Under False Flags: A Novel

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A “blastingly realistic, impeccably researched” World War II novel set during the brutal Battle of the Bulge—where two enemies must become allies (John Enright, author of Fire Knife Dancing).
 
As the Germans launch their counterattack on the advancing Allied forces, two men separated by country are about to find themselves on the same side of the war—their own.
 
For American GI Wendell Lett, any dreams of glory in battle have been crushed by the horrors he’s witnessed. Then he meets a kind, caring Belgian woman who offers him salvation from the carnage—only to be torn away when he’s pushed into a reckless, pointless false flag mission. In order to live, he has to run.
 
German seaman Holger Frings is far from the oceans he hoped to sail when he is chosen for a risky assignment he knows will end with his death. To make it back in one piece, he must do the unthinkable—disobey his superiors and desert his countrymen.
 
Soon, in the war-torn Ardennes, fate will throw Lett and Frings together—where they will confront the war that has betrayed them, turn on the ruthless overseers who would doom them to death, and work together to get out alive . . . in a story that “clearly brings forth the thoughts, fears, and hopes that run through a soldier’s mind” (Historical Novel Society).
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Steve Anderson was a Fulbright Fellow in Munich, Germany. His thorough research on the early US occupation in 1945 inspired him to write Liberated, his first novel. Anderson is the author of two bestselling Kindle Singles. He lives with his wife, René, in Portland, Oregon.
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Sep 2, 2014
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781631580369
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Military
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A German actor turned spy tries to escape a doomed secret mission behind enemy American lines at the height of WWII’s Battle of the Bulge.

 

By the author of the new novel The Preserve. 


In the final winter of the war a failed German actor, Max Kaspar, is forced to join an absurdly desperate secret mission in which he must impersonate an enemy American officer. So Max cooks up his own fanatical plan—he'll use his false identity to escape tyranny and war and flee to the America he'd once abandoned.


The Losing Role is based on an actual false flag operation during 1944’s Battle of the Bulge that's been made infamous in legend but in reality was a doomed farce. In all the tragic details and with some dark humor, this is the story of an aspiring talent who got in over his head and tried to break free.


Part espionage thriller, part expatriate noir and the first book in the Kaspar Brothers series, The Losing Role is the prequel to Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945—Max is the estranged older brother of German-American US Army captain Harry Kaspar in Liberated. The Kaspar brothers reunite in the third book, Lost Kin. 


This latest edition includes an excerpt of Liberated (Kaspar Brothers #2).



“The book’s pacing and dialogue are sharply turned ... Anderson skillfully portrays transformation in all of his characters.” —Historical Novels Review, Historical Novel Society 


“A touching yet painful story ... [Max] is human in the face of hardship and chooses to continue living, but on his own terms.” —Awesome Indies 


“A terrific book that deserves a wide audience. It is exciting and funny and keeps you thinking long after the action is over.” —Rose City Reader 


“Excellent dialogue, well-crafted characters, and enough dramatic tension to saw a Panzer in half.” —The New Podler Review of Books 


Awesome Indies Approved 

B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree 

Independent Novel Best of 2010, The New Podler Review of Books

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