Don’t Miss Jana Petken’s Latest Outstanding Historical Fiction Novel!
The German Half-Bloods is a superbly written, unputdownable historical fiction novel.
The book begins in Germany, during the early days of WWII, and follows the family of Dieter and Laura Vogel. Dieter is a successful businessman, and fiercely loyal to Germany. Because Dieter married an English woman, he was the only pure blood German in his immediate family. Dieter often invited Nazis into his home for dinner, hoping that his close contact with them, would keep his half-blood children, and English wife, from the Gestapo’s watch list. I quickly became invested in this family; and loved following them into England, Paris, Poland, and Russia.
Chaos was breaking out in Germany, and the air was thick with fear. Nazis were arresting Jewish families, Jewish sympathizers, and anyone verbalizing thoughts against Hitler. Although Nazi soldiers were often in Dieter Vogel’s home, mingling with his family, Wilmot, Dieter’s youngest son was the only one interested in joining the military.
Wilmot Vogel couldn’t wait to put on his SS uniform. He was looking forward to serving Hitler. Wilmot was proud to be part of the military until he discovered the horrendous acts that he’d be forced to perform. Max, the oldest son, was constantly on the move. He was an undercover, English spy, gathering intelligence against Germany. Max’s twin, Paul, a psychiatrist, was forced to stay in Germany and work in a Nazi-run hospital. His job was to sterilize disabled, and mentally-ill patients. He also had to witness the gassing of patients deemed unworthy of life. Hannah, the Vogel’s only daughter, was in England, getting married. Although Dieter’s wife Laura despised having Nazis in her home and missing her daughter’s wedding; she stayed in Germany, to support her husband.
Jana Petken brings these characters, as well as the atrocities of war to life. The author’s research and writing talent shine brightly in this book. The German Half-Bloods, however, did end, leaving some unanswered questions in my mind. I’ll anxiously wait for the next book in the series. Jana Petken is a brilliant, gem of an author. Highly recommended.
~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover
Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)
Jana Petken is a bestselling historical fiction novelist and screenwriter.
She is critically acclaimed as a bestselling, gritty, author who produces bold, colourful characters and riveting storylines. She is the recipient of numerous major international awards for her works of historical fiction and is presently in talks with film producers regarding one of her titles.
Before life as an author, she served in the British Royal Navy. During her service, she studied Naval Law and history. After the Navy, she worked for British Airways and turned to writing after an accident on board an aircraft forced her to retire prematurely.
Titles by Jana Petken.
Bestseller, Multi Award Winning, The Guardian of Secrets. (2013)
The bestselling Mercy Carver Series: award-winning, Dark Shadows, book 1, and award-winning Blood Moon, book 2. (2014)
Multi Award Winning, The Errant Flock: The Flock Trilogy Book 1. (2015)
Multi Award Winning, Swearing Allegiance. (2016)
Award Winning, The Scattered Flock (The Flock Trilogy book 2)
Flock, The Gathering of The Damned (The Flock Trilogy Book 3)
2018, The German Half-Bloods