The Riddle of the Sands A Record of Secret Service

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-25
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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"A triller anticipating Frederick Forsyth and Len Deighton...never loses its pace." -Independent on Sunday(U.K.) Loosely based on the author's own experiences, The Riddle of the Sandstakes readers back to the early days of the twentieth century, when Britain shared a tense rivalry with the Kaiser's Germany. Tempted by the idea of duck shooting, Carruthers is lured by his friend Davies into a yachting expedition in the Baltic, only to discover that the itinerary involves more than killing fowl. Soon they're on a wild journey of intrigue, meeting danger at every turn, and ultimately unraveling Germany's secret plans to invade England. Tautly written and full of unexpected twists, this is a timeless work of espionage fiction.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
A Note on the Textp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xx
Maps and Chartsp. xxi
General Map [Map A]p. xxii
Chart to Illustrate the Stranding of the 'Dulcibella', etc. [Chart A]p. xxiii
Map of East Friesland [Map B]p. xxiv
Chart of Juist, Memmert, and Part of Norderney [Chart B]p. xxv
Preface to the Original 1903 Editionp. xxvii
Preface to the 1912 Editionp. xxxi
The Riddle of the Sands
The Letterp. 1
The 'Dulcibella'p. 8
Daviesp. 21
Retrospectp. 31
Wanted, a North Windp. 39
Schlei Fiordp. 47
The Missing Pagep. 54
The Theoryp. 66
I Sign Articlesp. 78
His Chancep. 87
The Pathfindersp. 95
My Initiationp. 104
The Meaning of our Workp. 114
The First Night in the Islandsp. 120
Bensersielp. 128
Commander von Brüningp. 135
Clearing the Airp. 149
Imperial Escortp. 160
The Rubiconp. 166
The Little Drab Bookp. 179
Blindfold to Memmertp. 190
The Quartettep. 204
A Change of Tacticsp. 216
Finessep. 229
I Double Backp. 244
The Seven Sielsp. 255
The Luck of the Stowawayp. 267
We Achieve our Double Aimp. 281
Epiloguep. 291
Postscript (March 1903)p. 301
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