This is one of Kirst's hup-zwei-drei entertainments, somewhat firmer than his last two if none of them have come up to the Gunner Asch books. The hero is a Captain Hein, as hard as Krupp steel -- in fact he's said to own ""shares in this war"" -- and now he's stationed with his Battery 3 in a French chateau where they play fatal war games such as Prussian Roulette. The tone lets down however with (a) the arrival of a research team which includes two women, one quite willing and (b) the installation of a brothel. This leads to all kinds of congestion in the corridors and then there's the question of a Fragonard on the walls, the coffin of a duke in the church, and the exchange of other kinds of commodities before Hein meets an appropriate death. The basic base elements (lust and brutality) are once again not de-banalized but deployed to serve both participant and spectator equally.