The Story: In the early twentieth century, a British man agrees on a whim to go on a boat trip with a sailing fanatic he hardly knows, and while their personalities and different backgrounds cause them to clash at first, they soon become good friends. As they look into some odd circumstances that nearly got the sailor killed, they realize that they may have stumbled onto a German scheme to invade England, and decide to find out if their suspicions are justified.
This novel is often considered the first spy thriller, and it holds up well to the test of the time, despite some archaic aspects. The author’s real life love of sailing can be clearly seen, particularly in one of the main characters, which fills the story with his enthusiasm for the subject and makes it believable and fun. It’s a worthwhile read for thriller fans who don’t mind an older style of writing.
Content Overview: Some mild foul language and mild violence.