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The Riddle of the Sands

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One of the first modern spy novels, this gripping tale also offers a vivid account of coastal sailing and navigation in the Baltic Sea during the era leading up to WWI. Written in 1903 by a Boer War veteran, it incorporates a wealth of technical sailing detail in its story of a sunny holiday that gradually darkens into a suspenseful adventure.
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One of the first modern spy novels, this gripping tale also offers a vivid account of coastal sailing and navigation in the Baltic Sea during the era leading up to WWI. Written in 1903 by a Boer War veteran, it incorporates a wealth of technical sailing detail in its story of a sunny holiday that gradually darkens into a suspenseful adventure.
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Paperback (336 pages)
Published: December 10, 2002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780812966145
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