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This is an alternate title/cover edition for ASIN:B074CH1B6H A Frenchman in the British Army fighting Germans on the Western Front? That’d be a bastard—the illegitimate son of the French President, forbidden by father to join the fray. Under an assumed name, Michel joins anyway. Except now he cannot escape the war that follows every step of the way as he and Henry—his comra This is an alternate title/cover edition for ASIN:B074CH1B6H A Frenchman in the British Army fighting Germans on the Western Front? That’d be a bastard—the illegitimate son of the French President, forbidden by father to join the fray. Under an assumed name, Michel joins anyway. Except now he cannot escape the war that follows every step of the way as he and Henry—his comrade in arms—seek rest and recuperation in the mountains. Instead of wine and women, they find Germans and a secret plot to destroy France’s hub of munitions production. Cut off and outnumbered, they recruit a motley army comprising a women’s auxiliary and an old farmer with a big rifle and bad attitude. There’ll be no rest for these soldiers, not until Michel and Henry go to war.


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This is an alternate title/cover edition for ASIN:B074CH1B6H A Frenchman in the British Army fighting Germans on the Western Front? That’d be a bastard—the illegitimate son of the French President, forbidden by father to join the fray. Under an assumed name, Michel joins anyway. Except now he cannot escape the war that follows every step of the way as he and Henry—his comra This is an alternate title/cover edition for ASIN:B074CH1B6H A Frenchman in the British Army fighting Germans on the Western Front? That’d be a bastard—the illegitimate son of the French President, forbidden by father to join the fray. Under an assumed name, Michel joins anyway. Except now he cannot escape the war that follows every step of the way as he and Henry—his comrade in arms—seek rest and recuperation in the mountains. Instead of wine and women, they find Germans and a secret plot to destroy France’s hub of munitions production. Cut off and outnumbered, they recruit a motley army comprising a women’s auxiliary and an old farmer with a big rifle and bad attitude. There’ll be no rest for these soldiers, not until Michel and Henry go to war.

30 review for No Trench To Rest

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Michel, the illegitimate French President's son, forbidden by his father from joining active service in WWI, uses an assumed identity and instead joins the British Army. He teams up with soldier Henry and together the duo form an unlikely alliance. During some much needed rest and recuperation in the mountains, they uncover a German plot to destroy French munitions and are thrust back into the horrors of war once again. Although very competently written, I struggled to fully immerse myself into Michel, the illegitimate French President's son, forbidden by his father from joining active service in WWI, uses an assumed identity and instead joins the British Army. He teams up with soldier Henry and together the duo form an unlikely alliance. During some much needed rest and recuperation in the mountains, they uncover a German plot to destroy French munitions and are thrust back into the horrors of war once again. 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. * My thanks to author Avan Judd Stallard who provided me with a copy of this book. Read my review on my blog: http://bit.ly/2DhdhMI

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lloyd

    This first book of The French Bastard Series is set in France more during the First World War. We are plunged straight into the horror and detritus of trench warfare where Michel and Henry drop into, “a trench filled with a mix of blood, shit and dead men.” Not content to die needlessly in no man’s land, Michel leads Henry into a dangerous attack on the German gunners. As a result of their success they are granted R & R, which they choose to take in the mountains Michel knew from his youth. Along This first book of The French Bastard Series is set in France more during the First World War. We are plunged straight into the horror and detritus of trench warfare where Michel and Henry drop into, “a trench filled with a mix of blood, shit and dead men.” Not content to die needlessly in no man’s land, Michel leads Henry into a dangerous attack on the German gunners. As a result of their success they are granted R & R, which they choose to take in the mountains Michel knew from his youth. 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, fornicating and using foul 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Ellis

    Sorry, this was not something I could get into. I had my doubts on the first page, with the sentence "The Germans had three Maschinengewehr machine guns", which just means "The Germans had three machine guns machine guns". 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 c Sorry, this was not something I could get into. I had my doubts on the first page, with the sentence "The Germans had three Maschinengewehr machine guns", which just means "The Germans had three machine guns machine guns". 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

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Stein

    Vivid Description Gave it a 4 because the WWI descriptions of the countryside and the horrors of trench warfare and idiotic high echelon decisions are so realistic. If you've been to the Verdun area and seen the remnants of that terrible time this book reminds you of what you've seen and why you don't forget it. The story and characters are somewhat dad and right now I'm not sure I want to read another in the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Pelham

    Exciting and Deeply Moving Michel and Henry Go To War is an immersion in the trenches, battlefields and countryside of France during war. From the intrepid Michel, whose confidence crumbles under the reality of conflict and its impartial cruelty, to the reluctant bravery of Henry and the immense Ernest, characters test their notions of themselves. A great ride.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tash Quinn

    Great easy read! I enjoyed the story and following Michel and his unwilling companion Henry on their adventure through the French mountains. The plot was not predictable yet it all made sense and the story fit together well. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Michel And Henry Go To War The actions and antics that occur in this book that is based in the middle of a war is downright comical at times and other times it leaves you shaking your head at it "I Voluntary state that this is my honest review of this book"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bob Morgan

    Action The author keeps the action going. The storyline is believable and interesting. My only fault with the book is that it is a series. Where are authors who know how to Write novels?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth Corkery

    I really enjoyed this book. I was not sure it would be my kind of book as I am not into war stories, however it is more of an action adventure story following Michel and Henry and just happens to have the backdrop of WWI. Fun read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    God book Good book to read before bed Liked the book Five stars Draws you in and doesn't let go until your done with the book

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna Ballard

    World War II in France

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Not for me A little profanity is expected in a war story, but the over use of extensive extreme vulgar profanity was beyond me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Adventures of two young men based loosely on their WWI experiences. As my tastes run more towards historical fiction, this wasn't quite what I was looking for. (My opinion only.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fred Thompson

    Good overall. Only a few poor word choices. Plot was a little hard to follow at times.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Monte

    Exciting exploits of WWI. Takes place in the Voges Mountains in France. Beautiful country.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas A. Doidge

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the book except for the end. I know war is war but all those young girls killed. Liked Kranz.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mr P D Warr

    An honest portrait of war and its consequences

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jax

    Not a bad book, surprisingly well written A little obscene and sometimes unbelievable but not bad at all

  19. 4 out of 5

    Buddy Jaquith

    Here is my view Great action, good plot, and quite a spin on good vs evil; surprising end but good word imagery; would read another novel with Michel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Burke F. Ray

    Good, but far too much of the F. Word! A little read but too much obscenity!. A good read,but not as realistic as it could have been if had been more devoid of WW2 vocabulary,

  21. 4 out of 5

    ROBERT M MCCARTHY

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melvin L. Magers

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda S.P. Nixon

  24. 5 out of 5

    Miki

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kent Jensen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gene Skora

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  28. 5 out of 5

    Miss Kay L Cawley

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sylvan D. Kamens

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robert DeLucia

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