The Huntress

The Huntress

eBook - 2019
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In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted... Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina's bravery and cunning will keep her alive. Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it. Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother's past--only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear. In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
ISBN: 9780062740380
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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johncruse
Oct 06, 2019

A good story poorly presented. Too many auxiliary stories and too much jumping about in time and location. A story should be told from the first or second person perspective and in a linear time line.

ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 01, 2019

A compelling plot and exciting conclusion. Can a person's character really combine such opposite extremes of cruelty and kindness?

BPLpicks Sep 23, 2019

If you think you are done with WWII themed novels than sit up and take note of The Huntress. The author pulls the story into the 1950’s to give us a fresh approach to this historical story line. Fate brings War correspondent Ian Graham and a famous Russian female bomber named Nina Markova together to hunt down the elusive Nazi war criminal called the Huntress. This story is told in alternating timelines and settings which keeps the plot moving forward and it features some pretty interesting and nuanced characters. . History lovers will pick up some fascinating knowledge about the little known Night Witches which were an all-female Russian bomber squad in WWII but the book also offers some good tension and a bit of romance for those who are not drawn to the history.

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NadiaHathor
Sep 17, 2019

Kate does it again with a brilliantly researched and intriguing aspect of WWII which I wasn't very familiar with, the Russian Women Fighter Pilots of the 588th. This regiment who fought so valiantly, flying silently through the night sky on over 23,000 sorties and dropping over 3,000 tons of bombs blasting the Nazis, who were so threatened by them they nicknamed them the Night Witches! I thoroughly savored this read and particularly enjoyed the two timelines and the perspectives of a fierce and out of the box Night Witch and that of an unconventional young Western Woman coming of age in the 1950s. Meaty storytelling, provocative characters combined with enough suspense and tension to keep you turning pages long into the night - making me a 'reading witch' indeed.

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Eil_1
Aug 30, 2019

Just as "The Alice Network" was a compelling book so is this newest by Quinn. It masterfully combines fiction against the backdrop of WWII and its aftermath in the U.S. The women hold first place in this novel - the Night Witches of the Russian Air Force. A truly enjoyable book.

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SuzeParker
Aug 25, 2019

Following on the heels of The Alice Network, Kate Quinn has again given flesh and bone to lesser-known aspects of WWII. I had never heard of the Soviet Union's WWII 588th Night Bomber Regiment, the "Night Witches," an all-female regiment that flew more than 20,000 combat missions in sluggish, open-cockpit, wood-and-canvas planes.

Quinn masterfully pulls together her narrative using a fictional Night Witch pilot, Nina Markova; a composite of two real-life women who figured into the Nazi regime; a couple of committed Nazi hunters (former British war correspondent Ian Graham and Jewish American soldier Tony Rodomovsky); and an ambitious young American woman, Jordan McBride. The book interchanges flashbacks with the characters' lives in the late 1940s and early 1950s when, as people long to forget the terrible war, interest in tracking down and prosecuting former Nazis increasingly winds down. Yet, for their own reasons, Nina and Ian are specifically determined to track down the elusive "Huntress."

Besides the story itself and the way Quinn pulled seemingly disparate pieces and people together, the characters are expertly developed. Each is distinct and memorable. This is excellent historical fiction - a solid plot, excellent writing and an ending that was satisfying without being trite.

Also, it's well worth reading the author's notes at the end of the book. They provide context and background that make the story even richer.

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21221018293347
Aug 12, 2019

Some good reviews and synopsis of this book below. I do not agree that the book was too long. The characters are very well developed and likeable, even Nina who is very prickly. I enjoyed the flipping back and forth between characters and time periods, it is a very effective way of presenting the story. Read the Words from the Author at the end of the book; it is very interesting how the story was put together from various real person's lives/experiences. This is the first book of Quinn's that I have read. It is quite enjoyable, engrossing and moves along at a good clip. The ending is quite satisfying, weaving in all loose ends. A recommended read to be sure.

mazinwhistler Aug 01, 2019

I love Historical Fiction and this one did not disappoint! If you loved Quinn's other book, The Alice Network, you will love this one. Well written, a plot line that grabs you until you find out the twist at the end. I loved learning about the Night Witches - I didn't even know they existed. What an amazing group of strong, brave and resilient women who shone in even the direst conditions. I love that women are central in this story and this book highlights their contributions during and post war. I couldn't wait to find out the end but now I am sad the book is done. ...c'est la vie...onto the next!

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Linyarai
Jul 30, 2019

I found that this book started out a little slow, but it picked up half way through and I really enjoyed it. Learning about the female bomber pilots was really interesting, and I liked how the stories wrapped up.

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vitareader
Jul 25, 2019

The novel is seen through the eyes of three major characters, Nina, Ian, and Jordan. Nina is a Russian pilot who has met the Huntress during the war and wants to meet her again, not to talk about old times.
Ian belongs to a group that is hunting lesser known but just as guilty perpetrators of war crimes. The Huntress was not SS but she is known to have killed children and Ian's brother among others. The trail for the Huntress leads to the United States.
Jordan is an American teenager and amateur photographer who suspects her dad's new wife is not who she says she is. The chapters flip from character to character and from past to present (1937-1951) . I really found Nina's story the most interesting as she was a fighter pilot in the Russian army known as the Night Witches. The Night witches were a real force in Russia of women who went into battle dropping bombs during the war. This is Quinn's second novel that tells of women who were on the front line but never are acknowledged.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 01, 2019

The Coca-Cola buzz was wearing off by the time Raskova's ashes were laid to rest. Nina was swaying on her high heels as Lieutenant General Shcherbakov gave the funeral oration, echoing as he was broadcast across the land. Talking about the highest standards of Soviet womanhood and credit to the Motherland. Who were they even talking about? Speeches like this could be made at any funeral. Nina remembered the squadron commander who had died on the very first sortie; how the Night Witches had toasted her memory under the stars and sung soft songs that echoed across the airfield. That was how Raskova should have been remembered, not with rote rhetoric and the mournful broadcast beats of the "Internationale." It should have been women talking about Raskova today, not these old men. pg. 264

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Jul 31, 2019

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