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A Night of Long Knives

(Hannah Vogel #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  896 ratings  ·  131 reviews

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 the

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.

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
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.
Kathy Beier
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Better than book 1 in the series
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
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
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!
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.
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.
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very dramatic and a great mystery.
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.
Rev. M. M. Walters
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think that writing a series of novels places some heavy burdens on an author. A character is introduced in the first book and (hopefully) more fully developed in subsequent novels. However, there is a delicate balance to be observed between assuming some knowledge of the character and reintroducing the character for someone who has not read the previous book. Too much reintroduction runs the risk of boring the continuing reader and not enough reference to the previous book risks leaving the re ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the first Hannah Vogel book so much that I immediately got "A Night of Long Knives" (which I liked so much that I then immediately got the third book, which I am now reading). Once again, Hannah Vogel, a former crime reporter, finds herself being pursued by Ernst Rohm (once a close ally of Hitler, and an openly gay man). Rohm has wanted her to marry him to help quelch the rumors about his homosexuality. In the first book, Rohm has had a son named Anton (in history there is no evidence he ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, espionage
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
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
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
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
Sharon Falduto
Sequel to "A Trace of Smoke," in which our heroine--who escaped Germany in the last book--find the zeppelin on which she's traveling diverted back to Germany and once again has to connive her way through a Germany that has become very suspicious of itself. Set against the backdrop of the "night of long knives," a three day period during which people who disagreed with Hitler were executed without trial, an act which was made retroactively legal after it happened.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cantrell’s historical novels always deliver suspense and historic events, such as the Night of Long Knives, which I had not heard of before. Hannah and her “son” are separated by the Nazis, and the man who had been trying to force her into marriage. The plot thickens from there as she tries to find him. I am looking forward to the next book, which focuses on the 1936 Olympics.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was the second in a series and it would have been better to start with the first one. The story line was intriguing and I’d like to see how things pan out with this character, this episode take place in the early days of the Nazi party during one of Hitler’s purges. Set in Berlin, it’s a page turner.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
anton was pretty much out of the picture

p164: i don't imagine mouse'd of used him.

p191: apparently, he was much too grown up to be considered an egg, or even a chick, and i should have know better.

p220: "you love him much."

p221: "sons are a precious gift."
Aj Davenport
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this second Hannah Vogel mystery even more than the first.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic :D
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.
Carol Turner
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Addictive series.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
can't put it down
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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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