4 out of 4 stars
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In post-war China, near the Yangtze River, Commander Daniel Stafford and Lee Drake of the MI6 were investigating a field of opium poppies when the commander was suddenly shot. It seemed opium was being smuggled into boats from the river to be shipped to the Philippines, Australia, and the USA. Because of this, Johnny Cook, a colonel of the MI6, asked his friends and former colleagues, Jamie and Jacko, for help to catch the people behind the operations. With the government, communist groups, and bandits fighting each other for control over China, they need to be careful as the country was a dangerous place where shootings and corruption kept happening right in front of their eyes every day.
Conflict on the Yangtze is the fourth book of the Warramunga Series written by Greg Kater. It is a historical fiction story set in 1946, emphasizing the aftermath of the war in China. The story can definitely stand on its own, but if the reader wants to know more about the relationship and have deeper understanding of the characters, they should probably read the books that came before this. Having read two of the previous ones, I realized this book does not necessarily focus on the amazing tracking skills of the Warramunga and is probably why it is not included in the title.
I really like the development of the characters from the first book of the series up to this one, especially Sarah, who admires her brother, Jacko, very much. Even if the reader hasn’t read the previous books, they would be able to see the fascinating relationships and dynamics that the characters have with each other. The author is great at giving details to describe the scenes and characteristics of people, and the narrative also flows smoothly. The interactions between different cultures are also fascinating to read about as well as informative.
I think the only downside that I would give is that there were a lot of names that I had to remember, particularly the villains, and that it would become confusing sometimes. Apart from that, I didn’t really have anything that I do not like about this book. It’s almost refreshing that they didn’t rely on Jacko’s Warramunga skills, and that Sarah had her own time to shine. I also did not find any errors, and the book is professionally edited.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story is fast-paced and is written very well. The story has some violence but they are not described in gory details. I would not advise this to young adults, but I would definitely recommend this to those who have read the previous books of the series and also to those who like historical fiction and adventure stories.
Conflict on the Yangtze
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