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Under False Flags

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Forced into the brutal Battle of the Bulge of 1944, two soldiers on opposing sides find the courage to desert a war gone sour.

For both American GI Wendell Lett and German seaman Holger Frings, the relentless blood bath of World War II has become a treacherous prison and a curse. Just as Wendell Lett meets Heloise, a wise Belgian woman who offers him a chance of deliverance
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Skyhorse/Yucca Publishing
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Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received this book through a goodreads giveaway.

The reason I liked this book is how realistic it was. You could imagine exactly how the characters were feeling. The story was really great and the way the author expressed everything was really beautiful. Not that there was no blood or ugly violence. It makes you realize just how cruel war is and how it affects different people - soldiers, their families and normal civilians. Really really good. You need to read it. You may even cry.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
`How many times can a man toss a quarter, and have it just land on tails?'

Oregon author Steve Anderson is a noteworthy young author, a man with history in his veins and wars in his imagination. To date his novels have dealt with WW II in the Germany setting and he knows that period and that country well (he as lived in Germany as a Fulbright Fellow and his knowledge of the atmosphere and landscape of that country are evident): he has recently become a translator of German to English books whose
Chris Bushman
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Under False Flags is a very well done WWII adventure story with a strong commitment to realism. In this book, historian / novelist Steve Anderson, endeavors to peel back the layers of romanticism Hollywood and history has heaped on our boys who fought their way from Normandy to Berlin as well as the evil mystique that has grown up around the Nazi war machine. There are neither heroic allied generals nor ruthless Gestapo henchmen to be found here. Instead we get a dogface-eye-view of life on the ...more
Peter Pappas
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few of Steve's books and enjoy his skillful blend of storytelling and commentary on war. This book echoes "The Losing Roles'"(a false flag caper), but takes the narrative in a brand new direction.

The parallel characters (American and German) illuminate war's costs from the frontlines of the conflict. The "mirrored" stories finally cross paths and speak to the power of humanity over politics.

A thought-provoking read.
Don Halasz
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This well written book tells the story of war from the point of view two of the major countries involved. The savage acts involved in fighting openly display the fact that "war is hell" and that there are really no victors in war - only survivors. Yes, Germany was defeated but at a huge cost in lives lost, bodies injured and families torn apart all because of basically one man's wish to control all of Europe. Yes, he had to be stopped and a declaration of war was probably necessary to stop the e ...more
Todd Simpson
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply Amazing. This would be one of the best War Thrillers I’ve ever read. What makes this book unique is that it is being told from both sides, firstly an American Soldiers point of view, and then a German Seaman’s point of view. The Author has done an amazing job of explaining the brutality of war. It’s not just the physical injuries sustained in the conflicts, but the mental breakdown of some of the soldiers & Seaman. The American GI Wendell Lett goes through hell, and eventually all of ...more
Russell Phillips
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, military, wwii
I will admit that I was a little concerned that the author was writing another book set during the Battle of the Bulge. I really liked The Losing Role, and wondered if this could be as good. I needn't have worried. This is a very different book, but every bit as good.

The depiction of combat is gritty, raw, and realistic, holding nothing back, but not gratuitously gory or violent. Equally, the characters are believable. I can honestly say that I didn't want to put it down. I desperately wanted to
John Carpenter
about a tragic battle, April 17, 2016


John R. Carpenter

This review is from: Under False Flags: A Novel (Paperback) Steve Anderson

For American troops, the "Battle of the Bulge" was one of the most horrible battles of the entire WWII. If the numbers of the dead and wounded were high, there was another element that could only be described as embarrassment. The Germans achieved complete surprise. The American troops were going from victory to victory. Then there as a lull. During a full week the
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I'm the author of the Kaspar Brothers novels (The Losing Role, Liberated, Lost Kin) and other books. Under False Flags is the prequel to my latest novel, The Preserve. I was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and am a literary translator as well as a freelance editor. I live in Portland, Oregon.

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Years ago, I planned to become a history professor. Then I discovered fiction writing — I cou
“Let’s honor a man or woman who was there, but never a war itself and those who start it.” 7 likes
“In decades from now, I’m sure they’ll say we Joes were all noble, every one of us grimy but patriotic cherubs. Because we won a war. Back home they already do think it, thanks to the publicity teams, the ads, correspondents, censors. I’m not buying it. If we have to come here and fight to do away with your Hitler and the sorry mess he created, then people ought to know just how much the effort sucks all our souls. That way, maybe no one will try a war again.” 4 likes
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