War of the Rats (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 16, 2009 - Fiction - 512 pages
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For six months in 1942, Stalingrad is the center of a titanic struggle between the Russian and German armies—the bloodiest campaign in mankind's long history of warfare. The outcome is pivotal. If Hitler's forces are not stopped, Russia will fall. And with it, the world....

German soldiers call the battle Rattenkrieg, War of the Rats. The combat is horrific, as soldiers die in the smoking cellars and trenches of a ruined city. Through this twisted carnage stalk two men—one Russian, one German—each the top sniper in his respective army. These two marksmen are equally matched in both skill and tenacity. Each man has his own mission: to find his counterpart—and kill him.

But an American woman trapped in Russia complicates this extraordinary duel. Joining the Russian sniper's cadre, she soon becomes one of his most talented assassins—and perhaps his greatest weakness. Based on a true story, this is the harrowing tale of two adversaries enmeshed in their own private war—and whose fortunes will help decide the fate of the world.


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Well researched and presented. - Goodreads
It was researched as well as many non-fiction books. - Goodreads
The writing in this book just didn't work for me. - Goodreads
David Robbins had many purposes to writing this book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ms. Feigen's English 9 Classes Feigen - Goodreads

War of the Rats by David Robbins may be the best book that I've ever read. I love historical fiction, particularly war-based books, and this was perfect for me. It excited me from the first minute to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel V. Joiner - Goodreads

Good. Very interesting book about a tragic battle. Read full review

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Page viii - JUSTICE MOVED MY HEAVENLY CONSTRUCTOR; DIVINE OMNIPOTENCE CREATED ME, AND HIGHEST WISDOM JOINED WITH PRIMAL LOVE. BEFORE ME NOTHING BUT ETERNAL THINGS WERE MADE, AND I SHALL LAST ETERNALLY. ABANDON HOPE, FOREVER, YOU WHO ENTER. I saw these words spelled out in somber colors inscribed along the ledge above a gate; "Master," I said, "these words I see are cruel.
Page viii - I AM THE WAY INTO THE DOLEFUL CITY, I AM THE WAY INTO ETERNAL GRIEF, I AM THE WAY TO A FORSAKEN RACE.
Page viii - I am wretched even at the moment of victory, and I always say that next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained.

About the author (2009)

David L. Robbins is also the author of Souls to Keep. A former attorney and freelance writer, he now writes full-time in Richmond, Virginia.


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