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The Adventure Series #4

The Sea of Adventure

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Enid Blyton’s classic adventure series fantastically repackaged for a new generation of readers. When Bill takes Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack on a mysterious trip to the desolate northern isles, everything looks set for an exciting time. But then Bill is kidnapped and the children, marooned far from the mainland, find themselves playing a dangerous game of hide-and-seek with an unknown enemy.

288 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1948

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Enid Blyton

5,472 books5,593 followers
See also:
Ένιντ Μπλάιτον (Greek)
Enida Blaitona (Latvian)
Энид Блайтон (Russian)
Inid Blajton (Serbian)
Енід Блайтон (Ukrainian)

Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

Born in South London, Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.

Blyton was a prolific author of children's books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children's adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare's.

According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.

See also her pen name Mary Pollock

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Profile Image for Teresa.
554 reviews117 followers
October 9, 2022
Not my favourite of the series. The weakest plot and adventure by far. Not a lot happens at all.
There are no secret tunnels or passages which are a mainstay of these books. The villains are not even really described and hardly in it.
Most of it was on Puffin Island and we certainly got enough information about them.
Not one I'd read again.
Profile Image for Julia Tulloh Harper.
219 reviews32 followers
March 20, 2018
Not one of her best but lovely nonetheless - kids stranded on a remote Scottish island full to the cliffs with puffins, cormorants and guillemots, as well as smugglers, secret lagoons, hidden coves, kidnappings, escapes, mysterious seaplanes, friendly animals, a talking parrot, and walks through the heather. All with lashings of ginger beer and plenty of tinned fruit and biscuits.
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3,742 reviews120 followers
February 7, 2022
The four children, Kiki the parrot, and Bill head to the Isles off Scotland for a break to recover from the measles. Of course it's never that simple as they fall into an adventure involving gun runners. With a pair of tame puffins to keep them company.
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150 reviews4 followers
November 4, 2022
When I want to take a break from dark psychological thrillers, I go for historical mysteries. When even historical mysteries seem too much (even my historical mysteries are a bit dark, I don't like cosy mysteries) I turn to children's stories: either Elinor M Brent-Dyer's Chalet School books or Enid Blytons. The Adventure series is probably the Enid Blyton series I love best so when my daughter got this as a birthday present I knew I had to read it. Though I remember other books in the series (ship of adventure for example) having more complex mysteries, the sheer pleasure of reading this book about 4 children stranded in an island off Scotland where only birds live and where they stumble across an international mystery makes me give this 4 stars.
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1,145 reviews114 followers
January 20, 2013
I've got such a lovely feeling," said Lucy-Ann, looking the picture of happiness. "You know - that feeling you get at the very beginning of a lovely holiday - when all the days spread out before you, sunny and lazy and sort of enchanted."

"You'll end up by being a poet if you don't look out," said Philip from the wheel.

"Well, if a poet feels like I feel just exactly at this moment, I wouldn't mind being one for the rest of my life, even if it meant having to write poetry," said Lucy-Ann.

Oh, Enid. I can't be too mad, though, because I've just realized where my fondness for the dash comes from, so thanks for that.
Profile Image for Josiah.
303 reviews
April 9, 2020
I just really really like this one. Philip, Dinah, Jack, and Lucy-Ann are British children. They are recovering from getting the measles, so they go to islands with lots of birds to help get better. But then, their government agents friend who has taken them to the islands disappears. Their boat is chopped up, and they are stuck on the island. As you can imagine, a lot of action and suspense follows. I think this is the best in the series because it shows how the children can help rescue adults too. I really recommend this to anyone age 10+, because it has a great story to tell!
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Author 7 books57 followers
September 27, 2018
The fourth book of the series. This one has an exciting start that kind of reminds one of Sherlock Holmes’ Final Problem. Criminals are out to get Bill Cunningham the detective friend of the children Jack, Phillip, Lucy-Ann and Dina. He is trying to move around town under cover and disappear for a few days. After an exciting start, things ease out a bit as the children journey along with their friends the isles in northern Britain. This was the fun part like a travelogue. We get to see puffins. Jack as a bird lover once again comes to fore; there had been no birds for Jack in the previous story. Phillip of course has his three rats and adopts a pair of exciting pets. The pets don’t play a role in the story though. Also, we see the return of nature as a major antagonist. In the first book, we had the sea flooding in, in the second, there were landslides. However, the third did not have the children contending against the forces of nature. Here the children are stranded in an island with no shelter during a sea storm with nothing but tents to protect them. Actually, the danger feels more real when the antagonist is nature than mere bad men. Because bad men, we know in Enid Blyton’s books do not kill children.

Valley of Adventure, Sea of Adventure and Mountain of Adventure have a good sound to them being closely associated with nature. After Valley of Adventure, it took me years before I finally got to read Sea of Adventure and Mountain of Adventure. So, there was always a sense of excitement about this book. And seas do have a kind of charm about them. And we see the poetic side of Lucy-Ann. For a change, this book does not have any secret passages. While secret passages are exiting, it becomes cliched when you have them in every book. Guess Enid Blyton realized that and decided to keep this story without them. In this book they are in uninhabited isles with limited trees and cliffs. So not much scope for passages of any sort. Also, while not a foreign country, being out in the open sea away from civilization is definitely exciting.

Continuing on from last book where the children were self-reliant, this book takes things further with children actually effecting a rescue rather than being rescued every time. The story has fair amount of excitement. The adventure starts earlier than the first two books and there is excitement around boat chases, hiding from enemies and escape. Of course, luck does play a role as usual. The situations in the book are so dangerous that I guess it is difficult for the author to get the protagonists out of the situations she has put them in without a lucky break or two.

It was overall a fascinating book with a good combination of nature exploration, food and fun, danger and adventure.
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524 reviews26 followers
November 6, 2016
This is one of the Adventure series that I actually didn't read as a child. It was definitely interesting to see how this one differed from the previous three considering I've read those several times in the past and I think I had some preconceived notions of how good they were, but with this one it was all new.

So as in the past, the four children (and Kiki, of course!) manage to get themselves into an improbable amount of trouble, this time while holidaying in some remote Scottish islands with their good friend Bill. This time, Police chief/secret agent/spy Bill has to "disappear" because the enemy are on to him, and the children are recovering from measles, so they decide to go away together. Lo and behold, who should they stumble upon in these apparently remote islands, but the enemy?!

As usual for Enid Blyton, a lot of the language and ideas in this story are a little outdated - although usually the girls are just as good as the boys, in this one both Lucy-Ann and Dinah take a bit of a back seat, preferring to prepare meals and make up the beds than anything else. To be fair, this could be partly blamed on their recent measles outbreak but also those were just the general ideas in the time this was written.

It's still a lovely little kids story though.
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336 reviews4 followers
October 18, 2015
To assist their recovery after contracting measles Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip, Dinah and Kiki set off with their friend Bill 'Smaugs' (who needs sanctuary too) to the northern isles of Scotland for much needed rest and recuperation. But it isn't long before their carefree ornithological holiday turns into a new adventure.

This is the 4th in the Enid Blyton adventure series which I have thoroughly enjoyed great characters although the bad guys are generally faceless and not developed at all but really the adults are bookends. They help set the story up and then come in at the end to help tidy up a few loose ends in between the children endure all the excitement and derring do.

I have great affection for Kiki and Enid Blyton paints her in such a charming way. In fact animals feature in a big way in the stories mainly through the character of Philip who has a great affinity with them usually carrying a few around his person. This time we have the addition of Huffin and Puffin a couple of puffins who feature heavily in the story. Enid Blyton certainly knows how to capture a child's imagination.
93 reviews21 followers
April 28, 2017
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225 reviews20 followers
February 20, 2023
Re-reading for the 3rd or 4th time and loving every minute - Good old Enid Blyton
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Author 4 books12 followers
November 6, 2020
The book "The Sea of Adventure", written by one of the world's best writers, Enid Blyton, is the fourth book in the Adventure series. Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack, along with their pet parrot, Kiki, find themselves in the mist of yet another amazing adventure.

Measles has ruined their vacation and now instead of sending them to school, Mrs. Mannering is planning to send the kids for a change to some place by the sea. But with a governess, of course! No matter how much they love the first part, the children are adamant not to have a governess for them. And then, Aunt Allie's plan to send them off with an ornithologist fails too. Luckily, Bill comes to their rescue and offers to take the children to the northern seas as he himself have to disappear for some time.

And hence they set off for a mysterious trip to the desolate Northern Isles with Bill disguised as an ornithologist. Days went on just fine with wild islands to explore, delicious foods to devour and the blue sea to dive in. They even befriended two puffins who never left their side and went everywhere with the children. They were having a great time with an ideal place for vacation and with Kiki to entertain them with her jealous remarks at the puffins that make them double in laughter.

And then they spotted aeroplanes up in the sky dropping something like parachutes into the sea. Mysterious as it appeared, the incident left them wondering at the range of possibilities. But never had they imagined in their wildest dreams that the vacation would soon turn into a terrifying adventure with Bill getting kidnapped by the same enemies he had been hiding from!

With Bill's sudden disappearance, and with their boat's engine as well as their radio smashed to pieces, the children finds themselves forlorn and at their wit's end. They are now literally the prisoners on the Puffin Island with no way to escape. And then to top it all, a terrible storm blows off their tent; so that the poor children had to take refuge in the burrows of the puffins. Well, the hiding gives them an upper hand with their enemies as well-- or so it seems!

Marooned far from the mainland on a deserted coast, the children struggled to find a way of escape and rescue Bill somehow, when they find themselves playing a dangerous game with unknown enemies. But soon they discover a secret lagoon and with a bit of exploring they uncover the enemies' secrets hidden in the depths of the sea of adventure. But they need to rescue Bill to catch the dangerous criminals before they can get away with their secret game. Will they be able to rescue Bill and escape with their lives?

Get your hands upon "The Sea of Adventure" by Enid Blyton and join the children as they embark on yet another thrilling adventure!

"Hiding is an adventure. Escaping is an adventure. But rescuing somebody else from the very jaws of the enemy is the greatest adventure of all."
Profile Image for Deborah Ideiosepius.
1,626 reviews127 followers
April 12, 2022
Revisiting a beloved book from childhood does not always work, but this one worked better than many.

The X of adventure was my favourite of the Enid Blyton book series, I loved them (though my original covers were a lot better than this silly kids drawing) and though I remember as an adult first trying to read them and being sad at how bad they were - this one is actually pretty good.

The kids are impossibly naïve and nice. The era... is what it is... so it is horrifically misogynistic; the two boys have torches, cameras and binoculars ect but the girls only get to borrow them when the boys don't want them. The girls are scared of rats, clearly second class citizens compared to the boys, in every way and also portrayed as domesticated and incompetent on a regular basis. So, not a good role model for kids.

The adventure is fun however, as always I loved the location and the birds and the children's interactions and adventures are fascinating in that reading-about-completely-alien civilisations sort of way. So I enjoyed this brief revisit of childhood reading joys.

I would positively %100 NOT recommend it for modern children. The role models are appalling in this era where we are trying so hard to bring about gender equality. So it saddens me to have found it in the children's section of the library.
5 reviews
April 6, 2023
Pretty good, I would definitely recommend.
Even though this was the first book in the series I have read, I could still read it perfectly fine, and it felt like its own little story, instead of some part of a series that required reading previous parts to even begin understanding. The story really lets you paint the picture. Well, maybe it's a little to lenient with your imagination. I was starting to get confused with what kind of motorboat was being driven half the time, especially Horace's. I had trouble picturing a cabin with a tiny little motorboat. Also, as a new reader to Enid Blyton's Adventure series, I have trouble trying to figure out the kids' ages. They seem really mature for (probably) 12 year olds. They can drive boats?? What??? They even manage to save Bill when he was trapped in some cabin on a boat. The girls weren't even there! It was done by two young boys! How?? One time I had to stop reading entirely just to find out if they had even mention the children's ages. Overall, though, I would still read it, despite my troubles. 9/10
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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614 reviews1 follower
February 11, 2018
Good pre-adventure part, with the children recovering from measles and sent on a holiday to regain their strength before returning to school (yeah, like that's going to happen in real life, but you can't blame kids for dreaming!), Bill visiting in secret while being hunted by criminals (isn't he putting the children and Mrs. Manning in danger?)... good stuff!

The adventure part is fine, but maybe not as exciting as the previous novel (The Valley of Adventure, which is probably my favorite in the series). We get the weird criminal plots and the dangerous situations characteristic of the Adventure series, and there are some very funny elements that make the story better, like the birds Puffin and Huffin, and Horace Tipperlong (aka Tripalong).

Very enjoyable.
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557 reviews19 followers
April 29, 2018
A neat little mystery set in the lonely waters off the Northern Isles. The plot is not as happening as the rest in the series but I really liked the idea of the children and Bill going off together on a boat trip. Huffin and Puffin are hilarious too. I remember the twinge of sadness when Bill told Lucy-Ann that they couldn't bring the puffins back with them. I also like how plucky the children were. They could have gone back to the mainland safely but they chose to rescue Bill.

"You're only kids - but you're the finest company of friends anyone could have. You know the meaning of loyalty already, and even if you're scared you don't give up. I'm proud to have you for my friends."

I have my eyes set on the next adventure in the series!
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Author 7 books42 followers
August 12, 2020
I thought I would love this one when I started reading because the opening is seriously exciting and I remembered the plot like it was yesterday. I even named a plushy toy Huffin the Puffin after this adventure (though I'd forgotten the name came from a Blyton novel). Though the start is great, the middle sags quite a bit and the ending is pretty abrupt. Also, did anyone else find it hilarious that Bill led his enemies to the children and Aunt Allie's house? And then took the kids on a holiday when he knew said enemies were after him? I love Bill, but come on. What a guy!
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Author 2 books4 followers
August 18, 2021
Just finishing The Sea of Adventure, number four in Enid Blyton's Adventure Series. Definitely a dated story, (written in 1955), but still found it to be entertaining. Although written for a juvenile readership, I'm finding myself wanting to continue with the series. Some truth to the expression, going through a second childhood. The story itself is of lesser quality than her earlier Adventure books, but still fun to follow the exploits of the four children, their policeman friend, and their pet parrot. Fun read.
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Author 2 books15 followers
September 26, 2021
After the measles or some equally horrid childhood disease, our heroes are packed off with Bill for a few weeks to recover on the remote Scottish Islands - home of a zillion birds. Bill needs to disappear for a bit, and for some reason Aunt Allie thinks that leaving the kids with him won't end up in disaster!?!?
Bill disappears during a storm, and the children find themselves facing International gun runners! Some very humorous moments involving Horace Tipperlong, but very touching ones too, when the children decide to try and rescue Bill rather than save themselves. Fab read
8 reviews
October 14, 2019
The Sea of Adventure is very different to the other books in the series that Enid Blyton has written. This adventure is set on sea instead of land, this makes this book special and unique. During the sea of adventure the four children and Bill have a holiday at Puffin Island, but not far behind them an adventure arises where Bill is kidnapped. The four children are left behind and find a way to recuse Bill, but it isn't easy as dangers lay ahead.
7 reviews2 followers
October 18, 2017
children leave for northern islands to recover from measles but find themselves in an adventure. The best part is when they are on Puffin island where they find 2 tame puffins who out of sheer love for children catch fishes for them. On this island they sink into a Puffin burrow and take shelter there. Guns are hidden from view in one of the many islands.
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1,138 reviews13 followers
July 31, 2018
I am pretty sure that I didn’t read The Sea of Adventure as a child I certainly don’t seem to remember it. This was another fun rip roaring adventure from Enid Blyton. I think as the adventure series goes this is probably a slightly less believable premise. I am looking forward to reading the last four books in the series as I think these will be just as fun.
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481 reviews
April 24, 2021
Typical adventure stories, set in the British highlands, across rough seas, on moors and forgotten mansions, with stories of young adults that could span several generations without being outdated.

The adventure series, while fun, were meant for an even younger reader group, with simple and easy to follow language. Interesting and page turners, nonetheless.
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710 reviews53 followers
June 17, 2017
Great fun on the islands

The four children, Kiki the parrot, and Bill head to the Isles off Scotland for a break to recover from the measles. Of course it's never that simple as they fall into an adventure involving gun runners. With a pair of tame puffins to keep them company.
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366 reviews37 followers
March 3, 2018
Seri Enid Blyton ini kadang terasa membosankan, monoton, udah ketebak banget lah alurnya gimana. Di sisi lain itu bikin nagih dan... comforting. Selama baca deg-degannya cukup deg-degan seru aja, karena tahu pasti happy ending :D
106 reviews
December 23, 2020
I read this aloud to grandkids. I must say that I enjoyed this action packed children’s adventure story as much as they did. We are all looking forward to the next in the “adventure’ series, The Mountain of Adventure.
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986 reviews3 followers
March 29, 2021
Their friend Bill takes the four children to a remote island to study birds and recover from measles, but the trip becomes very dangerous when Bill disappears. The four have to fend for themselves, but they are plucky kids. A good read.
April 16, 2022
I felt numb most of the time as I read this book.
But there’s some magic in Enid’s writing… It was still an enticing read.

p.s. The way she describes crackers and butter, and toast in a tin is oh so wonderful…

36 reviews1 follower
March 4, 2018
Read this to my daughter after many years of reading it as a child myself and it's very funny how language has changed
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