The Losing Role
(Kaspar Brothers #1)
A German actor turned spy tries to escape a doomed secret mission behind enemy American lines at the height of WWII’s Battle of the Bulge.
In the final winter of the war 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 book in the Kaspar Brothers series, The Losing Role is the prequel to Liberated: A Novel of Germany, 1945—Max is the estranged older brother of German-American US Army captain Harry Kaspar in Liberated. The Kaspar brothers reunite in the third book, Lost Kin.
"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 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
"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. Finally, the book is fun."
— History and Women (formerly Historical Novel Reviews)