Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Adventures of Charlie Smithers - A Rather Lovely Review

I've read this one so many times I think I can recite it by heart!
Thank you R. Dunbar!
Don't forget, The Adventures of Charlie Smithers is on sale for only 99 cents until the end of the month, so get your copy today! Also, keep an eye on this blog for the release of the second book of the Charlie Smithers collection: "Charlie Smithers: Adventures in India," due out in early February.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Old Fashioned Roaring Adventure. Fasten Your Seatbelt!, January 19, 2015
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This review is from: The Adventures of Charlie Smithers (Kindle Edition)
"The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" has often been compared to the Harry Flashman novels, to which it compares quite favorably. It is also reminiscent of such Rider Haggard novels such as "King Solomon's Mines" and "She."
Author C. W. Lovatt has done an admirable job of recreating the atmosphere of 1850s British Colonialism. The narrative voice of Charlie, a Victorian era "gentleman's gentleman," is by turns matter of fact, cynical, and irreverent, just as one might expect from someone who served in his capacity during the era of the Empire.
The book immediately engages the reader's attention through the aforesaid narrative voice, and almost at once launches into a series of hair raising, improbable, and sometimes hilarious misadventures. The action begins with Charlie becoming separated from his "gentleman" by a stampeding rhino. Chased off a cliff by the charging beast, he lands in a river, breaking both ankles and finding himself surrounded by hungry crocodiles. From there, let it just be said that the action and adventure escalate. "The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" is great entertainment, related with great good humor. It will leave you anxious for a sequel.

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