The riddle of the sands a record of secret service is a 1903 novel by erskine childersthe book which enjoyed immense popularity in the years before world war i is an early example of the espionage novel and was extremely influential in the genre of spy fiction. Directed by tony maylam with michael york jenny agutter simon maccorkindale alan badel in 1901 two british yachtsmen visiting germanys frisian islands accidentally discover a german plot to invade england. Riddle of the sands is a fictional tale of amateur espionage prior to ww1 the author definitely has a magnificent way with words in fact the amazingly precise descriptions are absolutely captivating. The riddle of the sands has 4409 ratings and 431 reviews jeffrey said i have read of men who when forced by their calling to live for long periods i. The riddle of the sands is a 1979 english spy thriller cinema film based upon the novel of the same name written by erskine childersset in 1901 and starring michael york and simon maccorkindale it concerns the efforts of two english yachtsmen to avert a plot by the german empire to launch a military seaborne invasion of england
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