The Losing Role
Book 1, Kaspar Brothers
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A German actor tries to escape a doomed secret mission.
In the last winter of WWII 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 in a series, The Losing Role is the prequel to Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945 — Max Kaspar is the older brother of German-American US Army captain Harry Kaspar in Liberated. The third novel in the series, Lost Kin, reunites the estranged Kaspar brothers in 1946 Munich.
Includes an extended excerpt of Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945 (Kaspar Brothers Book 2).
"The book’s pacing and dialogue are sharply turned ... Anderson skillfully portrays transformation in all of his characters." —Historical Novel Society
"A touching yet painful story ... [Max] is human in the face of hardship and choses 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
"The book does a marvelous job of showing the ‘fog of war’ wherein no one truly understands what is going on once the attack has begun." —Historical Novel Review
"A perfect combination of plot-driven action and character study." —Red Adept Reviews
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B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Independent Novel Best of 2010, The New Podler Review of Books
The Losing Role
Steve Anderson did his research about the real events going on in Germany and Belgium in the 1940s, and the result is a historical novel that is both very believable and fun to read. I could really feel for the English-speaking Germans thrown into a camp full of American GIs without adequate back stories, etc. It was almost painful to read some parts!