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The Adventures of Charlie Smithers

The Adventures of Charlie Smithers [Kindle Edition]

C W Lovatt
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Harry Flashman, step aside, old son. Make way for Charlie Smithers.

The time is the nineteenth century. The place, the Serengeti Plain, where one Charlie Smithers – faithful manservant to the arrogant bone-head, Lord Brampton (with five lines in Debrett, and a hopeless shot to boot) – becomes separated from his master during an unfortunate episode with an angry rhinoceros, thereby launching Charlie on an odyssey into Deepest Darkest Africa, and subsequently into the arms of the beautiful Loiyan…and that’s where the trouble really begins.

Maasai warriors, xenophobic locals, or evil Arab slavers, the two forbidden lovers encounter everything that the unforgiving jungle can throw at them.

"A truly engaging read that will keep anyone’s attention from the hilarious beginning until the last word. I highly recommend this 5 star novel." ~ Chapters & Chats

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (12 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4A407U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,747 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully engaging read! 10 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition

Debut novelist C W Lovatt hits the ground running with his historical fiction novel "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers". I found myself wildly entertained by the poetic prose and often humorous undertones you wouldn't expect from a first foray into the world of publishing.

Manservant to Lord John Houghton and reluctant world traveler, Charlie Smithers finds himself stranded in the Serengeti after a narrow escape from a charging rhinoceros, and headlong into a battle with dangerous predators hell bent on a meal of fresh meat. Saved by Maasai hunters Charlie finds himself in the midst of danger once again and falling for the beautiful Loiyan, the woman who nursed him back to health.

Charlie's journey takes him and his new love through numerous battles, nefarious slave traders and welcoming villagers on a course that will change his view of the world and questioning his priorities as he pushes to find his way back to England.

Mr. Lovatt's descriptive writing has the Serengeti coming to life before your eyes. He has done his homework on the people, places and geography of Africa that become the background for a touching love story wrapped up in an adventure. His protagonist is a loveable and loyal Englishman who could have ended up being written as a cookie cutter adventurer in the style of Robinson Crusoe but carries a life of his own that can only be described as refreshing.

The bottom line is "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" is truly engaging read that will keep one's attention from the hilarious beginning until the last word. I highly recommend this 5 star novel.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me as a galley by the author for an honest and unbiased review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly rewarding reading experience! 23 Feb 2013
By Hrtls
Format:Kindle Edition
I have just finished reading TACS for the second time. The first time I read it, I became so caught up in the story & involved with the characters that I found myself racing through it to find out what happened to them; so I needed to read it again – at a more leisurely pace – to appreciate how well-written the book is.

CWL is a talented writer. He is a terrific storyteller, with a plot that keeps the reader involved from beginning to end with its suspense & many surprises along the way. At the same time, he has a natural narrative style that makes reading a pleasure. He is a very visual writer, evoking the vivid images & atmosphere of the land of the Maasai: for example, he describes the great flocks of birds as ‘vast artificial clouds’, their song an ‘avian exaltation,’ & ‘somewhere in the night, a hyena cackled at something wildly amusing.’ He has a knack for appropriate similes – the kind that make you smile in the middle of a line: for instance, he says of a boat full of armed slavers: ‘their muskets bristling like a hedgehog,’ & a knack for summing up intense situations with a single statement: ‘We were alone now, a lost tribe of one man and one woman;’ Charlie’s old worries ‘all seemed distant and unimportant, as though they were events that might have happened to someone else - some minor character in a bad play;’ & again, after a tragic event, ‘I sight down the barrel. The blue steel glows dully in a sun I had thought gone from the sky.’

He also has a gift for dialogue, which really makes his characters come alive. There is an episode, in which Charlie & Loiyan are caught in a torrential rainstorm in an open canoe, which they are forced to bail out frantically throughout the night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When is the next book coming? 25 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are looking for a scathing review of a writer's debut novel, this is not it. Historic fiction is not my go-to genre; having said that, I found this story engaging and delightful.

I hate when authors take six sentences to describe a scene and set the mood, which leaves me skipping paragraphs to get to the point. None of that in this novel! Mr. Lovatt has a talent for succinct, yet effective description, which makes the impression all the more lasting for its brevity.

It was an easy, well-flowing read - at times humorous, at times poignant and tragic, but always true to the story that needed to be told. This book was an excellent read, chock full of interesting characters, an unusual storyline, and a lead character worth cheering for. I will be watching for further efforts of Mr. Lovatt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly epic tale, exceptionally well written. 31 Aug 2013
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I was attracted to this brilliantly written tale purely by the title - The Adventures of Charlie Smithers. It conjured up images of the sort of stuff I, as an English kid back in the 1960's, would read about in things such as The Boys Own, or tales of Biggles the dashing pilot. I was vaguely correct I suppose, but this was the most magnificent adventure I have ever come across. Anything Biggles, or William Brown for that matter, may have got up to in the way of adventures pales when compared with Charlie Smithers and what happened to him on his perilous, though always exciting, journey through untamed Africa. His journey is quite incredibly dangerous at times, and many times I was led to think 'surely he's a goner this time!?'. The author has written this quite amazing, yet very believable, tale with such aplomb that you cannot help - given that you get'right into it' - getting so involved in everything that happens. He has, as other reviewers have noted, done his research very well indeed and he held my attention to such an extent that my breakfast had been stood for four hours before I touched it, not being able to abandon the story for even ten minutes to eat. I was moved to genuine tears as the story reached it's conclusion, though the author skillfully managed to ease the grieving with another charming twist. I really cannot recommend The Adventures of Charlie Smithers too highly,just buy it and read it yourself. You will surely find it one of the most engaging reads ever, whatever your particular preference, or usual choice of reading matter. This would, without any shadow of a doubt, make a magnificent film. I could easily see a modern day equivalent of Richard Harris in this. Though at times Smithers' tenderness and ability to wax lyrical would have been perfectly suited to another great of the screen, Richard Burton. I echo previous sentiments when I say I would love to read more of Charlie Smithers. To the author, very well done indeed Sir.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a good story!
One of the best historical fiction stories which I've read, the hero has a true realism at least to me, I felt involved in the book.
Published 20 days ago by Cecil
5.0 out of 5 stars Thouroughly enjoyable read.
I picked this up on a whim and what a find. At first glance, deceptively simple, however it turned out to be a very well written and researched story that managed to captivate my... Read more
Published 25 days ago by R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magnificent Charlie Smithers!!
The adventures of Charlie Smithers

Charlie Smithers is such a delightful character that I fell in love with him instantly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monique Lomino
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Yes, brilliantly written. A beautiful story that captivates the imagination but is it imagination? Not entirely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sondra
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure!
Charlie’s adventures literally begin with a bang! Of an elephant gun, and poor Charlie gets dumped into the shallows only to discover he is in the deepest waters of life ever. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elaina J Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read
What an enjoyable read this was. Well written, involving and full of intrigue, it was often funny, sometimes fast paced with excitement, and other times tragically poignant. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marya Hoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn
Great in places. Funny, tragic and frolicking. If you liked the flashman papers then this may be up your street.
Published 4 months ago by Andy Craze
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
Not my usual type of book, but thoroughly enjoyed it. I found I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to Chuck Lovatt's next book
Published 8 months ago by Frances
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Very easy to read and a lot of fun in a Flashmanesque/ Quartermain type way. Recommend this book and look forward to the second instalment!
Published 12 months ago by Vikas Krishan
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie and Loiyan's Amazing Adventure
Charlie Smithers was not my usual type of read so it was a very pleasant surprise to discover this story. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JRayne
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