Book Review: The Adventures of Charlie Smithers

The Adventures of Charlie Smithers

C W Lovatt

2 Stars

The Adventures of Charlie Smithers is exactly as the titles states, about Charlie’s adventures.

After the intro and back-story of Charlie, he finds himself separated from his master in the middle of one of the toughest jungles in Africa with nothing but a rifle. While running for his life he falls off a cliff, and that is when his adventures begin.

Throughout the entire book Charlie finds himself in so much trouble, everywhere he turns something happens. Running for his life from a rhino, falling off a cliff and breaking his leg are just the beginning. It would seem that whenever he did find himself in big trouble he seems to figure a way out of it. Along his travels, he finds forbidden love.

Sounds like a great story, as long as you are good with learning a large amount of history. I found The Adventures of Charlie Smithers difficult to keep reading. For me, it was much like reading a train wreck. The beginning was historical and important facts about the train, then, while in the middle of the implosion, you would have to read the subtitles on how the train was made, what materials were used, who made it, how long it took, who rides it, and every statistic you didn’t want to know before moving on to the next issue, that is why the loss of the stars.

The Adventures of Charlie Smithers Book Cover The Adventures of Charlie Smithers
C W Lovatt
Historical Fiction
Wild Wolf Publishing
November 12, 2013

Harry Flashman, step aside, old son. Make way for Charlie Smithers.

The time is the nineteenth century. The place, the Serengeti Plain, where one Charlie Smithers – faithful manservant to the arrogant bone-head, Lord Brampton (with five lines in Debrett, and a hopeless shot to boot) – becomes separated from his master during an unfortunate episode with an angry rhinoceros, thereby launching Charlie on an odyssey into Deepest Darkest Africa, and subsequently into the arms of the beautiful Loiyan…and that’s where the trouble really begins.

Maasai warriors, xenophobic locals, or evil Arab slavers, the two forbidden lovers encounter everything that the unforgiving jungle can throw at them.

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