The Losing Role

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The Losing Role

By Steve Anderson

Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, Paperback, 9781453855454, 242pp.

Publication Date: December 10, 2010

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 is the older brother of Harry Kaspar in Liberated.

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 several novels centered on WWII and its aftermath. Anderson has an MA in history and has worked in advertising, public relations, and journalism. He lives with his wife, Rene, in Portland, Oregon.