4 out of 4 stars
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The Warramunga’s War, by Greg Kater, is listed as historical fiction. Readers follow two Australian soldiers, Jamie and Jacko, from the Giza Pyramids of Egypt to the Pigeon Caves of Australia as they learn about their experiences in the Second World War.
The first interaction between Lieutenant James Munro and Corporal Jack O’Brien occurred in Syria. Jacko used his Warramunga sense of direction to kill a sniper and save Jamie’s life. They became close companions and continued to work together in Egypt and Australia. Their assignments involved breaking up a spy ring in Cairo and tracking war criminals in Australia. Their communications with the local police also led them to help the police in their search for a serial killer.
The friendship that developed between the two main characters reflected the camaraderie that is common among war buddies. Jamie and Jacko covered each other’s backs in the war and became true brothers for life when they participated in a Warramunga ceremony in Australia.
I liked the author’s use of strong female characters both in Egypt and in Australia. The women played a pivotal role in bringing down criminals and traitors. Once they arrived in Australia, Jacko’s sister, Sarah, demonstrated her superior tracking skills. She used her acute eyesight and well-developed powers of observation to help the tracking team.
The descriptions of the different locations were vivid and thoroughly researched. Readers learn interesting historical facts about Egypt and also about Warramunga tribal customs. The author speaks knowledgeably about the different types of weapons used in this war and about the types of transmitters used by spies. These descriptions heightened the historical aspect of the novel and added authenticity to the story.
I was hoping the book would have included a map of Australia. Since the title references the Warramunga tribe, it would have been helpful to be able to visualize the location of Tennant Creek and the Pigeon Caves. The cover picture of a kangaroo intrigues readers about the Warramunga tribe. Additional images of the tribal dress and the initiation ceremony would enhance the story and the title.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The author has a gripping writing style that keeps your interest with his brilliant mix of historical facts and humor, mystery and suspense. I found very few errors, which made this a quick and easy read. People who do not enjoy war stories and historical fiction might want to pass on this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who studies history as this author brings a unique perspective to this world conflict. Historical fiction readers will learn and laugh as they read this book.
The Warramunga's War
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