I was happy to see this review of Under False Flags from writer, editor, friend, and Oregon legend Matt Love, which he posted to Facebook ...
I recently read my friend Steve Anderson’s debut novel, Under False Flags, and want to offer a hearty recommendation, particular to those readers who love historical fiction. I finished it in practically one sitting and was moved by its grim reality and ending. It really isn’t like anything I’ve ever read about WW II.
The novel takes place in Europe after D-Day and features a weary American solider fighting his way east and a German sailor trying to survive dangerous missions in the attempt to sink allied shipping. These two men converge at the Battle of the Bulge and are given orders to basically impersonate the enemy behind enemy lines. Everything goes wrong on both sides and the men desert, meet, and somehow find common ground in their quest to survive and retain some of their humanity. In a sense, this is very much an anti-war novel, something you don’t typically get with WW II and “The Greatest Generation.” I found it refreshing and timely.
Steve has conducted an incredible amount of research for this book and examined this conflict from a new perspective. I know he’s waited a long time for this signature event in his life and I urge his friends, friends of Oregon authors, and Oregon bookstores to support him. The book is currently available at Powell’s and Steve hopes to get it in other local indies soon. A link to the Powell’s site is below and anyone interested contacting Steve can reach him through his web site or FB.
Well done Steve.
Original FB post here.
Matt Love grew up in Oregon City. He's the publisher of Nestucca Spit Press and the author/editor of eleven books about Oregon.
I'm grateful for all the new reviews, from readers and reviewers alike.