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Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg by [Lovatt, C.W.]
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From the best-selling author of The Adventures of Charlie Smithers.

It is 1758 and The Seven Years War is raging. The military might of the British and French empires collide in a desperate bid to control the key strategic Fortress of Louisbourg and, in turn, Quebec and French-held North America.

One man caught amidst the bloodshed is the young grenadier, Josiah Stubb. Raised by a whore amidst poverty and incest, Josiah seemed doomed from birth to a life in the gutter. His attempt to leave his sordid past behind leads him to Louisbourg, but it comes back to haunt him in the form of a gifted officer, battling his own inner demons.

As the siege blazes towards its inevitable bloody climax, will Josiah live to overcome the formidable obstacles that keep him chained to his past, or will his aspirations for a better life die with him on the brooding shores of Ile Royale?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1253 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (12 March 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,354 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In this novel historical facts abound, all well-researched and interesting. The same must be said about military procedures, practice and paraphernalia. I realise that this is what some readers seek first and foremost in historical fiction. For me, however, the greatest interest in this book lies in the relationships and psychological functioning of the characters, as well as the moral issues they encounter. The narrative embeds all of those in the circumstances of a past era, but they are basically timeless.

The search for one’s unique identity involves disentangling the tentacles of falsity, fear and coercion in whose grip one is born. This is a lifetime’s battle, and it demands of the warrior courage, faith and honesty. And even then we might find the goal is not completely won before death. Such is the task of very likeable warrior Josiah Stubbs, a finely etched character who narrates his own story in C.W. Lovatt’s novel. His war must be fought both on the military battleground and in private life.

There are plenty of other very interesting and diverse secondary characters who come alive with their own stories. The author manages them superbly with his understanding of people, fine grasp of the written word and narrative craft.

I had moments of tears on the way through this story: Josiah’s path through a very difficult world is heart-breaking at times. Yet there were other moments of joy when I was inspired with hope for him and humankind. It’s a very gritty tale, leavened with dollops of real love and goodness. The grittiness—violence, sexual compulsion, ruthless wielding of power and other unpleasant behaviour of the human species—needs frank but skilled handling by an author if it is to be accepted by the reader.
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Exceptionally brilliant and controversial. A lesson in history and a lesson in life. History often speaks of the glories of war, in this tale, it is the Battle in Louisbourg in 1758.
But the glory of war is a fallacy. War, is a cold hard bitch upon which a young foolhardy youth may ride to an early and bloody demise.
History often writes about the basic fundamental flaws of man and usually, a modern day writer, would steer clear of such controversial subjects. Bravely, C W Lovatt (holding true to himself as a writer) has ignored the taboos and dared to write about these unspoken, confronting realities and broken the chains that tie the hands of so many of our literary giants. Ignoring political correctness (thank you), C W Lovatt has dared delve into the dark recesses of human existence and the most basic of human desires - sex. He has created a story that is both educational and erotic.
I found myself deeply moved by this tale. It is a must read about a man whore who seeks a better life, respect and love. There is no deeper nor more poignant tale.
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An exciting and well written Historical Novel.. One of the best I have read.

The author describes this so that one can actually see, hear and feel the action on every page.

I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction At It's Best 3 April 2014
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Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg is a historical fiction set during the Seven Years War. This war fought between the British and the French was over the control of the French control of Quebec and a large portion of the land that would become the U.S.

Josiah Stubb was a young boy who saw the military with all it's dangers to being far better that his life in the gutter. His mother, and I use that word loosely, was the town whore. Not only did she commit incest but also trained her son as whore. Escape was his only choice

Military life was often no much better. Poor conditions, death, injury, poor leadership, officers that abuse their soldier both physically and sexually was his new living conditions. Hope is one of the great motivaters for humans. Josiah was a girl, Elizabeth, that he had saved. She was the daughter of the British Generals. Hope..... can sustain us in the worst of times.

One leave, Josiah, once again finds himself resuming his old life. What else does he know? Who else is he? While on leave..... who should re-enter is life.... Elizabeth. She loves him as he loves her. Not only does she love him but she knows about his life. Sometimes though love is not enough.

Josiah goes back into battle. After the British win the Seven Years War, he continues his military career. He simply can't go back to what he was. He desire of life of respect. Love. Love continues inspite of hardships and separation. One can only hope that Elizabeth and Josiah's paths may once again cross paths in some future book. The story is not finished

Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg is an excellent historical novel. The reader is able to see that C.W. Lovett has done a great deal of intense reserch on this subject. That type of research is terriby important to the validity of the story.

Anyone who enjoys historical fiction is going to love Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourge by C.W. Lovett.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Stick With Me Forever 8 March 2017
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Josiah,Stubb,Josiah Stubb,Josiah Stubb,over and over,that name echoed in my head ever since I opened a book with the title "JOSIAH STUBB
THE SIEGE OF LOUISBOURG". I didn't read this book ,I absorbed every single page into my soul. There are books that stick with you throughout your life and this is such a book. This book has been on my tbr (to be read) list for ages,so when I finally had the opportunity to delve into it,I was blown away.The story of Josiah Stubb is a complicated,but compelling one,born in the gutter but also born with a need to better himself,no matter the cost. His ability to move forward despite all obstacles is commendable. Most would go through life bitter and vengeful because of the trials he had to endure ,but not dear Josiah,he trudged on,hoping that maybe one day his luck would turn. I came away wishing for happiness to finally find him and hold him in it's embrace forevermore.Rich with historical facts,it gives you insight into what life was like in those days,it also gives you a front row seat to view,up close and personal,what war was really like,no romance here folks,war is hell and it is evident in this tale.
At this point,I must warn readers. Beware,this book is highly addictive. An absolutely splendid read ,put forth by the exceptional author C W Lovatt. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovatt Does it again! 15 March 2014
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Mr Lovatt's story telling is at the top of his game in this new exciting historical novel. If you have read the amazing adventures of Charlie Smitters, then you know you are in for another good read. If you have not read Mr. Lovatt's first book just jump in and give it a try. Now, for those that might be interested there has been a rumor that Mr. Lovatt's picture as a young man is among the Soldiers in the boat. Can you find him? Remember I said soldiers not the sailors, you can tell the difference. His artist has done an amazing job with this cover, however I cannot remember his name. Hey, I am old! Read the book and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction at it's Finest 30 June 2014
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I'm a big fan of historical fiction but only if it feels right and seems authentic. C.W. Lovatt clearly has a knack for this genre. I loved his first book, The Adventures of Charlie Smithers, so I knew I would be giving Josiah Stubb a read. To say the least I was not disappointed.
Josiah is an adolescent growing up in the mid 1700's. He's born with the cards stacked against him. He's poor, his mother is a whore and she trained him to be one as well. The Seven Years War is the means for Josiah to almost literally crawl his way out of the gutter and become the man he will one day become.
The story is not always happy as you read the hardships which Josiah went through. There are plenty of battle scenes which are told brilliantly. The attention to detail is what really draws me to Mr. Lovatt's writing. The scenes are painted so vividly that it is easy to picture yourself right there on the battlefield.
This book is must read if you're a fan of historical fiction as I am. I'd also recommend reading Mr. Lovatt's first book as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling! Historical fiction the way it SHOULD be written! 19 August 2014
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I recently read C.W Lovatt’s ‘The Adventures of Charlie Smithers’, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and was therefore looking forward to reading ‘Josiah Stubb’ with great anticipation. I was NOT disappointed! ‘ Josiah Stubb’ is not only an incredibly well researched and written historical novel, but also a remarkable and compelling portrayal of a young man and his battle to escape his gutter-born past (with all the attendant horrors), and rise above it.

I was enthralled right from the start. CW Lovatt paints such a vivid picture of this historical time in 1758, with amazing detail and fascinating characters, that at times it felt like I was watching an award-winning movie rather than reading a book! I could envision every scene as if I was there! I could hear the sounds of battle, and feel the earth shake with the roar of the cannon. I could hear the cockney accents and see the flushed and tormented expressions on young Josiah’s face, as well as the malevolent look of pure hatred on Sergeant Bell’s face. I could feel the passion between Josiah and Elizabeth as well as Josiah’s confusion, disgust and compassion for his mother.

His effortless manner of weaving the past into the present, was seamless and well-timed. I thought it worked really well, and kept the story interesting, page after page. I found myself so engrossed and caught up in the story, it was near impossible to put down!

For those who enjoyed the wonderful humor in ‘The Adventures of Charlie Smithers’, this is a more serious minded novel for the most part, although there is still the occasional witty humor thrown in. Which I thoroughly enjoyed!

I very much hope there’s a sequel to this book, as I’ve grown very fond of the character Josiah, as well as CW Lovatt’s wonderful writing style! I wouldn’t at all be surprised if they eventually make a movie of this book, for that matter! But even if they do, you should most definitely read the book first!! No movie could possibly capture all the wonderful details and flavors of this exceptional book!

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