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Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg [Kindle Edition]

C.W.Lovatt
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From the best-selling author of The Adventures of Charlie Smithers.

"C.W. Lovatt possesses incredible talent, and it is my unreserved opinion that Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg deserves a prominent place on any history buff's bookshelf." ~ The Winnipeg Review

"Fans of C. S. Forster's Horatio Hornblower and Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe will love it!"

It is 1758 and The Seven Years War is raging. The military might of the British and French empires collide in a desperate bid to control the key strategic Fortress of Louisbourg and, in turn, Quebec and French-held North America.

One man caught amidst the bloodshed is the young grenadier, Josiah Stubb. Raised by a whore amidst poverty and incest, Josiah seemed doomed from birth to a life in the gutter. His attempt to leave his sordid past behind leads him to Louisbourg, but it comes back to haunt him in the form of a gifted officer, battling his own inner demons.

As the siege blazes towards its inevitable bloody climax, will Josiah live to overcome the formidable obstacles that keep him chained to his past, or will his aspirations for a better life die with him on the brooding shores of Ile Royale?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1251 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (12 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IZKEIYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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CW Lovatt is the author of the best selling novel The Adventures of Charlie Smithers, and co-author of the noir collection, Wild Wolf's Twisted Tails. Josiah Stubb is his latest book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Historical That Doesn't Hold Back 3 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Good: While this isn't my usual genre, I enjoy a good Historical every now and then, and this one encompasses so many other aspects that it's hard to NOT enjoy it. What I like most is that my first impression was that it was going to be a book based solely on the battles and preparing for them - not so. This is ultimately a personal story of Josiah Stubb, a young man who has a terrible start in life, and works his way up along his lifetime. Lovatt's writing excels in this regard, because we're drawn along with the strength of Josiah's decisions, rather than his regrets and self-pity, because this is a journey of discovery, and in the end, hope. The other favourite part of mine was the incredible detailing and research that has gone into the novel. I felt as though I could really see the history unfolding before my eyes, but again, it's written with such skill that you feel as though you are enjoying a historical drama, rather than a textbook. The characters, the main character especially, are very real and multi-dimensional, and I felt my heartstrings tugged with every downfall that happened.

The Bad: There isn't really anything - nothing that I would count as bad, anyway. Something that perhaps ought to be mentioned for more squeamish readers is that there is incest from one character (BUT, it is integral to the story, and makes sense as you read the book), and the battles are very real and bloody. I personally didn't have an issue with these being part of the story, as I felt one added to the story, and the other was necessary as part of the story. But I only mention it for readers who may find it uncomfortable to read a story with these elements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best historical fiction ever! 5 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was a little leery about reading a historical novel because I'm more into paranormal thrillers. But after a dear friend recommended it I thought I'd read it. I was not disappointed! This is an excellent novel following the life of Josiah Stubb from his early life when his mother, a whore, stole his innocence at age 13 turning him into a whore. Though he is very lucrative as a whore he finds love but her father, once learning of his orientation, forbids him to see her ever again. He joins the army to distance himself from his past.
The characters are remarkable and you can really feel their joy and sadness. You begin to care for Josiah and I caught myself cheering him on.
I wish this story didn't end. I really enjoyed it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 24 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is definitely Josiah’s story. From lowly beginnings and a strange childhood Josiah rises to become something more. I was horrified by Josiah’s childhood, elated that he discovered love despite that, then horrified that he had to surrender all that was good in his life to embark into the perils of the army … and then elated to know, in the end, hope remains.

From great battles and strategy, through the mud of men in desperation, into unlikely friendships, while delving Josiah’s past, this reader’s emotions went up and down with the tides of war and the reality of society’s bias. An excellent yarn, an emotional journey.

Mr Lovatt clearly did much research into both the battles and the society of the time, for the narration is seamless and intriguing. He brings it to us in full colour, with the smells of gunpowder lacing all.

I thoroughly enjoyed Josiah Stubb and recommend it to history fans, as well as to those of us who adore a tragic love story. Josiah as man and as tale will appeal to a wide audience, I believe, and both man and tale doesn’t disappoint! Well done to the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant. A masterpiece! 22 April 2014
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I finished this superb book some fifteen hours before actually settling down to review it, for such is the brilliance of the writing by Mr. Lovatt and so much to ponder that was in the story, I needed time to gather my thoughts before offering my humble opinions. I had, some months previous, read the author's previous work 'The Adventures of Charlie Smithers', which I was very impressed with, and thoroughly enjoyed, to the extent that I wanted to read more of his work. Now, having read Josiah Stubb, I am very much a big fan of this highly talented author. This story is categorized as historical fiction, which it clearly is, but at the same time it is based on so many actual events that could so easily be all fact. The end of a bloody seven year struggle for control between Monsieur and Les Anglais, on, and near to, the Canadian coast in 1758. Ultimate victory for the British, though many more skirmishes would follow in many places between the ancient foes, was achieved through bloody determination, skill, a large slice of luck, and much loss of life on both sides. Among those in the ranks of the victors was young Josiah Stubb, himself on a perilous journey through life that had as many ups and downs - as well as bloody battles - as the British armed forces in which he served. Stubb had come from the gutter, a poor peasant, though not as poor as many due to his mother's business acumen, though in a somewhat dubious business. Life in the gutter of the colonies was hard, very hard, so those who could sell and trade in nothing but themselves had a chance, a small chance, to extend their lives a little beyond mere existence to something more. For young Joss's mother stole his childhood away. She 'ej-u-cated' him in how to sell his body. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction at the Absolute Best! 5 April 2014
By katie kofemug - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
“Louisbourg had fallen at last, and now it was time for the living to take stock.”

This is the end before the beginning, literally, but that is the way of historical fiction and the summation of this wonderful book. I’m no longer sure what I expected when I read the synopsis, a combination of Hornblower on land and African Queen is probably close enough. With all due respect to Mr. Forester, whom I adore, this book far surpassed my expectations, and then some. Josiah Stubb is a young man as determined to take back his life as the British forces were to take Louisbourg and thereby open the way inland. A character that should be as well known as Hornblower or Skywalker, though he’d rather not be, I’m sure; his story is as compelling as both combined.

In this first person narrative, we are granted the status of confidant, not condescended to with the ramblings of an old man looking back through the cataract vision of time and distance. A vibrant recollection of maturing beyond the requirements of being an adult to the acceptance of just what the heck that means is the privilege we are gifted. Yet, even with Josiah’s matter of fact tones illuminating the events, it is not always easy to bear the truth of battle and siege, military or personal. I struggled with understanding, compassion, forgiveness, and anger, only partially comforted by the fact Josiah did so as well.

Do not expect a dry fictionalized tale of battle preparations with a bit of personal curiosity tossed in to keep the lay person from dozing off; it is quite the opposite. Mr. Lovatt’s pacing was so utterly perfect, I was never overwhelmed, only obliged to read on. There is exactly the right amount of description to enlighten without the perilous yawns of information dump regarding life as an enlisted man taking the King’s shilling. If you don’t know what a mitre is, you’ll figure it out; if you’ve never considered the difference between luck and skill - you’ll figure that out too. I actually found myself grateful for the transition from the personal to the preparation for siege and the skirmishes between; though it began the other way and then, just as I felt impatience itching at me, the transition once again kept me enthralled.

As to the personal battles … this is not for the squeamish or those easily offended by the harsh realities of survival in the Colonies of the 1750s. Josiah began life in the gutter; he didn’t climb out easily or without cost. Yet there’s no maudlin self-pity or righteous rage, we’re spared that because Josiah refuses to dwell in either place. The admiration we would extend to him in this age was by no stretch available to him then. The narrow tracks he could walk were never going to be smooth but his heart was in it, as well as his head.

I swear I haven’t cried over a book in years and years but this one required a paper towel and time to compose myself, twice! I still feel as if I’ll need to re-read it two or three times to catch most of what is there. To me, that is the difference between a really good book you re-read when you’re in the mood and a fantastic book that impacts your life, forever.

Josiah Stubb is a fantastic book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction At It's Best 3 April 2014
By Paula A. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
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Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg is a historical fiction set during the Seven Years War. This war fought between the British and the French was over the control of the French control of Quebec and a large portion of the land that would become the U.S.

Josiah Stubb was a young boy who saw the military with all it's dangers to being far better that his life in the gutter. His mother, and I use that word loosely, was the town whore. Not only did she commit incest but also trained her son as whore. Escape was his only choice

Military life was often no much better. Poor conditions, death, injury, poor leadership, officers that abuse their soldier both physically and sexually was his new living conditions. Hope is one of the great motivaters for humans. Josiah was a girl, Elizabeth, that he had saved. She was the daughter of the British Generals. Hope..... can sustain us in the worst of times.

One leave, Josiah, once again finds himself resuming his old life. What else does he know? Who else is he? While on leave..... who should re-enter is life.... Elizabeth. She loves him as he loves her. Not only does she love him but she knows about his life. Sometimes though love is not enough.

Josiah goes back into battle. After the British win the Seven Years War, he continues his military career. He simply can't go back to what he was. He desire of life of respect. Love. Love continues inspite of hardships and separation. One can only hope that Elizabeth and Josiah's paths may once again cross paths in some future book. The story is not finished

Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg is an excellent historical novel. The reader is able to see that C.W. Lovett has done a great deal of intense reserch on this subject. That type of research is terriby important to the validity of the story.

Anyone who enjoys historical fiction is going to love Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourge by C.W. Lovett.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovatt Does it again! 15 Mar 2014
By J. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mr Lovatt's story telling is at the top of his game in this new exciting historical novel. If you have read the amazing adventures of Charlie Smitters, then you know you are in for another good read. If you have not read Mr. Lovatt's first book just jump in and give it a try. Now, for those that might be interested there has been a rumor that Mr. Lovatt's picture as a young man is among the Soldiers in the boat. Can you find him? Remember I said soldiers not the sailors, you can tell the difference. His artist has done an amazing job with this cover, however I cannot remember his name. Hey, I am old! Read the book and enjoy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, with great characters. 10 July 2014
By Lynelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received the book from the author for an honest review.

Written from one protagonist point of view, I found Josiah Stubb a fascinating character. His casual way of relaying his story to us in the midst of the Battle of Louisbourg, draws you into his own battle of life and choices; in his case choices that were forced upon him. Shining in the midst of all the turmoil, his longing for his sweetheart and his relationships with friends and his superiors.
Through his eyes, you get a closer look at the battle itself as well as the life he left behind, and the reasons for being in the army. His maturity, strong character and intelligence the very highlight of the whole book. You could not help but to admire him.
Every unique character was masterful crafted to give you a better perspective of the times and the things they faced.
You could not help but to indulge yourself in the writing, the characters and the plot as the scenes unfold.
Really a great tribute for the Siege of Louisbourg, and the people who lived through it.
Just love the cover, it's the perfect design for this book and the time period.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! 24 May 2014
By Elaina J Davidson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is definitely Josiah’s story. From lowly beginnings and a strange childhood Josiah rises to become something more. I was horrified by Josiah’s childhood, elated that he discovered love despite that, then horrified that he had to surrender all that was good in his life to embark into the perils of the army … and then elated to know, in the end, hope remains.

From great battles and strategy, through the mud of men in desperation, into unlikely friendships, while delving Josiah’s past, this reader’s emotions went up and down with the tides of war and the reality of society’s bias. An excellent yarn, an emotional journey.

Mr Lovatt clearly did much research into both the battles and the society of the time, for the narration is seamless and intriguing. He brings it to us in full colour, with the smells of gunpowder lacing all.

I thoroughly enjoyed Josiah Stubb and recommend it to history fans, as well as to those of us who adore a tragic love story. Josiah as man and as tale will appeal to a wide audience, I believe, and both man and tale doesn’t disappoint! Well done to the author.
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