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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over, 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.


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City of Thieves
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City of Thieves
April 30th, 2015
Excellent depiction of civilian life during the Second World War in Russia. Gruesome reality of war.
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Don't miss this one.
February 25th, 2015
I enjoyed the lyrical prose as much as the plot, which is possibly what the author intended. I could hear the voices and different accents as I read. This touched my heart as much as, or more so, my mind. The story is finished, the book is read, but the characters are still with me.
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I enjoyed this book
January 12th, 2015
As I was telling my family about this book, I found it had interesting details about the war, details I would have never imagined, but it was all based on what you would think is a simple mission...turned out to be a mission full of events that will stick with you.
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City of Thieves
May 20th, 2014
Excellent view of Russia during the war with Germany..
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Disappointing
April 8th, 2014
Has all the trademarks of a grad school writing project. The plot and the language have a studied feel about them
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2 reviews
Disappointing
April 8th, 2014
Has all the trademarks of a grad school writing project. The plot and the language have a studied feel about them
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2 reviews

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