France, 1917. The illegitimate son of the French President is forbidden from joining the fray as a common soldier, but he isn’t about to let The Great War pass him by. Under an assumed name, Michel enlists with the British and is sent into the thick of action, again and again, until he learns what they all eventually learn: a cup of tea really is better than war.
Awarded a week’s leave, Michel and his comrade in arms—Henry—seek rest and recuperation in the mountains. But instead of wine and the daughters of farmers, 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 one last time.
A character-rich action and adventure thriller, filled with roguish heroes and sly humor, The French Bastard is sure to please fans of Flashman and Blackadder alike.