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A Night of Long Knives (Hannah Vogel #2)

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Journalist Hannah Vogel has vowed to never again set foot in her homeland of Germany while the Nazis are still in power. She has good reason: three years ago in 1931, she kidnapped her “son,†Anton, from the man claiming to be his father--Ernst Rohm, head of the Nazis' SA. A powerful man not to be trifled with, Hannah knows that Rohm will never stop searching for them.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2010)
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Lewis Weinstein
The Hannah Vogel series by Rebecca Cantrell is just terrific reading. The characters are interesting and pull at your emotions, and the setting and background of Nazi Germany in the 1930s is fascinating and well portrayed. I stayed up to 1:00 am last night to finish this one.

Kristen
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you love historical mystery series, you'll enjoy the second installment of the Hannah Vogel series. Three years after the Trace of Smoke left off with, a Night of Long Knives continues Hannah's story. She's on the run from the Nazi and Ernst Rohm with Anton, after their zeppelin trip got derailed, when they're kidnapped and separated. And it takes Hannah a dangerous turn, when people want to tear them apart and put them in harm's way. From Hannah's point of view, we see her struggles on trust ...more
Nooilforpacifists
This series is the "girl" version of Kerr's Berlin Noir. You have to outlast a mediocre read book one first. But Cantrell really jumps into fifth gear in this, book two. I wish she hadn't quit after book four; I haven't tried her other, co-authored series.
Krysten Hager
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this down. Suspenseful until the last page.
Nikki
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm extremely fond of books about the 40 or so years preceding my own birth, especially the ominous time between the two World Wars. Rebecca Cantrell's books fall into that category and I've liked them a lot, although she admits to taking a lot of liberties with the history of Nazi Germany.

A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES is the second in Cantrell's series (I hope it continues for quite a while!) about reporter Hannah Vogel. Set largely in Berlin, this volume takes place in 1934, and those familiar with h
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Spuddie
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
#2 Hannah Vogel historical mystery set in 1930's Germany. Hannah and her son by default, Anton, are on a zeppelin from South America (where they have been hiding for 3 years) to Switzerland, covering a news story, when it is diverted to Germany. Ernst Rohm has found her and captures Hannah and Anton--who is supposedly his natural son--intending to force her to marry him to quash rumors of his (forbidden) homosexuality. Before that can happen, Rohm is snatched and executed by Hitler, and someone ...more
Deborah Ledford
I was such a fan of Rebecca Cantrell's award-winning debut "A Trace of Smoke" that I began Book Two in the Hannah Vogel series right away. Too many times I’ve encountered second bookitis from promising talent, yet not in this case. Again, Cantrell captivates with lyrical prose rich with detail so sharp this reader could practically hear the Nazi jackboots striking the cobblestones of 1934 Berlin. A heartrending, and at times heartbreaking, journey with hooks ending each chapter that dare you to ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Cantrell's second book in the Hannah Vogel series is a true page-turner. The historical setting is remarkably vivid, as we see from the first scene in which the zeppelin carrying Hannah and her son Anton is diverted into Germany. A smart thriller with unforgettable characters. I look forward to the next book in the series!
Lorinda
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book early in the year. I'm not sure how much truth there is to this story, but if I remember correctly, this is based on true events, though, I don't think the main character is real. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I wish I would have known this was book #2 of 3. It would have been nice to read the first one first.
Lisa
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Better than the first novel in the Hannah Vogel series--and it was good. Set in Berlin during Hitler's purge of the SA, headed by Ernst Rohm--now known as the "Night of Long Knives." Unfortunately, Hannah and her son are caught in the middle of it. Good plotting and suspense.
Val Sanford
This is a fantastic series. I love Hannah, the crime reporter and her commitment to balance the wrongs of Hitler's pre-WW2 Germany. The confusion, fear, betrayal and denial of persecution, violence, genocide and power are palpable. Evil has a heartbeat in her works.
Karen
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very dramatic and a great mystery.
Joanie
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have just started reading Hannah Vogel #3 as I am now addicted to this series.
This is one of those series where background from previous books is used so very happy I started at #1.
Lesley
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, fiction
A Night of the Long Knives actually occurred in 1934 as the Nazis rose to power. Adolph Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, leader of the S.S., executed Ernst Rohm, leader of the S.A., and hundreds of S.A. members for reasons of sexual orientation or guilt by association.

In Book 1 of this series, "A Taste of Smoke", we meet Hannah Vogel and her "son", Anton, age 6, who might be the biological son of Ernst Rohm. In Book 2, "Night of the Long Knives", Anton becomes an irresistible target for kidnappers b
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Jeanne
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the 2nd in this series even more than the first. Set in pre-WWII Berlin, at the beginning of the Nazi stranglehold on Germany, Hannah Vogel, a former reporter for a Berline newspaper, returns to Berlin with her adopted son, Anton. The problems from the first novel continue to plague Hannah - Anton's purported birth father, the secretly gay and head of the SA Ernst Rohm, kidnaps Hannah and Anton as soon as they land in Berlin. His plan: to marry Hannah and keep Anton as his son as ...more
Erika
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Somehow the novels about Germany under Nazi rule were always of interest to me. A journalist who found refuge in Switzerland after kidnapping an important person's son suddenly finds herself stranded in Germany. She is kidnapped, separated from Anton and brought to face the man and suffer the consequences of her actions. The rest of the novel is basically a cat and mouse chase of Hannah looking for her son and going through a whole lot of trouble to find him before the Gestapo and other enemies ...more
patricia
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hannah Vogel ends up in Germany with Anton after their zeppelin makes an Emergency stop in Germany instead of Switzerland. It is 1934. Apparently Rohm used his power to bring Anton and Hannah to Germany. When they try to escape they are chloroformed and taken to Rohm. Before the wedding Rohm was forcing on Hannah in 1931 could happen Rohm is killed in A Night of Long Knives. Hitler had Rohm and many of his followers in the sa murdered. Anton and Hannah are separated and thus begins her search fo ...more
RaChelle Holmberg
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Want to take a trip back to Nazi Germany? Here's your ticket.
It was so well written, its extremely obvious that there is painstaking detail paid. Simply fascinating.

The book was so "alive" that I felt it to be non-fiction - and it did border on that.
Just an all around excellent read, fascinating story / mystery with characters leaping off the pages, with an amazing amount of background study done by the author.

I have read her Tesla series and most of the Sanguine series, but THIS story completel
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CoffeeandInk
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic :D
Jane
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a grown-up German Nancy Drew - that would be Hannah Vogel, journalist and sleuth in in the early days of the Nazi regime. Second in the series, and holding up well.
Aj Davenport
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this second Hannah Vogel mystery even more than the first.
Larry Lange
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the book, it is not the kind of book that keeps me at the edge of my seat. Clearly set up for the next book, which I will read.
Rachel
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
So after reading the first book in this series, I was really looking forward to the second book. Like the first one I really enjoyed it, but only gave it four stars since it's not my favorite book. It's been three years since Hannah Vogel fled Germany with her adopted son, Anton, who is actually Ernst Rohm's son, not her brother's like she thought. While traveling, Hannah and Anton are captured by the SA. Hannah is separated from Anton and ends up in Ernst Rohm's bedroom, telling her he will onl ...more
Mark
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I love the idea of setting a series of mystery/thrillers in the early days of Nazi Germany, but I have the same feeling about this novel as the first installment, A Trace of Smoke. At the risk of sounding sexist, this feels like a romance novel targeted to women readers. The protagonist is Hannah Vogel, a German crime reporter who is forced to leave Germany with her adopted son Anton and take on a false identity as Swiss journalist. They have fled to South America, but an unfortunate trip on the ...more
Mary
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mary by: Cheryl-Lynn
Okay, the review I had in mind was going to start out with the word, "Meh". Because the book didn't provide details for its vague references; instead seemingly assuming the reader would be able to tie in some of the character's half-memories with the current plot. I also didn't understand why the author didn't just make Anton her real son, instead of adopted son. Why that detail?

BUT when I pulled it up on goodreads to review it, I saw something that surprised me..."Hannah Vogel NUMBER TWO".

Yeah,
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Lucinda
A Night of Long Knives (Forge 2010) finds reporter Hannah Vogel and her adopted son Anton aboard the Graf Zeppelin on route from South America to Switzerland in June 1934. Three years earlier Hannah stole Anton away from Ernest Röhm, who claimed to be the child’s father, and escaped from Berlin. Feeling a bit safer after three uneventful years in South America, Hannah accepts an assignment to write about the zeppelin journey in order to visit her lover, but is horrified to discover that the zepp ...more
Jim
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thrillers, ebooks
This second outing in the Hannah Vogel thriller series takes the reader back to the Germany of the 1930s and continues the fine work that Cantrell did the last time around. This time, Hannah and her young "son" return to Germany partly by choice and partly by way of a diverted airship. And that "choice" part is one of the weak links here, as there was simply no real reason for Vogel to be on that blimp in the first place, even if it wasn't supposed to ever cross into German airspace. Granted, a ...more
Rob Kitchin
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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 inside the Nazi party in 1934 and the hunt for a young boy who is supposedly the son of Ernst Rohm. There are some nice historical references, Cantrell recreates the stifling atmosphere of fear and suspicion of the place and era, and the story rattles along with plenty of intrigue and tension. That said, the story suffers fr ...more
Elizabeth
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm feeling meh about a lot of the books I've been reading lately.
Darcy
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, mystery
It amazes me the situations that Hannah manages to get herself in. Although by the end of this one she is a little more safe than she was at the beginning.

I did think that Hannah made a very stupid decision to go back anywhere near Germany, she had to much to risk in Anton. You just knew that she would get found out and sure enough that is just what happens. I was laughing at what happened here with Rohm. Up until the breakfast cart came the situation was so crazy, that Rohm thought if he did t
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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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