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Fox on the Rhine Mass Market Paperback – June 17, 2002

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The second half of WWII takes a decidedly different path in this speculative historical novel, which picks up the action in 1944 with Nazi Germany on the verge of defeat. The first historical twist is the assassination of Hitler by a group of his own generals, but when G?ring is also killed and the generals' attempt to assume power fails, Himmler takes the reins and quickly negotiates a peace treaty with the Russians. The second twist is the miraculous recovery of Rommel, who survives a near-fatal wound in North Africa and returns to the European theater to set the Allies back on their heels. With the war reduced to a single front, the Nazis have time to rebuild their shattered air force, giving Rommel the advantage he needs to press forward and capture critical Allied oil reserves. As the Desert Fox races to initiate a second blitzkrieg, American forces move to head him off before he can get to Antwerp, setting up a climactic final battle. The first-time authors have drawn on their background in war games to bring the tactical details to life (Niles designed the video game for Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising), but as a novel this book has several notable problems. Characters are introduced in rapid succession, with points of view ranging from foot soldiers to fighter pilots to generals, but many of the perspectives seem only marginally necessary. Moreover, the fast-paced action slows considerably once Himmler takes over and Rommel recovers, and for all the political machinations, the outcome of the war remains somewhat conservatively imagined. These issues aside, Niles and Dobson have crafted a vividly realistic study of a memorable time. Agent, Elizabeth Pomada. (June)
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Product Details

  • Series: Fox on the Rhine (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (June 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812574664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812574661
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Francis McIlvaine on August 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The story is set up with what is likely the most used premise in alternate history, the premature death of Adolph Hitler. However, this book had Hitler staying alive until 1944 when the failed attempt on his life succeeded. With Hitler dead, the war unfolds. Hitler's inept meddling of the military is ended. For example, Hitler wanted to use the jet powered ME-262 plane as a bomber, when he desperately needed fighter planes to counteract the massive Allied air superiority. Rommell, instead of being forced to commit suicide is given the task to defeat the western allies. I would prefer not to give away the ending of this book, but I will say that this is a real page turner, I couldn't wait to find out how the war would play out. (There are a number of twists and turns to history as the story unfolds). The only reason that this book did not get 5 stars is that at the very end of the book, it was "tie up the loose ends" time. Usually I feel that most books could be written more tightly, however at the end the authors raced to finish it up. It was almost like "Hey we only have 5 pages to wrap this up". This book begs for a sequel. I only hope that it does well enough for the authors to attempt it. I for one will be eagerly waiting!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rodger Raubach VINE VOICE on April 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The authors of this Alternate History have done a pretty fair job of tilling some virgin ground--World War II has not been explored or exploited as the basis of very many books in the AH genre thus far.
Overall the plot seems pretty plausible;the assassination of Adolf Hitler by Claus von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators ends in chaos,leading to Heinrich Himmler becoming the new Fuehrer. At the time (1944) all seems to be lost for Germany;the Allies are bombing the Reich to rubble and both fronts are on the verge of collapse. Heinrich Himmler scores a diplomatic coup by concluding a peace treaty with the Soviet Union,and an injured Field Marshall Rommel is recalled to duty as the commander in the West. Rommel subsequently conducts a brilliant fighting retreat to the "Westwall" or Siegfried line while Adolf Galland,the brilliant General of Fighters, conducts his long planned "grosse schlag" or big blow against the American 8th Air Force with the revolutionary Me 262 jet fighters. The book title "Fox on the Rhine" is the code name for the alternate history version of the Battle of the Bulge led in this instance by Rommel.
Many fictional characters are introduced in the course of action, some of whom are not very believable. Oberst (Colonel) Krueger seems to be a pretty vile individual to be selected by General Galland as a wing commander. Krueger's behavior towards his crew chief borders on idiotic , since the mechanics are what kept the pilots alive in the air through thorough and careful maintenence of the aircraft. On the other hand Feldwebel (sergeant) Karl-Heinz Claussen was a thoroughly likeable sort of fellow.
My overall impression of the book was very favorable,although I was somewhat let down by the ending.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Brown on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Wow! It's rare that a long-awaited novel meets my expectations, but Fox on the Rhine not only met them, it smashed them flat beneath the treads of advancing panzers!
The essence of the plot is believable and eminently satisfying. The authors twisted history just a bit to create a compelling tale that takes WWII on an interesting new time-line.
The characters are strong and believable, mostly historical and well researched. The technical military detail is superb. The authors' knowledge of the campaigns, command structures, and military possibilities leaps off of every page. Battles are presented in an exciting, readable manner so they are easily followed and brutally realistic.
I highly recommend Fox on the Rhine to any fan of alternate history or WWII drama. I can't wait to read their next book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cody Carlson VINE VOICE on March 4, 2001
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'Fox on the Rhine,' by Douglas Niles and Micheal Dobson, is a wonderful story of just how differently World War Two could have turned out if the Army Officers plot had succeeded in killing Adolf Hitler. In 'Fox' Hitler is killed at Rastenberg on July 20th, 1944 and Germany is soon thrown into a sea of chaos. Heinrich Himmler and his SS soon move to gain the loyalty of the army and seek a seperate peace with the Soviets. Once that's accomplished, Himmler appoints Erwin Rommel, 'the Desert Fox,' to command an alternate version of the 'Battle of the Bulge.' While at times Dobson and Niles spend a little too much time showing off the fruits of their research, which is impressive, they do manage to tell a riveting story, and while some aspects of 'Fox' do stretch the reader's believabilty, the story is riveting and builds to an explosive climax. But perhaps the most fun is the simple question that the authors ask and attempt to answer: What would have happened had Erwin Rommel commanded the Ardennes Offensive? A great ride that ranks among the best works of alternate history.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Whittington VINE VOICE on May 21, 2000
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Fox on the Rhine is an enjoyable piece of alternate history based on the supposition that the plot to assasinate Hitler had succeeded. The book is packed with battle scenes and historic figures like Rommel, Himmler, and Patton reacting to the new situation. The book bogs down a little in intrigues between the assasins and the NAZIs. Also one would have really liked to know how the post war world would have looked under the changed circumstances (perhaps in a sequal?). Nevertheless I could hardly put the book down, which for my busy lifestyle is praise indeed.

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