Under False Flags (Paperback)

A Novel

By Steve Anderson

Yucca, 9781631580000, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

List Price: 14.95*
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Description

Forced into the brutal Battle of the Bulge of 1944, two soldiers on opposing sides find the courage to desert a war gone sour.

For both American GI Wendell Lett and German seaman Holger Frings, the relentless bloodbath of World War II has become a treacherous prison and a curse. Just as Wendell Lett meets Heloise, a wise Belgian woman who offers him a chance of deliverance from the physical and emotional carnage of war, he is pushed into a reckless false flag mission. At the same time behind enemy lines, Frings becomes a forced volunteer for a similar German operation that takes him to a breaking point. The two enemies’ destructive fates collide in the surprise Ardennes counteroffensive—the 1944 Battle of the Bulge—and both have to finally confront the war that betrayed them.

As Lett tries to find his way back to his beloved Heloise, he and Frings team up to desert their savage overseers while the battles rage around them. In Under False Flags, the absurdity of war is brought to brutal light as each side—whether friend or foe—attempts to disguise their cannon fodder in enemy uniform. This is a gritty war tale that turns conventional notions of valor, heroism, and prestige on its head.

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About the Author

Steve Anderson is the author of the Kaspar Brothers series (The Losing Role, Liberated, Lost Kin), Under False Flags: A Novel, and other works centered on WWII and its aftermath. In The Other Oregon and the novella Rain Down (Kindle Single), he writes about his home state. Anderson was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, and is a literary translator of German to English as well as a freelance editor. He lives in Portland, Oregon. http://www.stephenfanderson.com


Praise For Under False Flags: A Novel

“The author clearly brings forth the thoughts, fears, and hopes that run through a soldier’s mind. The dangers and horrors of being a soldier, a civilian living under occupation, or a resistance fighter are well-defined in this book. I liked how the GI narrative voice … kept the realism alive.” —Historical Novels Review, Historical Novel Society

“Steve Anderson’s Under False Flags is a piece of raw meat cut out of real life. From its opening on we are thrust into the brutal climactic frontlines of WWII’s Western Front. From Normandy to the Ardennes we are there with the dogface GIs and their increasingly desperate adversaries—men on both sides who ‘just want at the enemy.’ Anderson’s intertwined stories of US Army Sgt. Wendell Lett and his equally noble German counterpart Holger Frings—two men for whom battle is all they now know—supply the plot, but the book’s true topic is men pushed to their absolute limits. Blastingly realistic, impeccably researched—Anderson is not afraid of heroes.” —John Enright, author of Fire Knife Dancing

“The author clearly brings forth the thoughts, fears, and hopes that run through a soldier’s mind. The dangers and horrors of being a soldier, a civilian living under occupation, or a resistance fighter are well-defined in this book. I liked how the GI narrative voice … kept the realism alive.” —Historical Novels Review, Historical Novel Society

“Steve Anderson’s Under False Flags is a piece of raw meat cut out of real life. From its opening on we are thrust into the brutal climactic frontlines of WWII’s Western Front. From Normandy to the Ardennes we are there with the dogface GIs and their increasingly desperate adversaries—men on both sides who ‘just want at the enemy.’ Anderson’s intertwined stories of US Army Sgt. Wendell Lett and his equally noble German counterpart Holger Frings—two men for whom battle is all they now know—supply the plot, but the book’s true topic is men pushed to their absolute limits. Blastingly realistic, impeccably researched—Anderson is not afraid of heroes.” —John Enright, author of Fire Knife Dancing