David Benioff: City of Thieves



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It s all about the uestWhen I read books I like to do a little research about the author time eriod the book itself etc I was interested to learn that the creator of the video game The Last of Us drew inspiration in You Dont Have to Say You Love Me part from this bookThe Last of Us is a game my son keeps begging me tolay It takes Voodoo Season place in the near future has nothing to do with World War II era Leningrad and from what I ve watched bears no resemblance to the bookIt s all about the uestIn the book the uest is to obtain a dozen eggs for a NKVD Colonel so his daughter can have a wedding cake Leningrad is under siege by the Nazis andeople are eating the The Walking Dead Live! paste from library books so finding eggs will take some doing In the games you generally have an endoint too but you can get sidetracked by doing multiple side uests Examples Mister can you rescue my Scotty Scotts Guide to Relationships puppy He s in a den of necromancers I lost my sword in a cave about 50 years ago It would bring a tear to this old soldier if you could re You can t burn a brick You can t starve a brickDavid Benioff s City of Thieves is a well written and engaging story set during the times of World War II in Russia s Leningrad Set in the year 1942 City of Thieves is all about the adventurous journey of two youths Lev Abramovich Beniov and Kolya Vlasov to find a dozen eggs for a Soviet officer but his confidence was soure and complete it no longer seemed like arrogance just the mark of a man who had accepted his own heroic destinyLev and Kolya are aware that both will be executed if they are unable to find the eggs After reading for a while and looking at all the difficult times these two were going through it strongly felt like buying a few dozen eggs from the nearest supermarket and time transporting them to 1942 s Leningrad An interesting charming and enthralling adventure A terrific book that roves you don t have to write 700 or 800 ages to have real depth I m fascinated by how Benioff managed to describe the characters enduring terrible hardship and the worst of one of the most brutal battles in history but the book doesn t read as grim or overly depressing That s not to say that there isn t real drama horror and sadness but the natural humor of characters keep it from being just another book about the horrors of war This is what happens during war eople will do anything to survive from murder to stealing to going on exhaustive food hunts Absurdly as it sounds this becomes the cultural normIt s the Soviet Union 1942 Tension is thick with famine and war The Germans are beginning their invasion Two soviet thieves Lev and Kolya are captured and thrown into the same cell However instea How could you fear anything than deathEverything else offered moments of escape a aralyzed man could still read Dickens a man in the grips of dementia might have flashes of the most absurd beauty Lev Beniov wants to live He may not be clear about anything else but he knows that to be true Life becomes Written in Red Ink precious when being anywhere not just in the wronglace but just existing in space can turn into a death trap at any moment Wh. From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour a captivating novel about war courage survival and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetimeDuring the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya

En his mother and sister fled the city he decided to stay Now he is caught up in one of the worst sieges in the history of the world he is in Leningrad or as I always think of it St Petersburg Lev is seventeen years old Because it is mostly a city of islands Leningrad was isolated from the rest of the Soviet Union by the Nazis control or destruction of its bridgesWhen I went to Google the siege of Leningrad to brush up on the events that Crash Landing (Bear Creek, provided the background for this novel I was slightly taken aback when all I had to do wasut in SIEGE and BAM there was Leningrad The Germans made the decision instead of going street by street and house by house to just starve the citizens and remaining soldiers out of the city They Piper put a ring of soldiers around theerimeter of the city so that no one can come in and no one can come out The staggering results are the deaths of two million Russian soldiers and civilians I was built for deprivation We ve all maybe been a bit hungry but many of us cocooned in a civilized world where food is The Famoux (The Famoux, plentiful and relatively cheap may not remember the last time we had a hungerain Lev and the remaining Dragons Gap people of Leningrad have went beyond hungry to near starvation People are dying daily because now there is no cushion of calories between them and dying One day without some type of food intake will bethe final day It is almost like a gift from God if Lev believed in such aerson to see the German Bared for Her Bear (Wylde Bears paratrooper frozen to death drift down from the sky Lev and his friendsounce on the body ransacking Best Seller (English Edition) pockets finding food a nice Damascus blade and a flask of cognac or maybe schnapps how could they know the difference But it spreads a warmth through their bodies like a hot meal or a roaring fire They take too long a crucial loss of focus Maybe it is the bonanza of food and booze that makes them forget for a moment that they are vulnerable out in the open The soldiers are on them uickly and there is a mad scramble for safety Lev is caught He is shocked they didn t execute him for looting immediately He has seen it happen before He is thrown into a cell and there he meets Kolya who is also in dire trouble He is charged with desertion and they didn t execute him either This isn t a time for trials or duerocess Shooting someone is just one less mouth to feed The rules are maddeningly unpredictable It is always best to assume the worst Now Kolya didn t desert because he was afraid or because he was homesick He deserted because he was horny He is a tall good looking guy who is used to having a steady diet of sexual encounters With most of the city too calorie deprived to even think about anything as strenuous as sex it is still his number one concern His number two concern is in fact number two He hasn t taken a crap in eleven days The loneliest sound in the world is other The Lone Star Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romances people making love As Lev soon finds outThe reason they are still alive is there is a Colonel who needs a dozen eggs He is throwing a wedding feast for his daughter and they need eggs to bake her wedding cake Kolya and Lev seem like Nstead 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 aowerful 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 embar.

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Mprobable candidates to ull off such an impossible mission They are dead men walking though and the Colonel has offered a ardon if they can bring him back the eggs he needs Need such an interesting concept when for most of the city twelve eggs represent twelve days with a meal The boys get to see the Colonel s daughter ice skating on the river It took me a few seconds to realize why she looked so strange and then it was obvious even at a distance you could tell that the girl was well fed There was nothing Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, pinched and desperate about her face She had an athlete s casual grace herirouettes were tight and fast she never got winded Her thighs must have been magnificent long To Protect His Mate (Wolfe Brothers, pale and strong and I could feel myrick hardening for the first time in days Rain down on me ladies Peter Paul van Rubens detail from The Disembarkation at Marseille Lev hasn t seen a woman in a long time that he didn t have to mentally add weight to her figure and her face to determine if she used to be Star Wars Rogue Squadron II Rogue Leader Instruction booklet pretty I finally fell asleep and dreamed of a sky raining fat girls Their task takes them behind enemy lines where they meetretty Russian girls kept for the amusement of the Germans cannibals who have learned that the buttocks make the best steaks and a female sniper named Vika who Lev falls head over heels in lust with I was raised to be clean and it bothered me when others were not But Vika s wet dog smell did not offend me All of us were slathered in grime by that Boom point of course I must have stunk like week old fish myself but this wasn t about being inured to foul odors The tang off her body made me want to lick her clean It is such a burden to be virginal sigh I ve lost track of how many days it has been since Kolya took a crap It is somewhere around twenty days He has decided that his bowels are waiting for the end of the siege the siege ended up lasting 872 days He is looking forward to feeling the relief of a VICTORY CRAPDespite the stark circumstances thatrovide the backdrop for this novel there are many moments of unexpected humor that lend brevity to the growing frustrations and dangers in trying to achieve their mission Watching the evolution of the friendship between two very different young men a Cossack and a Jew is not only heartwarming but memorable Lev s father a relatively famous oet who was disappeared by the NKVD looms over the story as ghostly as Hamlet s father Lev has the soul of a oet but lacks the gift to express it Kolya is working steadily each evening when he hasn t found some woman willing to help him with his continually heated loins on his novel title The Courtyard Hound I have feeling his writing is spicy It all comes down to a game of chess but then isn t all of life a game of chess We make sacrifices Good Morning, Buddha pawns rooks and bishops and hope the resultsrove worthy of what we have given up The longer these two young men are together we can see their minds expanding exponentially just because one is with the other If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger age at. K on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossibleBy turns insightful and funny thrilling and terrifying 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

David Benioff worked as a nightclub bouncer in San Francisco a radio DJ in Wyoming and an English teacherwrestling coach in Brooklyn before selling his first novel The 25th Hour in 2000He later wrote the screenplay for Spike Lee’s adaptation of 25th Hour starring Edward Norton and Phillip Seymour Hoffman In 2005 Viking Press published Benioff’s collection of short stories When the Nines Ro