Well researched and gripping,
This review is from: The War Of The Rats (Paperback)
The novel tells the story of two crack snipers from either side hunting each other in the ruins of Stalingrad. The novel is based around a true story which has been documented in a number of heavy weight books on the Siege of Stalingrad.
The author has done his homework and his description of the hell that was Stalingrad is believable and very shocking. I found his characters well formed and convincing, this book is hard to put down.
I do have one gripe and it is to do with the inevitable 'love interest'. I felt it was totally unnecessary and out of place with the story. The author claims the female sniper Tania is based on a real person but the only references to her I have been able to dredge up are in relation to this book and to the film based on the book that is due out at the end of 2000. I am sure Mr Robbins is correct but I found this part of the book totally implausible and a bit irritating. I'm afraid it distracted from my overall enjoyment of what is a very exciting, riveting, and otherwise historically accurate thriller.