Review by Charlyt -- Conflict on the Yangtze by Greg Kater

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Review by Charlyt -- Conflict on the Yangtze by Greg Kater

Post by Charlyt » 12 Nov 2019, 03:05

[Following is a volunteer review of "Conflict on the Yangtze" by Greg Kater.]
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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.

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Post by Meg98 » 17 Nov 2019, 16:52

I've been wanting to read this series for a while and I think I just might. The books sounds so interesting and well-written. Thank you for your excellent review on this one!
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Post by MsH2k » 17 Nov 2019, 18:02

I’m glad Sarah has her time to shine in this book. I will put it on my list. Thank you for a great review.

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Post by tristenb » 17 Nov 2019, 20:29

Sounds interesting. I liked the action in the third book. It sounds like this has a lot of action as well. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Ekta Swarnkar » 18 Nov 2019, 03:22

As I have not read the first books so I'll not read it right now but it does sound well-written. Thanks for the wonderful review!
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Post by Charlyt » 19 Nov 2019, 04:34

Meg98 wrote:
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I've been wanting to read this series for a while and I think I just might. The books sounds so interesting and well-written. Thank you for your excellent review on this one!
Every book of the series is very well done as well as informative. Thanks for your comment!
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Post by Charlyt » 19 Nov 2019, 04:35

MsH2k wrote:
17 Nov 2019, 18:02
I’m glad Sarah has her time to shine in this book. I will put it on my list. Thank you for a great review.
It's so good to read about how Sarah's character develops. Thanks for your comment!
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Post by Charlyt » 19 Nov 2019, 04:38

tristenb wrote:
17 Nov 2019, 20:29
Sounds interesting. I liked the action in the third book. It sounds like this has a lot of action as well. Thanks for the review!
It has a different kind of action but still as well done as the third book. Thanks for your comment!
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Post by Charlyt » 19 Nov 2019, 04:42

Ekta Swarnkar wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 03:22
As I have not read the first books so I'll not read it right now but it does sound well-written. Thanks for the wonderful review!
You might want to consider reading the first book, "Warramunga's War" especially if you like historical fiction during WWII. Thanks for your comment!
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Post by unamilagra » 20 Nov 2019, 15:08

This is a very intriguing series to me. It sounds like all the books are full of action and are well-written as well. Thanks for a thorough review!

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Post by Charlyt » 21 Nov 2019, 03:16

unamilagra wrote:
20 Nov 2019, 15:08
This is a very intriguing series to me. It sounds like all the books are full of action and are well-written as well. Thanks for a thorough review!
The books in the series are all very well done in terms of writing and narrative. If you like historical fiction during WWII and its aftermath then you should give them a try. Thanks for your comment!
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Post by AvidBibliophile » 21 Nov 2019, 20:04

I hear "field of opium poppies" and instantly think of drowsy Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" :) But I do keep hearing quite a bit about this Warramunga Series of his, so thank you for the insightful review of this tale!

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Post by SomeoneInTheWorld » 25 Nov 2019, 14:21

Sounds interesting. I'm not sure it's a book for me butvyou definitely made me curious. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Charlyt » 26 Nov 2019, 23:52

AvidBibliophile wrote:
21 Nov 2019, 20:04
I hear "field of opium poppies" and instantly think of drowsy Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" :) But I do keep hearing quite a bit about this Warramunga Series of his, so thank you for the insightful review of this tale!
It's a very good and well-written series. Thanks for your comment!
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Post by Charlyt » 26 Nov 2019, 23:52

SomeoneInTheWorld wrote:
25 Nov 2019, 14:21
Sounds interesting. I'm not sure it's a book for me butvyou definitely made me curious. Thanks for the great review!
Thanks for your comment!
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