The Huntress

The Huntress

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Shining a light on a shadow of history, The Huntress is an epic, sweeping Second World War novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network. On the icy edge of Soviet Russia, bold and reckless Nina Markova joins the infamous Night Witches - an all-female bomber regiment - wreaking havoc on Hitler's eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive. British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremburg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with reckless, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. In post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is delighted when her long-widowed father brings home a fiancee. But Jordan grows increasingly disquieted by the soft-spoken German widow who seems to be hiding something. Delving into her new stepmother's past, Jordan slowly realizes that a Nazi killer may be hiding in plain sight.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062740373
Characteristics: 530, 19 pages ;,24 cm.


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Nov 11, 2019

Dang had me up all night finishing this book.

Nov 11, 2019

Pleasantly surprised by this book. Interesting mix of historical fiction. Nicely written. Will read more from this author.

This could have been a strong story if the author had kept to one timeline; perhaps give us more detail about the night witches ( true WWII fighters) and Nina's escape. Instead we bounce around from dare and do to Jordan's inane love affair and suspicion of her step mother based only on a photograph. We never did find out why Anna wanted to keep Ruth.
Overall a disappointing read.

Oct 28, 2019

Quinn is an amazing storyteller. A completely enthralling book.

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.

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.

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.

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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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

Jul 31, 2019

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