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Publisher's Summary

Jana Petken’s extraordinary historical epic, The German Half-Bloods Trilogy, reaches its sweeping, heart-wrenching conclusion.

In The German Half-Bloods and The Vogels, Jana Petken followed the turbulent lives of an Anglo-German family as they forged their paths through the Second World War. Now, the conflict intensifies in the Soviet States, North Africa, France, and the growing resistance movement in Poland. Will Max, Paul, and Wilmot Vogel survive the most ruthless phase of the war to date?  

Max takes a path to momentous events in North Africa where he balances undercover games of espionage in decadent Cairo with dangerous missions behind the German Afrika Korps’ lines. Paul’s loyalty to the Third Reich continues to wane as Germany’s extermination programs in Poland expand, and he is stalked by the new Kriminalinspektor, Manfred Krüger. Can he stay one step ahead of a man who has been ordered to destroy him? 

Wilmot faces new challenges in the Afrika Korps, but is he mentally and physically prepared to lead his men into Libya’s fiery desert and against the British 8th Army?

©2019 Jana Petken (P)2020 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC

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Fabulous

I loved every minute of the story. what a wonderful portrayal of a family in war time.

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Sorry to see it end

What a trilogy, it started a bit slow in book #1 but once it hooked me I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I wish I had a way to spread the word about this epic tale.

If you are a WWII aficionado, you’ll enjoy this trilogy.

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Fabulous ending and series!

This Trilogy is an amazing adventure of the Vogel family. The characters and descriptions are developed so well. if you enjoy WWII fictional history, you will love these books

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Pretty good story

This is an interesting series but it would have been better if the F__ word hadn't been so liberally used.

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great!

loved every part. from Starr of book one to the end of book 3. great

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The trilogy book of the Folgells

I was so enthralled by the story I did not wanted to and it was very sad yet heartwarming and very enlightening as well .
I will probably address it within a year or two again.

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Couldn't get better!

It is difficult to say which book is the best. They seem to get just get better!
Fantastic plot, totally believable and relatable characters who struggle with conflicts of ideology, morality, conscience and loyalties.
Absolutely love this trilogy

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The BEST historical fiction!

The Half-Bloods Trilogy is by far the best historical fiction I've ever listened to. It takes place during WW2 and isn't just about the war itself, but the human experience of war. It revolves around the Vogel family. The father is German and the mother is English. The loyalty of each family member is questioned because of this and eventually they are on both sides of the war. Although this is fiction, there are many truths in this story, This series will have you experience a wide range of emotions, both good and bad. War is ugly, but there are still beautiful moments in between. I can't recommend this book and this series enough! I will most definitely be checking out more books by Jana Petken! Excellent narration by Norman Gilligan!

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Compelling story telling

The Vogel trilogy is one of the best series I have ever listened to. Another wonderful story by Jana Petken.