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Germany, September 1939. At the outbreak of war, Dieter Vogel and his family face catastrophic events and separation as each member embarks on their deadly paths towards survival, love, and freedom.

Dieter Vogel, a German industrialist, believes in protecting his family at all costs, but in a bid to keep his English wife and children safe, he is plunged into a well of deceit that tears the family apart.

Doctor Paul Vogel is coerced into working in the Nazi eugenics program and soon discovers that sterilizing handicapped and mentally-ill Germans is just a prelude to a more lethal plan against those the Reich deem unworthy of life. Paul, trapped by the SS, seeks help from the unlikeliest of people and is plunged into a world of espionage and murder.

British Army Major Max Vogel is attached to the British Intelligence Services and Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive. His missions in occupied Europe are fraught with danger, and his adulterous affair with a woman he cannot give up leads him deeper into the quagmire of treachery and lies.

Wilmot Vogel dreams of winning the Iron Cross, but when he confronts a mass killing of Jews in Poland, his idolatry of Hitler is shaken to its roots, and he finds himself imprisoned in the infamous Dachau concentration camp with no release date in sight.

Hannah Vogel has no ambition other than to marry her English fiancé, Frank, before the lines of war are drawn. Against her father’s wishes, she leaves Berlin on the eve of the German invasion of Poland, but when she arrives in England, she learns that Frank is not the civilian engineer he claims to be.

©2018 Jana Petken (P)2019 Cherry Hill Publishing

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  • mlfarr
  • 27-09-19

Couldn't finish.

This book may have been interesting but I had to stop about a fourth of the way through! I couldn't listen to the narrator any longer. It seemed there was two narrators. One was good but when the narrator who talked the womens voices and some German people, it was like running your finger over a chalk board!

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  • Debbie
  • 26-08-19

Intrigue, Horror, Espionage in WWII

Wow! I LOVE historical fiction, but this one . . . this one is fascinating and different. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, BAM! You don’t. The Vogel family, half English and half German, with loyalties on both sides, will keep you up late listening to their saga. Dieter Vogel, a German, who fought in the Great War is determined to protect his family at all costs. Laurah his wife, a Brit, is soft spoken and close to her four children. When Hannah, their only daughter leaves Germany to marry an Englishman, it breaks their hearts that they cannot attend the wedding. But they are glad that she is safe in England. Wilmot, their youngest, is a soldier serving under Hitler’s regime, hot headed and loose lipped. The twins, Paul and Max are as different as night and day, except for one thing: they are identical physically, and cannot be distinguished one from the other. Max has chosen to be an English citizen, while Paul has remained a faithful German, although he loathes Hitler and what he is doing to his beloved country. While Dieter, owner of a large factory, entertains high level communists in his home, Laura gets increasingly fearful of what is to become of them. The tensions rise and one is never quite sure what will come next in this first book of the Half-Bloods Trilogy. But rest assured, things are not what they appear. Excellent listen! I hope the next two come out on Audible soon!

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  • Anne
  • 03-01-20

Book 2 Please, Audible!

Excellent book, excellent narration. Anxiously waiting for books 2 & 3! I read all WW2 era historical fiction and this is one of my recent favorites.

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  • Jerry Byers
  • 06-03-20

good book

decent story. not sorry to read it. fairly detailed to draw your own picture. having trouble finding the 3rd book

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  • paula wright
  • 27-08-19

Please don’t leave me in suspense

Can’t wait for book 2 on audio. It’s already out in print what an enlightening story of family dynamics and loyalty. The utter cruelty of hitlers regime plays out in the book. So hard to listen to. The best historical fiction I’ve had in a long time You won’t be sorry to spend a credit. Will read more from this author

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  • Suzette
  • 25-02-20

Great story but can’t tolerate the narrator.

I got as far as chapter 6 and the story itself I think will be a great listen, very interesting.
But I had to return, I just couldn’t stand the narrator’s “voices” a minute longer. The way he changes his voice for the women is grating
And the male characters all sound the same.
Bummed, I was looking forward to a great story .

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 18-02-20

Loved it!

I do love historical fiction, and this is by far the best I've listened to! This particular story is very interesting to me. I've always wanted to know my family story and how they escaped Germany during the war but have very little info sadly. The family in the story shares my last name. Sadly not my family or their story, but still very cool. I even learned a few things about the Germans I didn't previously know and the terrible things that happened to the Jews. Such a sad a terrible thing to have happened.

Well I've already bought book two and plan to start in the morning. I see there is a book three but not on audio yet. Hopefully soon! Great narration by Alistair Davis. He does an outstanding job with all the different accents and voices. Wonderful story so far by Jana Petken. She has a few other books I plan to check out as well. All are historical fiction.

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  • Caroline Rose
  • 17-02-21

Most appalling narrator

Wooden and beyond irritating- couldn’t focus on the book at all. Totally spoilt it for me. Shall be sending this back pronto!

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  • sharon hemsley
  • 31-10-20

loved it

loved it, enough twist and turns to keep reader engaged. recommended to others of same genre.

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  • mlloyd
  • 13-07-20

Loved it

Excellent story. Am very happy it’s a trilogy. Great combination if history and story line.