City of Thieves
Books | Fiction / Literary
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.
World War 2
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"A pair of unlikely characters go on an unlikely and seemingly impossible mission: to find a dozen eggs in Leningrad during the WWII siege. Against that backdrop, many unexpected things happen to the duo who will work their way into your heart until you’re rooting for them, against all odds. Great read!"
"I picked up this book after seeing it was written by David Benioff (I’m a huge GOT fan) and I was far from disappointed. He tells a war-siege story with wit, humor, and mixes in some nearly unbearable gruesome scenes. It’s a fairly short read but entertaining and overall such a well written story!"
"Great adventure story. Coming of age tale of two young boys behind enemy lines during the Siege of Leningrad. "