Two young Englishmen encounter suspicious German naval activity in the North Sea and enter a world of suspense and intrigue. One of the best spy novels ever written, this 1903 thriller is notable for its richness of detail about sailing and unsurpassed narrative style. Introduction by Norman Donaldson. 4 maps.
Another hot new series from Penguin, "Great Books for Boys" offers a handful of top adventure stories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each volume sports a nice vintage-looking cover to complete the spell. Great fun (and girls can read them, too!).