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.
2013 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
"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." — Independent Novel Award, Best of 2010 (The New Podler Review of Books)
"A perfect combination of plot-driven action and character study." — Red Adept Reviews, five stars
"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." — Historical Novel Review
"An excellent WWII espionage thriller that transcends the genre." — The New Podler Review of Books