The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service

Erskine Childers, Penguin, $12 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-14-310632-6
An insightful introduction by the author's great-grandson distinguishes this reissue of a seminal work of spy fiction first published in 1903. At the dawn of the 20th century, Carruthers, a young Foreign Office functionary, is lamenting being stuck in London with little to do when he receives a surprising communiqué from Oxford classmate Arthur Davies. Davies's request to join him on a yacht in Schleswig-Holstein includes an eccentric laundry-list of items that Davies wants his friend to bring. With nothing else on his horizon, Carruthers accepts, and ends up enmeshed in intrigue centering on Davies's concern that Germany's growing sea-power poses a threat to England. Childers (1870–1922) couples his patiently developed plot with richly imagined lead characters. Davies himself is the standout, rounded out by numerous quirks, including a craving for throwing items overboard from his small vessel. Eric Ambler fans will find this a fascinating antecedent. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/14/2011
Release date: 01/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 280 pages - 978-1-4142-0705-6
Hardcover - 104 pages - 978-0-19-423072-8
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7531-1824-5
Open Ebook - 978-1-4192-4485-8
Paperback - 280 pages - 978-1-4043-2759-7
Compact Disc - 978-962-634-385-2
MP3 CD - 1 pages - 978-1-4332-6770-3
Paperback - 332 pages - 978-0-14-103376-1
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 978-0-7408-1571-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-4332-6767-3
Paperback - 277 pages - 978-0-19-954971-9
Paperback - 180 pages - 978-1-4209-3332-1
Paperback - 308 pages - 978-1-934757-34-5
Paperback - 216 pages - 978-1-4068-9026-6
Paperback - 302 pages - 978-1-4344-0845-7
Paperback - 364 pages - 978-1-143-13595-8
Paperback - 104 pages - 978-1-153-71915-5
Hardcover - 272 pages - 978-1-169-30866-4
Open Ebook - 978-1-4121-5959-3
Open Ebook - 408 pages - 978-1-101-49948-1
Show other formats
FORMATS
Discover what to read next
TIP SHEET
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X
X
X