4 out of 4 stars
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The Warramunga’s War by Greg Kater is an historical fiction with well-known historical characters. This book is the first of a trilogy. It is about 302 pages and 38 chapters in all.
The book started in 1941 with Lieutenant James Munro (Jamie), who was part of the army unit fighting the pro-Nazi Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon, set out to locate enemy’s position and their coordinate for an air strike. He got pinned down by enemies machine-gun and was saved by Corporal Jack O’Brien (Jacko) and his sense of direction. Jacko, a half Warramunga, also saved Jamie after being hit by a friendly fire by carrying him on his shoulder to a hospital.
After the end of the war, Jamie and Jacko were deployed to Cairo in Egypt as part of an intelligence operation and liaising with MI6 operatives. Their Job was to infiltrate German intelligence operations, which involves detecting, apprehending, neutralizing and when necessary eliminating any German agents in contact with Rommel’s Afrika Korps. They partnered with prostitutes and belly dancers as they spy on the German agents. While in Cairo, they also got involved in an investigation of a series of related rape and murder. Fortunately, Jacko fell in love right in the midst of their operation in Cairo. The story continues as they rise in rank and got deployed to Australia.
The characters in this book were created with precision and details which made them real and believable. Every character has it details comprehensive enough and none of the characters looks out of place in this book. The author did justice to the descriptive aspect of this book. He described various aspects of their missions, environment, individuals, scenes, and even mood of the characters.
There were numerous aspects of this book I fell in love with. I loved the spicing up of the book with French words in their conversation, the humor present in the book that made me laugh out loud all through the reading, the suspense that got me attached to the book right from the start, the introduction of history details that left me updated and the introduction of cultures that got me entertained.
From the title of the book, you will assume it is a book filled with numerous war details. The book offers a different approach. The book is more about spying, eliminating, and tracking down of criminals. I will be recommending this book to lovers of historical fictions. Will also encourage lovers of a good storyline, humorous book and educative book to have a read and will not be disappointed.
I rate The Warramunga’s War 4 out of 4 stars. I am looking forward to reading the remaining book in the series.
The Warramunga's War
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