City of Thieves by David Benioff

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Title: City of Thieves

Author: David Benioff

Pub Date: May 2008

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My Rating: ★★★★★

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It is a history fiction like I never read before. The story is set in Leningrad during Nazis’ siege, during cold Russian winters of 1942. Lev Beniov is arrested for stealing from a dead German soldier who’s body fell from the sky on the streets of Piter. He’s thrown into an empty cell and soon is joined by deserter named Kolya. They both expect to be executed in the morning, but instead, they are taken to the colonel who has a very special assignment for them. The Soviet colonel is planning his daughter’s wedding, and there is no proper wedding celebration without a wedding cake. It is why Lev and Kolya are sent to find a dozen eggs before Thursday, giving them only five days to complete this impossible task. There is no food in Leningrad; people are eating a ‘library candy’ that is made from glue from the book spine – and this is the top delicacy. The quest to find eggs takes Lev and Kolya outside of Leningrad, where they have to fight the Nazis, work with deserters trick top ranking soldier into a game, all to find eggs and survive.

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