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- Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (April 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX3CJWF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Josiah Stubb: Interim Kindle Edition
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Reading this book,I felt as if I was living the story along with the characters. On many occasions I found myself holding my breath while my heart beat erratically. You are transported to 1758 Canada,where the English are at war with the French,the English trying to take over Canada . Not only was reading this book exciting,it gives you a history lesson,one that I was fascinated to learn. The first book in the series is a spectacular read,so it is of no surprise that this carries on the tradition. C W Lovatt puts enough information about the first book into this one ,to allow you to understand the backstory if you choose to read it out of sequence.This tale is so very fascinating,with colorful characters,witty dialogue and the very best historical storyline I've read in ages.
This is an outstanding book and I highly recommend it,and for those of you who haven't read the first book,I beseech you to read Josiah's first book " The Siege of Louisbourg".
I am happy to say that “Josiah Stubb: Interim” not only lived up to my very high expectations, but it totally smashed them. It is rare that I can say about a novel that I cannot fault it, but I can genuinely say that I cannot fault this book.
The characters, many of whom are familiar from book one, have exponentially matured and developed and Lovatt shows his exceptional knowledge of human psyche in the way that they are presented, interact with other characters and react to the changing situations around them. In addition to established characters, Lovatt introduces some incredible new characters, each finely drawn and with such a complex and yet familiar persona that the reader can feel real affinity with, or revulsion to, these people in much the same way as one would with one’s own cohorts. The character Old Gaspard is a delight and in many ways takes the place of Fat Sal in the first book, Fat Sal this time only making a cameo appearance. Gaspard is a naughty old Canadien and Lovatt's beautifully measured words manage to sum him up completely, without undue crudity.
Comedic without being overtly laughable, Gaspard holds the story together and makes transitions between scenes smooth and seamless.
The book is unusual in that it changes voice and point of view - (unique in a Lovatt work) - but this is done with such skill that it adds a strong depth to the novel and rather than making it unbalanced, keeps the whole thing in kilter. The story has been meticulously and painstakingly researched with the author not only having an extensive reading list that would put many historians of that era to shame, but visiting the locations and gaining firsthand experience of all the situations that he presents so clearly in words. Having read one scene and then subsequently seeing a picture on his website, I immediately knew what I was looking at and where from remembering his brilliant description of the place in the book.
The story line is strong and interweaves fictional and real characters with ease and assurance and carries the reader along wanting to find out the next bit, and the next and the next ... yet can be read on so many different levels that it could be read by many people, all of whom take something different away from it. As I have mentioned before in a review of this writer’s work, each word is there for a purpose. Some words have more than one purpose, giving the book this multi layered complexity and depth that add so much to the reading experience. Throughout the book we are aware of the author’s wonderful humour and deep humanity and his exceptional intelligence and understanding of situations.
The scenes of battle and one-to-one combat are so well written that the reader feels as if they are there in the thick of the action, fighting, killing, being maimed or coming out victorious ...
and then suddenly, there is a beautiful descriptive passage of a scene from nature, minutely observed and placed in just the right place to give the battle weary reader a rest from the bloodshed.
I learned a lot from this book, without feeling that I was being taught. I learned of the history of that region and the geography, the people, a little of the language, the causes of the war and human nature and how Canada became the wonderful and diverse country that it is today.
I consider this to be C W Lovatt’s finest full length work yet; he goes from strength to strength as he grows into and gains the conviction of his own genius, but, saying that, he will never become vain or arrogant. He is a true literary star recognised by all his readers, but with no hubris. He is very humble about his incredible literary gift.
I love the skill Mr. Lovett uses to bring his characters and locales to glowing life. This is a brilliant book and I highly recommend it.Don't miss the first one also!
I received this book for an honest review.
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