Peripatetic, funny, moving adventures of an unlikely Butch and Sundance, from the screenwriter of HBO's GAME OF THRONES.
Four months into the siege of Leningrad, the city is starving. Seventeen-year-old Lev fears for his life when he is arrested for looting the body of a dead German paratrooper, while his charismatic cellmate Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested for desertion, seems bizarrely unafraid. Dawn brings, instead of the execution squad, an impossible challenge. Lev and Kolya can find a dozen eggs for an NKVD colonel to use for his daughter's wedding cake, and live. Or fail, and die. In the depths of the coldest winter in history, through a city cut off from all supplies and suffering appalling deprivation, man and boy embark on an absurd hunt. Their search will take them through desolate, lawless Leningrad and the devastated countryside surrounding it, in the captivating journey of two men trying to survive against desperate odds.
Complex and compelling . . . a thought-provoking novel that leaves its own lingering, haunting presence in the reader's imagination - Waterstones Books Quarterly
This gut-churning thriller will sweep you along and, with any luck, propel Benioff into bestseller land - Kirkus - starred review
Told with compelling power - Sunday Telegraph
Expert tone . . . fine sense of pace. - Financial Times
A hard-to-put-down novel . . . Benioff blends tense adventure, a bittersweet coming-of-age and an oddly touching buddy narrative to craft a smart crowd-pleaser - Publisher's Weekly
David Benioff is the co-creator of the worldwide massive hit HBO TV series Game of Thrones, based on the books from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. He is also the writer of the screenplays for the films Troy, Stay, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Kite Runner.
He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the screenplay for Spike Lee's popular feature film of the same name. His historical fiction novel City of Thieves and short story collection When the Nines Rolled Over received critical acclaim.
He lives in Los Angeles and New York City.