Saturday, 2 April 2016

"The Adventures of Charlie Smithers" - A Review - "Riveting Adventure Into Deepest Africa"

Thank you Diane Rapp. Very much appreciated!

on March 29, 2016
This excellent historical novel follows a gentleman’s gentleman named Charlie Smithers through hair-raising adventures in the wilds of Africa. Charlie was raised in a family tradition of service to his upper-crust Lord, ready to give his life to protect his bumbling master. Charlie’s unflinching devotion leads him astray after the inept Lord Brampton misses a dangerous target on a game hunt. In an effort to save Lord Brampton, Charlie finds himself lost, gravely injured, and ready to become the lunch of a hungry crocodile. A band of Maasai rescue him.

One would assume that an adventure novel might lack elements of human interest. Not so. The author provides his readers with historical insight into various natives of Africa. He includes a touching love story and humorous situations along the journey.

Charlie gains devious friends and dangerous enemies who wish him dead. He is nursed by Loiyan, a clever Maasai healer, who helps Charlie flee for his life. They travels across the deepest part of Africa with warriors on their trail to places never explored by white men. Charlie’s class prejudices are evident by language that is considered forbidden in modern society, but commonplace in his era. Readers learn how his ideas about race become altered as Charlie gains respect for some natives and falls in love with an exotic beauty. You won’t be bored during this novel!

Anyone who enjoyed “Downton Abbey” will be enchanted with this first-person narrative. Warning! There is stark violence in the story. I cringed at the callous murders by natives and slave traders, but appreciated Charlie’s will to survive when facing dire circumstances. This may be a first novel by C.W. Lovatt, but it is well-written and free of errors. I’m certain we will enjoy many more exciting stories from him in the future. Recommended!

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