A struggling German actor attempts to escape a top-secret WWII operation against the Americans.
When the SS orders banned entertainer Max Kaspar to impersonate a US officer during the bloody Battle of the Bulge, Max devises his own secret mission to escape the war and flee to America.
It’s both his one big break and a deadly last chance on a journey that’s taken him from a once-promising career to brutal front-line combat as a German Army corporal. Max has lost more than one true love, yet he still clings to what’s left of his hope and his good humor. But his mission is doomed from the start. Trapped between the lines in the freezing Ardennes Forest, he must summon all his acting talents and newfound courage to evade perilous traps laid by both sides …
Inspired by a real-life 1944 operation, this gripping wartime espionage thriller is the first book in the Kaspar Brothers series. Max is the estranged older brother of German-American US Army captain Harry Kaspar in the second book, Liberated. The Kaspar brothers reunite in the third book, Lost Kin. Each novel can be read as a standalone story.
This edition includes an excerpt of Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945 (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
“A riveting novel inspired by a real World War II operation!” —BookBub Featured Deal
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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!