By Jodi Hanson, from "Jodi's Chapters and Chat's":
“The Adventures of Charlie Smithers” by C W Lovatt (Wild Wolf Publishing 2012)
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 anyone’s attention from the hilarious beginning until the last word. I highly recommend this 5 star novel.
Kindle Edition: ASIN: B00A4A07U $2.99 US, £3.08 UK
Disclaimer: This book was given to me as a galley by the author for an honest and unbiased review.