Journalist, novelist, politician, agitator, spy - this author's life would make better reading than any of his fiction. Still, this spy thriller raised a lot of commotion when first published in 1903. Indeed, it spawned a whole genre. It is a first-person tale of stereotypical young Englishmen on the scent of German spies in the North Sea. This is all very conventional Edwardian fare except for the loving details of yachting and the prophetic hint of German imperial ambition. Dermot Kerrigan has the right sound for the hero/storyteller - youthful, energetic, just a bit strident.
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I read an old paperback of this book a few years ago, and am so pleased to see it here where it will hopefully be rediscovered. The best aspects are its unusual geographic setting and the dreamlike/nightmarish quality taken on by the protagonist's little sailing trip. I hope the recording is good because the story deserves a larger audience (not to mention a film deal).
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