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A City of Broken Glass

(Hannah Vogel #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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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Jun 04, 2012 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
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
kristallnacht, the precursor of a much sadder event

at least anton was more prominent here
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
Jul 25, 2012 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
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
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
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.
Mike Zinn
Oct 27, 2012 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.
Jul 16, 2012 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
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
Cheryl A
Sep 10, 2012 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 07, 2012 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 16, 2012 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
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
Dec 28, 2012 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.
Martha Locker
Dec 08, 2012 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 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.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I will go back and read the books I missed.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Last book I read in 2012! Good read!
Jun 24, 2012 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.
Jul 08, 2012 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.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
5 stars again for Ms. Cantrell.
Jun 13, 2012 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.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Another fantastic installment!
I really love this series. And I highly recommend reading all the books in order.
Cantrell has done her research, and the descriptions of the period of Hitler's rise to power, giving us time to take in the frightening steps of change covered in each book (1931, 1934, 1936, 1938..) are palpable, terrifying, and should not be forgotten. Such patterns can be successfully repeated in the right environment.
The reader feels right there in the midst of it. We can see and feel how widespread economic di
Mal Warwick
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first four novels in Rebecca Cantrell's Hannah Vogel series span the history of Nazi Germany from 1931 to 1938:

** In the first book, set in 1931 during the tense time before Hitler seized the Chancellery, we meet Hannah, then working as a crime reporter for a leading Berlin newspaper. In the course of investigating the death of her brother, she adopts a five-year-old orphan named Anton.

** In book two, set in 1934, Hannah flees to Bolivia to escape Ernst Röhm, a top Nazi official who consider
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Vogel and Anton are in Poland to report on St Martin's Day traditions. Germany has transported Jews across the border into Poland, where this particular group is being held in a stable. Adelheid (Hannah) gets into the stable to et a story. She finds Her friend Paul's wife in labor, who tells her she hid her two year old daughter in the apartment. That night after helping a doctor with the refugees Hannah calls Bella in Germany to ask her to rescue the little girl. Who is there but Lars. D ...more
RaChelle Holmberg
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in this series, (so far) and i have read them back to back, absolutely enthralled, as well as addicted.

the chemistry between the two main characters is tense and realistic, and I have to say that they are the two characters that I HOPED to see together after the second and third book - Redemption is always a wonderful thing - the fugue state events were frightening, touching, and realistic, also - no spoiler here, go read the book (s)

Ms. Cantrell is greatly talented, the
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Have you ever seen a bird battering at a window? You'd think after the first bang, it'd move on, but something compels it to keep at trying. Hannah Vogel (which means bird in German) has the same problem. Nothing seems to be able to keep her from throwing herself in the path of oncoming Nazis. By the fourth book, I've given up on her. She has a death wish. She's a one-woman fighting machine, rescuing homosexuals, small children and of course, Jews. And for lord's sake, she's only up to 1938. How ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always a gripping story, esp. as the end or the book nears. It’s been two years and Hannah has not heard from Lars the entire time, and then he appears again when she is captured in Poland. And we start again on a new trail of mystery, this time with Anton in tow. Hannah does a lot of hand-wringing, which can go on a little too long, before she finds out where Lars has been the past two years. This story is woven around Kristallnacht, which is one of the reasons her stories capture me, learning ...more
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