The Riddle of the Sands
by Childers, Erskine
Hailed as the first great modern spy story, "The Riddle of the Sands" is set against the England and Germany’s alarming naval build-up in the early 20th century. Protagonists Caruthers and Davies explore the Friesian Islands in a small sailboat. What they find there, and the implications for the safety of their native England, still make for gripping reading.