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Summary

The brand-new historical novel based on a true story from the best-selling author of The Rose Code and The Alice Network

She’s the war’s most lethal sniper. And the one they least expect.... 

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 Führer’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. 

©2022 Kate Quinn (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A remarkable story filled with heart, intrigue [and] breathtaking drama." (Allison Pataki, internationally best-selling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post)

"The most well-known sniper you’ve never heard of.... Quinn weaves humanity and emotional depth through the narrative." (Sarah Penner, internationally best-selling author of The Lost Apothecary)

"Lyudmila Pavlichenko’s journey from history student and mother to sniper and national hero is beautifully rendered...utterly absorbing." (Natasha Lester, internationally best-selling author of The Riviera House)

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Always learning

What I like about Kate Quinns books is the factional story hidden inside, I wait fir the authors note like my son waits for the hidden scenes at the end of a marvel movie. Like her other books, Quinn immerses us into the war, through her characters we learn more.
listening to the smooth tones of the author takes you to the war front but safely and calmly but with the utmost respect for the actions of the characters.
And there is love, which we all need a little of.
A favourite author of mine, I look forward to the next title.

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Great story

Struggled with the American accent but the book was so good I got over it

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Preferred other Kate Quinn Books

I am afraid I was very disappointed in this book the latest from Kate Quinn. Having previously enjoyed The Alice Network and The Rose Code, I was very much looking forward to this new book.
The Diamond Eye, based on a true story, follows the life of Myla Pavlichenko, a Ukrainian sniper in World War II. I found the novel joyless and bleak, The early part of the book contains long descriptions of battle and war. I found the characters difficult to empathize with and unappealing. It was not a storyline I enjoyed or in any way a book that I could become immersed or interested in. It was an unpleasant storyline with unlikable characters.
I abandoned the book after chapter 14 and returned it.

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Fascinating historical characters

I am a big fan of Kate Quinn so couldn't wait to read her latest novel and it didn't disappoint. Her characters come to life through her words and I found myself searching for images of Lyudmila Pavlichenko and Eleanor Roosevelt to complete my picture. It's a great story and you must read the authors notes to finish off.

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A true story, an amazing novel, a great Kate Quinn

What an amazing story, what a lady, what a novel!

Kate Quinn brings to life a heroin of the Second World War, Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Lyudmila, from Kiev in (then) Russia, was a mother very young and wanted to get a good life for her and her son, studying history. She attended a shooting school and when the war started, she decided to join the fight and convinced her superiors to let her use her skills as a sniper. She excelled and got given the nickname "Lady Death". This earned her the recognition by the Russian officials and she embarked on a tour in the US in 1042 to advocate with the Allies for their help to Russia by opening a second front. She became friends with Eleanor Roosevelt, a friendship that lasted a lifetime. She did not return to the front but continued to train snipers during the war.

This book is written as a memoir by Lyudmila. And indeed she did write her memoirs which the author has researched and built the novel upon. The writing is beautiful and deep, and really conveys her skill, tenacity in the fight, thoughts, feelings, grief, pain and hope in a way that makes her feel so real and close to the reader. The author's notes provide interesting insights about her life and about the choices she has made to fictionalise some parts of the story.

It was really an experience to read this book at the time of war in Ukraine. The resilience and combativity of Lyudmila, and the advocating to other nations for help, it all felt so real. One wonders what Lyudmila would have thought of our times.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you to the author for bringing to life such an interesting lady.

I also thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The familiar voice of Saskia Maarleveld is so well fitted to the story and her performance is excellent.

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“Combat leaflets ….. for the love of Lennon!”

She’s done it again, Kate Quinn is a genius when it comes to peeling back the layers of each character bit by bit until by the time you’ve got only a tiny bit the way in, you are completely hooked and so intertwined with the story, you can not put it down!

Past experiences with Kate’s books have taught me to read the book, few chapters holding the actual book, then listen to those chapters in audio brilliantly narrated by Saskia Maarleveld who transforms the characters to life in a way like no other reader does.

I did not want this one to end and like previous KQ / SM combination audiobooks, I will be listening again and again whilst I await another to be released.

Thankful for the experience of Mila the Russian sniper. I am inspired completely and the love, passion, closeness between her, her second husband and sniper partner who she ends up with, wow!

“My mother says I should tell the woman I love she’s beautiful, but for you, I think still dangerous means more”.

Touching, highly spirited and just a damn good absorbing read in both audio and print.

Thank you Kate!

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Disappointing

I enjoy Kate Quins novels but this one doesn't compare with The Rose Code or the others The story had great potential l was expecting "Enemy at the Gates" epic but it just didn't quite hit the mark Found the narration too rushed at times which effected the story further

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It’s is good book not a great book

The story line wobbles bit in the middle but it’s worth sticking with it. Personally would recommended it for a holiday listen.