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Old 05-11-2010, 02:47 PM   #1
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The Losing Role | WWII Espionage Thriller

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)

"Author Steve Anderson constructs a historical thriller in The Losing Role that should prove quite difficult to put down." — Midwest Book Review

"An excellent WWII espionage thriller that transcends the genre, making it a story that you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy." — The New Podler Review of Books

"This is a well-researched and fascinating book ... with a refreshing twist; it is told from the view point of a German soldier — and a likable one at that." — Man of la Book: Review

"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." — Historical Novel Review

Indie 500 Booklist 2011
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Thanks! I hope you'll give it a look.

Happy reading,
Steve

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Steve Anderson is the author of The Losing Role, False Refuge and Besserwisser: A Novel. Anderson's novels mix crime, history, mystery, noir and humor, usually involving a determined underdog stuck between two worlds. Anderson has also written short stories and screenplays, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Munich, Germany. He's a big soccer fan and lives in Portland, Ore.

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Old 05-12-2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:32 PM   #3
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Hi all,

Just a quick reminder that there's less than four days left to get The Losing Role for 99 cents on Kindle and FREE on Smashwords (coupon code CJ27G). Offer expires May 31.

After which it will probably creep back up to normal (though still cheap) indie ebook prices. This hustling stuff is wearing me out ; )

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thanks Steve, it looks interesting! I have a summer trip coming up and my sony's going to get a lot of use as I read all the exciting books I've selected

(you have the same name as my cousin! popular name, i'm sure...)
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thanks Steve, it looks interesting! I have a summer trip coming up and my sony's going to get a lot of use as I read all the exciting books I've selected

(you have the same name as my cousin! popular name, i'm sure...)
Thanks much for the interest, GraceKrispy! I hope you enjoy the read.

Yeah, there's definitely a lot of us Steve Andersons -- it's a big club.

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Thank you for the free download. I hope to be the first to review it!
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I've read two Steve Anderson books and they were both awesome. I'm guessing he goes three for three...
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Thnaks for that, I have downloaded it & look forward to reading it.
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You're welcome, DixieGal. Of course I'd love a review if you're game and hope you're the first, too

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Thanks, Dave! I've read one of yours and can say the same -- I'm hoping to read more, including Man of Steel.
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I just wanted to say a quick thanks to all you readers who took me up on my May promo for Kindle and Smashwords.

You helped push The Losing Role into Smashwords' Top 10 Fiction Bestsellers.

You really made my May! I appreciate it and hope you enjoy the read.

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Just wanted to put up a quick note to say that I really enjoyed this book, and that I probably wouldn't have tried it without getting a shot at a freebie, since I didn't know the author.

Now that I do...I'm going to read his other books, and pay for them.

Losing Role is a very good character study, and those who like that type of book will enjoy this one a lot.

Anyone got a recommendation on which of Anderson's books to read next?
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I'll pick this up for $1.50 through Smashwords. I will read it next after I finish my Kindle book I'm reading now.
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