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A novel—inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army—about a woman's sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of war.

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

After years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women. The Germans quickly learn to fear nocturnal raids by the daring fliers they call "Night Witches." But the brutal campaign will exact a bitter toll on Katya and her sisters-in-arms. When the smoke of war clears, nothing will ever be the same—and one of Russia's most decorated military heroines will face the most agonizing choice of all.

©2017 Aimie K. Runyan (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Historical fiction at it best

Where does Daughters of the Night Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book would be at the top 10% of the books I have listened to The top 5% of historical fiction.

What other book might you compare Daughters of the Night Sky to and why?

(The Children's House of Belsen) Both books are filled with human weakness, suffering and heroism joy. If you want the human side of war, I would recommend both of these books.

What about Kathleen Gati’s performance did you like?

Her soft and gentle voice was rich and calm making the story equally rich.

If you could rename Daughters of the Night Sky, what would you call it?

I think the name is excellent as is. I sums up the subject matter extremely well.

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Loved the book

This is a story that needed to be told. I enjoyed the story and the reader who represented the main character very well. So, when is the movie coming out?

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Women in aviation history brought to life.

Women in aviation history brought to life by fascinating storyteller and author. Audio presentation captivating.

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A Sentimental Look at the Night Witches of WWII

I love books about strong women. This historical fiction chronicles the heroics of the Soviet flying women of WWII. It is wonderfully written with a strong sentimental tone. As the author herself says, she did not attempt to present an expert’s view of the planes, the Soviet Union, or WWII. She attempts to capture the human experience and does so marvelously. And, I appreciate that it documents those heroic women.