War of the Rats

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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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The "rats" are Chief Master Sergeant Vasily Zaitsev of the Red Army, a master sniper who is scoring heavily against the Germans at the siege of Stalingrad, and Heinz Thorvald, a German marksman ... Read full review

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Excellent story. Very thorough and detailed descriptions. Entertaining & suspensful. Robbins does a superb job of telling the story of Vasily Zaitsev. ... Read full review

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Page vii - 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 vii - I AM THE WAY INTO THE DOLEFUL CITY, I AM THE WAY INTO ETERNAL GRIEF, I AM THE WAY TO A FORSAKEN RACE.
Page vii - 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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