4 out of 4 stars
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Greg Kater, the writer of The Warramunga's war, is an Australian based author who recently retired from his 55 years international career in the resources industry. The Warramunga's war is his first work of fiction.
The book is a historical fiction that tells the story of two soldiers during the world war II, a young Australian army officer Jamie Munroe and an educated half-caste Warramunga aboriginal Jack 'O' Brien (Jacko) during the Syrian campaign war against the French. It tells about the unique friendship that forms after Jacko saves Jamie when he is wounded during the war. Their friendship continues to grow as they discover the other side of the war after being assigned to the M16 in Cairo. Together and with the help of some female entertainers and some friends (one of whom turns out to be a criminal), they foil the plans of the German by confusing them with misleading radio messages using German codes and well planted false information. Meanwhile Jacko enters into a romantic relationship with a beautiful Syrian-French girl.
After the end of the war, the two friends are assigned to find two suspected wartime German agents, they discover that they have a notorious criminal gang with their former ally who is a rapist and murderer among others, with the help of Jacko's sister, they are able to capture the criminal.
I like the way the book although fictional, is like an insight into the life of some soldiers during the war and their feelings toward the war while expertly introducing real life war characters like Rommel so that it feels like a time travel to the past. It also shows the good and bad sides of war. The betrayals and mistrust. Also, the harsh reality that people are sometimes not who they say they are as in the case of Matt the criminal and the entertainers used to get information from the Germans. I also like the suspense which he uses accurately, not too much to frustrate the reader and not too little to make it predictable.
Although George Kater delivered a very good book, the lack of translation for where he uses French and pidgin English makes it harder to get the full story without looking for a translation which is frustrating. I recommend that in the next edition, the translation should be put alongside the sentence.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is because the author did a good job in showing the good side of the war and also it's harsh realities which is not limited to the wars alone but life also life in general
The Warramunga's War
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