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The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
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Oct 13, 2011

it was amazing

I struggled with this one the first time I read it, but something drew me back to it and I read it a second time and loved it. It's slow going early on, but there's something timeless about it that really holds up, especially given that it's one of, if not the, first modern spy novels ever written. Just a couple of regular guys who find themselves in the right place to make a difference. And how did Childers foresee the threat Germany would become to England?

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