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The Diamond Eye: A Novel (English Edition) Formato Kindle
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.
In 1937 in the snowbound city of Kiev (now known as Kyiv), wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son—but Hitler’s invasion of Ukraine and Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper—a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.
Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC—until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life.
Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.
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the brand new WW2 historical novel based on a gripping true story from the #1 bestselling author--Questo testo si riferisce alla hardcover edizione.
"Readers: Prepare to be swept away by The Rose Code. A richly deserved tribute to the WWII codebreakers of Bletchley Park, Kate Quinn’s latest novel is a tour de force. Exhaustive research, vibrant characters, and pulse-pounding suspense combine in a riveting tale destined to be a book-club favorite. I absolutely loved it." -- Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday
“Kate Quinn does it again! This rollicking tale of espionage and female solidarity is a tour de force that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. For the quirky, complicated and unforgettable women of Bletchley Park, beneath the lipstick and lace lurks a gritty life of danger and daring. From frantic efforts to decode Nazi messages to the consequences of treason and secret-keeping in the post-war jubilation, there's never a dull moment. The Rose Code is pure genius and Quinn's best... so far.”
-- Stephanie Dray, New York Times Bestselling author of The Women of Chateau Lafayette
“The hidden history of Bletchley Park has been waiting for a master storyteller like Kate Quinn to bring it to life. The Rose Code effortlessly evokes the frantic, nervy, exuberant world of the Enigma codebreakers through the eyes of three extraordinary women who work in tireless secrecy to defeat the Nazis. Quinn’s meticulous research and impeccable characterization shine through this gripping and beautifully executed novel.” -- Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Flight
“A knockout of a story, written by the reigning queen of historical fiction. Quinn’s trio of heroines practically leap off the page in this stunning novel, which melds spy-hunting with love stories that will stir your soul. A book for the ages.” -- Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, on The Rose Code
"Kate Quinn follows her word-of-mouth bestseller, The Alice Network, with another compulsively readable historical novel ...[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity.” -- Washington Post --Questo testo si riferisce a un'edizione alternativa kindle_edition.
- ASIN : B0983KXF42
- Editore : William Morrow (29 marzo 2022)
- Lingua : Inglese
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- Lunghezza stampa : 447 pagine
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 25,985 in Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Kindle Store)
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Kate Quinn happens to be my favourite historical fiction writer and I couldn't wait to get my hands on her latest work.
This was another incredibly well researched story and one that was very interesting to read as the main character is based on a real Ukrainian female sniper! How cool is that?
The story of Mila Pavlichenko, a young single mother studying to be a historian, is really fascinating. A certified markswoman, she doesn't hesitate for a second to join the Russian army when Hitler invades her country. Although she regrets being separated from her son, she thrives as a sniper and becomes a national heroine after killing more than 300 Germans.
Much of the story takes place on the battlefield and we follow her in the most desperate situations, where she always shows courage and perseverance that earns her the respect and admiration of her men!
Quinn masterfully weaves in a couple of love stories and an assassination plot which was very intriguing to read, as well as a welcome reprieve from the front line war aspects.
I loved reading about Mila’s propaganda tour of the United States and the unusual friendship she forms with the First Lady!
This was not Quinn's usual book about World War II, as most of the story comes from Pavlichenko's memoirs. And I think that may have contributed to making it almost too detailed, especially the long chapters explaining the battles. With the current situation in Ukraine, some parts were hard to read!
This may not be my favourite Quinn book, but it is still an excellent read that any historical fiction lover should grab!
I didn't know anything about Lyudmila Pavlichenko and I was glad to get to know this extraordinary woman who faces the issue of everyday life but who's also a sniper with more than 300 killings under her belt.
The story is set during WWII and it's well researched as usual. Lyudmila Pavlichenko was Ukrainian and this may sound weird due to the ongoing war.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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I had been impressed last year by Quinn’s WWII novel, ‘The Rose Code’ and how well she had blended real life events and historical figures into the narrative.
In ‘The Diamond Eye’ she focuses her story around the life of Mila Pavlichenko, an aspiring historian who in 1937 was living in Kyiv (Kiev), Soviet Union. Her life revolves around her academic work and her young son until Hitler’s invasion of Russia changes everything.
Mila had already acquired an Advanced Marksman Certificate before the invasion. She quickly signs up and is assigned to an elite sniper unit. There her gifts are honed to perfection. She gains a reputation and acquires the name Lady Death.
In 1942 Mila is selected to be part of a Soviet delegation to the USA. Their mission is to convince President Roosevelt to commit resources to the war in Europe and specifically to the Soviet Union. Mila is perceived as an oddity though finds an unexpected ally in First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Yet she is unaware that she is being closely observed by a man only identified to us as the Marksman. He appears to have nefarious plans.
Quinn moves between Mila’s harrowing experiences on the Eastern Front and her being feted around the United States. On occasion there are Notes by the First Lady as well as brief extracts from Mila’s official and unofficial memoirs.
I found Mila an accessible protagonist and especially appreciated her frustration at the way she was treated in the States: “I wish they’d stop calling me the girl sniper,” the marksman heard her mutter in Russian … “Only in America can you be a soldier and twenty-six, and still be a girl.”
Quinn’s Author’s Note provides details of how she first encountered Mila Pavlichenko when researching an earlier novel and felt that her extraordinary life story warranted its own novel. Quinn includes a bibliography, internet resources, and even film references. There is also a section of historical photographs.
Overall, I found this an excellent work of historical fiction with elements of a political thriller woven into the story. It’s climax certainly proved nail-biting.
I purchased a copy as soon as it was released. Fortunately it was on sale at 40% off, but I could have gotten a copy from the library, for free (and it was immediately available through Overdrive/Libby!).
I did enjoy the writing, as expected, although it was repetitive in some parts, but I wasn’t a fan of the development of the storyline. I don’t think that the structure was very favourable here. There was something missing.
I wasn’t engaged or fascinated the way I was with her previous books, and I was bored most of the time.
If I hadn’t purchased a copy I would have stopped at 20%.
The book could have been shorter.
As for the characters, I really did not care for anyone.
Unfortunately this one did not impress me, but I have no doubt that it will be a hit with other readers.