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The Black Eagle Inn

(The Three Nations Trilogy #3)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The Black Eagle Inn is an old established restaurant and part of a family farm business in the sleepy Bavarian countryside outside of Heimkirchen. Childless Anna Stockmann has fought hard to make it her own and keep it running through WWII. The family is divided by rivalry between family members since her own youth but at the heart of this story one of Anna’s nephews, Mark ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Christoph Fischer
Oct 11, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I was born 25 years after the end of the war. Our history lessons at school ended with the year 1945. One of the most urgent and important questions remained unanswered for me: How did a country with so much shame and horror in its past recover and move forward? How could it? I don’t think anything can ever make up for what has happened and nobody can forgive or atone for the c
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a Bavarian family that, for the most part of their lives, lived in or around "a huge farm with an equally impressive and renowned restaurant and inn, called The Black Eagle Inn, just outside the city limits of Heimkirchen, a sleepy Bavarian town."

The back story starts at the beginning of the century, even before the Great War. Anna Stockmann, nee Hinterberger, one of the central figures in this novel, grows up to be a very unusual girl--she has a firm grasp of business and a M
Yael Politis
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is quite a feat. It has an enormous cast of characters - and each of them is well-thought out and painstakingly developed. The author seems to move with ease from one character's mind to the next and presents a complete point of view for each. I can't add much to what the other reviewers have said, other than to add my vote and recommend it as both an educational and an entertaining read - it teaches us history but is not missing any of the elements of ambition, desire, intrigue, and b ...more
Books On Fire Tours
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in Germany, this exquisite story follows the life of the Hinterberger family from the onset of the Great War through to the late 1970's. It is not so much a Historical novel as it is a tale of love, betrayal and ultimate redemption. Even though there is very little action, the author cleverly pulls you into to the story with relateable characters and intriguing plot maps.

Anna Stockmann owns the Black Eagle Inn along with her husband, Herbert. While he is away fighting in the 1940's war, she
Joyce Wetherbee
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this last book of the trilogy, we are given a micro view of what it means to live in a nation decimated by a war waged and lost against the rest of the world. The Hinterberger's are a proud family living in Heimkirchen, Germany, farming land that has been in the family for a while and running the local inn, The Black Eagle. All the problems that can beset a country in turmoil are seen in this family.

Desperate to own the family properties, Anna drives her brother off. When her father dies, An
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every time Christoph Fischer publishes a new book, I lose a night of sleep, happily and willingly. Yes, his books are that good. Impossible to put down. What I love about his writing is his incredible ability to present impeccably researched historical events with a personal perspective, through family stories – and isn’t that the best way to engage the readers and make history real? Especially if the story is well-told. And Christoph Fischer knows how to write amazing stories. I absolutely love ...more
M.C.V. Egan
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to M.C.V. by: Paulette Mauhrin
Family dynamics are often complex and disagreeable. In THE BLACK EAGLE INN, the Inn and adjacent farm are as much characters in the story as the various members of the Hinterberger family and those who interact with them throughout the book.
This is imaginatively achieved by the nice blend of characters that stagnate refusing to grow in spite of life offering them great opportunities to do so as well as characters that grow, either by experience or example. The subtleties and blunt ways of attack
Gale Stanley
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A new Germany
The third in his series, this is Fischer's most approachable book. Fighting by the family members is the only war that goes on, but it is just as fatal for some of them. Without war the historical aspects of the book are more political and subtle, but I found it fascinating to see how the aftermath of the war played out in a small community such as Heimkirchen and the Hinterberger family. Again, I learned a lot from the book and enjoyed the colorful characters. A great ending to the
Jams Roses
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book gives insight into Germany after the war but not about the Nazi trials and the rebuilding of the bombed out cities. It is the story of one family struggling and fighting about money, politics and religion. They are a mirror of what happens in the entire country. As family saga this is as entertaining as a good soap opera: the characters take some extreme measures, are stubborn or change, kiss and make up or never speak to each other again. It is a great portrayal of the human condition ...more
D.C. C Rogers
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a harrowing and as far as i can tell accurate telling of what life back then would have been like post world war 2. This is usually not my cup of tea but i have to say i was enthralled from the moment i started to read this to the time i put it Christoph has certainly got my historical juices going with this book.
Hearlt recommend this to anyone who likes real life stories
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Christoph Fischer is one of my favorite “Undiscovered writers” who, with the publication of the final book of his Three Nations Trilogy, is certain to become known to a wider audience. He writes detailed historical fiction in an approachable way that places the reader in the period. Before I go on about The Black Eagle Inn, I must again recommend his first two books; The Luck of the Weissensteiners and Sebastian.

In The Black Eagle Inn (The Three Nations Trilogy) by Christoph Fischer, the author
John Dolan
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Clinical, Real, Fascinating"

Usually I am not a fan of family sagas, but over the last few months I had my attention drawn to Christoph Fischer's 'The Three Nations Trilogy' and had seen a number of very complimentary reviews.

So being the perverse individual that I am, I decided to start with the last book in the series, 'The Black Eagle Inn', which is set against the backdrop of twentieth century Germany.

Fischer paints a picture of a wounded country, its people dealing with collective shame an
Wanda Hartzenberg
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set up over several generations the reader meets a dysfunctional family against the back drop of WW1 and 2.

Dealing with internal politics and manipulation the main protagonists is also involved in hiding from, taking part in and trying to advance in main stream politics of the day with them falling in and out of favor much like they do within their family dynamic.

When the man of the house and owner of the inn returns from being a pow he has some new ideas of his role in the family. Having had
Cindy Smith
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the third part of Mr. Fischer's trilogy and it is even better than the first two which were both fantastic. This time, he chooses a Catholic family from a small town in Germany. Being so far from any cities, the town was spared the bombing and destruction of the war. But, this family's prejudices and geed shows that there are worse things to consider, Anna has manipulated her way into the position of owner of the family farm and Inn. She alienated her brothers, except the youngest, who w ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

After reading and thoroughly enjoying the two earlier books in this Three Nations Trilogy (The Luck of the Weissensteiners and Sebastian) I was expecting to be enthralled yet again and I wasn’t disappointed!

This book kept me captivated right to the very last page. I was drawn in so cleverly and couldn’t wait to turn the pages. This is a family saga with a difference. It revolves around the restaurant - the Black Eagle Inn and a farm owned by the Hinterber
Paulette Mahurin
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An epic masterpiece, Black Eagle Inn, by the very talented Christoph Fischer has concluded his brilliant trilogy with this his best yet. From the gripping first traumatic pages through to the surprising end this read does not disappoint. The characters are compelling and we can’t help falling in love with Maria and her family, flawed and imperfect as they all are, they are who we are, who we love, who we struggle with in our daily lives, who support us and help us have a sense of worth, they are ...more
Jess Mountifield
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for a review.

This is the third book in the historical series by this author and continue the themes in the previous two, addressing different lives during world war 2 and how people were changed by the politics and religious beliefs at the time. Unlike the previous two this goes up to the modern day and a large amount of time is covered in a short space of time, even more so than before. This means a lot of information is packed into a shor
Dolores Ayotte
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Black Eagle Inn (The Three Nations Trilogy) by Author Christoph Fischer

Talented Author Christoph Fischer has done it again! This is the second historical fictional novel that I have read and reviewed in this epic Trilogy Series and it did not disappoint. Reading a book by this author is like visiting a cherished, reliable, and trusted friend. The reader knows exactly what to expect and Author Christoph Fischer delivers each and every time. His endearing style of putting pen to paper warms th
Norm Clark
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Black Eagle Inn is the wonderfully written anthology of the rise and fall of the Hinterberger-Stockmann family dynasty from World War II through the 1970’s. Fischer’s insightful development of the characters makes you feel like you know them personally and gives the story a biographical impression.
Quote - “Anna Stockmann, nee Hinterberger, and her husband Herbert owned a huge farm with an equally impressive and renowned restaurant and inn, called The Black Eagle Inn, just outside the city li
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the third book in The Three Nations Trilogy. The story is about the Hinterberger family who own and run a farm and restaurant, named The Black Eagle Inn. Anna has been running it with an iron fist for most of her life however not having been blessed with children, she is constantly weighing up her nephews and nieces as potential heirs. It soon is clear that the choice lies between two of her nephews, Markus and Lukas. Unfortunately her best laid plans are ruined by the one she loves most ...more
Katy O'Dowd
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah. The Black Eagle Inn really is the most beautiful book I've read in a long time. The third of The Three Nations Trilogy (and I can highly recommend the other two in the series, The Luck of the Weissensteiners and Sebstian) it is written just as engagingly, with wonderful characters, fabulous story, and a unique perspective.

The Black Eagle Inn is set in Bavaria, at the end of World War II, and deals with a country that has been brought to its knees. How refreshing to read a different take on i
Jada Ryker
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full Circle: The Third Volume of the Epic Trilogy

In the rural Bavarian countryside outside of Heimkirchen, the Black Eagle Inn is an old established restaurant and part of a family farming concern. The family conflicts run deep and leave scars, as strong personalities battle to manipulate weaker ones.

"Did this also mean that he had intercepted the will completely or merely gained access to the information? What had Herbert written in his will that could not wait and had to remain a secret? She c
Sheryl Seal
The Black Eagle Inn (The Three Nations Trilogy) by Christoph Fischer is another 5 star book from the author.

I love where this story takes place and The Black Eagle Inn, an old restaurant and part of a family farm business is in a sleepy Bavarian town outside of Heimkirchen. Anna Stockmann has fought hard to keep it running through WWII. She is a hard woman and strong and very manipulative. All of the characters in this book are wonderful and fully developed and as this wonderful story moves alon
Brenda Perlin
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"The Black Eagle Inn (The Three Nations Trilogy)" by Christoph Fischer is a wonderful historical story. This book is about Germany, its history and people, but it’s really about so much more. The writing is breathtaking and rich. There are so many issues that come to the forefront that the author doesn’t seem to have a problem tackling. I loved all three books and this last one was just as good as the first two. There were so many suspenseful moments that were not at all obvious. I had no idea u ...more
King Samuel Benson
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right from the start, it wouldn't take you long to see that this book was written by a naturally talented writer. The Black Eagle Inn is centred around a family with an old restaurant and a farm business. and when you consider how redundant such a storyline can be, you cannot help but marvel at the author's unique skill and creativity in crafting out a thrilling page-turner from this theme. This perspective of Germany after the World War is delivered with the unique taste of a first hand witness ...more
Ju Ephraime
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story was so moving, with so many different emotions, I found myself feeling sorry for the family. This was a perfect example of how money can corrupt, and destroy an otherwise simple family. How sad that there could be so much infighting and lack of loyalty among family members, that it was carried from one generation to the next. The Hinterberger family is a clear example of a dysfunctional family in spite of all their riches. It was also sad to see in the end, all the fighting and greed ...more
Paul Aertker
Christoph Fischer has taken historical fiction to a higher level. This beautifully told story delves into the questions surrounding post-war Germany and how the country and its people coped psychologically and culturally from the horror and atrocities that its society inflicted on so much of world. How does a country get back on its feet and face reality after that? Fischer answers these probing questions with a flawlessly-researched novel told from a kind, personal, and family perspective. What ...more
S. Rose
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tumultuous family dynamics set against a complex historical backdrop!

Well, he's done it again! Christoph Fisher has taken us into the inner recesses of his character's minds as they grapple with a culture turned inside out and emptied like a pants' pocket. There is intrigue, betrayal,love and hate...even a servant who poisons her employer. It seems that brutal times exact brutality from some people, but there is always the possibility of reconciliation and redemption. I thoroughly enjoyed this l
Fischer has such a talent at portraying family dynamics. Having read all three of his books niw, I consider myself a fan.

The Black Eagle Inn, again portraying Germany's history, deals with the trials and tribulations of a country family who own a farm and inn. What is different about this book us that Fischer approaches the issues of foreigners in Germany post World War II and the acceptance of homosexuality in Germany.

As usual, Fischer approaches these subjects with poise and class.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Black Eagle Inn: Christoph Fischer

One family tied together in a uniquely connected way as one woman would control the destiny of so many.
Anna Stockmann was a forceful, direct and controlling woman who from the start knew how to manipulate her siblings and pit one against he other in order to get the intended results she wanted. Within her family she would create a hierarchy of those youngsters that would advance in her favor, become part of her empire when older or feel the wrath of her tongue
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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a smal ...more

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