My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It was quite interesting to read which inspired the modern espionage books.
According to Mark Valentine, he ranked it in the top five spy stories of the 20th century, along with John Buchan’s The 39 Steps, Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent Somerset Maugham‘s Ashenden and the now unjustly overlooked Bretherton, a Great War tale by Major W.F. Morris.
This was the only fiction book written by Childers who was unfaithful charged by treason since he was found in possession of a firearm – a capital offense by the Irish government at that time, even if it was only a souvenir, a miniature pistol given him by Michael Collins!
By irony of the destiny, his eldest son became the fourth President of Ireland.
A memorable book with plenty of intrigue dealing with the threat of invasion of Britain by the Germans.
- Was WWI accompanied by a rising literary nationalism? (guardian.co.uk)