- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2638 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Baby Blue Goat (15 Aug. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0648140806
- ISBN-13: 978-0648140801
- ASIN: B074CH1B6H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although very competently written, I struggled to fully immerse myself into this book. I found the soldiers' language extremely crude and expletive-riddled. Rather than adding to the book's authenticity, it was distracting and unnecessary. Parts were excessively vulgar and degrading - one description in particular (chapter 5) left me speechless!
The book was well-constructed and had plenty of action, although some parts dragged a little. Personally, I like to be able to empathise with the characters I'm investing my time in, but due to their vulgarity and crudeness, I found it impossible. Whereas I'm sure plenty of other readers will love the escapades of Michel and Henry, it probably wasn't the best 'fit' for my reading tastes.
As I read on, I had to flip back to check that this was set in the first World War - the attitudes and language seemed much later to me (at least WW2).
These are not huge faults, but I found the language excessively and tediously coarse. Yes, they were soldiers, but not every class in society at that time, swore like troopers. I finally gave up when Michel and Henry, sent off on a week's leave and out for a good time, begin discussing women and how you would prove that you really fancied someone. The image introduced by Henri was so repulsive, that I stopped reading the book.
Possibly it will appeal more to men than to women, or possibly it is more for younger people. All I can say is that I did not find the characters sufficiently enticing to make me want to read on despite my early reactions to the writing.
Disclaimer: I received a copy through LibraryThing Member Giveaways in exchange for a review
Comradeship and friendship in with a lot of heroism.
A book that is worth reading
Along the way we encounter other characters including Emile, a French soldier bound for the hell-hole of Verdun, Ernie a tall Australian truck driver whom everyone likes and Kranz, a German killing machine with a mission, who treats enemy warriors with respect. Initially Michel and Henry spend their time drinking, womanising and using bad language, but soon they are embroiled in more perilous adventures after a breakout by German prisoners of war. Michel is always bold and courageous, Henry, a reluctant soldier but a faithful friend. They move from one battle to another and the book is littered with carnage including intricate detail of the anatomical damage caused to bodies by each bullet or weapon.
Their final escapade runs in parallel to the completion of Franz’s mission and it is at this stage that the plot gains pace and excitement. There is a satisfactory denouement to a tragic story. If you want to read about the terror and inhumanity of World War One, described vividly and realistically then this is the book for you. If you prefer your adventures to be more sanitised then look elsewhere.
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