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War Of The Rats By David L. Robbins

Jacket: Paperback
Pages: 470 pages
Publisher: Bantam Books; (June 6, 2000)
Genre: Military
ISBN: 055358135X

Comments about the author: In 1976, David graduated from the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a B.A. in Theater and Speech. He didn’t know what to do for a living, having little real theatrical talents, so he decided to attend what he call the “great catch-basin of unfocused over-achievers,” law school. He received his Juris Doctorate at William and Mary in 1980. Robbins practiced environmental law in Columbia, S.C. for a year to the day (his father demanded back the money for law school if David practiced for less than one year – he quit two weeks before the anniversary but got Sam to agree that two weeks vacation he’d accumulated could be included) before turning his energy to a career as a freelance writer in 1981. He began writing fiction in 1990.
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Review: I'll have to agree with many of the other reviewers on this one: This book is well worth the read.

After reading Beevor's Stalingrad, I was gripped by the horror of that epic battle. David Robbins' version of events drew me even deeper into the quagmire of dread that was Stalingrad. He fleshes out the bones of long dead combatants and makes this a personal war where we actually come to know, and feel for, many of the players in this grim reality play.

Robbins has woven a rich tapestry of fact and fiction so compelling that the reader has to step back and ask him or herself, "Where does truth end and fiction begin?" This is an excellent read and one worth recommending.

— Reviewed by: Timothy E. McMahon, M.S.
tim_mcmahon@northeastbookreviews.com

 
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