The Child Thief: A Novel

  • Title: The Child Thief: A Novel
  • Author: DanSmith
  • ISBN: 9781453298862
  • Page: 355
  • Format: ebook
  • The Child Thief A Novel December Western Ukraine Luka is a veteran of the First World War and the Russian Civil War All he wants now is a quiet life with his wife twin sons and young daughter Their small village has
    December 1930, Western Ukraine Luka is a veteran of the First World War and the Russian Civil War All he wants now is a quiet life with his wife, twin sons and young daughter Their small village has, so far, managed to remain hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality and labour camp deportations But everything changes the day the stranger arrives, pulling a sled beariDecember 1930, Western Ukraine Luka is a veteran of the First World War and the Russian Civil War All he wants now is a quiet life with his wife, twin sons and young daughter Their small village has, so far, managed to remain hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality and labour camp deportations But everything changes the day the stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing the bodies of two children In a fervour, the villagers lynch the stranger, despite Luka s protests But when calm is restored, the mob leader, Dimitri, discovers his daughter has vanished Luka is the only man with the skills to find who could have stolen a child in these frozen white wastelands and besides, the missing girl is best friends with Luka s daughter Lara, and he promises her that he will find her friend and bring her home Together with his sons and Dimitri, Luka sets out in pursuit across lands ravaged by war and gripped by treachery Soon they realise that the man they are tracking is a no ordinary criminal, but a skilful hunter with the kidnapped child as the bait in his violent game It will take all of Luka s strength to battle the harshest of conditions, and all of his wit to stay a step ahead of Soviet authorities And though his toughest enemy is the man he tracks, his strongest bond is a whispered promise to his family back at home.

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    1. Dan Smith is the author of Dry Season, Dark Horizons, The Child Thief, Red Winter and his first book for children My Friend The Enemy.Growing up, Dan led three lives In one he survived the day to day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi fields of Asia and the jungles of Brazil But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories which is where some people say he still lives most of the time Now settled in Newcastle with his wife and two children, Dan writes his stories down to share with both adults and children.Dan Smith s Official WebsiteDan Smith s Official BlogDan s TwitterDan Smith on FacebookDan Smith s Orion Pages


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    1. If you are on the hunt for a book that is sure to surprise and engross you, look no further than Dan Smith’s The Child Thief. This enthralling novel truly is breathtaking, and really demonstrates the author’s obvious gift at writing in a remarkable fashion.The Child Thief follows Ukranian Luka, a war veteran, who embarks on a life or death search for his niece, stolen from the tiny village in which their family lives. Luka travels across lands ravaged by the woes and hardships of post-Octobe [...]

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    2. This is out of my usual genre, I normally don't choose anything that is about war or holocaust. There were parts that surrounded the Russian Purge of the 1930's that were disturbing but only a very short section that helped to set the scene surrounding the story. I connected and cared about the characters from the very beginning, and the hunt for "The Child Thief" was interesting and exciting. The mystery behind the missing child, the tempered bonding between father and sons, and the rigorous tr [...]

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    3. AudibleMany episodes reminded me of Enemy at the GateTurbulent times of a fateful and tragic historical events in Western Ukraine at the beginning of the 1930s. Dan Smith knows exactly how to keep his readers on the edge of their seats. For sure a thrilling and gripping story, not only for fans of historical fiction. The main figure, Luka, a veteran of the First World War and the Russian Civil War, a former solder and now a farmer, struggles to make ends meet, keep his family alive at threat of [...]

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    4. Amazing. Some of the best writing I've come across in a long time. Listened to the audiobook with my husband and he loved it as well. Excellent narrator too. My Rating: 5 stars His Rating: 5 stars

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    5. Might be the best book i read this yer!I simply can't emphasize enough what an amazing book this one is!Brilliant writing, gripping story and characters that gets into your heart and head and does not leave.I was literally at the edge of my seat for almost the whole read.It's a thriller but it is also SO SO much more.Please read it! You'll thank me!

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    6. I was a couple of pages into this and realised I'd read it before. It's worth more than one read, so I carried on. This is a quite astonishing novel. Although the whole book is about a small band of men chasing another who has taken a child, the act of abduction is only the spark which ignites another story. This is a tale about soldiers and the political systems that fail them. In this book it's Russia in the early 19th century, but it could be any era, any system. Politics fail and men are sen [...]

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    7. Reading the book synopsis you may be forgiven for thinking that this is going to be another gloomy story about war torn Russia in the middle of winter. But not so. Yes it’s a tale of an ex-soldier now a farmer, his twin sons and their search for the ‘Child Thief’ who has kidnapped his niece. But it’s heart-warming and also has twists and turns that you don’t always foresee.Dan Smith builds the story up slowly. Yes it’s winter, it’s cold and the villagers don’t have enough to eat. [...]

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    8. Dan Smith's first fictional effort is a first-rate page turner of the highest degree that-oh God, here comes that cliche-you can't put down once you have begun. Dark, intense, poignant, this story of a former Ukranian/Russian soldier is a freaking gem. Inhaled in three days I found myself putting off tasks, skipping favorite tv shows and even laying in my lawn chair turning white fat to brown until the final page. I feel blessed to have read two amazing books by two up and coming writers (Smith [...]

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    9. Just a brilliant read. Chilling both in temperature and in subject matter. I loved Dan Smith's debut novel Dry Season and then was somewhat disappointed by his second Dark Horizons, but this is simply top drawer. Set in 1930 Stalinist Ukraine, former soldier Luka is battling not just life and the brutal, unfeeling oppression of the times but also the prejudices of his village when he brings a half dead stranger home with him from a hunting trip. When it is found that one of the two dead children [...]

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    10. The Child Thief wasn't a book I had on my TBR, I pretty much picked it at random in the library. Sometimes I'm the type of person who can get too bogged down in what I feel like I should be reading and treating my TBR list as a to-do list. So picking a book without knowing much about it and without having planned to read it for ages is something I don't do a lot. In this case it was a good decision, as The Child Thief gripped me and held my attention in a way not many books do. It's very tense a [...]

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    11. A real page turner. Takes the reader to places he's never been ,with tension and suspense.

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    12. Maybe the best book I've read in 2017. There are so many twists and turns! You'll breathe a sigh of relief, and thenOh, No!

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    13. As big as my TBR is, you have to know that I'm adding to it all the time. New books are hitting shelves every week and I read your reviews. In June, Stacy (the Bookbitch), reviewed Dan Smith's The Child Thief, saying it was "Sure to appeal to fans of David Benioff and Tom Rob Smith." So of course I had to add it to my must read list!The Child Thief was released in hardcover on June 1 from Pegasus and in e format from Open Road Media just a few days later. My recent lack of sleep offered up the p [...]

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    14. This, Dan Smith's third novel, is a departure from him previous two books. Usually set in hot, jungle climes, 'The Child Thief' is a historical thriller set in the Ukraine in the middle of a punishing winter.This novel follows Luca - a war veteran - who sets out to save his niece from whoever has stolen her from their small village. Combining his determination to return his niece to her home with his skills as a sharp shooter, Luca doesn't anticipate much of a battle. However, the child thief ha [...]

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    15. I listened to the Audible version of this book, and I found it completely gripping, but I couldn't say I loved this book. I often felt like the author took things just a bit too far in trying to establish who his characters were, reflecting their motivations in the words of other characters in conversations that ended up feeling more redundant than revelatory. Bronson Pinchot, a very talented actor, reads the story (as told in the point of view of the protagonist, Luka) with a veritable Swiss Ar [...]

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    16. The year is 1930 and the location is the western Ukraine of the Soviet Union. Luka is a former soldier turned farmer, trying to quietly raise his family in a small town far removed from the political turmoil that is embroiling his country. But fate has destined that his little village would soon be the target of Soviet hostility, as soldiers make their way to these distant farmlands to steal their livelihoods and imprison their men in work camps. As the village braces for this brutal confrontati [...]

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    17. Dear America, With all your faults and idiosyncrasies, you are still the best, and I am proud to be an American. So many people do not have the freedoms we have, in spite of recent declines here at home. At least we are still entitled to a fair trial. I know I know. Sometimes they aren't fair, but usually they are and for that I am grateful. Yes, I know we are the "me" generation, but there are still so many who would give you the proverbial shirt off their backs if they saw your need. We still [...]

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    18. I really pleased the author Dan Smith :))) , that was able to come up with a satisfying ending that realistically answered the readers' question about why a person would do what the Child Thief did. Too many times authors leave their readers dissatisfied with the antagonist's motivation. even in a meaningless war. Yes you aren't perfect, but thank you for being as good as you are. Thank you for not being like so many countries in this world that deprive their citizens of even their very self wor [...]

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    19. A man barely alive transporting two dead and mutilated children turns up in a small village in 1930s Ukraine. Did he kill them? Luka takes him and decides to care for him until he can say for sure. But things get out of control, the villagers panic and soon a child goes missing. Luka and his sons set off to retrieve her from the Child Thief. Lots of twists and turns and an unexpected ending. The cold and oppressive snow also makes the setting more bleak and you can almost feel it around you. A v [...]

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    20. I listened to the audio versiond it was wonderful. The narrator did a greAt job with the different characters and accents. I knew from the reviews that the main story was about a man setting off with his two sons in the frozen Ukraine in search of a child that was taken from the village. It is so much more. The book keeps a steady pace as the crunch through the snowe history of Luka, war, the communist takeover, who people chose to be in the face of danger and fear, and what is worth living or d [...]

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    21. A rare departure from my usual genre of books, I really enjoyed reading this book. The twists and turns within the book keep the readers interest, and the writing is very polished. Towards the end you can predict, to a relatively accurate degree, what the final twists and turns will be but they still don't fail to surprise and shock when they happen. Well worth reading, will probably read again sometime in the future.

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    22. 3 1/2 stars if I hadn't already read and loved child 44 I would give this book 4 1/2 stars but it's far too similar And frankly not as good, but then again. child 44 is a 10 out of 5stars read . This was our January book club read and If it hadn't been I don't think I would have made it to the end.

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    23. Thrilling, easy read. Great story with twists and turns. I could not put it down. Not at all what I expected when I started. Also provides insight into a county and a period of history I knew little about.

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    24. A strong start to a novel that manages to keep a steady pace throughout but not quite fulfilling its early promise. The cold and bleak scenery and backdrop of the Russian Civil War add to the atmosphere.

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    25. Exceedingly suspenseful story set against the backdrop of on-coming Soviet take over, of survival in dire poverty and brutal winter.

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    26. A gripping, unnerving, and very different sort of thriller. See my review at nyjournalofbooks/revie

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    27. This was a Daily Deal that turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.

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    28. Bronson Pinchot is a fantastic narrator. So intense I kept having to hit pause. Ending was a little weak.

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    29. I really enjoyed this book. It is a good combination of history, suspense, and character development. If you have studied Russian or Ukrainian history, you will knows that cannibalism happened during times of extreme hunger and famine. If you read this book knowing those facts, I think you will agree that the ability of human beings to help one another in terrible times inspires hope. The loyalty of family and friends depicted in this story and the willingness of strangers to help each other ins [...]

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    30. This novel strongly reminds me of one of the best I have read called "Child 44" by Tom Rob Smith. Its setting is close to the same, including the ice and cold of Ukraine. Its lead character is Luka, a Russian war veteran who is the only one in his 1930s village who has the skill to track down the criminal that perpetrated the horrible crime of stealing a child from the village. It is a taunt, harsh look at conditions for the people living there and what horrors they endured just to get through t [...]

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