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By David Benioff

From the seriously acclaimed writer of The twenty fifth Hour and while the Nines Roll Over, a charming novel approximately battle, braveness, survival — and a striking friendship that ripples throughout a lifetime.

During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into an identical phone as a good-looking deserter named Kolya. rather than being finished, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their very own lives through complying with an outrageous directive: safe a dozen eggs for a robust Soviet colonel to take advantage of in his daughter's marriage ceremony cake. In a urban bring to a halt from all provides and ache unimaginable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt during the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and in the back of enemy traces to discover the impossible.

By turns insightful and humorous, exciting and terrifying, the recent York occasions bestseller urban of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic international conflict II experience and an intimate coming-of-age tale with an totally modern consider for the way boys develop into males.

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The days passed slowly and monotonously, punctuated by changes of the guard, reveille, and grub up. None of those brawny youths paid him the least attention. But, fully absorbed in his erotic fantasy, he didn’t despair. He gazed at the horizon and waited for the rockets that would spark off the massive saturnalia. In the black of night he stuck on his night vision goggles and imagined every star bore the tail of the desired artifact. He begged the almighty heavens to let it be soon. Nevertheless, his glorious paradise faded like a mirage.

But it’s one big front and the deceased Monster knows this better than anyone. Monsignor floods his mailbox with e-mails profusely illustrated with photographs of his protégés in seraphic poses grinning cheekily childish grins. “What do think about number twenty-six? My acolyte brings him to my bedroom to warm my sheets and he’s great fun. “The twins aren’t bad either, don’t you think? I play their flutes and they seem very happy and genuinely celestial. ” Our little dwarf (which is what we all are, seen from the Hereafter) keeps asking about the seemingly intelligent design of the universe (whether it could be a simple illusion of the senses, and whether there might be nothing out there, rather than something).

One bad day (and there was no shortage of bad days), the waiter brusquely asked after his sexual preferences or bantered with other customers about whether he’d come with high hopes of picking up the mustachioed Turkish cook or had a date with one of those young fillies who appeared in his wretched book. Indeed, hadn’t Big Brother’s Eye caught him on his micro-cameras jerking off in the public bathrooms in the Thereafter, or when he defecated (because one even defecates in the Hereafter, ingenuous reader), and blackmailed him, threatening to unload those filthy images onto the net?

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