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Daughters of the Night Sky Hardcover – 1 January 2018
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- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 January 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503946770
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503946774
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 855,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This fictionalised story of one flyer and her friends and family, tells of the hardships, dangers, daily struggles, small joys, and deep loves and losses. It is very readable, with realistic characters, dramatically-told events and emotional scenes.
Recommended as a really good book, educational and inspiring.
This time is different. I had never heard of the night witches or the lady pilots of the Russian airforce in WW II. There story is truly remarkable, they just go on till the job is done. Aimie K Runyan has a geat talent in that she draws you into the story so that you feel a relationship with the characters.
The editing is also very good with just one 4 letter expletive ( which I thought not really required).
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The best parts that were exciting to read were the sorties and air battles, the black humour in having boots four sizes too big and men"s uniforms and underwear. Respect was hard won. Of course, as a reader, I wanted to cheer them on and applaud their successes and weep at their losses.
However the scene setting and beginning was overly long... Nothing much would have been lost I feel... if the book had begun three or four chapters in with much chopped, I wasn't held by the love story or by the concluding chapters. The best writing I felt was in the war scenes where it came alive. Liked the flight scenes but the flavour of post and prewar Russia felt a little flat and dull. But the main focus which succeeded was the story of the wonderful celebrated - deservedly - Night Witches - who I previously had not heard of .. And that succeeded and I found really interesting.. Their story - fiction based on reality - deserved to be told so very glad I read the book. These brave aviators and their many sacrifices will stay in my memory ....
A great telling of how people live and love despite what fate provides. I felt the ending was cut short.....editors pen maybe! I am happy to recommend this book as a robust war novel, with romance, but maybe it really felt like a auto biography......
Early on in the book I felt a little disconnected from the characters emotionally, but I had found a connection by the end and definitely felt for Katerina's losses and the life she built after the war. A lovely and educational read.