The Diamond Eye
Books | Fiction / Historical / 20th Century / World War II
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.
World War 2
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"An interesting historical fiction about a young Soviet woman who trains to be a sniper in WWII. Her sacrifices and courageous spirit drive her to become one of the most prolific snipers of her time. After the war she travels to America where she is exonerated for her war efforts and is befriended by Eleanore Roosevelt. "
"Does not disappoint! Courage, heart, and total bad***. Oh, and she is a Mom, too! "
"A powerful and moving account of Russian sniper, Lady Death, during WWII. I was invested from page one and carried through incredible emotions at each stage of her battle both on the front lines and on the world stage. Excellent writing and excellent storytelling weaving together facts from her memoir, the war, and fictional additions to perfectly fill in the blanks."
"What an incredible woman! It resonates with what is happening in Ukraine today. Mila's life and exploits, maneuvering in a man's world, made me never want to finish the book. The only thing that detracted from this was a contrived fictional framework that didn't work for me. But the rest of the book is able to shine despite this. And make sure you read the author's note at the end. "
"This was a great book. It was intriguing, sad, and overall just extremely interesting. I loved the story and how the author used both the book that Mila wrote herself, and other made-up characters and scenarios to fill in the blanks. But here’s a small warning ⚠️: this book is NOT PG, and as a teenager I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into 😅. I was prepared for cussing and such, but there were a few chapters that I just had to skip. But overall it’s a great book, just be prepared. 9/10, recommended!"