Friday, August 15, 2008

What We're Reading: City of Thieves

It appears I am on a WWII kick. This time, it takes the form of a very somber, suspenseful novel set in Russia. In City of Thieves by David Benioff, two unlikely men - a teenage boy accused of looting and a Red Army soldier accused of desertion, are spared execution from their comrades in exchange for an odd (and impossible) task. The colonel demands they locate a dozen eggs for his daughter's wedding cake. Should they succeed, they will be pardoned. Should they fail, they will die. It's truly a nail-biter, wondering if one or the other will even live long enough to find the ingredients before the deadline. (This is the grandfather's story to his grandson, however, so you're fairly certain he will make it out alive.) No matter - there are enough characters you grow to care about that you long for a happy ending even as the darkness looms and blood is shed.

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