I was very pleased to see that authors Miles and Dobson followed up the entertaining "Fox on the Rhine" with a continuation of the story line to a more satisfying conclusion.
At the end of the first novel , "The Fox" , Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel , has rather preemptorally surrendered to the allied army after the bridges across the Meuse were bombed by allied aircraft , stranding a large segment of the Panzerarmee on the other side without a chance of resupply.
In "Fox at the Front" , we are treated to the reasons for Rommel's prompt capitulation. We then see Rommel as a true German patriot , wanting to save his homeland from further devestation and subjugation by the Soviet Union. The other really central and essental character is US general George S. Patton , old "blood and guts" himself. Initially , Rommel's surrender order is obeyed by the elements of the Wehrmacht under his immediate control , but the agressive Obersturmbahnfuhrer Jochen Peiper of the SS prevents the forces under general Heinz Guderian from complying with the order. The SS divisions wind up attacking the remaining Wehrmacht forces , causing the emergency formation of an Allied-German alliance with the surrendered forces under Rommel's command.
Basically , the war continues : "German Republic" forces , allong with Patton's 3rd Army continue to pursue Peiper's SS forces through the Rheinpfaltz , and force the crossing of the Rhine itself in an effort to terminate the conflict. Enter the Russians ; Stalin sees an opportunity for an easy victory in the east , and hence breaks the "truce" earlier negotiated with Heinrich Himmler.
Many subplots and new characters keep the reader well entertained. Many of the characters from the first novel , such as Rommel's devoted driver , Kark-Heinz Claussen , find expanded roles in this sequel. Through many exciting twists and turns , we are brought to a rousing finish at the siege of Berlin -- a standoff between the Grman-American-British forces facing the Soviet juggernaut of Marshall's Zukhov and Konev.
My general "take" on this AH novel : MUCH better than the first effort ; the authors cleaned up their usage of the German military ranks , including the somewhat arcane SS ranks. The characters are not as "cartoon-like" as in the "Fox on the Rhine" , and are much more three dimensional. There are actually exceptional descriptive writing passages later in the book. The writing styles have improved alot , and the action tends to flow more seamlessly than before. Overall a strong 4 star effort , and definitely "must read".