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The Diamond Eye
The Diamond Eye: A Novel | Kate Quinn
The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet librarian who becomes historys deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story. In the snowbound city of Kiev, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young sonbut Hitlers invasion of 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 snipera 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, DCuntil 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 Milas 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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deliasson
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Amazing! I love Kate Quinn's books and this is no exception. I find that not as many books are written from the perspective of someone in the USSR; they are often painted in a negative light. But this changes that and spreads knowledge about an amazing female sniper in WWII, someone who could kill and become friends with Eleanor Roosevelt.
Don't skip the authors notes at the end! Some really interesting things there.

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deliasson
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After the first speech you're afraid the boredom will kill you; after the fifth speech, you're pursuing it will.

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Andrew65
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Another excellent World War II Historical Fiction from Kate Quinn. Quite a remarkable story this one based on fact, about a Russian Female super sniper taking on the invading German forces. A great read although felt it could have been a bit more on point when it moved the story across to the US. Totally recommended though.

thereadingpal I really like the cover and it seems really interesting! 4w
Andrew65 @thereadingpal It‘s a really good read. 4w
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Aims42
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The tagged book is my May pick for the #ReadingBracket2022 @chasjjlee 🙌 I had so many great reads this month, picking just one was hard 😫 “The Diamond Eye” eked out ahead of “Bloomsbury Girls” and I almost picked my latest finished read, “The Marlow Murder Club”. Hoping June has another great month of reading 😄 I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day! 🇺🇸♥️

Maria514626 @Aims42 I love this idea! 1mo
Aims42 @Maria514626 it‘s so much fun! I can‘t wait for the end of the year to see who dukes it out for 1st place 😁 1mo
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Andrew65
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Starting on the Diamond Eye. This should be good!

#20in4

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GinaKButler
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Up next on audio! 🎧
#bookspinbingo

CoverToCoverGirl This is my next read too! Can‘t wait. 1mo
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kyraleseberg
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This is a #BlameitonLitsy library hold! The story drew me in, there was a slight drag for me randomly about a quarter in, but today I've been devouring it and think I'll be done before bed. This is my first Kate Quinn and it won't be my last!

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AmyK1
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Thanks for the tag @Chili

1. I‘ve already read the book I most wanted to read this spring-the tagged.
2. I prefer no music but most I can tune out so it doesn‘t really matter.

#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Andrew65
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1. The tagged book, and Natchez Burning, which I‘ve been meaning to read for years!

2. Usually read without music, but providing the right kind of music i can read with it in the background.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Aims42
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PICK! PICK! PICK!!!! I want to shout this from the rooftops for this amazing book!!! I cannot express how brilliant Kate Quinn‘s writing is for this book and its amazing, fearless, REAL LIFE heroine. Fans of “The Huntress” will love this, it has the same ‘edge of your seat‘ action that I feel was missing from “The Rose Code”. I‘m so sad I devoured this book but I couldn‘t put it down! 10 out of 5 stars!! (PS I wish Litsy could do gifs, this is me)

CoverToCoverGirl GREAT review! 2mo
Aims42 @CoverToCoverGirl Thank you 😁 I‘ll be gushing about this one for awhile. Agh, SO GOOD!! 2mo
BookBosomed1 Reading this book now. It is good! 2mo
Aims42 @BookBosomed1 I hope you continue to enjoy it 🙌 2mo
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MysticFaerie
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4⭐/5⭐

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Aims42
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The sun is shining, it‘s 60 degrees and I am sitting outside!!! 🥳☀️🕶📖🥤
I couldn‘t wait to read Kate Quinn‘s newest book so I put my name on my library‘s waitlist for the large print version (fewer people were on it) 😁 I‘m going in!!

AmyK1 Hope you love it! 2mo
Aims42 @AmyK1 90 pages in and I realize how I much I love Kate Quinn‘s writing!! I can‘t wait to keep reading 2mo
AmyK1 Me too! It‘s amazing to me how she can make something that should be boring (sniper details) interesting. I‘ll read anything she writes. 2mo
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CoverToCoverGirl She‘s an auto but for me. Each book just gets better than the last! 2mo
Aims42 @AmyK1 Yesssss! I totally thought the same thing! Reading about Mila is just fascinating and I wouldn‘t think a book about snipers and war would be. Kate Quinn is just amazing! 2mo
Aims42 @CoverToCoverGirl I agree!! Anytime I hear she has a new book out I immediately put my name on the library‘s waitlist. Then when the paperback format is out, I‘ll buy it and read it again. Kate has such a gift and her writing is just beautiful (even when it‘s about wars) (edited) 2mo
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margoge@hotmail.com
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Loved this book. Fresh subject handled in an intriguing manner. I hated to see it end!

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AmyK1
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This is a fictional account of real life Russian history student turned WWII sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko. It was beautifully written and well researched. Kate Quinn can have all the stars 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟 and all my money 😂 I will read anything she writes.

BennettBookworm A new Quinn book??! Sign me up!! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I love Kate Quinn! 2mo
Aims42 Picking this up from my library tomorrow, I can‘t wait to dive in!! 2mo
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marleed
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With all the female-centric WWII historical fiction out there my TBR stack is tall. However, I can‘t resist getting to a KQ book asap because her women and their part in history is so interesting. …To separate fact from fiction and an explanation of the Ukrainian MC referenced as Russian, I‘d recommend reading the author‘s note first. …I did think this love story was heavy handed when there is so much more that made Ludmilla intriguing.

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DGRachel
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The only phrase of Russian I really want to learn: “put your pig paws back in your pocket”. 🤣🐷🤣🐷🤣

LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
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Eggs
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Day 2: finished Kate Quinn‘s newest HF 8 hrs. And it was awesome!

#20in4Readathon #MayDaySpecial @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 I am hoping to get to this one in May. 2mo
Eggs I hope you love it @Andrew65 (edited) 2mo
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DGRachel
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I usually avoid WWII historical fiction like the plague, but after reading The Huntress and now The Diamond Eye, I will read anything Kate Quinn writes. This fictionalized account of real-life Soviet WWII sniper, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, is stunning. Beautifully crafted, expertly plotted, and well-researched, it is a book I didn‘t want to put down. I cried, cheered, or held my breath through every page. All the stars for this one. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CoverToCoverGirl She‘s an AMAZING writer. Each book gets progressively better. 2mo
Cinfhen Great review 😃 2mo
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AmyK1
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“He stood with a pocketful of diamonds and a heart full of death, watching a Russian sniper shake hands with the First Lady of the United States.”

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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AmyK1
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Sunday afternoon #bookhaul 😁 Looking forward to both of these.

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actualdisneyprincess
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I love Kate Quinn, and I love books about badass ladies being badass. I‘m so excited to start this. #thediamondeye #katequinn #worldwarii #russianfront #lyudmilapavlichenko

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DGRachel
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“My memoir, the unofficial version: Snipers must make themselves calm in order to succeed, and that is why women are good at sharpshooting. Because there is not a woman alive who has not learned how to eat rage in order to appear calm.”

Librarybelle I love that quote! 2mo
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BookBosomed1
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I accidentally fell into a local bookstore today, and I had to grab this book. My Saturday evening plans are looking delightful.

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EadieB
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#TheDiamondEye #KateQuinn #AwesomeApril #Readathon #BookSpinBingo

This book is based on a true story. Mila Pavlichenko was a librarian and a history student. During World War II she became the deadliest female sniper during Hitler's invasion of Ukraine and killed over 300 Nazis and was known as Lady Death. She becomes a national heroine and is sent to Washington D.C. on a goodwill tour to meet First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

EadieB She soon finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life which will change the course of history. This book shows the horrors of war. The characters were believable and seemed very real. The great writing allowed me to picture what Mila was experiencing. The story is told from Mila's POV and official memoir entries with her humorous observations also notes from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. 3mo
EadieB I have read The Alice Network and The Rose Code and enjoyed those books. I am now looking forward to reading The Huntress. The Diamond Eye is a must read for historical fiction readers. 3mo
EadieB The Diamond Eye is my #BookSpin for #March 3mo
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Andrew65 Good review. 3mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 3mo
Suet624 Had to stack after this review! 3mo
Monica5 Good review after I read it, I had to stack 3mo
EadieB @Monica5 @Suet624 Thanks! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
kspenmoll Great review! I cannot wait to read it! 2mo
EadieB @kspenmoll Thanks! 2mo
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kspenmoll
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I am beyond excited! I love Kate Quinn‘s historical novels!
This came in the mail today from RJJulia‘s Booksellers, where I have a “Just the Right Book” account. The store matches me with a book 6x per year, and surprises me. I am so happy to come home to this book! #bookmail #thebestmail #RJJuliaSBooksellers

Bec_lectic Love Kate Quinn! Will have to add to my stack ☺️ 3mo
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angieinwonderland
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Like every other Kate Quinn book I've read, the starting slowly reels you in until almost a visible midway point that immerses you fully. This one also added in frustration, exasperation, and feelings of outrage for good measure. Such a good story.

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OutAndAbout
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Fictionalized account drawing heavily on Pavichenko‘s real life as a Russian sniper in WW II. I adore how Kate Quinn can spin multiple character lines together, twining together events in a way that creates a solid plot knot at the climax.

Narration by Saskia Maarleveld is also excellent. She brings each character to life, with their own pace, accents, and intonations. A very easy and fulfilling listening experience.

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Danay
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22 #27 I love Kate Quinn. Probably one of my favorite authors. While I don‘t think this is her best it is very good.

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KristiAhlers
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I loved this book so much! I really like how she takes actual historic figures and tells their story. This is about a Russian female sniper. Mila is an amazing character and this was the perfect way to end Woman‘s History month! #readingchallenge2022

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DGRachel
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Me: Ugh. I‘m so tired of historical fiction set in WWII.

Also me: immediately runs to local indie bookstore to buy the newest WWII historical fiction by Kate Quinn because it‘s Kate Quinn. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

marleed Same! 3mo
vivastory When I was at B&N last night I noticed that they had rearranged the fiction section so the historical fiction has it's own section now... 3mo
DGRachel @vivastory That‘s wild. Is at least 75% of that set in WWII. It feels like that would be close. 😂 3mo
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vivastory I kind of glanced at it & it did seem like the vast majority of it was WWII. B & N needs to figure out a way for customers to find their books though. They had Octavia Butler in THREE different areas 😬 3mo
DGRachel @vivastory I guess that‘s what happens when you have all these genre-defying books. If I‘m looking for something specific, I ask a bookseller there and make them search the whole store. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
vivastory I actually found what I was looking for. The bookseller was helpful, but I recalled the Black Voices section in fiction & that's where most of her work was. 3mo
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KristiAhlers
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How I‘m spending my Wednesday evening! Y‘all I‘ve been waiting ever so patiently for this one. Scooped it up today at the bookstore!

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Shoppers Drug Mart is becoming such a great place for books! 25% off both plus my Optimum Points made one of these books only $8. That‘s practically free!! 🥰🥰

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candc320
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🎵 My copy of The Diamond Eye arrived 🎵🤗

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Follow.my.read
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Latest book delivery

RenePenn All of those are on my TBR 3mo
KristiAhlers I need to get the Allison Pataki book! 3mo
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janeycanuck
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I preordered two books that come out tomorrow - one is already here. The other, Four Aunties and a Wedding, hasn‘t even shipped yet. Grrrrr!!!

EvieBee I‘m first on the library hold list! Eek! Hope it‘s ready tomorrow. 3mo
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Mpcacher
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Kate Quinn does it again! This is what I love about historical fiction, as it is both entertaining and educational. She has taken the life of the most successful woman sniper ever, added some fictional components (including some romance) and created a fabulous read. This is the story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a young mother from Kiev who fought for the Russians against the Nazis in WWII. I loved it and gave it 5/5 stars.

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kissmehardy
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I am IN LOVE with Kate Quinn's version of Mila Pavlichenko. Such an engrossing story, and so satisfying! #historicalfiction

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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SW-T Nice list! Thanks for sharing. 😊 4mo
julieclair My favorite genre! Thanks for sharing. 4mo
ncsufoxes Not that I need any more books to read but the Rosalind Franklin one looks really interesting 4mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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Loosely based on the life of Soviet assassin sniper Lyudmilla Pavlichenko, this 'Lady Death' killed hundreds of Nazis on the battlefield during World War 2. Despite earning fear from her enemies, she gained admirers including Eleanor Roosevelt herself. But she remained a simple village girl from the Ukraine, a wife, and patriot to her country in this historical fiction novel.

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