4 out of 4 stars
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Espionage, exotic belly dancers and unsavory coffee. A war raging not too far away and a mass murderer on the loose. As the Allied forces seek to expel the Axis, an intriguing but small group of MI6 operatives seek to hinder the enemy in any way they can. Of course, during a time touched by war, no one knows who can be trusted. Nevertheless, as the web of deception is weaved, only the careful few will escape with their lives.
The Warramungas War by Grey Kater occurs in 1941- 1943 Egypt, close to the start of the Afrika Korp’s offensive against the British Commonwealth. The focus, however, is on the main characters, Jaime and Jacko. They first meet during the Syrian Campaign and quickly become partners. They then move to Egypt and then back to their home country of Australia. At each destination, the two friends find themselves rendering aid to the benefit of the British Commonwealth.
Zeus Publications first published The Warramungas War in 2018. This historical fiction is not a quick read; it is one best enjoyed at one’s leisure. This book flows very well and I imagined it as a movie while reading. The author’s biography states that the real-life experiences of both the Kater and his father influenced the events that unfolded in the book. As I am not an expert on WWII, I cannot judge whether every historical aspect of this book is accurate. However, the level of detail integrated into this exceptional plot is a testament to the level of research done. So much so, that there was an air of realism in this fictional piece. Thus, I commend the author on this.
This book contained many characters to help the plot move along, and is from the third person multiple perspective. To be honest, for a large part of the book, I was under the assumption that this book did not contain any main character/s. I found that most of the characters had a similar voice despite having dissimilar backgrounds. The exception to this was Jacko and Sarah, both of whom were of Aboriginal backgrounds. I sometimes felt as though Jaime blended in with the other characters, making him indistinguishable from the others. In the latter half of the book, the minor characters felt like repetitions. I felt this made parts of the story redundant.
I also could not help but notice that at times, the book was a bit too heavy on details. These details did not add obvious value to the execution of the story line. Sometimes these details were interesting, sometimes they were distracting.
There was just one error in the beginning, which was insignificant and had no impact on the overall reading experience.
I rate The Warramungas War by Grey Kater 4 out of 4 stars. The plot was interesting, and well researched, which lent a realistic element to the writing. Despite the personal issues about the characters, I felt that the approach used was more suitable in developing the plot as Kater had done. In addition, this book is the first of a trilogy, and I am honestly looking forward to reading the other two books. I would recommend this book to persons interested in reading about wars, espionage, crime, and historical fiction.
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