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The Riddle of the Sands (Modern Library Classics)

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Synopsis:

Carruthers is summoned to the Baltic by his friend, an accomplished yachtsman, who reveals his suspicions concerning German activity in the North Frisian Islands.

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Milt Bearden was chief of the CIAs Soviet/East European division at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. He received the Donovan Award and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIAs highest honor, and is the author of The Black Tulip (available from Random House Trade Paperbacks) and co-author of The Main Enemy (published in 2003 by Random House).

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lukas, January 19, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"The Riddle of the Sands is arguably the first great spy novel ever written."-from the introduction (by a former spy!)
Often considered the first espionage thriller, Erskine Childers's 1903 novel looks very different than its contemporary spawn. Slow, detailed, and a little boring, it's an important book for fans of the genre, but nor a particularly interesting or thrilling. It spends much of its first part detailing a sailing adventure before getting into the espionage part, which is rather British and dull. Childers's life was quite a bit more interesting than this book: he helped smuggle arms to the Irish during their struggle against the British and he was executed by a firing squad. Also see "The 39 Steps" and the Bulldog Drummond series. "It was devotion to the sea, wedded to a fire of pent-up patriotism struggling incessantly for an outlet in strenuous physical expression; a humanity, born of acute sensitiveness to his own limitations, only adding fuel to the flame."


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812966145
Introduction:
Bearden, Milt
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Bearden, Milt
Introduction:
Bearden, Milt
Author:
Bearden, Milton
Author:
Childers, Erskine
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Sailing
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Secret service
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Alternative histories
Subject:
Frisian Islands
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
00-4276
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 MAPS
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.8 in 0.65 lb

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