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on 8 October 2017
I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. I was quite impressed that an American author could so accurately write as if he were a ‘terribly English’ servant of an aristocrat, whose aim in life had always been to serve and protect his master. It reminded me of ‘Jeeves and Wooster’, for Charlie is obviously far more intelligent and resourceful than his master but still served him diligently. That is, until he finds himself in a situation in Africa that completely removes him from his master. Now, he discovers there is more to life than being a servant. He finds love and learns about the precarious life of the Maasi and other African tribes.

Although essentially a story about discovery of other cultures and the joy of love, the author skilfully displays the horrors of the slave trade. This is a story that will make you giggle but will also pull your heart strings and make you ache for all those unknown people who suffered so much.

A brilliantly written and sensitive write from an author who has researched thoroughly but can also touch the heart with his portrayal of a man who has never known such a woman existed and couldn’t help but become devoted to her.
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on 16 June 2017
Laugh out loud funny and moving at times. Loved it.
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on 13 May 2017
C W Lovatt has a natural flair for writing and this series of books shows him at his best in my opinion.
It's extremely well researched and had me laughing out loud at times.
Highly recommended.
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on 12 August 2016
Amusing and entertaining. Unusual style of writing. Looking forward to the next instalment of his adventures.
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A totally wonderful rip roaring adventure yarn, with a wonderfully funny larger than life hero (or is Charlie an anti hero??) An exciting page turner of tale that brings to mind the adventure books we read as kids....yet with adult twists...
"And may you have much jigga-jiggling in the making of your sons," she continued.
"Oh think nothing of...pardon?"
"And may your toes curl often in ecstasy."
"Now see here!"
"And may your balls be filled with much.."
"Silence!" I hissed, too scandalised for any other words.
The book is made gloriously authentic to it's era by being totally lacking in political correctness, which makes refreshing change and it delightfully pokes fun at stereotypical English people of the era.
A triumph of a book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves an adventure (and who doesn't!)
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on 6 April 2016
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on 21 February 2016
Amusing in places, sad in places. Worth a read and worth buying the next book in the series.
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on 8 February 2016
entertaining
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on 7 February 2016
I really enjoyed this little adventure. Definitely has hints of Flasman in terms of historical interest, the lingo of the era and some non-PC thinking likely to have been in play at the time. The main difference is that Smithers has redeeming features like bravery and kindness which Flashman tends not to. Forgetting Flashman comparisons and you're left with a very entertaining period adventure and I certainly want to read more.
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on 19 January 2016
More please
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