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by David L. Robbins

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: David L. Robbins
ISBN: 0553108174
ISBN13: 978-0553108170
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition (July 6, 1999)
Pages: 392
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David L. Robbins’s novel War of the Rats tells the story of the siege of Stalingrad from a very personal . Though the book is a story of snipers, I found the German corporal, Nikki, to be the most interesting character of the story. As a German soldier, Nikki should be the bad guy.

David L. Robbins’s novel War of the Rats tells the story of the siege of Stalingrad from a very personal nature. One character sets the tone by asking, Will this war overlook nothing? Is it beginning to hunt for us now by name, one at a time?. The story centers around four viewpoint characters- two Russian, two German, and tells the story of how the battle for the city became a battle between two snipers. He's part of an invading army, and the Russian snipers are justified in trying to drive them off.

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.

War of the Rats book. David Robbins has done an excellent job at crafting a very moving and human story from the hellish nightmare of the Battle of Stalingrad. Taking the real life biographies of a number of key actors Robbins delivers a fast paced story of a desperate battle to repel the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, a story with an eye for detail and realisim with some of the descriptions of injury suceeding in turning my stomach. Having recently visited the A surprisingly good read.

Used availability for David L Robbins's War of the Rats. October 1999 : UK Hardback. Robbins grimly recounts the merciless determination of the German and Soviet combatants of the battle of. .You'll read below how War Of The Rats is racist, badly written and bland. Robbins grimly recounts the merciless determination of the German and Soviet combatants of the battle of Stalingrad in War of the Rats. The characters are drawn so wonderfully and sympathetically that your heart breaks for them, Russian as well as German. In fact, an earmark of the novel is how evenhanded Robbins treats both sides of the terrible conflict of Stalingrad.

Three of the four principal characters in War of the Rats-Zaitsev, Thorvald, and the female sniper Tania Chernova-were actual combatants at Stalingrad. Their escapades and those of several of their comrades have been documented in a number of works of history, and this novel has been drawn from those works (see Bibliography). But the German sniper’s and the female partisan’s adventures and fates in Stalingrad have been left unchanged. The fourth character, Corporal Nikki Mond, is a composite German soldier who lives as authentic a life in Stalingrad as could be devised for him. Robbins is the bestselling author of War of the Rats, Liberation Road, Last Citadel, Scorched Earth, The End of War, and Souls to Keep. Robbins also teaches advanced creative writing as a visiting professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College. He divides his time betwee. ore about David L. Robbins. Category: Historical Fiction Military Fiction Suspense & Thriller.

SIX dawns in a row, he thought, six days lying in this awful hole tch. We’ll have a contest. Competition targets, clay disks, name it. Whoever is the better shot wins. The loser shoots himself in the head, and we’ll be done with it. But let’s do it, Rabbit. Enough of this cold crawling down the backs of our necks and dribbling down our ribs all day. Enough of sandwiches and cheeses. It’s time for a dark beer and a steak served.

War of the Rats is a World War II fiction novel written by David L. Robbins in 1999. The plot focuses on a 1942 battle between the Nazi Germans and the Soviets set in Stalingrad, Soviet Union

War of the Rats is a World War II fiction novel written by David L. The plot focuses on a 1942 battle between the Nazi Germans and the Soviets set in Stalingrad, Soviet Union. The battle is declared by Viktor Tabori to be "Rattenkrieg"; translated, War of the Rats. The story focuses in on the lives of two expert snipers, a Russian and a German, each with the goal of killing the other.

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Stalingrad, August 1942—the brutal siege of the city begins.For six months, 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.With razor-sharp prose and brilliant historical accuracy, David L. Robbins brings the reader right into the thick of this monumental battle, in a novel so authentic, it could almost be true....German soldiers call the battle Rattenkrieg, war of the rats. The combat is horrific, as victories are measured in meters and 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 their respective armies. These two marksmen are equally matched in both skill and tenacity. And each has his own mission....The young Russian sniper's credo of "one man, one bullet" has established his reputation as the Red army's top long-distance assassin. Nicknamed the Hare, he's been put in charge of an impromptu sniper school, training both men and women to kill with chilling precision.To counter this threat, the Headmaster, leader of the Nazis' elite sniper school, is flown to Stalingrad. Each has been given similar orders—to find and kill his counterpart. And the extraordinary duel begins....Complicating matters is an American woman, Tania Chernova, trapped in Russia at the start of the war, who has come to Stalingrad from the Russian resistance. Seeking vengeance against the German army, the defiant American joins the Hare's team of snipers, becoming one of his most talented assassins—and possibly his greatest weakness.An electrifying novel based on a true story, this is the harrowing tale of two adversaries who will know each other intimately by the climax of their own private war; two soldiers whose story is the saga of Stalingrad itself and whose fortunes will help decide the fate of a world at war.Fast-paced and explosive, War of the Rats is a stunning amalgam of deepest history and thrilling fiction.
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LoboThommy
During the siege of Leningrad, much of the battle bogged down with soldiers demoralized by the constant threat of a sniper. That would be Vasiliy Zaitsev, Russian sniper extraordinaire.* To counter that, enter the German sniper, colonel Thorwald. The sniper duel that follows is a classic, paralleling the sniper mind of Stephen Hunter's creations, mainly Bob Lee "The Nailer" Swagger. I wasn't aware of that aspect of history, so for me it was a real page turner.

How the duel goes I'll leave for the reader. A spoiler would be catastrophic here.

*I had a Russian expat as a trainee about 15-20 years ago. When I alluded to the battle, he was already all over the legend of Zaitsev, national hero. He seemed convinced that he was a real person. And he likely was.
Vut
David L. Robbins’s novel War of the Rats tells the story of the siege of Stalingrad from a very personal nature. One character sets the tone by asking, “Will this war overlook nothing? Is it beginning to hunt for us now by name, one at a time?”. The story centers around four viewpoint characters- two Russian, two German, and tells the story of how the battle for the city became a battle between two snipers.

The first part of the book introduces the reader to the stories’ four main characters- snipers Vasily Zaitsev, Tania Chernova, and Heinz Thorvald, as well as German corporal Nikki Mond. The book focuses on the snipers of Stalingrad, beginning with Nikki witnessing a German lieutenant being shot by sniper- a sniper who turns out to be Zaitsev. Tania joins Zaitsev’s newly formed sniper school, and the Germans send for their best sniper, Heinz Thorvald, to kill Zaitsev. The majority of the book follows the duel between Zaitsev and Thorvald as Tania assists Zaitsev and Nikki assists Thorvald, and ends with the fates of Tania’s and Nikki’s characters.

Though the book is a story of snipers, I found the German corporal, Nikki, to be the most interesting character of the story. As a German soldier, Nikki should be the bad guy. He's part of an invading army, and the Russian snipers are justified in trying to drive them off. However, Nikki, like many a member of the Wehrmacht, is just doing his duty. Nikki doesn't particularly care about Hitler, or the war, or about taking the city of Stalingrad- he's a cog in Hitler's war machine, and he just wants to survive to go back home.

This is a definite must read to anyone interested in WWII history. An interesting thing to note as well is that the book is based on a true story. Zaitsev and Tania are both real snipers, and the duel is based on an account by Zaitsev. To get the full story of the Battle of Stalingrad, I would recommend reading Enemy at the Gates by William Craig. (And avoid the movie, which will make you mad at its reduction of Tania to a mere love interest and its complete removal of Nikki's character.)
Reggy
The Battle of Stalingrad, as seen by one of history's greatest snipers, Vasily Zaitsev. Written from personal interviews with him in the late 1990s. A must-have for any serious WWII historian. I loved it so much, after finishing the book I built a replica of Zaitsev's Model 1891 Mossin-Nagant sniper rifle, just to see how good of a weapon it was. Kicks like a mule, and shoots 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards, lol. I can definitely see how he made all those kills at 700+ meters, now.
Warianys
This historical novel is a fascinating story within a story within a story.
The Russians are fighting to hold Stalingrad from being taken by the German Army. Amidst the rising death toll on both sides, the Germans decide to send their top sniper to kill the top Russian sniper in Stalingrad. It is a battle of wits between Siberian hunter and German scholar. It is a history lesson on how battles were fought during World War II, from spotters for the snipers to the well meaning but impractical use of a Commissar to follow various skirmishes and publish the details in a daily flyer. It is also the love story of the Siberian Hunter and one of the top snipers on his team, a Russian-American woman caught unexpectedly in Russia by the war.
Ganthisc
This is my favorite author, having started with his paratrooper novels, and now working my way through WW2. The amount of research tht goes into each book gives an immense level of detail and throws you straight into the streets of Stalingrad. Sharing the lesser-told perspectives of war, you are exposed to a new cultural tidbit, or war fact with the turn of every page.
Brajind
There are millions and millions of books out there. I will never be able to read as many of those as I want to, and this book is a contributing factor to that. Instead of going out and getting a new book, I keep coming back to this one. I first read it when I was 14 years old. I am now 30 and a conservative guess is that I have read this 6 or 7 times. The characters, loosely based on real characters, are so interesting that I can't get enough of them. The picture he paints of Stalingrad during WWII is so graphic that it is like your walking through the rubble as you read. I would strongly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys history, anybody who likes the military and anybody who likes action novels. There is romance at a time where you would think it would be hard to find so there is that besides all the action. Ok really, I would suggest this book to anyone. David L. Robbins wrote an excellent book here and I hope, I know, that you will love it as much as I did!!
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