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A Night of Long Knives (Hannah Vogel Novels) Hardcover – 22 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1 edition (22 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765320452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765320452
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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By J. E. Parry VINE VOICE on 29 July 2010
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A few months ago I read A Trace of Smoke, the first novel, and was very impressed with the plot and the characterisation. It is good to find someone who knows so much about the historical background and the city that they write about.

This book is a continuation of the story and set 3 years after the first. Hannah and Anton are on a trip in the Graf Zeppelin from South America, to where they fled after the first book. However the zeppelin is diverted from Switzerland to Fredrickshafen.

Here Antin is kidnapped and Hannah sets out to recover him. In the process she witnesses the arrest of Ernst Rohm, the boy's "father", by Hitler and the SS. She follows the trail to Berlin and encounters Nazis, Rohm's mother, spies and members of the underworld.

We also find that German life changed in a very short space of time following the Nazi's ascent to power. Even German families are at risk from the actions of children and servants and police offers either join the Party or lose their jobs. Many non-Nazis had to join the party to avoid losing their jobs.

It also shows the extent that, even at this early stage, the Nazis were willing to change laws in order to retrosepctively legalise the murder of their own party members and other citizens. We also see that the Night of the Long Knives was a well prepared action against the SA and their other political opponents.

This is a well wrtten, plotted and characterised story that concludes with a new plot for a subsequent novel. I would recommend reading A Trace of Smoke so that you do not miss some of the plot lines.
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By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
followup to her first novel. Rebecca Cantrell returns to mid-30's Berlin in her second novel, "A Night of Long Knives". She revives her character, journalist Hannah Vogel, from her first, introductory novel, "A Trace of Smoke", while adding a gentleman-friend for Hannah, who lives in Berlin, while she has fled to South America with her "adopted" son, Anton. Anton, the son of a prostitute, has rather murky father-issues. His father might be Ernst Rohm, the gay commander of Hitler's Brown Shirts, or he may be the son of Hannah's brother Ernst, who was also a lover of Ernst Rohm. Cantrell's first book was set in Berlin in 1931, as Hitler is coming to power, and the second has the backdrop of his "Night of Long Knives", where he gathers and murders Rohm and many of the Brown Shirts.

I can't quite decide why Cantrell's second book isn't quite as good as her first. There's a lot of action during the week that Hannah and Anton are kidnapped when their zeppelin makes an unexpected stop in Germany on the way to Switzerland from South America. People are killed, secrets betrayed, lovers loved, a mother's devotion to her son displayed, and Hannah is involved in all of it. It's almost TOO convoluted to seem with in the realm of reality. Now, I recognise that fiction IS unreality of a sort, but it's almost too much in Cantrell's book.

Saying all that, I did enjoy her book. I love seeing old characters in new stories and Cantrell is a good writer. If you read and enjoyed "A Trace of Smoke", you'll like this one. I am looking forward to a continuation in her Hannah Vogel series.
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After reading the first Hannah Vogel novel, I couldn't wait to get started on the second. These books have a way of drawing you into 1930s Germany and making it seem very real and fascinating. I love the way the characters are gradually developing and we do not get a black and white version of history. Hannah has changed from book one. She is a mother now and very courageous in her attempts to outwit the Nazis who come into her path. In this installment, Hannah returns to Germany with her adopted son and Anton goes missing.

Recommended!!! You must read the books in series order though.
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I always eagerly anticipate any book by Rebecca Cantrell. Cantrell creates an atmospheric world where Hannah Vogel must battle powerful adversaries to rescue her young foster son. Crime writer Vogel, in her newly acquired persona as a travel writer, journeys to Switzerland aboard a zeppelin. It is unexpectedly diverted to Germany by the dangerous and high-ranking Nazi, Ernst Roehm. He wants his son, Anton, back, and Hannah has him.

Cantrell's Nazi Germany comes to life in such vivid detail that we squirm. Each setting evokes the danger in which Vogel finds herself. Every moment fills us with dread for Hannah and her son. While the plot leads us inexorably to its terrible conclusion, Cantrell's real gift is her sophisticated mastery of this genre. She knows how to take a mystery novel to the next level. Just as in Even Smoke Leaves a Trace, this story examines deeper, darker and far more meaningful mysteries. Underlying Hannah's desperate search for the boy she loves, Cantrell explores the essence of the relationship between mothers and their sons. Our hearts ache when Vogel interviews the mothers of murdered or imprisoned young men in the aftermath of the Night of Long Knives.

In short: the plotting is top-notch, the pacing is swift, and the setting evokes the darkness that lies in the human heart. Hannah and Anton give us hope that with integrity and perseverance we can overcome evil.
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