[download Audiobooks] Daughters of the Night SkyAuthor Aimie K Runyan – Bilb-weil.de

A novel inspired by the most celebrated regiment in the Red Army about a woman s sacrifice, courage, and love in a time of warRussia,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 RussiaAfter years of arduous training, Katya is assigned to the th 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

15 thoughts on “Daughters of the Night Sky

  1. JaquiP JaquiP says:

    Starting in Russia in 1931 near Siberia, Katya Ivanova although Russian names are hard to grasp and she is called by other names in the course of the story battles prejudice hardship and expectations of women to fly and fight for her country and The red army As a young aviator she is determined to be a pilot as the Nazis march across Europe She is assigned to 588th night bomber regiment one of the only Soviet air units composed entirely of women and becomes a valued Navigator before allowed to pilot her own plane and rising through the ranks Mocked by the enemy as The Night Witches It is tough There are trained pilots than there are aircraft for us to fly It is competitive , it is dangerous and respect from male compatriots and superior officers has to be earned It is not glamorous and it is war People die.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 mens 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.

  2. Robert Poots Robert Poots says:

    I was pleased to have read this novel I wouldn t have picked it, but it was the hobson s of what my choice was last month How wrong i was.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

  3. Pilks18 Pilks18 says:

    What an amazing story I was hooked in a place and time I would never have experienced and became one of the girls Everything that happened to them mattered to me intensely I willed them on with a passion and was sad when they were What made it even better was that it was well written No constantly flicking backwards and forwards through time or different places and people made it a joy to read It was lovely to read a book without constant grammatical and spelling errors and huge mistakes in the plot, which unfortunately happens too regularly on kindle books I wish I could give this book 10 stars as it was well deserved Thanks to Aimee K Runyon for a masterpiece.

  4. Mr. M. J. Jukes Mr. M. J. Jukes says:

    A great read and gives you an insight into the women s squadron who flew the missions on the German Russian front These women were extremely brave and resilient and dedicated to their role in the 41 45 war as it impacted on Russia Aimee Runyan got you inside the characters and the sexism these women faced with their male counterparts I m sure the incidence of abuse was far greater than what was depicted in this novel Characterization was strong and description of events made you cry out in support of the aviators and navigators who flew the sorties, and how they were feared by the Germans who called them Night Witches.It also made you research this squadron further A good read.

  5. Closet Romantic Closet Romantic says:

    I read a lot of war fiction and to see a novel about WW2, written from the Russian point of view, and about women aviators, made this my go to for my kindle first choice in December It s a good story although I would have preferred less romance That really wasn t needed for this to be a good story which appears to have been well researched.

  6. sashaknits sashaknits says:

    I really enjoyed how evocative this story felt of both the Second World War period and its communist Soviet location not that I m an expert in either Mostly I enjoyed the challenges faced by women performing not just men s roles but perhaps the most quintessentially male role fighting a war How easily Stalin could proclaim that women were equal to men, were it only so simple in reality The women worked many times harder and flew much smarter, just to try to be accepted, never mind respected And of course the result was them being reprimanded for not following protocol Literally a tale as old as time.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.

  7. Mr. N. P. PRINCE Mr. N. P. PRINCE says:

    This was a fascinating read and introduction to an aspect of the war on the eastern front that I had heard of but not with any detail The story covers a long period of time and I am sure the difficulties women had in serving their countries will be familiar to many readers I liked the postscript highlighting what the author had changed and why I have looked up her other books and may well be adding them to my collection too Highly recommended

  8. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    This is a work of fiction set against a real live event and it works I found the characters believable and interesting I could also believe the reaction of men to women fighting in a war, and at the technical end at that Two areas I was impressed with were The way women were allowed to fly and bomb the enemy in the face of fire Yes there was reluctance, as there was in the UK at that time, but the women got the job done.The fact that we know from history just how short of food, parts and ammunition the USSR was at this time but this was reflected and not overdone Not all the heroes survive and this is handled well and in a believable way.Well written and had me gripped not bad for an Old Fart and a man at that

  9. The Shopping Angel The Shopping Angel says:

    I chose this book as my Kindle First free book of the month and am not sorry Not going to give away the plot but it was a very moving tale, based loosely on historic facts and following the amazingly strong women of Russia thru their efforts during the war against the Germans Such a heartwarming story that brought tears along the way.Sad to see the exorbitant prices of this author s other fictional efforts as I very much enjoyed this book but am not about to pay 8 for a Kindle download of 300pages etc

  10. biorganicenergy.co Customer biorganicenergy.co Customer says:

    I first heard of the Night Witches in David L Robbin s The War Of the Rats which I also highly recommend This was an excellent read giving a bit detailed account of this remarkable band of warriors.I feared at times the romance end of the story might dominate but the author managed to find an acceptable balance to keep me, a male reader, invested in the story to the end.Very enjoyable and believable with a good dose of historical fact that added immeasurably to the end product.

  11. Lucy Lucy says:

    Having never read historical fiction or anything similar, I don t know what inspired me to pick up this book, but I m so glad I did It depicts a remarkable story of the women that volunteered to fight for their country, told through the eyes of a young woman who dreamed of flying as a young girl These woman fought relentlessly, not only to defend their country, but to prove that they were just as capable as their male counterparts Thought provoking and brilliantly written, I would definitely recommend, even if it is out of your usual genre.

  12. Elainer Elainer says:

    I knew nothing of these women, their total dedication or the conditions they lived and flew under, endured.Whilst the story is fictitious it presented a true sense of what their lives, losses and victories must have been It gave a perspective that was knew to me, little known or understood I m sure.I enjoyed the book and will probably read from this author

  13. Wakefield shopper Wakefield shopper says:

    I really enjoyed this book, I have read several books about the role British women played in the war so to read how these Russian women played their part for Russia was a revelation The flimsy aircraft they flew were so antiquated, the number of sorties they flew night after night, the harsh conditions, they lived under was amazing Yet they were girls, andhave boyfriends, the main heroine has a husband and their hopes and fears then and after the war are felt. Sadly it is not to be for some Our heroine does survive and finds love and happiness.

  14. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    A cracking tale, in the horror of WW2 in Russia, highlighting the struggle of women aviators Fighting not just the Germans but the chauvinistic male bias of male officers in their own ranks I appreciate the author s admitted lack of technical knowledge but I shall endeavour to find out about this having read this novel.


    I really enjoyed this story about something I never knew occurred The pleasure was even greater when I realised that I have actually seen a flying example of the plane the Night Witches flew We live not far from a WW1 aero museum where the Polikarpov often flies in displays The ladies who flew them were very brave and I am glad their story has been told I will view that aircraft with a better understanding in future.