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This book is based on the true story of German false flag operations but the characters are largely fictional. I'm not very knowledgeable about WWII and what happened where and when but from the authors note at the end of the book and what I do know it seems very rooted in fact.
I thought this book was amazing, the author's descriptions are so evocative I could almost feel the chill in the air and really imagine the discomfort the soldiers were enduring. I haven't read many war books, but particularly few written from a German perspective. In the end it didn't really matter as one of the things that comes strongly across is that it doesn't matter which side you are fighting for, the soldiers are people and the casualties are all human.
I'd hate to include any spoilers so had best not say too much more, other than that I will now be hunting down other work by the author, it was a fantastic, well written read and I'll be highly recommending it to family and friends.
The characters in this novel are well-drawn. While some personalities may touch upon stereotypes, the author adds enough minor detail and emotional range to make his creations human and accessible. Flashbacks into Max's past help the reader to understand his present mindset, and subtle nuances in the dialogue reveal more about motives and suspicions than the conversations appear to discuss. The author's attention to speech and word choice creates consistency and clearly distinguishes each character from the next. Even as Max slowly loses himself in his role, the reader never loses his handle on Max.
More often than not, The Losing Role plays fast and loose with the basic rules of grammar -- and it works. The sentences, much like Max's thoughts, alternate between well-structured and half-formed, complex and simple. Sections of stream-of-consciousness writing allow us to access the protagonist's mind, while more formally written passages convince us that the author is in full command of his pen. The sprinkling of German adds authenticity, and the combination of Anderson's writing style and well-chosen descriptions gives us the sense that we are actually present in POW camps, icy woods, or an old, abandoned theater.Read more ›
Quibbles: there was no spring offensive in spring 1914, since the Great War hadn't yet started at that point and the Hamburg fire storm did not occur in 1941, nor had Goebbel's "total war" been announced at that stage. I also don't understand how the protagonist could be called up in the summer of 1944 and already be on the Eastern Front by the end of June.
The author is American and writes very good standard English, but I was a bit dismayed to read in the narrative (not just in speech) the slangy forms "most" for "almost" and "a couple" plus noun without "of" in between. However none of these minor matters diminished my enjoyment of the book.
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Wow, what a great story. This is definitely a hard book to put down once you get started. Steve Anderson really knows how to write a historical thriller that is both entertaining... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Todd Simpson
We are proud to announce that The Losing Role by Steve Anderson is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth a reader's time and money!Published on 14 Feb. 2013 by indieBRAG
I would rather have paid full price for a good read than the low price for this. I found it stilted and with little to either believe or keep my interest.Published on 14 Oct. 2011 by Snippy