The Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers, Milton Bearden
This is between a three- and four-star book for me. I’m bumping it up to four stars because much of what I struggled with is a simple matter of style. The Riddle of the Sands was written more than a hundred years ago, so the writing is more complex, and the dialogue denser, than today’s spy novels.

However, I enjoyed the characters, and Childers’ description of the shoreline and sailing is engrossing. If I were a sailor I probably would have enjoyed the book more.

When I look at The Riddle of the Sands as a precursor to le Carre and Fleming. I’m glad that I invested the time to read the book.