The Huntress

The Huntress

A Novel

Book - 2019
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Stranded behind enemy lines, brave bomber pilot Nina Markova becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress and joins forces with a Nazi hunter and British war correspondent to find her before she finds them.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062884343
0062884344
Branch Call Number: FIC QUINN 2019
Characteristics: 530, 19 pages ; 24 cm

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nelll
Jul 16, 2019

Enjoyed this book...but...it could have been a few pages shorter...the story was great...it had me guessing who the huntress really was between Nina and Anna....but it was good

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wyenotgo
Jul 10, 2019

After The Alice Network there was no chance I was going to miss out on this one. And it did not disappoint, despite one very significant shortcoming: predictability. So I will deal with that regrettable matter first. We KNOW that Jordan will become suspicious of her new stepmother with a secret past. We KNOW that Nina's skill at flying will come into play before the end. We KNOW that Nina and Ian will become lovers, never mind their phony marriage. We KNOW that Jordan will dump Garrett. We KNOW there will be a final confrontation between Nina and die Jägerin. These are not spoilers; everyone reading the book will be expecting those same developments.
Despite all of that, the book as a whole is a very engrossing read and most of the characters are well drawn. Of course, Nina stands out far above all the rest. And her adventures as one of the Night Witches are the best parts of the book, despite the focus on tracking down the Huntress. Let's face facts: The search for Nazi war criminals has become a stale topic; there's no ground that hasn't been plowed over many times. And it's difficult to make Lorelei an interesting character. But a half-crazed potty-mouthed Rusalka and her passionate relationship with her flying partner, terrorizing German forces on the eastern front, juiced up to fly multiple missions every night in a crude, open-cockpit bomber?! This is great stuff! I'm prepared to forgive a writer for many sins if she creates a character like Nina and brings her alive, cursing and spitting!
A solid 4 stars.

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mcdoff
Jul 10, 2019

Recd by Alicia

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WoodneathRachel
Jun 30, 2019

World War II is my wheelhouse, so this tale of Nazis, Night Witches, and post-war Nazi Hunters was right up my alley - especially because the alternating perspectives and timelines allowed the author to slowly unfold the details bit by bit. The titular character is a shadowy figure who looms large in the lives of many of the characters - for a variety of reasons - and the denouement is both satisfying and crushing in equal measure. A really gripping read!

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Suellen1111
Jun 08, 2019

This book dragged a bit in the last ten pages but I loved it, loved it, loved it. Beautifully written with sparkling dialogue, -- Nina is laugh-out-loud outrageous -- a well-constructed storyline, fully-fleshed characters, strong heroines & some romance for balance. I usually have trouble following books that shift back & forth in time but this one managed to keep me focused. Kate Quinn has steadily improved since her Empress of Rome series & she hasn't disappointed me yet.

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suerosson
May 30, 2019

Having read and really enjoyed “The Alice Network”, this latest novel by Kate Quinn was disappointing. It was too long, and though the theme was of interest to me, I think the story could have been told effectively in 200 pages less. The author was clearly fascinated by the story of “The Night Witches” - the female Russian bombers of WW2 but spent too many pages on this story. I struggled to keep going to the end, but the last few chapters were very suspenseful.

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maipenrai
May 06, 2019

This WWII era novel of the search for a war criminal has an interesting combination of the major powers of the war represented - a Russian pilot, a British soldier, and an American of Polish ancestry. The characters are interesting - I bonded with them all, except for the Nazi, of course. There are numerous flashbacks, but they are easy to follow unlike many novels that use this type of narrative. I became very involved in the hunt and recommend the book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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beckyntulsa
Apr 28, 2019

I loved this book. Usually a book this long begins to drag (like The Witch Elm - painful) but The Huntress held my interest. Nina was such a great heroine and reading about the night witches was fascinating for me.

debwalker Apr 28, 2019

Nina Markova is "the best heroine since Lisbeth Salander" - Margaret Cannon. Back in France, hunting the Nazis before they hunt you down.

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BeckyR21
Apr 16, 2019

This book, I'm sad to say, was just okay. I skimmed through quite a bit of it; I just couldn't get into it. I loved The Alice Network, and was so looking forward to this book. I just didn't connect with any of the characters, and I think that was the main reason that this book dragged on for me.

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