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Night of the Fox [Paperback]

Jack Higgins
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Dec 29 2009
In the fifth year of conflict, the master plan for the invasion of Hitler’s Channel stronghold is the Allies’ greatest secret. National security demands it doesn’t fall into enemy hands. So when Colonel Hugh Kelso is pulled from the sea off German-occupied Jersey in April 1944, a major crisis erupts. Because Kelso is still alive and knows the exact details of the imminent invasion. To ensure the success of their offensive, the Allies launch a suicidal mission. To rescue the Colonel. Or silence him for ever…
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An American colonel who knows the secrets of forthcoming D day has washed up, wounded, on the German-occupied island of Jersey, off the coast of England, and must be rescued. Thus the basic premise of Higgins's most tingling thriller since The Eagle Has Landed. An ex-philosophy don of part-German descent is assigned to effect the rescue, disguised as a special envoy of the dreaded Himmler and accompanied by his "mistress." Enmeshed in this complex situation are the activities of Rommel, who sends a Jewish actor (somewhat improbably, also a Wehrmacht corporal) to impersonate him on an "inspection tour" of Jersey's defenses, while he secretly meets with other top generals bent on assassinating the fuhrer. Caught up in the deadly game of "who's-fooling-whom and for how long?" are an amorous Italian count, a Finnish air ace and a hero of the Irish cause, while in the background loom Eisenhower and Hitler himself. Speed, surprise and suspense are Higgins's long suit, rather than convincing characterization, but engrossed readers are not likely to mind. Paperback rights to Pocket Books; Reader's Digest and Condensed Books book club selections; BOMC alternate.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Colonel Hugh Kelso is privy to information regarding the Normandy landings, but he is injured and hiding on the German-occupied island of Jersey in May 1944. Kelso must be removed from Jersey before he is captured or, failing that, must be executed. Selected for the job is philosopher-turned-assassin Harry Martineau. To aid him in his impersonation of a Nazi officer, as well as guide him to Kelso, Harry secures the services of Sarah Drayton. Drayton's aunt is sheltering Kelso, and she is of an age to pose as Martineau's French mistress. Martineau is skillful but he is fortunate to obtain the help of an Italian naval officer and a Jewish actor-turned-German paratrooper who assist him in completing his task. Higgins combines powerful narrative with documentary detail in an exceptional tale that relies upon the interweaving histories of the various characters. BOMC alternate. J.K. Sweeney, History Dept., South Dakota State Univ., Brookings
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Improbable Entertainment April 2 2011
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Leave it to Mr. Higgins to take a true piece of history, imagine a healthy fiction as part of it, add colorful (yet improbable) characters, and you are off on an entertaining romp. The most far-fetched but fun characters are the German Jew entertainer turned soldier who uses his acting skills to take on the role of Erwin Rommel, the Italian Count who is an impressive Naval man, and the Finnish fighter ace. All are thrust into a milieu that began with the rescue of an American Colonel who knows too much about the Allies invasion of Europe. The romance and dialogue grows stilted, the action not as thrilling as many of Higgins' efforts, yet, it still makes the time pass in a pleasing way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed May 26 2002
By "dayofthejackal" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of my personal favourites, even among the works of Jack Higgins.
The discovery of old photographs of British war hero Harry Martineau dressed in a Nazi uniform serves as the starting point for this fast-paced historical thriller. Set on the Channel Islands during the Second World War, "Night of the Fox" revolves around Martineau's assembly of a team of doppelgangers who, posing as an elite German squad, are sent to retrieve a captured British officer - a man who knows the exact time and place of the Allied invasion of France. Things fall apart when one of Martineau's men drowns and is discovered to be wearing a R.A.F. uniform under his German one. Higgins skilfully keeps the story moving forward, and the remembered tale of heroism and sacrifice is told with just a hint of nostalgia, in a tone appropriate to the sad chain of events its heroes endure.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm World War II Adventure Jan. 27 2009
By Kara J. Jorges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's near the end of World War II, and Hugh Kelso is an American officer who knows important information about the pending invasion in France when his boat is sunk in the English Channel. His rescue raft washes up on the shore of the isle of Jersey, which is presently under German occupation. Hugh is lucky to be rescued by Helen de Ville, a Jersey resident who hides him in her home and gets a message to the Allies that she has him. A rescue team is sent, as it is imperative that Hugh Kelso be kept out of German hands because of the information he has about the invasion.

The British send in Harry Martineau, who can perfectly imitate a German officer and has nerves of steel, and young Sarah Drayton, a nurse who can pass for his French girlfriend who also happens to be Helen de Ville's niece. With their forged papers, Harry a/k/a Standartenfuhrer Max Vogel and Sarah fly to France to meet with the Resistance there, and then go on to Jersey to play their parts. At the same time, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel needs to be in two places at once, so he sends an imposter to Jersey to take his place. Rommel's double and Standartenfuhrer Vogel cross paths and make each other nervous, and Vogel has also raised some suspicions with the powers that be on Jersey.

The story moves from Rommel's imposter, to Harry and Sarah and their friends at de Ville Place, to the German contingent on the island, and cruises along at an easy pace while the danger slowly builds. Things happened that I knew were going to cause trouble, yet the story ambled along in an easy manner, which kept me turning the pages and eagerly anticipating being able to pick it back up every time I had to put it down. I've always enjoyed a good World War II story, and Jack Higgins seems to have a special flair for the era. I not only felt like I was right there on Jersey, but in the rooms with these characters, who were all warm, real people I would want to know. There's something incredibly romantic about the World War II era, with the black market, the bartering, the danger, and the basic lifestyle most people were reduced to as the world at large went off the rails. This book in particular showed a glimpse of life under occupation, and the wonderful human spirit that can prevail in such conditions. Though Jack Higgins has been writing books for a long time, I'm fairly new to them, and I consider myself lucky that there are so many more waiting for me.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Author Could Do More April 8 2002
By John G. Hilliard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you have read some of the authors books in the past you have a good idea of what you are going to get. An easy to read and understandable book that is full of action. Because of this I am starting to stay away from his books because I am looking for books with a little more depth. With that said I did fall back into my old habits and read this after picking it up at a sale. He really delivers on a fast paced action book and it seams like he is trying to expand some and use more main characters. For a Higgins book this is pretty good, I am still giving it a bit of a knock because I think with as much experience as the author has he could give us more character development.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Improbable Entertainment April 2 2011
By Jeffrey Swystun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Leave it to Mr. Higgins to take a true piece of history, imagine a healthy fiction as part of it, add colorful (yet improbable) characters, and you are off on an entertaining romp. The most far-fetched but fun characters are the German Jew entertainer turned soldier who uses his acting skills to take on the role of Erwin Rommel, the Italian Count who is an impressive Naval man, and the Finnish fighter ace. All are thrust into a milieu that began with the rescue of an American Colonel who knows too much about the Allies invasion of Europe. The romance and dialogue grows stilted, the action not as thrilling as many of Higgins' efforts, yet, it still makes the time pass in a pleasing way.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that keeps on surprising! Sept. 15 2004
By Sgt. Jello - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book really made me feel like i was there with the characters, and speaking of the characters they are so discriptive and actually have depth to them. I'm a fan of world war II and this book brings it closer to your doorstep. I love the storyline jack higgans uses to get the reader into the story and the characters. I love the event this book is based on because it was such a pivital point in history. After all jack higgans is my favorite author, I hope he becomes yours also.
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