4 out of 4 stars
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The Warramungas War by Greg Kater is a book of friendship, loyalty, and trust of two men. The setting is World War II in North Africa, but this is not another book about World War II. We meet Lieutenant James (Jamie) Munro in the middle of battle, pinned down by enemy fire. His rifle out of reach, his knapsack riddled with bullets, he uncomfortably wonders how long before he can move. Suddenly there is someone beside him, and this is how we meet Corporal Jack (Jacko) O'Brien. Jacko makes an unbelievable shot, and they can move. Jacko leaves with the intelligence that Jamie had gathered and comes back to find him wounded.
From this meeting on the battlefield to beyond the end of the war, these two work together as friends. Jamie needs to recover from his wounds; he is asked to go to Cairo to not only heal but to become an operative for MI 6. He takes Jacko along. They meet Johnny who becomes their boss and liaison with MI 6. As they start surveillance, they meet some lovely women who help them obtain and also pass the information along. After the war in Africa ends, they continue their work in Australia.
The book is very well written. The story moves along without dragging. The details of the war, while giving the story substance and anchors the action, remain in the background. The writer gives us room to use our imagination as his descriptions of places and people are scanty. We are told that this woman is beautiful and has green eyes or that the restaurant is ornate. What fun use my interpretation of beauty! It was particularly interesting that Jacko was half-Aborigine; therefore, some insights into that culture were included as well.
One thing seemed odd to me. The characters are Australian and English, yet all the measurements are in inches and yards. Ah, but this is historical fact. In Australia, the Imperial system was used until the early 1970s and is still common in some instances. I didn't know that. Thank you, Wikipedia!
I rate this book as 4 out of 4 stars. The book was well edited. It did not contain foul language or explicit scenes and had very little violence. This book does not limit itself to WWII buffs. It would appeal to readers of spy novels, mystery novels, those who would like to know a little of Australia and particularly those who want to read a good book.
The Warramunga's War
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