City of Thieves by David Benioff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the first "War Diary" story I've ever been able to finish. It was a great adventure! It was terrifying, hilarious, sad, fun, and so much more. Benioff recreated his Grandfathers stories from being a poor Russian teen during WWII. You can't help but fall in love with him, and the amazing friends he makes during this horrific travesty. As the story goes, Benioff keeps watch for German planes, unofficially, upon the roof of his inner-city apartment building. One night he witnesses a dead German soldiers body drift from the clouds by parachute and landing a block away. No soldiers come to take the body, so Benioff investigates, which is punishable by immediate death. After his discovery and arrest by the Russians, he is granted one chance for redemption and forgiveness... bring fresh chicken eggs to the General so he can have a proper wedding cake made for his daughter. He is paired with a presumed deserter and the adventure begins. Presumed "on the run" by officers, traders, spies, outlaws, or escaped convicts by all they encounter through war ravaged countryside during the winter, they have their work cut out for them.
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