4 out of 4 stars
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The Warramunga's War by Greg Kater is a gripping story from the first page. Following the adventures of Jamie and Jacko, a pair of war buddies, from the frontlines in Syria during WWII, to the streets of Cairo, and finally to post-war Australia; this book is thoroughly action-packed and entertaining. The suspense starts in Syria where the two friends meet. Jamie is bewildered by his warramunga friend's strange talents. As the plot moves along, the friends find themselves in Cairo working as spys who uncover and neutralize German agents. Along with a cast of unique characters, they are also involved in a subplot of unsolved murders. The team works methodically to undermine the Germans and solve the mysterious murders. While in Cairo, Jacko becomes entangled in a wartime romance. Following the war, the duo heads for Australia where more adventure awaits them.
The main characters in the story are well-developed, as are the supporting characters. The settings are so descriptive that I felt like I was in them, and was able to picture them clearly in my mind. I really like how the book gives a subtle history lesson; I learned more from this story than I ever learned in school. Even though it's filled with historical information, the book is a real page-turner and hard to put down. It's about three hundred pages long and I finished it in less than a week.
Greg Kater's writing style hooks the reader on page one and the suspense never stops. There is a thorough follow-up of all the plots and subplots in the book. Nothing is left unanswered.
The elements of both humor and sadness are found in the story. There are easy transitions between the chapters, and the story is easy to follow even though it is intense.
The only thing that I found distracted from the story is the way that Jacko's sister, Sarah, spoke. Her colloquial dialect slowed down the pace of the story a little. Fortunately, I was able to figure out what she was saying by the way the sentences following her conversations flowed.
Towards the end of the novel, there are still surprises that need to be discovered.
I would definately recommend this book to those readers that enjoy historical fiction. I would also encourage anyone who likes intrigue and mystery with a little romance thrown in to read it. I rank this book a 4 out of 4 stars! The editing of this book was very thorough and the story was really easy to read. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining read!
The Warramunga's War
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