Monday, April 25, 2011

The Losing Role, Steve Anderson

The Losing Role
historical, espionage, mystery, war, thriller

Steve Anderson's novels mix crime, history, mystery, noir and humor, usually involving a determined underdog stuck between two worlds. He lives in Portland, Ore.

Product description:

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. 

"Excellent dialogue, well-crafted characters, and enough dramatic tension to saw a Panzer in half." — Independent Novel Award, Best of 2010 (The New Podler Review of Books)

"The Losing Role is 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

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
I hope it gives them a different angle to historical events by showing total war through the desperate and somewhat hapless point-of-view of one unlikely (fictional) participant. Getting caught between two worlds colliding can really suck. 

Q: Why did you go indie?
After years of near misses with agents and publishers, I found myself with manuscripts that were worth putting in front of readers. Indie publishing finally made it feasible. 

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Graham GreeneAlan Furst, Charles McCarry, John Le Carré, Philip Kerr, Martin Cruz Smith, Patricia Highsmith

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