Review: “Hannah Vogel” series by Rebecca Cantrell

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In honor of “A Time of Night and Fog“, which is a re-release of the “Hannah Vogel” series by Rebecca Cantrell in one e-book, I would like to revisit these stunning books and their unique heroine.  (The author generously sent me an ARC of “A City of Broken Glass” in exchange for an honest review of the entire series.)

It is a challenge to summarize what makes this series the best historical fiction series on the market today because each book has so many merits.  Cantrell’s ability to fashion a female character, one who exhibits vulnerability and strength in equal measure while maintaining her femininity and humanity amid complete chaos, is unparalleled among the modern adult literature I’ve read.  Hannah Vogel’s characteristics are not incredible; in fact, it is how realistic she is that contributes to the power of this series.  The World War II references are well researched…

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Review: “A Game of Lies” by Rebecca Cantrell

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A Game of Lies, the third volume in Rebecca Cantrell’s Hannah Vogel series, is enticing.  Even anyone who has not previously read A Trace of Smoke (volume #1) or A Night of Long Knives (volume #2) will enjoy it as a stand-alone book.  The setting is 1936 Germany, where the Nazis have taken full control of the government and the German nation.  Headstrong, intelligent, and startlingly deductive, Hannah Vogel is back in Germany.  Even the 1936 Summer Olympics will not stop Hannah and her partner in espionage, Lars Lang, from resuming their anti-Nazi work. However, it seems that there is more at stake than just their lives.

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Review: “A Trace of Smoke” by Rebecca Cantrell

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Most people of this century are more familiar with the horrors surrounding World War II, not World War I.  No matter how exactly this oversight on the part of both wars’ progeny occurred, Rebecca Cantrell points out the fact of it clearly in A Trace of Smoke by noticing that there are no coincidences in life, only people who cannot see the whole picture.  Instead of creating a mystery novel set near the onset of World War II, the author takes the reader back in time by building her story’s environment very carefully.  Hannah Vogel, the female protagonist who has beauty and the brains of a master detective, leads the way into a world devastated by the events of World War I and a nation desperate for change: pre-Nazi Germany.

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Review: “A City of Broken Glass” by Rebecca Cantrell

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Another review I never managed to post on the Examiner…

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The front cover of "A City of Broken Glass"

After I closed the pages of A Game of Lies, I immediately wanted to know what would happen next to Hannah Vogel and especially to her relationship with Lars Lang.  Would Hannah choose Boris over Lars?  How would Anton react to Lars?  My main theory was, though, that something indeed would happen to Lars on his trip to Russia…but that he had to be reunited with Hannah again no matter what.  Therefore, my eyes were widely open and my jaw dropped open when I read the newly released synopsis for A City of Broken Glass.  I literally had to stop myself from jumping up and down and screaming “yes!” ecstatically.

Hannah and Anton are in Poland to catch a story.  They never dreamed of witnessing the deportation of Polish Jews from Germany on the way.  Or meeting a very alive Lars after believing him to be dead for…

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