This novel is a classic early 20th-century spy thriller that follows two British yachtsmen who stumble upon a German plot to invade England while on a sailing trip in the North Sea. The duo must use their wits and sailing skills to outmaneuver the Germans and alert the British government of the impending attack. The book is notable for its attention to detail and realism, particularly in its descriptions of sailing and the North Sea coastline.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 33rd on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
- 37th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
- 92nd on The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time (Crime Writers' Association)
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