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Review by Shrabastee -- The Warramunga's War by Greg Kater

Post by Shrabastee » 01 Oct 2018, 06:32

[Following is a volunteer review of "The Warramunga's War" by Greg Kater.]
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The Warramunga’s War by Greg Kater, the first book of the Warramunga Trilogy, is a cross between an espionage thriller and a historical fiction. With a smoothly flowing storyline, consistent pace, likable characters, and vivid imagery, this book is a real treat for all bibliophiles.

The story describes to some extent the culture, customs, and extraordinary tracking and fighting skills of the Warramunga, indigenous Australians inhabiting the Northern Territories. After the Syrian war, Captain James Munro and Sergeant Jack O’Brien are transferred to an intelligence service division in Cairo. With the help of Captain Johnny Cook and some local prostitutes and belly-dancers, they successfully capture many German spies and thwart an outside attack on Cairo by intercepting some secret messages. After returning to Australia, they continue to pursue two German spies across the Warramunga territory. This leads to a series of unexpected situations culminating in a thrilling climax.

The best thing about the book was its beautiful imagery. Not all authors can paint pictures with words, but Kater did just that. The vivid descriptions take us straight to the hot and sultry Cairo, among the busy life at the banks of the river Nile. From there we visit the Australian creeks, the gold mines, and the limestone caves. I could visualize everything in my mind’s eye, from the dusty uphill roads to the coral caves to the band of kangaroos leaping away on the grassy plains. I felt as if I myself was traveling across the world with Jamie and Jacko.

According to the foreword, the book is based on the real-life experiences of the author and his father. This fact, coupled with the rigorous research done on his part, makes the accounts absolutely realistic. Kater shows how the gold prospecting around Warramunga lands affected their livelihood, a fact that has an actual historical basis. This perfect blend between fiction and history, as well as that between romance and adventure, was marvelous.

The characters are simple and likable. Both Jamie and Jacko are righteous, honest and brave, with an element of innocence inherent in them. The female characters playing dominant roles in the story were portrayed as resourceful and strong. However, character development was not a strong point in the book.

Although the contents were serious, the author added humor in places to give the novel a different flavor. For example, when one character describes how her family was abducted by the Nazis, Johnny Cook remarks:
“Ah yes, Hitler has an unfortunate habit of arresting Jews,”
Another two unique things about the book were the inclusion of Jamie’s song (written by Kater himself) complete with notations and use of Warramunga language by Sarah, Jacko’s half-sister.

I did not find anything negative to say apart from two points. First of all, the dialogue sounded a little superficial. The characters were always too polite, even formal in their conversation. Secondly, the chase Jamie and Jacko gave the German spies towards the end soon became tedious. For one thing, they moved through so many places that it was almost impossible to keep track. Also, even though the gang was always one step ahead of them, they seemed to be in no hurry to catch them. Whether they ate overdone sirloin or medium rare prime rib along the way seemed quite unimportant to me. However, considering the vast coverage of the book and the myriad of characters, the author did a very diligent job of tying up all the loose ends.

From a technical standpoint, the book seemed professionally edited, containing only one misprinted word. I would rate this book a full 4 out of 4 stars. With elements of history, travel, war, romance and thrill, this book will undoubtedly appeal to a broad range of readers. Apart from a few murder scenes, there is no violent content in the book. This was easily one of the best books I have read till date. I hope the next books in the series will be just as excellent as this one, if not more.

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Post by Sunnyroyish » 02 Oct 2018, 03:00

Seems like a nice book. I agree with you that there are very few authors who can paint using words. Your review was quite informative and I really liked it.
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Post by Shrabastee » 02 Oct 2018, 03:27

Sunnyroyish wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 03:00
Seems like a nice book. I agree with you that there are very few authors who can paint using words. Your review was quite informative and I really liked it.
Thank you Sunny for your kind comment! This was an enjoyable book and it reminded me of one of my all-time favourites - Chander Pahar by Bhibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.

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Post by Cotwani » 02 Oct 2018, 06:05

the chase Jamie and Jacko gave the German spies towards the end soon became tedious. For one thing, they moved through so many places that it was almost impossible to keep track. Also, even though the gang was always one step ahead of them, they seemed to be in no hurry to catch them. Whether they ate overdone sirloin or medium rare prime rib along the way seemed quite unimportant to me
Lol! I know the feeling. You almost want to shout at the character to be more serious, especially when the hunted is practically within grasp if only the hunter hurried!
Great review as usual!
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Post by Shrabastee » 02 Oct 2018, 06:19

Cotwani wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 06:05
the chase Jamie and Jacko gave the German spies towards the end soon became tedious. For one thing, they moved through so many places that it was almost impossible to keep track. Also, even though the gang was always one step ahead of them, they seemed to be in no hurry to catch them. Whether they ate overdone sirloin or medium rare prime rib along the way seemed quite unimportant to me
Lol! I know the feeling. You almost want to shout at the character to be more serious, especially when the hunted is practically within grasp if only the hunter hurried!
Great review as usual!
Thanks for the comment!
Ohh it was really irritating, the gang is just beyond their reach, and they are having BBQs and singing songs! I was like cummon guys go for them already! Wherever they are going, they find the gang has already been to that area, so it was a logical conclusion that they should have followed at a faster pace!

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Post by Sunnyroyish » 03 Oct 2018, 03:01

Shrabastee wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 03:27
Sunnyroyish wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 03:00
Seems like a nice book. I agree with you that there are very few authors who can paint using words. Your review was quite informative and I really liked it.
Thank you Sunny for your kind comment! This was an enjoyable book and it reminded me of one of my all-time favourites - Chander Pahar by Bhibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
Chader Pahar is also one of my favourites. I read it when I was in 5th standard from a public library near my house. As a child I loved it. Sadly the film was rubish :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
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Post by Shrabastee » 03 Oct 2018, 03:07

Sunnyroyish wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:01
Shrabastee wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 03:27
Sunnyroyish wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 03:00
Seems like a nice book. I agree with you that there are very few authors who can paint using words. Your review was quite informative and I really liked it.
Thank you Sunny for your kind comment! This was an enjoyable book and it reminded me of one of my all-time favourites - Chander Pahar by Bhibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
Chader Pahar is also one of my favourites. I read it when I was in 5th standard from a public library near my house. As a child I loved it. Sadly the film was rubish :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
Oh my god don't even make me start on the film. The second one (Amazon Oviyan) is even worse! I curse myself for watching those two movies.
I also read the book in my fourth grade and still enjoy reading it. It instilled in me a dream of going to Africa one day. However, I felt very brokenhearted when I came to know that Bunyip does not exist! I really wish it did!

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Post by Sunnyroyish » 03 Oct 2018, 03:14

Shrabastee wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:07
Sunnyroyish wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:01
Shrabastee wrote:
02 Oct 2018, 03:27


Thank you Sunny for your kind comment! This was an enjoyable book and it reminded me of one of my all-time favourites - Chander Pahar by Bhibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
Chader Pahar is also one of my favourites. I read it when I was in 5th standard from a public library near my house. As a child I loved it. Sadly the film was rubish :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
Oh my god don't even make me start on the film. The second one (Amazon Oviyan) is even worse! I curse myself for watching those two movies.
I also read the book in my fourth grade and still enjoy reading it. It instilled in me a dream of going to Africa one day. However, I felt very brokenhearted when I came to know that Bunyip does not exist! I really wish it did!
Thank God I didn't watch Amazon ovijan. I like the byomkesh and feluda movies. They are much better.
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Post by Shrabastee » 03 Oct 2018, 03:19

Sunnyroyish wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:14
Shrabastee wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:07
Sunnyroyish wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:01

Chader Pahar is also one of my favourites. I read it when I was in 5th standard from a public library near my house. As a child I loved it. Sadly the film was rubish :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
Oh my god don't even make me start on the film. The second one (Amazon Oviyan) is even worse! I curse myself for watching those two movies.
I also read the book in my fourth grade and still enjoy reading it. It instilled in me a dream of going to Africa one day. However, I felt very brokenhearted when I came to know that Bunyip does not exist! I really wish it did!
Thank God I didn't see Amazon ovijan. I like the byomkesh and feluda movies. They are much better.
Yeah... They are good films indeed! One of this days, I am planning to mail the director of those two Shankar films and ask what he was thinking when he made the bunyip that hideous!

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Post by Sunnyroyish » 03 Oct 2018, 03:30

Shrabastee wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:19
Sunnyroyish wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:14
Shrabastee wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:07

Oh my god don't even make me start on the film. The second one (Amazon Oviyan) is even worse! I curse myself for watching those two movies.
I also read the book in my fourth grade and still enjoy reading it. It instilled in me a dream of going to Africa one day. However, I felt very brokenhearted when I came to know that Bunyip does not exist! I really wish it did!
Thank God I didn't see Amazon ovijan. I like the byomkesh and feluda movies. They are much better.
Yeah... They are good films indeed! One of this days, I am planning to mail the director of those two Shankar films and ask what he was thinking when he made the bunyip that hideous!
That would be hilarious. Khub rege jabe :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
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Post by Shrabastee » 03 Oct 2018, 03:40

Sunnyroyish wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:30
Shrabastee wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:19
Sunnyroyish wrote:
03 Oct 2018, 03:14


Thank God I didn't see Amazon ovijan. I like the byomkesh and feluda movies. They are much better.
Yeah... They are good films indeed! One of this days, I am planning to mail the director of those two Shankar films and ask what he was thinking when he made the bunyip that hideous!
That would be hilarious. Khub rege jabe :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:
At least oi rokom film ar banabe na! :roll:

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Post by stacie k » 04 Oct 2018, 22:45

I enjoy books written with beautiful imagery. I think I would also enjoy the humorous interjections. Sounds like a good read!
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Post by Shrabastee » 05 Oct 2018, 01:13

stacie k wrote:
04 Oct 2018, 22:45
I enjoy books written with beautiful imagery. I think I would also enjoy the humorous interjections. Sounds like a good read!
Yes, it was. Somebody once commented that this story was very peaceful. I did not understand how a book that cintains the word 'war' in the title can be peaceful, but it really was. I hope you enjoy this book

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 07 Oct 2018, 03:01

I am in a dilemma after reading your review. When you said,
With a smoothly flowing storyline, consistent pace, likable characters, and vivid imagery, this book is a real treat for all bibliophiles.
I instantly wanted to pick up this book.

But when you pointed out this lacuna in the story,
the characters were always too polite, even formal in their conversation. Secondly, the chase Jamie and Jacko gave the German spies towards the end soon became tedious.
I am not sure if I will pick it up. Maybe someday in the future! Thanks for the candid review!

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Post by Shrabastee » 08 Oct 2018, 01:25

Debjani Ghosh wrote:
07 Oct 2018, 03:01
I am in a dilemma after reading your review. When you said,
With a smoothly flowing storyline, consistent pace, likable characters, and vivid imagery, this book is a real treat for all bibliophiles.
I instantly wanted to pick up this book.

But when you pointed out this lacuna in the story,
the characters were always too polite, even formal in their conversation. Secondly, the chase Jamie and Jacko gave the German spies towards the end soon became tedious.
I am not sure if I will pick it up. Maybe someday in the future! Thanks for the candid review!
Thanks for your comment. I really enjoyed the book. The formal tone in the dialogue that I mentioned bothered me at first, but afterwards I did not notice it anymore. So I don't think it will create much of a problem.

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