- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,688,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Night of Long Knives (Hannah Vogel Novels) Hardcover – 22 Jun 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Recommended!!! You must read the books in series order though.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the mix of history and story telling in these Hannah Vogel books. A great balance of tension, intrigue and action with believable characters. Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by caro
A Night of Long Knives is the second book in the Hannah Vogel series set in Nazi-era Germany. The book has a nice hook with its direct link into the infamous night of murder... Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by Rob Kitchin
A brilliant second Hannah Vogel book. I didn't realise how cruel the nazis were to their own people. The story is informative and nerve wracking. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by Pat wakeman
I only ever download books that have 4star or more and I recommend this book try it and see for yourself.Published on 28 Sept. 2013 by JOCKULAT
After reading TRACE OF SMOKE, Rebecca Cantrell's first novel in her Hannah Vogel series, I was completely hooked. Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Judith Heath