childers, was president of Ireland in 1973-4. Although the book was not published until 1915 in the United States, Childers in 1903 traveled to the United States, where he met and married Mollie Osgood, daughter of a Boston physician. They had a 50-foot ketch, Asgard, built for them and sailed it regularly to the North Sea and Baltic.

More books by Erskine Childers. The Framework of Home Rule.

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. More books by Erskine Childers.

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Riddle of the Sands is a fictional tale of amateur espionage prior to WW1. The author definitely has a magnificent way with words. In fact, the amazingly precise descriptions are absolutely captivating! 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.
It is the story of two young Englishmen, only one of them a skilled yachtsman (much like the author), who set out to spy on the Germans. The fear is that the Kaiser is planning an attack on England's East Coast, for which the British are not prepared. Can the two young men figure out what the Germans are doing on their North Sea coast?
The story was written in 1903, well before the onset of The Great War.This prescience on the part of the author lends much to the power of the tale. However, some of the exploits late in the book strain even the most generous readers' credibility. A little like the Hardy Boys, but for adults. But, to be sure, the author's style of precise narration keeps the reader's attention. It is clear he is limited in his descriptions by Victorian constraints; Most adult readers will be amused by this propriety.There is no mention at all of even the purest of romance, nothing of even the most basic of scatological content (Is there even a marine head on the little yacht?), and, of course, no profanity whatsoever.
A warning: detailed maps of the region are essential if you are to really follow the meandering that takes place. However, the 'charts' supplied in the Kindle version are useless in this regard. You must be able to see the various channels, inlets and canals if you are to make any sense of things. The author's constant pleas to "See Chart A" or "See Chart B" attest to this necessity. You will learn a lot about Schleswig-Holstien by the time you are finished, even if you've never heard of the region before. And an awful lot about tides and sand bars.
In sum, it is a gripping yarn, certain to please all sailors, amateur or not.
Weetont Weetont
This book was published in 1903. The story line could be a very good 1930's Alfred Hitchcock movie with two main characters, of course from Oxford, with one being an upper class gentleman and the other being a commoner who is very skilled in practical matters, like sailing, navigation, and military theory. In 1903, Germany was ascendant and Britain ruled the world. The protagonists discuss whether there will be a bipolar world, with Germany acquiring some world-wide colonies/protectorates, or a war. The commoner believes that Britain is vulnerable to littoral invasions; compare this with the development of the Littoral Combat Ship in the USA. The eBook comes with four maps, which are discussed in the text. I had trouble viewing them on my PaperWhite. You can follow the action using your online map of choice. One reason that I rated it with 5 stars is the inclusion of an Epilogue, where the author discusses the real world situation of 1903 and the lack of utility of battleships in the North Sea. In our current time, the world is again facing a possible multi-polar world. If you enjoy Alan Furst novels, you might enjoy this. Remember: it's an eBook - won't clutter up your house - and it's cheap.
Bev Bev
This was a great discovery for me, though the novel is hardly a secret to scholars of espionage novels. The continually unfolding dramatic relationship between the two main characters is told in magnificent prose that brings out all the subtleties of personal interaction between two complex personalities. As a spy novel, it will pass the high bar set by lovers of John Le Carre. The shifting, treacherous sands of the shallow German coastline, through which the heroes navigate their small sailboat, is a profound metaphor not only for the mystery they wish to solve and subterfuge they encounter, but also for the continual trickery which the human character imposes upon itself and others in its attempt to see reality clearly, and beneath which lurks the ever-present danger of war--which the two heroes seek to prevent, or at least prepare for. If this novel may appear dated to some, it can only be because English prose no longer rises to the excellence demonstrated here.
lets go baby lets go baby
The Riddle of the Sands is one of those books that is more referred to than read! The novel famously served as a trumpet blast of warning to the British Naval authorities to shore up North Sea defenses and prepare for a possible sea invasion by the German Empire under the bellicose leadership of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The novel appeared in 1903 eleven years before the outbreak of World War I. The author is Erskine Childers (1870-1922) London born and half Irish,. Childers fought in the Boer War and World War I serving in the artillery. He and his American born wife Mary Alden Osgood smuggled weapons into Ireland in their rebellion against Great Britain. Childers was caught by the British and executed by firing squad in Dublin.
The novel is a hard assignment for a landlubber! I struggled to keep reading the nautically influenced prose which I found hard to understand. The novel is narrated by Carruthers a Civil Service employee who goes on a mission of discovery with his old school chum Daviess. The latter is an expert yachtsman. Much of the book deals with the details of their voyage. The bottom line is their discovery of a traitor Englishman named Dollmann who is helping the Germans prepare for a British invasion. I found the love interest Clara Dollmann to be flat. There is not much of a plot other than the discovery of the covert plan to wage war against England by the German plotters.
Childers has a style that is hard to follow and much of the book was a boring exercise for this reviewer. I give the novel four stars due to its historical importance as a warning sing of impending German hostility towards Great Britain which came real in August 1914.