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A City of Broken Glass (Hannah Vogel #4)

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In Rebecca Cantrell's A City of Broken Glass, journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland with her son Anton to cover the 1938 St. Martin festival when she hears that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany. Hannah drops everything to get the story on the refugees, and walks directly into danger.

Kidnapped by the SS, and driven across the German border, Hannah is rescue
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Forge Books
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Aug 06, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
The fourth book in the Hannah Vogel series is a bit of a disappointment--many aspects of the plot seem redundant to previous books (since the main character finds herself in the same basic predicament) and the revelation of the villian and climax are not foreshadowed as well as in the other books; the book is resolved too quickly once we understand what the source of the trouble is. If I hadn't (recently) read the previous books, I don't think I would understand much of the importance of the rel ...more
Rebecca McNutt
This book vaguely reminded me of Syndrome E, but it also had some similar themes to Number the Stars and Dawn. It was not only filled with an exciting mystery, but it was also a testament to loyalty, family and friendship during WWII.
Judith Starkston
In Cantrell’s soon to be published mystery, A City of Broken Glass, Hannah Vogel has gone to Poland in 1938 with her adopted son Anton to write a fluff article on festival pastries for a Swiss newspaper. That should send shivers into anyone familiar with Cantrell’s Hannah. She doesn’t write fluff and in 1938 even Poland isn’t as safe as Hannah has assumed. Almost immediately she goes in pursuit of a different story and discovers Jewish refugees rounded up by the Germans and dumped into Poland in ...more
Brenda Hawley
Nov 04, 2015 Brenda Hawley rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed the first three books of this series about Hannah Vogel, a German caught in the web of the Gestapo during pre-World War II Berlin in 1938. Hannah is a spunky heroine and tries to right he world which is far too out of orbit for her to change. Meanwhile, she gets mixed up with helping her Jewish friends, picking up orphans and falling in love with ex-SS officers who are also alienated in Germany. In this novel, she is in Berlin on Kristallnacht trying to find a Jewish orphan ...more
Deborah Ledford
Rarely have I read multiple books in a series where there isn't a single clunker. The fourth book of the Hannah Vogel series continues to enthrall me. A suspenseful read, abundant with detailed locations and events that deliver me to the 1930s Berlin I’m grateful to experience only through Ms. Cantrell’s words. As with every Hannah Vogel book, I feel, taste, hear and smell every location, every step, while being propelled along Hanna’s hazardous journey with other true-to-life characters so capt ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Apr 11, 2016 Lewis Weinstein rated it it was amazing
Another splendid historical adventure story set in Germany and Poland in the days leading up to the 1938 German pogrom known as Kristallnacht. Cantrell's continuing characters are interesting and complicated, and the story is full of action.
Cheryl A
Sep 10, 2012 Cheryl A rated it really liked it
This latest installment of the Hannah Vogel series finds Hannah in Poland, assigned as Adelheid Zinsli, her Swiss identity, to cover the 1938 Saint Martin festival. When she learns that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Nazi Germany, Hannah knows that's where the real story is and sets out to find the refugees. She discovers a barn full of refugess and while getting the story, discovers the Jewish wife of an former co-worker, who asks Hannah to find her daughter, who she left in Berlin ...more
Jul 16, 2012 ThrillersRockT rated it it was amazing

The fourth book in a series of historical thrillers, A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell is a blend of the mystery/intrigue and noir genres. It is a well written story that takes place in what many (myself included) consider the darkest period in the modern western world.

Set in Nazi Germany in 1938, the story follows Hannah Vogel, a journalist sent by the Swiss newspaper she works for to cover a fluff piece about pastries during a festival in Poland. But soon after s
Aug 12, 2012 Darcy rated it really liked it
It is amazing how one little side trip goes so wrong for Hannah, that she somehow manages to run into a man she thought dead 2 years ago, and end up back in Berlin, a place that is supremely dangerous for her.

You just know when Hannah is almost outed while covering a story that things are going to get bad. It is only when the two women talk that you realize that Hannah can't walk away from what she is told and really you don't want her to. Before she can start on that problem Lars comes back in
Goodreads Description- In Rebecca Cantrell's A City of Broken Glass, journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland with her son Anton to cover the 1938 St. Martin festival when she hears that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany. Hannah drops everything to get the story on the refugees, and walks directly into danger.

Kidnapped by the SS, and driven across the German border, Hannah is rescued by Anton and her lover, Lars Lang, who she had presumed dead two years before. Hannah doesn’t know i
Barb Klein
Jul 07, 2012 Barb Klein rated it it was amazing
A City of Broken Glass is the fourth in the “Hannah Vogel” series of books by Rebecca Cantrell. This is the story of Hannah, who has many aliases, who is trying to get out of pre-war Berlin, along with her son. She is on the Gestapo’s list as a spy. She is an investigative reporter for a newspaper in Switzerland who was sent to do a story on a saint’s celebration in Zbaszyn, Poland. She stumbles upon the deportation of German Jews to Poland and tries to help find a little girl who was left behin ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Cherie rated it really liked it
This is an story about an anti-Nazi female German journalist, living in Switzerland, who is drawn back to Berlin to rescue a Jewish child. She is in Berlin at the time of "Kristallnacht", Nov. 9, 1938, the night when Nazi Stormtroopers and German citizens launched a massive government coordinated attack against Jews throughout Germany. Homes were ransacked, businesses destroyed and synagogues burned and Jewish citizens brutalized. It is a very well written, fast moving novel,full of history and ...more
Mary Kirchoff
Love, love, LOVE Cantrell's Hannah Vogel series. I have to confess to reading the whole fourth book in one night, which is something I both love and hate to hear about my own novels. Great characters, fascinating setting, fast-paced action. She does a brilliant job developing relationships, and I'm completely puzzled by the reactions of a few reviews that say there's too much in Broken Glass about Hannah's relationships. The whole series is ALL about relationships, not the least of which is Hann ...more
Mildred Said
I have fallen in love with Rebecca Cantrell. I got this 4th book on the character Hannah Vogel. I then decided to start from the beginning when she was introduced in Trace of smoke. I flew thru the 3 books till I got to the last one. Hannah is a german citizen in the time of the Nazi rise. She becomes disenchanted and puts herself to help by being a spy. The feel of the times, is immediately felt. You realize what people must have been going through. I wish that everyone read this series. A grea ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok
This does it for me and this series.

Egads, it doesn't matter if contractions are or are not used in German; when you write in English, please feel free to make people speak like real human beings.

"I do not know." How many times is that line in this book? "I am sorry." Again, that question.

Or how about the repetition of the word "correct." Nobody in this book is ever right or accurate or anything but correct.

Sadly, the lack of contractions and the overuse of phrases containing the word "correct"
Arabella Thorne
Feb 28, 2014 Arabella Thorne rated it it was amazing

This is another book by Cantrell utilizing enterprising journalist (and previously a nurse in the Great War) Hannah Vogel in 1930’s Germany (and Switzerland).
This tale takes place in the days before the horror of Kristallnacht, the nights of November 9th and 10th 1938 in Berlin (and elsewhere) when after the death of a German diplomat in Paris shot by a young Jewish man, the Nazis went on a furious purge and destroyed Jewish businesses, synagogues and homes and killed almost a hundred people.
Dec 31, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Cantrell has written another page turning thriller in the Hannah Vogel series. This is the fourth in her her remarkable series. Hannah is in Poland investigating Jews being moved through the city when she is kidnapped and returned to Berlin. Set in 1938, Hannah must escape from Berlin as the Nazi regime continues to rise and destroy the lives of people who are important to her.

I enjoy the plot, but I also enjoy the historical details in this amazing series.
Jun 11, 2016 Donia rated it did not like it
This tale is not believable the way that it is constructed which is a shame since WW2 fiction is wildly popular right now. If the author could convey a better sense of correct period behavior, language and style, I would have given this book a much much higher rating. The framework was certainly here for a good read but I simply could not get my mind to accept the story line the way it worked. People in 1938 Europe did not converse and behave in the manner in which Cantrell's characters did. As ...more
My understanding is that this is the last of this series set during the rise of Nazi Germany. Hannah Vogel is a journalist, now working under a fake name and living in Switzerland since she has an arrest warrant out in Berlin from the Gestapo. When a day trip turns into an interview in a refugee camp in Poland, Hannah ends up in dire straits when the Gestapo come to arrest her in a cafe. Handcuffed and thrown into the trunk of their car, the Gestapo officers bring Hannah back into Germany with h ...more
Martha Locker
Dec 08, 2012 Martha Locker rated it it was amazing
This was set in Berlin during WWII under Nazi rule. This is the first book that I have read by this author. The main character is a journalist and former British spy, named Hannah Vogel. This author has other books with Hannah Vogel. Very suspenseful.
Nov 05, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Enjoyed this author... would like to have written previous books with the protagonist Hannah Vogel, a journalist and former spy for the British who goes into hiding in Switzerland, but cannot truly escape Nazi Germany where she is wanted for murder.
Mike Zinn
Nov 12, 2012 Mike Zinn rated it really liked it
This is the last of the Hannah Vogel novels for now - but I'll certainly be looking for the next one. What a great combination of history and mystery and thriller. I'm glad that I stumbled across these books.
Sep 18, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, germany, poland
Hannah is an eyewitness to the deportation of thousands of Jews to Poland and Kristallnacht. An interesting and well written series. I look forward to the next installment.
Jun 13, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it
i love reading things from this time! it kept me excited the whole way through! def a good read!received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Sep 03, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Another great book about the life of Hannah Vogel, good character development, great plot line, left me anxious for the next installment.
Monica :)
Jul 17, 2012 Monica :) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING. This book has officially made me love historical novels. Review is under construction.
Sep 18, 2012 Sandyh rated it it was amazing
Interesting read - author is writing a series with James Rollins.
Nov 21, 2012 Carrie rated it it was amazing
I will go back and read the books I missed.
Jan 24, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
5 stars again for Ms. Cantrell.
Oct 30, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Another fantastic installment!
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A few years ago Rebecca Cantrell quit her job, sold her house, and moved to Hawaii to write a novel because, at seven, she decided that she would be a writer. Now she writes the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s. “A Trace of Smoke,” "A Night of Long Knives," "A Game of Lies," and "A City of Broken Glass." She also co-writes the Order of Sanguines series with Jame ...more
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