The Vogels – On All Fronts
Jana Petken presents volume 2 of the ambitious multi-award-winning Half-Bloods Series, “The Vogels – On All Fronts.”
As Laura and Dieter Vogel settle into their new lives in the English countryside, their children struggle to balance duty and conscience in German occupied Europe.
European cities and their citizens feel the full force of German injustice, but not all are willing to bend the knee. From France to Poland, Resistance groups fight from the shadows to thwart Nazi rule, and their goal to exterminate Jews.
In Poland, three men are embroiled in a high-stakes game of intrigue in which the winner will take all and the losers will face certain death. Is an idealistic ghetto doctor, resolved to oppose the Third Reich, willing to betray his country? Can a Jewish ghetto inmate find the strength and luck to escape his fate? The Łódź ghetto, run by the Gestapo and a Jewish police force, becomes a battlefield where only the strongest and most devious will survive.
Can two spies rekindle their relationship, or will past betrayals become hurdles, too great to surmount? Can Britain’s MI6 maintain the upper hand in a contest against the German Abwehr. Who wins when one man fights for British interests whilst the other seeks to undermine them?
In Russia, a German soldier struggles to survive the ravages of a frigid winter, compounded by the German army’s lack of progress. Hit by a surprise Russian attack on the front lines, however, he finds himself facing an even greater challenge than the freezing weather and Soviet bullets.
Two women with very different paths are led to one man who changes the course of their lives forever – only one will win his heart.
“The Vogels are fighting on all fronts in this compelling story of love and betrayal in a world at war.”
5 Stars Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
Author Jana Petken presents a sweeping narrative that really does feel like you’re travelling through the world at war as it rages on. The different scenes taking place were superbly well described and attained a real sense of history throughout, but I was also impressed by the distinct differences in culture from country to country which were also accurately done.
The emotive story lines of both light and dark characters really unpick the unspeakable things that had to be done in order to survive in these times, but there are also moments of exciting espionage, hopeful idealistic romance and proud bravery even during the darkest moments Europe has ever faced. The three Vogel boys grow into men as the tale expands, building on the previous family of book one with new and unexpected complications. Overall, The Vogels: On All Fronts is a highly recommended read for fans of expansive historical drama.
“The Vogels are fighting on all fronts in this compelling story of intrigue and betrayal in a world at war.”
“I’m still trying to wrap my head around Paul being married to a Gestapo Major’s daughter, Wilmot spending time in a prison camp, and your father being a British spy. What sort of family have I married into?”
From the dangers of occupied France to the adversity of life on the Eastern Front, The Vogels: On All Fronts (The Half-Bloods Book 2) by Jana Petken is the compelling account of one family as it navigates the horrors of World War II from opposing battle lines.
Petken’s narrative is flawless. This is a story which appals, impresses, and fascinates in almost equal measures. However, what makes Petken a master bard is that she knows when to pull back and change the scene, which gives her readers a chance to catch their breath. Petken can do this because the story is told by several points of view, which I found exceedingly compelling and utterly riveting.
Petken has a novelist eye for detail, not only with regard to the history of this era in which it is very obvious that she has spent many hours researching, but also in the study of human fallibility.
At times the tension in this book was so unbearable that I found myself holding my breath as I daringly turned another page. It is well documented that the German Army failed to supply their soldiers with equipment and clothing for the tempestuous winter weather on the Eastern Front. However, to read about a character whom I have come to care for made this knowledge all the more poignant and upsetting. Wilmot’s struggle to not only stay alive but to keep his wits was, at times, tremendously hard to read, and I did find myself in tears on more than one occasion as he faced one unimaginable horror after another. Petken’s portrayal of the terrible conditions on the Eastern Front was masterful. There is a realism that comes with Petken’s writing that is almost tangible. She has a visceral understanding of what makes history worth reading.
The Vogels: On All Front (The Half-Bloods Book 2) is a magnificent book that was so enthralling that I simply could not put it down once I had started. I cannot wait to get my hands on Book 3 and find out what happens to this extraordinary family.
If you are looking for your next great World War II, historical fiction read, then look no further than The Half-Blood series. You will not be disappointed. This series has everything you could want, and then a bit more.
I Highly Recommend.
Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.