Saturday, 14 October 2017

"The Adventures of Charlie Smithers - A Review - "A Brilliant and Sensitive Write"

Thank you very much, Mrs J. My debut nove, "The adventures of Charlie Smithers," continues to be one of my most best selling books....

 out of 5 starsA Brilliant and Sensitive write
on 8 October 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

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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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

An Editorial Review for "Downunder," by Diana Milne of The Review...

I'm so pleased that I'm even going to include the introduction that Diana wrote on her facebook page:

"A review of one of the most exciting books I have read this millennium, written by that master story teller, CW Lovatt.
Even the font used for the words CHARLIE SMITHERS is contemporaneous with the narrative. A clever and unusual touch!"

I couldn't agree with her more about the font, by the way; as well as being a talented writer in her own right, Poppet is an amazing cover designer.

Click here for the link, or just read on...

  Charlie Smithers, or should I say C W Lovatt? has done it again, bringing us the best adventure yet in the series about this remarkable and lovable character. Following a raid by pirates and a serious wound from the ever helpful, but sadly unskilled marksman, Lord Brampton, Smithers finds himself washed up and stranded in a place that he later knows to be Australia. The story follows his rescue and travels with a foul mouthed and enigmatic woman, who he comes to respect and love, and is held together by a tune that haunts him throughout the narrative.

Written in a friendly first person, the book grabs hold of its readers and lures them from page to page, tugging at the edges of the consciousness whilst one is not reading, urging one to go back. Lovatt’s skilled narrative and exceptional story telling ensure that no reader gets away without this book becoming a part of themselves. It is, to me, a mark of true genius, when a character becomes so important that the reader becomes slightly infatuated with them, and this is true of Charlie. I cared, and cared deeply, what happened to him.

The amount of research that the author has accomplished to ensure every facet of this story is accurate is phenomenal, ranging from the flora and fauna of the Antipodes, through Waler horses, to folk history, Aboriginal people and traditions and that most elusive of Australian native phenomenon, ‘Dream Time’.

Smithers is his usual very British, stiff upper lip self, where fair play rules, right is right and wrong is everything else. His sense of indignity when confronted by someone who did not play by the unwritten British rule book, is so funny, and yet not too out of the ordinary for a certain type of Englishman – (think Jacob Rees-Mogg or Boris Johnson!) :

“Well, something had to be done, and no error. This was really too bad, but there was nothing else for it. My defiant glare transformed into an indignant frown. 

Gasping, I managed to wheeze, “Hold on,” spluttering out a mouthful of the ocean, “this ain’t cricket!” 

When this failed to stop him, or indeed, slow him down one iota, my indignation became quite severe, let me tell you, and I declared, “You, sir, are not a gentleman!” 

No doubt your surprise is as great as mine, upon finding that this also produced no effect, and I could see that things were looking pretty grim. 

“But dammit, you’re British!” I cried. 
Then, with a final gasp, I took what little air that I could swallow into my poor starving lungs, and sank beneath the waves. I could hear his enraged fists pummelling the spot ...” 

In this adventure, Smithers, whether as a result of a greater maturity or as a result of a severe bang on the head, begins to experience the gift of ‘sight’, inherited from his mother, which has been touched on in previous works, but never thoroughly examined. In this place, where real time and dream time go hand in hand, he finds a perfect avenue to get to know this other side of his psyche and a lot of the book is about the metaphysical, within the context of Charlie’s own exploration and experience of the theme. This is a brave undertaking for any author and CW Lovatt accomplishes this with exceptional understanding and tact and manages to explain paranormal events in a way that the lay person can understand and which would also be recognisable to a practitioner.

Dream Time is an anomaly in the space time continuum that is experienced by Aboriginal people and it is a subject that I have tried to understand in greater depth since the 1970s. Although this quote comes from the previous book in the series, it more than sums up Charlie’s tentative grasping at the subject: "There was more to our existence than met the eye. Whether it was through some sort of deity, or something else, there was a force at work beyond our capabilities of reckoning, and it defied reason."

This book stretches Charlie as a character and stretches the CW Lovatt as an author, to new levels of greatness and storytelling, weaving a magic spell around Smithers and Mattie as they dance to their music of time, that maybe, just maybe, only they can hear. Charlie probably will never get better from the loss of his wife Loiyan, but he has become better at it and is now able to confidently move on and face his life in all its dimensions. 

With his exceptional use of words, Lovatt paints pictures of the mysterious and beautiful land that is Australia, getting under the skin of the country to its very soul and carrying the reader along in his wake.

And in an after word, the author posits a possible explanation for the lilting music that Charlie hears throughout the adventure tying the story together very cleverly, combining fact, folklore and fiction, a skill at which Lovatt excels.

And did Charlie learn to forgive? Read the book and find out! You won’t be disappointed.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

"Adventures in India" - A Review - "Superb..."

Thank you HC,UK!

on 19 August 2017
Format: Paperback
What a brilliant second book in the Charlie Smithers series this is! Full of humour, charm, heroism, determination, courage, danger, cruelty, sadness, historical detail and shenanigans galore, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. At times this story was incredibly moving, and at others I found myself laughing out loud. I loved reading about the 'special tea' made by the beautiful Madam Pirali and the effects it had on the normally bombastic Lord Brampton! Absolutely hilarious ! Charlie Smithers is such a lovable and believable fellow. He is honourable and has a sense of fair play and common decency and he will always speak his mind, even if it gets him into trouble. The characters Mr Lovatt describes are all so easy to picture and his descriptions are so detailed I feel I'm actually watching a movie, it is so vivid in my mind. Thank you for this wonderfully written tale. I'm now reading about the wonderful Charlie Smithers' adventures in Oz......Please let there one day be a book Four Mr Lovatt.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Josiah Stubb

The Siege of Louisbourg: "... 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." ~ Katie Kofemug

Interim: "I consider this to be C W Lovatt’s finest full length work yet..." ~ d.arcadian

Sunday, 23 July 2017

"Interim" Soon Available in Paperback

Don't forget, "Interim" will be available in paperback by the end of the week. Until then it's available only as an e-book, but the paperback can be pre-ordered now...

Friday, 30 June 2017

"Josiah Stubb: Interim" - A Review

Alec Hawkes comes up with an outstanding review for my latest release, as he has done for all my books.

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This is yet another top quality offering from Mr. Lovatt. This story is enthralling, gripping, exciting and many other things, all of which are good. The thing with Lovatt is that his writing is so descriptive, never shirking an issue or skirting around it; never lazy and too brief. Something he always manages, with considerable aplomb, is to never leave out those who were mentioned earlier in the saga - in either a small or large way. The little details are so important, even vital, to the flow, enjoyment, and accuracy of a good book. This, methinks, Lovatt is an expert at. He has, I'm sure, spent many a year honing his technique. We are now seeing and reading the results of many years of hard work; bravo sir! Well done indeed. To the story itself. I never want to give away much of the plot; I'm quite sure others will, but I would just like to mention a couple of quite brilliant exchanges that had me smiling, nodding approval, and appreciating fully what a brilliant writer this man is. Firstly an exchange between the newly upgraded Lieutenant Stubb and Private Carstair. The 51st were retreating from a rejuvenated force of native Indians and French led by the cunning old fox La Lande. Stubb, despite being only a Lieutenant, was in total command of the entire company, the bastard rapist Captain Hume having met an ugly though thoroughly deserved grisly demise, and was struggling to come to grips with the entire situation. Unaccustomed, as he was, to being the one who didn't merely follow orders, but had the unenviable task of hatching a good plan and issuing his own orders, many things were forming doubts in his mind. Was he really officer material? Would the men who he had fought with, ate with, struggled with, laughed with and been good friends with now follow him, without complaint or hesitation? Would he be judged by fellow officers who were not his fellows at all? Would they say he was well above his station and way out of his depth? As well as so many nagging self doubts he knew that he WAS in command; he was there, and no other was by his side. The lives of his men, his mates; these were almost entirely dependant on Stubb making the correct decision at the right moment. Racked as he was with so much self doubt, unanswerable questions and memories both good and bad, he happened upon Private Carstair. He was a young soldier, and had something of the frightened rabbit about him. Having said that, his commanding officer was only young himself, though Stubb had been much hardened by his experiences in life. The foremost doubt that the Lieutenant could not dispel from his mind was the one about whether the men would follow him, carry out his orders without question, hesitation or complaint. What followed was a quite superbly written exchange between the young soldiers, culminating in Carstair's "the lads will do anything for you, follow you anywhere, sir." Stubb was rather shocked, surprised, but in a very pleasant way and in a way that would straighten his broad shoulders, pump his chest and fill him with pride. These were good lads in the 51st, as was their newly upgraded officer. Stubb was so emboldened by this that he brushed all doubt aside and was able to lead his men with renewed vigour, ultimately very successfully. Poor Carstair met his own grisly end, but such is war. Another brilliantly written exchanged occurred between La Lande and Stubb, at the point when Stubb nearly had his man, only for the slippery old fox to outwit him and slope off into the darkness of the forest. There are many more though, many graphic descriptions of scenes that are so well described as to be very real, almost as if the whole thing is on film in front of you. As ever with Lovatt, the characters are many and varied and all so utterly believable. I loved this story from start to finish and eagerly await the next instalment. Brilliant writing from the master!

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