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The Diamond Eye: the brand new WW2 historical novel based on a gripping true story from the #1 bestselling author Copertina rigida – 31 marzo 2022
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The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of The Rose Code and The Alice Network
In the snowbound city of Kiev, aspiring historian Mila Pavlichenko’s life revolves around her young son – until Hitler’s invasion of Russia changes everything. Suddenly, she and her friends must take up arms to save their country from the Fuhrer’s destruction.
Handed a rifle, Mila discovers a gift – and months of blood, sweat and tears turn the young woman into a deadly sniper: the most lethal hunter of Nazis.
Yet success is bittersweet. Mila is torn from the battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America while the war still rages. There, she finds an unexpected ally in First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and an unexpected promise of a different future.
But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a terrifying new foe, she finds herself in the deadliest duel of her life.
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.
Praise for The Diamond Eye
‘The Diamond Eye – combat novel, wartime love story, assassination thriller – sets up and pulls off a double-barrelled surprise-ending worthy of its larger-than-life inspiration’ The Wall Street Journal
‘Mila’s was an incredible life and Quinn does it justice in this fast-paced novel’ The Times
‘This timely and earth-shattering tale of heroism will leave you breathless’ Woman’s Own
‘Kate Quinn’s skill is in developing characters and relationships, adding tension, suspense and smart plotting’ Choice
‘Equal parts historical fiction and riveting thriller, Quinn’s latest novel celebrating heroic women is a highly cinematic action novel’ The Washington Post
More praise for The Diamond Eye
‘Recommend it to all lovers of smart historical fiction’ Booklist
‘Exciting . . . historical fiction fans will be riveted’ Publishers Weekly
‘Readers looking for a new and unique viewpoint of World War II with a mystery to solve and a light touch of romance will dive deep into this story’ Library Journal
‘A fascinating read . . . if you’re a fan of 20th-century history then look no further’ Altrincham Today
‘A remarkable story filled with heart, intrigue [and] breathtaking drama’ Allison Pataki
‘The most well-known sniper you’ve never heard of . . . Quinn weaves humanity and emotional depth through the narrative’ Sarah Penner
‘Lyudmila Pavlichenko’s journey from history student and mother to sniper and national hero is beautifully rendered . . . utterly absorbing’ Natasha Lester
‘Kate Quinn takes expert aim at one of history’s forgotten heroines to bring us a story that will pull you in from the very first sentence’ Alix Rickloff
Descrizione del libro
the brand new WW2 historical novel based on a gripping true story from the #1 bestselling author
- Editore : HarperCollins (31 marzo 2022)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina rigida : 448 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 0008523010
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008523015
- Peso articolo : 680 g
- Dimensioni : 15.9 x 3.9 x 24 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 347 in Thriller militari
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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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Mila, who is the narrator for most of the book, was an extremely successful sniper in the Soviet Army, and had killed at least 309 of the enemy during the Second World War, though she had been hospitalized three times with injuries from German shell fire. In August 1942 the Soviet government sent her to the United States to play a part in the propaganda war: she was to tell her story and to press for more American help to Russia (like opening the Second Front). She was a great success in America and became a close friend of the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Mila had, at the age of 15, married a surgeon, Alexei Pavlichenko. In the novel they had separated by 1937, and were in the process of being divorced, but Alexei had twice failed to turn up to the meetings that would finalize the divorce. In the book, they never would be formally divorced: Alexei tried to win her back and would not be rebuffed by her. He kept on turning up in her life. In the end, in 1942, he tried to kill her, but she got in first. None of this happened; for, in fact, Alexei had divorced Mila soon after her marriage, and the author’s note says that Mila’s autobiography records her last meeting with him as having been in 1938.
So she was free to marry again, and in fact she did marry her commander, Lieutenant Lyonya Kitsenko, shortly before he was killed. In the novel, however, she was unable to do so because she was still married to Alexei.
In the book she eventually married Kostia, a fellow sniper who always covered her back. He was a fluent English-speaker and accompanied her to the United States as her interpreter. But Kostia has been created by the author.
The author’s most dramatic invention is an unnamed marksman, who had been paid by a handler (also unnamed) to assassinate President Roosevelt. (No such plot existed.) He posed as a journalist and as such had access to conferences arranged by the White House. He did not believe that Mila was a sniper, but, because she had become famous as such, he planned to arrange things in such a way that, although he would kill the President, Mira would be seen as the assassin. He constantly followed her, and sent her several anonymous notes threatening her with death.
All the characters in the book – real and invented – are convincingly described – Mila’s, especially, is rounded, complex and interesting; and the novel is a real thriller. Most readers will not be interested in, or bothered by, the differences between fact and fiction.
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.