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The Diamond Eye: A Novel

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Saskia Maarleveld

12 Hours 51 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

March 2022

Audio Book Summary

The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet librarian who becomes history’s 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 son—but Hitler’s 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 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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  • Joan B.

    Exceptional story- all the more so because it was true. It gave me a much more nuanced view of history, women's enduring fight for equality, and warfare. The narrator was fantastic. I could not put it down. I listened in every spare moment, and a lot of moments that I really didn't have to spare.

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  • Patty C.

    Excellent book. I couldn’t stop listening. It was even more interesting since it was about a real person.

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  • Linda B.

    Fantastic read! Great writing and character development.

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  • Wayne I.

    I really enjoyed this novel, and plan to read more more from Kate Quinn. But, the narrators knocked this out of the park. Wayne Isaacks

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  • Helen M.

    Love books about female heroines !! And she was Ukrainian.

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  • Todd N.

    Great book!! Fabulous characters. And well read .

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  • Liane C.

    Surprise! Awesome book. I listen to books all the time. I love to hear a story and boy what a story this is. Gets you right from the beginning and holds you right through the authors notes. Narrator was top notch! Must listen/read!

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  • Erin S.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Mandi B.

    Fantastic listen! It is captivating and educational at the same time! The author’s note at the end is worth listening to as well. The narrator could not have done a better job.

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