4 out of 4 stars
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From the Middle East desert war to the shores of the River Nile in Northern Africa, ends up in the jungle adventure of Australia. The Warramunga's War is Greg Kater first novel. It is a historical fiction with a multi-genre story that includes espionage, history, war and mysterious crime investigation blended with war-time romance, and enthralling, a guitar music sheet is included in the book. An exceptional story-line full of twists and turns whereas the main characters interact with actual historical figures and events that took place during and after World War II, a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The Warramunga’s War is the first of a trilogy.
The story revolves around two young Australian army officers: Lieutenant James Munro, also known as Jamie and half Warramunga Aboriginal, Corporal Jack O’Brien, who is nicknamed as Jacko. The story starts off when Jacko heroically saves by Jamie's life in the middle of a battlefield in Syria. Where they both were from the Australian army that fought against the Nazi Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon during World War II. Their friendship is the main theme in the book which got strengthened when they got promoted after the end of Syrian Campaign to be transferred on a new mission with the army’s intelligence agency in Cairo, Egypt.
Jamie and Jacko alongside their leader Captain Johnny Cook and Officer Matt MacAulay with the aid of other operatives, the use of young women who are night belly dancers, their mission is to get vital information from disguised German spy agents. Cairo is full of agents from the Germans, Italians, British, and others; and they are all working to find out war plans and other secrets to give to their masters. In between their tasks, Farida, one of their informants, gets murdered in a similar serial death case. The mystery unfolds to surprise of deception. On the other hand, Jacko falls in love with Monique, a French-Syrian girl from a lavish family. The next stop, Jamie and Jacko return to their home country in the countryside of Australia on a chase to take down two Germans accused of war crimes. Where they come across gangs who have been terrorizing the locals. Jacko harnesses his skills as a Warramunga and his sister, Sarah, becomes an integral part of their mission.
The book is filled with interesting colorful characters from different backgrounds, with personalities that draw the reader in. They are unique, well developed and fleshed out which makes for a great story. The author does a fantastic job of recognizing diversity. The plot is well organized and flows with ease. It is intense and compelling. The amazing illustrative writing highlights the descriptions of the countries and settings, to well-researched history with gentle humor. I fully enjoyed the way Greg Kater described the history of Giza, Central Australia, the individuals, and the cultures.
As a person who studies history as a part of my program, I completely and thoroughly enjoyed The Warramunga's War. Although, it is fictional but illustrated the most horrific period in human history from a different point of view. This period in human history that focuses on two ideologies: Capitalism and Communism in Europe and in Asia with Japan motive of expansion. The book highlighted the issues that rose in that period of history such as racism, gender-violence, the spread of diseases, the rise of warfare industry with the use of technology in war and how the widows of officers were stranded as a result of a war.
I liked the author's use of an authentic language of Australia but sometimes, I wasn't quite sure what was being said. Also, since I speak French, I liked the adding of the French language in the middle of the sentences and German, too. It is enjoyable and delightfully read.
The book is well-written with a few typos but with the elements of history, travel, war, romance and mystery, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to historians and open-minded people. The book is about bravery, chivalry, friendship, and teamwork with a thrilling plot and an iconic period of time.
The Warramunga's War
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