Can a lone American captain rescue justice in war-torn Germany?
It’s May 1945, the war’s just over, and Harry Kaspar, an American captain in Germany, is about to take a new posting in the US occupationrunning a Bavarian town named Heimgau. When Harry loses the command to Major Membre, he’ll do almost anything to win the job back.
When Harry discovers a horrific scenethree German men tortured and murderedhe reckons that solving the crime could teach the conquered townspeople about American justice, as well as help him reclaim that better posting. The only problem is that Harry’s quest for the real killer will lead him straight back to his commander, Membre, and eventually to his mentor, a can-do rebel US colonel named Spanner. Spanner is a gangster run rampant, plundering the war-torn land for all its grim worth.
Harry’s lover, Katarina, a gutsy German actress, helps him realize he must fight back. Recognizing that absolute power corrupted and then destroyed Major Membre and Colonel Spanner, Harry takes it upon himself to overcome any obstacle that gets in his way and set a new American example by which a terrorized town and a mix of battered peoples can rise up from the ashes of a brutal, demoralizing war.
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About the Author
Steve Anderson was a Fulbright Fellow in Munich, Germany. His thorough research there on the early US occupation in 1945 inspired him to write Liberated. He lives with his wife, René, in Portland, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In one word – “Brilliant”. I was only part the way through my first Steve Anderson book (Lost Kin), when I knew I would need to read everything he has written. I enjoyed it that much, and this book is no exception. There are so many things that make this story interesting. For me characters are what really makes or breaks a good book. Each character in Liberated is quite unique, and I really enjoyed the detail the Author has put into each one of them. The main character is Harry Kasper, an American Captain posted to a Bavarian town called Heimgau. You can’t help but like him. It would be tough for Harry to investigate the corruption his superiors are conducting. This book gives a good insight of what it would have been like in Germany post WWII. This is another story from a talented Author that was hard to put down, and is definitely worth a read.
Liberated is a very good book and I truly enjoyed reading it.. I've been reading Steve Anderson's books and continue to be impressed with his research. Clearly he knows his history and shares this knowledge as each story unfolds.