4 out of 4 stars
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Skills of the Warramunga is the third book in a trilogy featuring Jamie Munro and Jack ‘Jacko’ O’Brien, two Australians working for the Commonwealth Investigation Service (CIS) in Darwin. They are close friends who met during the Second World War when they were stationed abroad. When their former wartime colleague, Colonel Jonny Cook, MI6 Head of Operations for the Eastern Hemisphere, is kidnapped in the Malayan Peninsula, they are called to help track him down.
Johnny Cook had travelled from London to assist local security forces with preparations for ceremonies scheduled for 1st of April 1946 to mark creation of the Malayan Union. Jacko, who is half Warramunga, and his half-sister, Sarah, are called upon to use their exceptional tracking skills in the search and rescue mission. As it turns out, this is more than just a kidnapping. Jamie and Jacko must figure out what the criminals are up to. Together with their hosts they work to uncover a conspiracy with far reaching implications and dangerous consequences.
Greg Kater takes us on an adventure into the Malayan jungle filled with danger, discomfort, excitement, suspense, crime and intrigue. I loved the detail with which action was delivered amidst the vast treacherous landscape. The reader can almost feel the challenges Jacko and team go through on their treks. We are carried along by them, taking every step they take, partaking of their hardships, appreciating efforts and determination required to make headway - which are brought alive without exaggeration or understatement.
I found the book exciting, enjoyable and full of suspense. It was well written, flowed well and kept my interest to the very end. We get to not only appreciate the historical background against which events take place but are also made to understand significance of events taking place and interests of different parties. One easily falls in love with the characters, not just Jamie and Jacko, but Sarah and the rest of the crew. Although part of a trilogy, a reading of the other books is not necessary to follow and enjoy this story, though you will want to read them after this. I started with book two and I sure want to read the first one, to see their war time adventures and how their friendship developed, as they work so well together.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 and recommend it to anyone who loves historical crime, adventure and espionage with some romance on the sidelines. There are some interesting tips on how to survive out in the wild that will definitely appeal to anyone who loves outdoor adventure.
Skills of the Warramunga
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