City of Thieves by David Benioff

City of Thieves

By David Benioff

  • Release Date: 2008-05-15
  • Genre: Literary
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Description

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews

  • Great Read!

    5
    By thegreatwhitepaste
    I was looking for a good book to read and a friend recommended this. Awesome story. I read it in 2 days. Book kept you interested page after page
  • Great story

    5
    By Hankmoody113
    Great story. I couldn't stop reading it.
  • Worthy to leave a Review

    5
    By California_Raisin
    Of Mice and Men, the book that allowed me to feel and experience emotions I never would have imagined, reading could cause. I fell in love with reading that week, and is the reason I stop at all used book stores in search for adventure, a history lesson, days of old and of tomorrow, a life's lesson, and visit's to exotic land's born of pure fantasy and worlds that are home to epic heroes. I enjoy all genres and although I always experience emotions in almost every book, I never experience any as deep and personal as the ones I did with that first book. Until now. A superbly written story, which is filled with realistic ways of life, worldly views, education and street smarts paired with the type of humor that can only come living in WW2 Russia! The characters could not have been better. Their time together, experiencing the forms a relationship that will be in your thoughts long after you put it down. Just as everything looks to be okay and its alright to relax, to breath and give a cheer!.. The absolute best plot twist ever written is placed perfectly in the story which you can't help but appreciate, as tears stream down your face. Yes, two books have made me cry, and for that I am thankful, not ashamed! I am reminded again how thankful I am to have a love for reading and to look forward to evenings I can spend anywhere I can imagine.
  • City of Thieves

    5
    By PhilipGoGo
    One of my very favorite books. I laughed, I cried, I remembered the aching heart that comes with falling in love.
  • Just ok

    2
    By Strawberryshortcake5476577
    This book reminded me of the movie "Groundhog Day," except set in cold and bleak Russia in WWII. Every chapter between the opening and closing seems the same...I skimmed through large parts of it. It needed something extra...more action...more emotion. I would have liked it better if there had been a mixture of flashbacks and present day. It's good but oftentimes boring writing.
  • A pleasure

    5
    By Civwarrior
    This is my third trip through the journey of young Lev Beniov. Twice with the voice of Ron Perlman and now with his voice in the background as I traveled with Lev an Koyla. This really is a wonderful book, Mr. Benioff does a magic trick taking you on Lev and Koyla's mission to find a dozen eggs. Read this book you will enjoy it and it will stay with you. I also highly recommend the audio version.
  • Amazing book!

    5
    By Erincamella
    Read it in 3 days (and I'm a working mom!) I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written and fun story!
  • Well written

    5
    By Bodycount02
    Very well written story, characters are easily visualized and brought to life with flourish. Couldn't put it down.
  • Worth the money

    5
    By Si Guy2010
    A great story done literary justice by David Benioff. Strongly recommend
  • Excellent book!

    5
    By Meatball 2
    Set during the siege of Leningrad, exciting and funny and terrifying!

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