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Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

Read Hannibal Rising online free Hannibal Rising is a novel written by Thomas Harris, published in 2006. Hannibal Rising is a prequel to his three previous books featuring his character, the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The novel Hannibal Rising was released with an initial printing of at least 1.5 million copies and met with a mixed critical response. Audiobook versions have also been released, with Thomas Harris reading the text. The novel Hannibal Rising was adapted (by Thomas Harris himself) into a film of the same name in 2007.
Lecter is eight years old in 1941 at the beginning of the novel Hannibal Rising, living in Lecter Castle in Lithuania, when Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, turns the Baltic region into a part of the bloodiest front line of World War II.
Lecter, his sister Mischa and his parents escape to the family's hunting lodge in the woods to elude the advancing German troops. After three years, the Nazis are finally driven out of the countries now occupied by the Soviet Union. During their retreat, however, a German Stuka destroys a Soviet tank that had stopped at the Lecter family's lodge looking for water. The explosion kills everyone but Lecter and Mischa. They survive in the cottage until six former Lithuanian militiamen, led by a Nazi collaborator named Vladis Grutas, storm and loot it. Finding no other food, they kill and cannibalize Mischa, while Lecter watches helplessly. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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