I read this at least a year ago, so this is going to be vague. I particularly enjoyed the training aspects of this book, and the fact that it was written from a French point of view. It didn't get too bogged down in military detail, and emphasised the camaraderie. Laussard's murky past is not a handicap, and promises interest in later books.
Great literature it isn't but, it is good, entertaining fun, and keeps the attention going. It has been unfairly compared with Cornwell but I am sorry Richard Howard has been so shy about his alter ego. I have my own opinion of who he might be, but would like to know.