Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945

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A Kaspar Brothers novel set during the aftermath of World War II in Germany from the author of The Losing Role and Lost Kin.
 
It’s May 1945, the war’s just over, and Harry Kaspar, an American captain in Germany, is about to take a new posting in the US occupation—running a Bavarian town named Heimgau. When Harry loses the command to Major Membre, he’ll do almost anything to win the job back.
 
Then Harry discovers a horrific scene—three German men tortured and murdered. He starts to think that solving the crime could teach the conquered townspeople about American justice, as well as help him reclaim that better posting. The only problem is that Harry’s quest for the real killer will lead him straight back to his commander, Membre, and eventually to his mentor, a can-do rebel US colonel named Spanner. Spanner is a gangster run rampant, plundering the war-torn land for all its grim worth.
 
Harry’s lover, a gutsy German actress, helps him realize he must fight back. Recognizing that absolute power corrupted—and then destroyed—Major Membre and Colonel Spanner, Harry takes it upon himself to help the terrorized town and its battered residents rise up from the ashes of a brutal, demoralizing war.

 “Brilliant [and] frightening . . . Steve Anderson has revealed the endgame of war, tinged with GI passion—a passion twisted to violence by so many who did not want to change.” —Maria Riva, New York Times–bestselling author of Marlene Dietrich
 
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About the author

Steve Anderson was a Fulbright Fellow in Munich, Germany. His thorough research there on the early US occupation in 1945 inspired him to write Liberated. He lives with his wife, René, in Portland, Oregon.
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Nov 18, 2014
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781631580291
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Military
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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.


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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 


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“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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